Definition – What is “Net Run Rate” in Cricket?
Net Run Rate is a cricket statistic used to put runs scored in comparison with the number of overs faced.
It is intended to be an indicator of a team’s abilities.
Formula – How to calculate Net Run Rate
Net Run Rate = (Total Runs Scored ÷ Total Overs Faced) – (Total Runs Conceded ÷ Total Overs Bowled)
- “Total Runs Scored” is the number of runs scored by the team (it is also the number of runs conceded by the opposing team).
- “Total Overs Faced” is the number of overs faced by the team (it is also the number of overs bowled by the opposing team).
- “Total Runs Conceded” is the number of runs conceded by the team (it is also the number of runs scored by the opposing team).
- “Total Overs Bowled” is the number of overs bowled by the team (it is also the number of overs faced by the opposing team).
- Net Run Rate can be calculated for a match or a tournament.
If a team has scored 227 runs and has faced 5 overs in that time, while at the same time conceded 198 runs in 6 overs bowled then:
227 ÷ 5 = 45.4
198 ÷ 6 = 33
45.4 – 33 = 12.4
Therefore, the team’s net run rate is 12.4
Sources and more Resources
- Wikipedia – Net Run Rate – Cricket, Run (Cricket), Over (Cricket), Cricket Statistics – Wikipedia’s entires on net run rate.
- ESPN Cricinfo – Net Run Rate Explained
- Lord’s – The Laws of Cricket
- Cricket statistics from HowStat, ESPN Cricinfo, and DangerMouse.
- Glossary of Cricket Terms from Wikipedia, ESPN Cricinfo, and the Wanderers Cricket Club.