Who will take on mighty Chennai Super Kings in the final of the Indian Premier League this Sunday? The league leaders SunRisers Hyderabad will face resurgent Kolkata Knight Riders on their home ground at the Eden Gardens in what is the virtual semi-final of the IPL season 2018.
The winners will get an opportunity to stake claim for the $4 million (₹27 crore) from cricket’s biggest bazaar, while assuring themselves of a minimum of $2 million (₹13.5 crore). The one who fails to succeed today (Friday) will have to be content with $1 million (₹6.75 crore).
Money matters a lot in cricket’s biggest money game called the Indian Premier League. From the media rights (Star India – ₹16,370.5 crore for five years) to title sponsorship (Vivo – ₹2,199 crore for five years), the cricket world’s biggest commercial venture is miles ahead of any other even in the sport.
There are minutely-calculated and assured returns on each investment with the exception of commitment towards players’ salaries – which remain the most unpredictable investment for the team owners.
InsideSports’ IPL Moneyball is one logical, software-driven too to provide the most authentic analysis to correlate an IPL player’s salary and performance. Insidesport.co, ahead of the all-important second eliminator for IPL 2018, takes a look at what kind of returns have the two teams’ got from the investment of their top players.
SRH: INTELLIGENT INVESTMENT – SUPERB SHOW
SunRisers Hyderabad, the leaders at the IPL 2018 league stage, have not just excelled on the field, their investment on the players will also win the trophy for Returns on Investment if there were one.
Skipper Kane Williamson is the clear leader not just for being the top run-getter of the season, but also for his ₹ 3 crore deal being the wisest investment by a franchisee. Each of the top five SRH performers have assured to be a profitable acquisition for the team. Williamson’s 685 runs for ₹ 3 crore; Shikhar Dhawan’s 437 in lieu of a ₹5.2 crore salary, Shakib al-Hassan’s all-round show (13 wickets and 188 runs) for a pay package of ₹2 crore, one of the highest paid SRH players Rashid Khan (₹9 core) running home with 18 wickets and young Siddarth Kaul’s 19 wickets and ₹3.8 crore salary are all value for money deals for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
If SunRisers Hyderabad is a story of consistent performance, occasionally abbreviated by the law of averages, Kolkata Knight Riders big guns have ridden a strong resurgence to overcome a slow start off the blocks to be among the top three.
Like SRH, KKR are led from the front by skipper Dinesh Karthik, who for his ₹7.4 crore deal has been as impressive in front and behind the wickets as he has been as the wise leader. The team’s most expensive acquisition Sunil Narine (₹12.5 crores) has also been the best bowler for the side and an outstanding all-rounder. The Knight Riders table in the IPL auction hall was among the franchisees to make lavish investments. Performances of also the likes of Andre Russell (₹8.5 crore) and Kuldeep Yadav (₹5.8 crore) have establishes that KKR big investments have also turned out to be the wise investments for money matters.
The reliance yet again by on these consistent players. SunRisers had lost their most precious and expensive player captain David Warner (₹ 12.5 crore) before the start of the league. While the impact on franchisees finances was a positive one instantly, the team did not let the absence of the legend leave a negative influence on performance in the middle.
Momentum for now is on the Knight Riders side for having won their last four games on the trot, including the five-wicket win over the SunRisers in their own den at Hyderabad on Saturday, May 19. Friday, today, is the next big date for the two sides. The one who wins will earn the chance take a shot at the title this Sunday.