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Past Issue • Apr-Jun 2014

Do 30 Overs Really Make a Difference in International and League Cricket?

With the rise in popularity of shorter format cricket matches, Professor Sudipta Sarangi examines whether and how winning strategies differ in two formats: 50-over one-day internationals and 20-over Twenty20 internationals and Indian Premier League matches. Analysing data from 2008-2009, he finds that the 30-over difference has little effect on the winning strategy — a combination of attacking batting and bowling — in an international setting, whereas the ideal winning combination in 20-over league cricket is attacking batting and defensive bowling. Insights from this study have interesting implications for the future of cricket, particularly certain formats of the game, and the selection and development of players.

The game of cricket has undergone many transformations to keep up with the changing times. Today, several formats co-exist, ranging from the gentleman’s version of the five-day Test match to the one-evening, fast-paced 20-over format called Twenty20 (T20) whose demand only seems to be growing.


  • Sudipta-Sarangi

    Sudipta Sarangi

    Sudipta Sarangi is the Gulf Coast Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Inc. Distinguished Professor of Business Administration in the Department of Economics, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge.
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