Kane Williamson and Ambati Rayudu the best impact players in IPL 2018

There are some surprise revelations too.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The IPL 2018 saw the dawn of a new decade of the much-celebrated league, as it once again stood true to its stature of grandeur. The season was special in a way as it welcomed two of its former franchises, while fans got to witness yet another generation of Indian cricketers. While we head towards the end of the league format, we take a look at the players who have been clinical with their performances.

Chennai Super Kings opener Ambati Rayudu and SunRisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson were amongst the top performers of this season. Though they were not among the prime choices during the Indian Premier League auction for the 2018 season, over a span of 13 games the duo have emerged as the best deals of IPL 2018 – giving the best returns on investment of ₹1 crore or above acquisition by any franchise, for any players.

The meager 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 Surisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings atop the IPL 2018 Points table respectively.

Rohit Sharma and Jaydev Unadkat amongst the worst investments

There are surprise revelations too in the likes of Mumbai Indians’ Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal of Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Daredevils’ Harshal Patel and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Prasidh Krishna. All the players were before being acquired by their respective franchises 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.

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 franchises.

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