IPL Moneyball: David Warner most impactful player in first week

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SunRisers Hyderabad and Australian opener David Warner has emerged as the most impactful player on the Indian Premier League (IPL) Moneyball index.

Warner celebrated the end of his one-year suspension yesterday, March 29, with an impactful 69 off a mere 37 deliveries. He also set up SunRisers Hyderabad’s successful chased after Rajasthan Royals had given them a daunting 199-run victory target.

The hero of the Rajasthan Royals innings on Friday, Sanju Samson with his unbeaten 55-ball 102 has positioned himself in the No. 3 position behind Andre Russel.

Surprisingly the man with X-factor, Rishabh Pant is outsmarted even by Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana while Team India and Royal Challengers Hyderabad captain Virat Kohli doesn’t find a place among the top 10 after completion of the first-week action.

Table topper Warner has struck 154 runs in SunRisers Hyderabad’s two innings so far.

Russell has been most impactful for Kolkata Knight Riders with the bat and the ball. The Caribbean all-rounder has been outrageous with the bat scoring an unbeaten 19-ball 49 against SunRisers Hyderabad and slamming 17-ball 48 against Kings XI Punjab besides also taking two wickets each in the Knights’ two successive victories.

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The all-around performance puts Russell ahead of Sanju Samson, who has accumulated 132 from two innings, including an unbeaten 102 off a mere 55 deliveries. The innings had guided Rajasthan Royals to 198 for two off 20 overs, but Warner set up SunRisers’ successful chase yesterday (Friday).

The top ten IPL 2019 Moneyball Impact list includes Warner, Russell, Samson, Rana, Pant, Robbie Uthappa, Ajinkya Rahane, ‘Universal Boss’ Chris Gayle, Shikhar Dhawan and his Mayank Agarwal.

The IPL Moneyball impact is calculated by awarding points for runs, wickets and fielding performance. A player not necessarily be the Orange or Purple cap holder to lead on the IPL Moneyball impact holder as the Moneyball rankings and index are arrived at with more logical overall performance of a player.


Impact Rank is a methodology devised by Moneyball to rate players on the basis of their performance impact on the match in all aspects – batting, bowling, fielding – of the game. The Impact Rank takes into consideration runs scored, wickets and catch taken as well as stumping and run-outs executed by a player.


Impact points are arrived at by applying a formula for performance evaluation. Players earn one point for each run scored, 10 points are allocated for each wicket, while catching, stumping and run-out add three points to a players IMPACT RANK

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