Chennai Super Kings are crowned the India Premier League Champions for the third time. SunRisers Hyderabad failed to break their Yellow Brigade, losing the high-scoring at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday by eight wickets.
Chennai Super Kings emerged as the champion, the chief architect of the all-important win Shane Watson was the Man of the Final Match. There were honours for the top performers. As the BCCI decorated the top performers, IPL Moneyball takes a look at the kind of returns the franchisee got on their investment of the decorated stars of IPL 2018.
Chennai Super Kings – The Champions
Led by MS Dhoni, the top-ranked Moneyball cricketer for career IPL salaries, Chennai made an immediate impact on their return to the league after a two-year suspension. Regrouping their top stars after two years, CSK have made an investment of ₹ 73.5 crores to build the team. There were only two franchisees to spend more than CSK on their squads. Defending champions Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (₹79.65 crore) and defending champions Mumbai Indians (₹ 75.85) failed to move past the league phase.
Man-of-the-match of the final – Shane Watson
The Australia all-rounder Shane Watson had spared his best for the best moment. His 57-ball, 117 were the decisive factor for the IPL title clash. The veteran pro tops the Moneyball Impact Rank Chart for all-rounders. The ₹4 crore CSK acquisition has an overall 4th Impact rank with 627 impact points, which place him as the No. 1 all-rounder for the season.
Emerging & Stylish player of the season – Rishabh Pant
The second highest run-getter in the tournament with 684 runs from 14 matches, Pant may well have topped the chart. The league leader Kane Williamson got three more innings that Pant to surpass his score. Ranked overall second on the Moneyball Impact Point, Pant has scored 708 Impact Rank Points. He also tops the wicketkeepers’ table for the season. His record for most fours (68), most sixes (37), and the highest score of unbeaten 128 against SRH also earned him the honour of the Stylish Player of IPL 2018.
Perfect Catch of the Season – Trent Boult
Trent Boult was awarded the perfect catch of the season for his excellent back-peddling catch to get RCB captain to get rid of Virat Kohli. The ₹ 2.2 crore Delhi Daredevils acquisition finished the season with the 36th Impact Rank and the 23rd Value for Money rank in the IPL Moneyball rankings.
Purple cap – Andrew Tye
Andrew Tye won the Purple Cap with 24 wickets from 14 matches as the most successful bowler for the season. He said, “I accept the purple cap with great honour. India’s been a great place with a lot of memories to take home. Unfortunately, our team couldn’t make it to the finals but we’ll try hard to get back next year.”
Orange cap – Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson spearheaded Sunrisers Hyderabad’s attack and won the Orange cap with 735 runs from 17 matches. The Kiwi stands at the atop the Impact ranking with 762 Impact Points.
Most Valuable Player & Super Striker for the Season – Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for scoring 357 runs and taking 17 wickets from 16 matches. He also tops the IML Moneyball Ranking table for the season with an overall ranking of 11, followed by SunRisers’ Rashish Khan. The ₹12.5 crore KKR bowler, Narine has the most Impact Rank points among the bowlers. Narine put on display some excellent batting skills this season to also earn the honours as the Super Striker for the Season.
Fairplay award – Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians failed to defend their IPL crown this season, but the second most expensive side this season was the No. 1 team to keep the spirit of the game high. The Rohit Sharma-led Blue and Golden squad were the recipient of the Fairplay Award for IPL 2018.