Over a span of 13 games, these two batsmen have emerged THE DEALS of IPL 2018 – giving the best returns on investment of ₹1 crore or above acquisition by any franchisee, for any players.
There are surprise packages likes Mumbai Indians’ Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal of Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils’ Harshal Patel and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Prasidh Krishna – all uncapped players acquired by their respective franchisees for their base price of a mere ₹20 lakh. The quartet in the order of mention here leads the IPL Moneyball Value for Money impact. The meagre investment on these players translates their impressive performances into the best investments in terms of each Impact Point Cost (Players salary divided by his Moneyball Impact Points).
Among the established players, Williamson and Rayudu steal the show as their performances have been crucial in placing SunRisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings atop the IPL 2018 Points table respectively. They are not the highest paid players even for their respective teams. But they both are the top scorers for their respective teams – among the top five for the tournament.
Williams with 625 runs from 13 innings is only behind Kings’ XI Punjab batsman-wicketkeeper Lokesh Rahul, who has scored 652 from as many games. Rayudu has to his name 525 runs with an unbeaten century.
The Rahul also tops the billing among the ₹11 crore and above STARS. The elite group has the likes of Virat Kohli, retained by RCB for the highest ever IPL salary of ₹17 crore; two ₹15 crore retentions MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma; Sunil Narine and Ben Stokes with ₹12.5 crore salary packages and the ₹11 crore club of Rahul, AB de Villiers, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina and Manish Pandey.
Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma and Jaydev Unadkat, who bagged a surprise ₹11.5 crore deal from Rajasthan Royals, have turned out to be the most disappointing investments by their respective franchisees.
The Delhi Daredevils’ wicketkeeper-opener Rishabh Pant has been the best value for money deal for his ₹8 crore contract for the season. However, the team is let down by the most of its top players with the exception of skipper Shreyas Iyer, who was handed the team command as Gautam Gambhir had relinquished captaincy in the wake of his poor performance with the bat and team’s overall dismal showing.
The IPL 2018 journey for Pant will be over after DD’s last league game on Sunday, June 20. Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab too hold a very thin hope as a win alone in their last league game is no guarantee for qualification to the next round. Williamson and Rayudu in this scenario will now also have a race to finish as the top scorer of the tournament.