Definition – What is “Run Rate” in Cricket?
Run Rate is a cricket statistic used to put runs scored in comparison with the number of overs faced.
It is intended to be a more accurate representation of a team’s abilities than runs scored alone.
Before the Duckworth-Lewis Method was put in place, run rate was a method used to determine the winner of a game if stopped due to weather or lighting conditions.
Formula – How to calculate Run Rate
Run Rate = Total Runs Scored ÷ Total Overs Faced
- “Total Runs Scored” is the number of runs scored by the team.
- “Total Overs Faced” is the number of overs faced by the team.
If a team has scored 227 runs and has faced 5 overs in that time, then:
Run Rate (runs per over) = 227 ÷ 5
Run Rate (runs per over) = 45.4
Therefore, the team’s run rate is 45.4
Sources and more resources
- Wikipedia – Run Rate – Cricket, Run (Cricket), and Over (Cricket) – Wikipedia entries on Run Rate.
- 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.