The 11th edition of Indian Premier League has completed its league matches and the playoff matches will begin from 22 May.
Cricket news: Some of these players were big buys but could not perform, while some performed excellently despite their low price
Like all other seasons, this season of the much-celebrated league has also been of a grand stature. This season was extra special for the cricketing fans as it saw the return of two franchises back into the main stream.
Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned from the league for two years because of illegal off-field activities. They made a tremendous comeback as both the teams qualified for the playoff matches.
Williamson led his team from the front
This season we have seen some individual performances along with some team efforts too. We will now look into some players who have made some clinical performances for their team.
The opener as well as sometimes Number 4 batsman of Chennai Super Kings, Ambati Rayudu, have been the pick of the players because of his ability to score at will at any position in the batting order.
Rayudu is the talisman for CSK
The skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kane Williamson, has also been brilliant both with his bat and captaincy. These players were the reason that both SRH and CSK were the top teams during the league stage.
The duo were considered well in the 2018 auctions, but after 14 games they have proved to be the best deals of this year’s IPL as they have given the best return on investment among the players whose price was â‚¹1 crore or above.
The investment on these players were meagre, but their excellent performances proved to be the best investments in terms of each Impact Point Cost (Players salary divided by his Moneyball Impact Points).
Rohit would like to forget this season as early as possible
Apart from Williamson and Rayudu, there are other surprise revelations in this list in the likes of Mumbai Indians’ Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal of Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils’ Harshal Patel and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Prasidh Krishna.
All these players had a base price of a mere â‚¹20 lakh, but the value of their performances were more than their price.
Unadkat failed to live up to his big price
On the other hand players like Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma and Rajasthan Royals’ Jaydev Unadkat, who was bought for a whooping â‚¹11.5 crore deal, proved to be the most disappointing investments by their respective franchises in this year’s IPL.