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Jason Roy – Tailor-made for limited overs cricket

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Jason Roy represents the new age limited overs cricketers as quintessentially as one could’ve asked for. Bare minimum footwork, brilliant hand-eye coordination, a beautiful bat swing and ability to hit them mighty big – The youngster has it all in his arsenal.

Against India back in 2014, a 24-year-old Roy made his international debut and looked all over the place. He barely could get bat on ball, after getting off the mark with a reverse-sweep which went to the boundary. There was so much talk about his ability and audacity in domestic circuit but nothing showed up when he donned the national jersey.

His ODI career didn’t get off to a great start either and just when he needed some inspiration, he registered his first half-century in the format against arch-rivals Australia. He treasured that little golden patch, kept collecting some important runs, all of it without giving up his free-flowing attacking style.

It didn’t take long for the Durban-born English cricketer to seal his position up the order alongside Alex Hales and this was the opening pair that marked the renaissance of English ODI cricket, which ultimately led to their success in the ICC World Cup 2019.

Roy posing with the World Cup trophy with his partner in crime, Jonny Bairstow. Picture source: Twitter

In the World Cup, Roy made a stellar impression among the English faithful, scoring some valuable runs when it mattered the most. His brief injury stint made fans feel his absence even more, when the side failed to score as freely up the order when he was in charge. Once he was back, normalcy was restored, and England reigned supreme.

Well, Roy cannot call himself a youngster anymore, certainly must’ve stopped doing that a few years back and if he didn’t, he might have to do it from today as he enters the 30s club. On the eve of his 30th birthday, our stats man Kavan Shah picked up some brilliant numbers from his glittering career.

#1. Jason Roy has batted only at number one position in ODI and T20I cricket (Taking strike off the first ball of the innings). He did so in 83 ODIs and 35 T20Is he played for England but when it comes to Tests, he batted in four different positions in 10 innings, none of them at number one.

#2. Roy plays spin very well and barely gets beaten by the slowness of a track. A stat that backs this argument is this – The 30-year-old was stumped just once in his ODI career, by MS Dhoni.

#3. Jason Roy has quite a love affair with semifinals of an ICC tournament and has done exceedingly well in both ICC World T20 2016 and ICC World Cup 2019 semifinals.

Against the Aussies in the 2019 WC semifinal, he registered a 65-ball 85, which included 9 fours and 5 sixes and against New Zealand in the 2016 WT20 semifinal, he spanked a match-winning 78 off 44 cherries, which included 11 fours and 2 sixes. On both occasions he chipped in with most runs on the day for the English.

#4. He has a very weird record to his credit in T20I cricket, one that no one would envy but is eternally his. He was the first person to be dismissed for obstructing the field in this format of international cricket against South Africa in the second T20I in 2017.

#5. Among players with over 3,000 runs in ODI cricket, Jason Roy has the third-best strike-rate (107.27), with his teammate Jos Buttler (119.83) and former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi (117) leading the list. In T20I cricket, he takes the 11th spot in this list with a strike-rate of 147.51 (Minimum 500 runs).

Picture Source: Twitter

#6. Roy’s first hundred in ODI cricket came against Pakistan in 2015, where he registered 102 off 117 deliveries at a strike-rate of 87.17. After this, he scored 8 ODI hundreds and all of them came at a strike-rate in excess of 115.

#7. Roy’s 180-run demolition against Australia at the MCG in 2018 is the highest individual score registered by an English cricketer in ODIs. He is also the only English cricketer to have surpassed the 150-mark in an innings thrice, the other two coming against Sri Lanka in 2016 and Bangladesh in 2019.

#8. Marcus Trescothick’s 4,335 run-tally as an opener is the most by an English opener in ODIs and Jason Roy, who currently has 3,434 runs to his name, is everyone’s favorite to surpass the Somerset southpaw.

#9. Roy’s batting average is the 4th highest among English cricketers in the ODIs. Only Jonathan Trott, Joe Root (42.39) and Jonny Bairstow are ahead of him.

#10. Jason Roy played 80 ODIs before getting his first Test cap, which is the most for an English cricketer. Rohit Sharma leads this chart with 108 ODIs to his credit before he made his debut in 2013 at the Eden Gardens.

 

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