MONEYBALL: 5 top impactful & Value for Money players of IPL 2018

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The Indian Premier League over the 11 seasons has raised a long list of multi-millionaire players. Year or year there are players who top headlines for their salary contract running into crores of rupees. Then there are performers – stars and surprise packages – who script the destiny of their teams and ascertain the outcome in the race for the coveted trophy and the big fat price purse associated with it.

Insidesport Moneyball, applying logic to evaluate each player’s overall performance, has created an IPL IMPACT RANK for each player, who has played at least one match in the current season.

We bring to our readers the top 5 players who have made the maximum impact with their overall performance in the IPL 2018 so far.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Chips were down for Delhi Daredevils as designate skipper Gautam Gambhir stepped down following a sequence of defeats. The 23-year-old Shreyas Iyer is handed the reins of the team full of seasoned pros. The man rose to the occasions to lift struggling Daredevils to an emphatic win over Kolkata Knight Riders, who had handed the Gambhir-led Daredevils a drubbing in their home game.

Iyer struck an undefeated 93 of just 40 balls, took a catch and executed a run-out to lead the team from the front to a much-needed victory. In the process the earning vital 99 IMPACT POINTS, which put him in the fifth position among the most impactful players for the IPL 2018.

Acquired by Delhi Daredevils for ₹ 7 crores for the season, Iyer is also placed at the 52nd position in the value for money rank.

South African and Royal Challengers Bangalore veteran AB de Villiers heads the list for the most impactful players with 277 impact points for his 268 runs and three catches till date. The Moneyball 7th-ranked IPL player for the season is placed in the 50th position in the Value for Money rankings.

Chennai Super Kings’ Ambati Rayudu, SunRisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson and the Kings XI Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman Lokesh Rahul are respectively positioned at No. 2 to 4 positions in the IPL IMPACT RANK.


However, the Impact players not necessarily are the best value for money in purely monetary terms for their franchisees. A players value for money conversion is the direct mathematical correlation between the player’s annual salary and his Impact PointS.

Mumbai Indians bowling sensation Mayank Markande, the uncapped player acquired for his base price of a mere ₹20 lakh, happens to be the best Value for Money player with 111 IMPACT POINTS and ₹18,018 cost for each Impact Point. Ambati Rayudu and Chris Gayle are the only two stars with ₹2 crore or more salary package to figure in the VALUE FOR MONEY RANK top five chart.

So, how do Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma – the three highest paid for IPL 2018 –fair on the IMPACT and VALUE FOR MONEY RANK?

RCB captain and the highest paid IPL 2018 player, Virat Kohli for his 255 Impact Points (for 249 runs and two catches) is placed sixth in the IPL Impact Rank, but the ₹17 crore salary deal pushes him to the 85th position in the Value for Money Rankings with a ₹ 666,666 per Impact Point value.

The Moneyball Ranking leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni (retained by Chennai Super Kings for ₹15 crore) is placed 14th in the Impact Rank with 227 points (209 runs, five catches and a run out). His ins 82nd on the Value for Money Rank with per point cost of ₹660,792.

However, another ₹15 crore retention Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain and the No. 2 player on Money Ball IPL rankings has been the big disappointment for the season so far. Sharma for a mere 155 runs, including a 90 plus knock, and five catches has 155 Impact points in his kitty for a 29th position on the list. With ₹976,741 per Impact point value, he is at the 104th position in the Value for Money Rank.

Professional sports are as much about big fat contracts as their score cards. The money matters invoke similar or more interest than the numbers on the scorecard. The Moneyball Impact Rank logically rates a player’s worth in his teams rise or fall.


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 catch, stumping and run-out add three points to a player’s IMPACT POINTS.


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 gets ranking higher up the order.


Players who are yet to play a match in the IPL Season XI do not qualify for the IMPACT RANK and VALUE FOR MONEY ranking.