Stats - Luck of the toss, spin to win, and the slowest men's T20 World Cup

Highest contribution by top three
November 15, 2021

As always, at the end of the major tournament, it's important to look back at all the key numbers, the ones that help us understand what happened, and why.

Win toss and chase - the formula for success

The teams that won the toss had a win-loss ratio of 2.00, the highest in any edition of the men's T20 World Cup, as 30 of the 45 matches were won by the sides that won the toss. The previous highest was 1.75 in 2016 - 21 out of 33 completed games.

The tournament also favoured the chasing teams - the win-loss ratio was 1.81, the highest in any edition. The previous highest was 1.50 during the 2014 edition hosted by Bangladesh - 21 out of 35.

Spin over pace

Spinners topped pacers in a tournament that was mostly played on slow pitches. Spinners took 190 wickets at an average of close to 22, with an economy rate of 6.69. Only once did the spin bowlers produce better numbers in an edition of men's T20 World Cup: in 2009, an average of 20.33 and an economy of 6.62. The pacers had very little help through the tournament and were on the receiving end, especially under lights, and at the death. However, the economy of the pacers was only 7.62, the second-best - behind 7.52 in the 2010 edition hosted in the Caribbean.

Not a great time for batters

The tournament barely saw big totals - only once was a 200-plus total scored, and that's in 45 matches. The average run rate in the tournament was 7.43, the lowest in the history of men's T20 World Cups. Although, in terms of average, the edition had the second-best figure: 23.12 runs scored per wicket, only behind the 2012 edition - 23.64 per wicket.

The tournament run rate might have been even lower if it hadn't been for the high-scoring knockouts and a few of the teams targeting early finishes to boost their net run-rates towards the business end.

During the powerplay overs, 6.7 runs were scored per over, the lowest in any edition. It was 7.15 in the middle overs - the second-lowest behind 2009. However, the run rate in the death overs spiked to 9.82, the second-best behind 9.95 in 2016.

Focus on the top three

The top-three batters did the majority of the scoring. Each of the top-four run-getters in the tournament were openers: Babar Azam, David Warner, Mohammad Rizwan and Jos Buttler. The top-three batters of New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson - all scored over 200 runs. A total of 54.38 % of the runs in the tournament were scored by the players batting in the top three, the highest ever in a men's T20 World Cup.

Australia's luck at the toss

Aaron Finch won six tosses in the tournament and Australia won all those matches while chasing. The only time they lost the toss - against England - they lost by eight wickets. Afghanistan won five tosses in their five matches - the only team with a better success rate at the coin toss than Australia in this edition.

West Indies - six each in 2012 and 2016 - are the other instances of a team winning six or more coin tosses in an edition of the men's T20 World Cup. Australia joined West Indies in winning the men's T20 World Cup despite not defending a total even once. West Indies did not bat first at all during the triumph in 2016. However, in 2012, they won the title despite not winning a match while chasing, replicating what India had done in 2007.

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