NRR-Net Run Rate In Cricket Everything Explained

how to calculate net run rate
how to calculate net run rate

Definition of Net Run Rate

Net Run Rate is cricket data showing the number of runs scored concerning the number of overs faced. It’s supposed to be a test for the team’s ability.

As the Net Run rate is the most favored and most efficient approach when it comes to breaking tie points at the later stage of the season or league matches, both in t20 and ODI format for the cricket history as it predicts which team will progress to the knockout stage based on their successful NRR.

So theoretically speaking, the net run rate of the Team is determined by subtracting the average runs scored per team throughout the competition from the average runs scored per team throughout the competition.

So it can be shown like this, NRR formula = (Average runs scored by that team throughout the competition) – (Average runs scored over against that team throughout the competition).


NRR = (Total Runs Scored divided by Total Overs Faced) – (Total Runs Conceded divided by Total Overs Bowled)

  •  RUNS SCORED were  the number of runs scored by the team and also the number of runs conceded by the   opponent.
  •  OVERS FACED  were the sum of overs faced by the team and also the sum of overs bowled by the opponent.
  •  RUNS CONCEDED were  the number of runs conceded by the team and also the number of runs scored by the   opponent.
  •  OVERS BOWLED were the number of overs bowled by the team and also the number of overs beaten by the   opponent.
  •  The net run may be measured for a single match or a whole tournament.
how to calculate net run rate
how to calculate net run rate

How To Calculate Net Run Rate

let’s discuss about the subject “Net Run Rate” here. IPL 2020 has begun amid multiple speculations and ongoing problems challenges affecting humanity. As we all know about the devastating pandemic that is wrecking havoc on our society as we are in a process of unending lockdowns and social distancing that has brought normal life to a halt.

The 13th edition of the IPL was initially expected to take place in the summer of April-May. But was postponed to a much later date due to the pandemic. And the continued efforts of BCCI and its President Mr. Saurav Ganguly IPL 2020 were made possible and the months of September-October were locked for this competitive league.

So one thing that has puzzled cricket fans over the years is the subject known as “Net Run Rate“. What its job is and how it’s used and measured? This concept is known as “Net Run Rate” it comes in handy particularly when it comes to the end of the season, especially the journey leading to the playoffs.

Does this determine which team will progress to the playoffs based on their run rate if they are tied with the same points at the end of the season?

That’s why, at the latter stage of the season, most teams take calculated risks and try to win the games more marginally to significantly boost their NRR.

For example:

    A game between Team “A” and Team “B” has been played. Team “A” scored 195 runs in 20 overs. So team “A” net run rate for that particular game is 195 divided by 20. Or in other words, it’s 9.75.

Team B ended with 157 runs. So Team B’s net run rate is also measured as 157 divided by 20 gives you 7.85.

The gap between 7.85 and 9.75 is 1.9. It’s the NRR between the two sides. So Team A has a difference of 1.9 behind Team B.  So Team A has an NRR+1.9, while Team B has an NRR-1.9. Quite easy, right.

But there are few important things to keep in mind. As in the case of multiple games, the total number of scores , runs in multiple games should be considered, not individual games. So for the whole season the NRR is determined by the total number of overs and runs scored by the team by the number of overs and runs scored against them.

Okay, let’s take an example to explain this. We’re going to take a look at Team A in a 50-over tournament. After six group stage games, Team “A” ended with an NRR of +0.9. Team A scored a total of 1673 runs in those 6 games and played a total of 282 overs. On the other side, a total of 1505 runs scored against them in 299 overs.

So when we add these numbers to our formula. We get 5.92 in the first part of the equation and 5.02 in the second part of the equation. The difference between the two equations gives us an NRR of +0.9.

That’s how simple it is, the problem solved by the NRR is very easy to grasp. But it might seem complicated to start with. And the fans are eagerly anticipating this year’s IPL. And how many teams have to come under the NRR radar to mark their positions in the playoffs.

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