IPL 2020 Moneyball : Check top 5 most value for money players in IPL 2020

It’s been more than a month since the commencement of Dream11 Indian Premier League 2020, and the tournament has witnessed some top performances in all aspects of the game. It has kept fans on the edge of their seat with high-intensity matches and it has been a rollercoaster ride so far.

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Notably, there have been some big names in the tournament who have failed to justify their heft price tags, while some players have given bang for the buck.

Here we take a look at the top 5 players who have proved to be the best value buys for IPL 2020 teams so far.

Devdutt Padikkal (Royal Challengers Bangalore): The 20-year-old has been terrific with the bat so far in IPL 2020 as he has smashed 321 runs in 10 games at a strike rate of 124.41. He also has three half-centuries to his name.

Value For Money Rank 1
2020 Salary ₹ 2,000,000
Impact Points 345
Each Impact Point Cost ₹ 5,797.10


Riyan Parag (Rajasthan Royals): 18-year-old Assamese boy Riyan Parag made headlines when he helped RR beat Sunrisers Hyderabad while chasing 159. Parag hit 42 off just 26 balls and stitched a match-winning partnership of 85 for the sixth wicket with Rahul Tewatia to rescue Rajasthan who were struggling at 78 for 5 at one stage. Overall, Parag has scored 86 runs in seven innings at a strike rate of 122.85.

Value For Money Rank 2
2020 Salary ₹ 2,000,000
Impact Points 106
Each Impact Point Cost ₹ 18,867.92


Shreyas Gopal (Rajasthan Royals): The 27-year-old bowling all-rounder was the leading wicket-taker for the Royals in 2019 and in this season he has clinched 7 wickets in 11 matches so far. Gopal has an economy rate of 8.76.

Value For Money Rank 3
2020 Salary ₹ 2,000,000
Impact Points 90
Each Impact Point Cost ₹ 22,222.22


Abdul Samad (Sunrisers Hyderabad): A big-hitting right-handed batsman from Jammu Kashmir, 18-year old Samad has scored 71 runs and picked a wicket in six games he has played so far. He has a strike rate of 161.36.

Value For Money Rank 4
2020 Salary ₹ 2,000,000
Impact Points 87
Each Impact Point Cost ₹ 22,988.51


Mayank Agarwal (Kings XI Punjab): After skipper KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal remains the most-important Indian batsman in KXIP’s line-up. He has enjoyed a fine run in the tournament till now having scored 398 runs in 10 games at an average of 39.80 and a strike rate of 155.46. Agarwal is currently the third-highest scorer in IPL 2020.

Value For Money Rank 5
2020 Salary ₹ 10,000,000
Impact Points 416
Each Impact Point Cost ₹ 24,038.46


NOTE: Moneyball comprises of three key factors: Impact Rank, Impact Points Calculation & Value for Money Rank.

Here’s how it works:

– IMPACT RANK: 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 CALCULATION: 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 catch, stumping and run-out add three points to a players IMPACT RANK.

– VALUE FOR MONEY RANK: Value for Money rankings is derived by dividing a players’ annual salary with his IMPACT POINTS. In simple terms, the gross annual salary of the player is divided by the impact points to arrive at his VALUE FOR MONEY RANK. Players with the lowest amount spent for each impact point get ranking higher up the order.

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