IPL6 –figures behind the action : Compilation on May 2013
- Pepsi ATOM MVP is more favorable to a bowler or a bowling all-rounder and in fact less favorable to a pure
batsman. How else can you explain an Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Awana or a Praveen Kumar placed well the
likes of Raina, Dhoni or a Rohit! None of these bowlers seem to have any match winning performances but the
above batters did many a times! Praveen does not even have a 3-wicket haul this time. We need a good metric
that combines good batting with good averages, consistency and strike rates, along with catches and run outs
effected, and with bowling figures with economy rates and strike rates as part of the equation, add to whether
their performance lead to a match winning performance which is key. I have come close to it by starting in
some direction but it needs a lot of data and man power and automation to get this done.
- Once the MVP or the new metrics are in place, we must go back and do a report card against each player for
what he was paid and what he has contributed to clearly show the huge discrepancies in most of the cases.
- The Champions trophy team representing India may not be a bad one given that all the 15 players are in the top
100 in the MVP list – credit must be to the batsmen because their points are harder to make it to the MVP list.
Even that apart, I strongly feel Irfan Pathan must have made way for Stuart Binny unless BCCI wants to fill
that minority quota! And given the form Murali Vijay is in, I would rather take Cheteshwar Pujara who is more
technically sound and is out of the injury and can even open.
- The probable list though is something worrisome as none of the players in that, except for Praveen Kumar
perhaps, are worth even to be considered – their performance does not warrant them to be there as other players
can make a bigger difference. I would say Mohit instead of Shami, Rahane instead of Gambhir, Parthiv instead
of Ambati, Mandeep instead of Tiwary and P Ojha instead of Rahul Sharma as a spinner backup.
- Age has been the most determining factor in choosing the team as India may be eying the next World cup
couple of years down the road and building a team for the same. But present is present and we need to send the
best team to win any day, irrespective of age as long as recent performance backs it up.
- Encouraging people who have come to the news for all the wrong reasons like Rahul Sharma and Praveen
Kumar for drugs and violence respectively, is not appreciated. In fact, we must be tough on these and ensure
discipline and behavior is maintained well.
- It would be a wasted player if the top three batsmen do not consistently perform and frequently do big scores –
couple of fifties through the season for these three players’ calls for a replacement at the top. By not being to
do big scores, the later batsmen who have little time to settle are under lots of pressure. On the other hand, if
they have a nice platform, they can build on it.
- Just checking the KXIP bowling: Both Praveen and Piyush do not even have any 3-wicket haul this time and
their salary is $800K and $900K, I guess. What a waste. On the same team, this new comer Sandeep Sharma
has taken 3-wickets twice in four matches he has played, and that too away from Mohali - would not a medium
pacer like him do better in Mohali if he plays a full season????
- 3 out of the four teams that qualified for IPL6 semifinals have Indian captains – only Hyderabad has either
Sangakkara or White. By the same token, out of the bottom 4 teams, only one had an Indian captain – Gambhir
for KKR, the other being KXIP, DD and PWI. So, it is fair to conclude that an Indian captain is a better bet for
leading IPL teams – I cannot reason it out, but still it makes sense.
- Fair play award usually sets the tone for the team and speaks a lot about their leadership – captain and the
coach. Chennai has won it three times so far and they are the leaders this year, and Rajasthan and Punjab have
won it once so far. If you look at this year, unfortunately, not only Delhi and Kolkata play well, they did not
play fair as well as they are the two teams at the bottom of the fair play award table. Although no correlation
exists between fair play and qualifying, the spirit of the game is important and we need to remember the Game
is bigger than any individual and their ego and anger!
- Home advantage seems to be a beneficial thing for most teams as the win record at home is 70.83% - 51 games
won vs. 21 lost, out of a total of 72. Mumbai and Rajasthan have won all home games, and Bangalore and
Hyderabad have won all except one. Pune and Delhi are the ones who do not seem to take advantage of the
home crowd to pull a win and they have the worst record here.
- When teams bat first, Win – loss ratio is 34:37 and when teams chase, they have Win-Loss ratio to be 38:35
overall – somewhat equal chance of win and loss in either case. Some teams are better batting first like Mumbai
and Chennai, and some teams are better chasing like Rajasthan and Hyderabad. Delhi is the only team that has
highly inverted ratio leading to a loss in either case. Chennai is the only team that has more wins than losses,
either batting first or chasing – seems to me that they do not bother much as to where they are playing as they
do not have a clean record in either scenarios. Chennai and Mumbai have had good success in the top order to
post big scores to defend by batting first, although the quality of bowling of Chennai, esp. at death, is lower
- All – rounders are the ones best suited for the limited format versions of the game. India’s success with the
World cup in 1983 was due to the fact that it had lots of good and utility all-rounders in Mohinder Amarnath,
Madan Lal, Roger Binny and lead by Kapil Dev. In this IPL6, we see teams what have good all-rounders
winning matches – SRH with Perera and Sammy, RR with Shane Watson, MI with Pollard and to a little extent
CSK with Jadeja and KXIP with Azhar M. The inverse inference is also applicable as when these all-rounders
to not perform, the teams perish with them: PWI with Yuvraj and Angelo, KKR with Kallis and Yusuf, and
DD with Irfan Pathan. In a sense, an all-rounder does not need to excel in both bat and bowl in the same game,
but can be a good batter who can bowl, or a good bowler who can bat, and in all the cases, he would be the
person counted upon to finish the game.
Some National Team analysis:
WI Team and individual performances: After their recent success winning the T20 World cup, their team
members seem to be in fine knick in the sub-continent and have played a significant role in each of the IPL teams.
CSK has Bravo an all-rounder and Holder, a budding young fast bowler. RCB has a dangerous mature opener in
Chris Gayle and a good opening wicket taking bowler in Ravi Rampaul (they did not play Chris Barnwell at all).
Darren Sammy had been a great all-rounder for SRH. Pune had Marlon Samuels who has to return early in this IPL
due to injury. Mumbai has Keiron Pollard, a massive finisher and Dwayne Smith who can also open well in this
format, and both are good at the field and can help in bowling. RR had the leggie Samuel Badree who played only
couple of matches, the fast bowler Fidel Edwards who did not play this season and Keron Cooper who seems to be a
good death bowler with his medium pace. KXIP never had a West Indian player in its role this year. DD had a
decent all-rounder in Andre Russell who played early in the season. And Of course, KKR had the clever spinner in
Sunil Narine. Overall this IPL may have belonged to West Indians as they have taken a lot of credit in each game
that has been played and have players who have had live practices in the shorter format of the game. They would be
a great force to reckon with in Champions Trophy although the conditions in England would be totally different and
I hope they adjust fast and well. With their long list of all-rounders, they stand to gain a lot under Bravo’s
captaincy; he being with Dhoni for 6 years would go a long way in honing his leadership skills. With Gayle and
Smith to open, Marlon to come as one-down, Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards to open their attack, Narine to give
that spin option , with Sammy and Pollard to finish the innings in the middle , and Keron to do the death overs, this
is going to be interesting.
Looking at the other side of the coin, this has been a bad season for all Sri Lankan players except for T
Perera(good all round performance) and S Senanayake (9 wickets from 8 matches) perhaps, and of course the
consistent-at-death bowler Malinga. The flop show list includes Dilshan, Muralitharan, Sangakarra, Jayawardhene,
Angelo Mathews, Ajanta Mendis, Janith Perera and Jeevan Mendis. This is of concern to the Sri Lankan team esp.
at the point that Jayawardhene, Sangakarra and Dilshan are just having a few more months or year to retirement, and
certainly looking like well beyond their peak in their shorter format performance.
IPL Teams Analysis:
Chennai Super Kings (CSK): They have won the toss 7 times - 3 at Home (twice batted and one fielded first) and
4 Away (twice each batted and fielded), chose to bat 4 times and field 3 times. All the 6 full games they won and
they lost the last game which was shrunk to 8 overs. So, if they win the toss, it is fair to conclude they would win,
except for a rain affect shortened game. And they have the best AWAY win records (with 62.5% which is a big
- They never had any 4 wicket haul at all by any bowler, and generally the bowlers were expensive, esp. at the
death. Ashwin although economical, is not the strike bowler he used to be and not fully utilized either by
- They have the best fielding unit with 11 run outs to their credit.
- Hussey, Raina and Dhoni were the big scorers here and Vijay is yet to strike any big form.
Played: 16; Won: 11; Lost: 5;
Won/Lost at Home: 6 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 5 Won vs. 3 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 6 Won vs. 1 Lost; Won/Lost chasing : 5 Won vs. 4 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 3 Won vs. 0 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 3 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 3 Won vs. 1 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 2 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): Mike Hussey with 646 runs(5/0), Suresh Raina with 466 runs(3/1), M S
Dhoni with 398 runs(3/0) and Murali Vijay with 271 runs (2/0) ;
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 25 by Dwayne Bravo(17.84), 17 by Mohit Sharma(15.76) and 15 by R
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 9 – M Hussey , 7 – S Raina, and 6-M S Dhoni ;
Most economical bowler(wickets): 6.23 by Mohit Sharma(17) , 6.62 by R Ashwin(15) & 6.72 by Albie
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): Twice each by M Sharma (3 /10 and 3/21), R Jadeja (3/20 and
3/29) and D Bravo (3/27 and 3/34). Ashwin is no more a threat he used to be as he has no 3-wicket haul and is
not used as strike bowler by
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): Dwayne Bravo (12) from 16 matches
Surprise find: Mohit Sharma – a medium-pace bowler who made his debut this season both for IPL and T20;
# of times in Semifinals: 6 ; # of times in finals: 4 ; # of times IPL champions: 2;
Top players paid the most : M S Dhoni($3M), R Jadeja($2M), S Raina($1.3M), M Vijay($900K), R
Ashwin($850K), S Badrinath($800K),Albie Morkel($500K), Mike Hussey($425K), D Bravo($200K), Faf Du
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Chris Morris ($625K) and Dirk Nannes($600K)
Captain’s performance: M S Dhoni: 398 runs with 3 Fifties and average 36.18 and 167.22 Strike rate, 13
catches and 2 stumping and a win record of 68.75%
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: M Vijay has not done much to make a difference(only four scores over
30), Dirk Nannes (4 wickets from 5 matches at 39.5 average and 7.96 economy rate)
Fair Play Award Rank for IPL6: Leaders this year (Won it three times out of 5 so far overall)
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Runner-up in IPL5 and Winner in IPL4
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Have won the toss 5 times, chose to bat twice (1 Won and 1 lost) and field
3 times (all 3 won). It is fair to say that every time they won the toss at home, they chose to field and chose to Bat
when they are away. Whenever they win the toss and field, they have won all the games.
- Their top order has been very consistent this season with Gayle, Kohli and AB firing almost every other game.
From the records, it is seen that Gayle is more threatening at home but Kohli and AB are equally good at both
home and away. They do not seem to have any other batsman performing, nor had the reason to bat itself.
- Bowling has been mediocre at best, although RP Singh took 3-wickets three times, they were all at home
Played: 16; Won: 9; Lost: 7; had two tied games – one lost and one won in Super over.
Won/Lost at Home: 7 Won vs. 1 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 2 Won vs. 6 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 5 Won vs. 5 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 4 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 3 Won vs. 1 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 4 Won vs. 0 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 2 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 0 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): Chris Gayle with 708 runs (4/1), Virat Kohli with 634 runs (6/0), AB De
Villiers with 360 runs (2/0);
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 23 by Vinay Kumar(21.43) in 16 matches and 13 by three - R
Rampaul(20.07), J Unadkat(28.46), RP Singh(25.76) in 10, 13 and 11 matches respectively ;
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 9 by Virat Kohli, 8 by Chris Gayle, 6 by AB De Villiers;
Most economical bowler(wickets): 6.92 by Ravi Rampaul(13) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): Both RP Singh (3/13, 3/27, 3/27) and Vinay Kumar (3/18, 3/27,
3/31) have done it three times, although RP has played only 11 matches vs. Vinay’s 16. Unadkat has one 5/25
to his name and Zaheer a 4/17 in the last game with CSK. RP Singh got all his three wickets hauls playing at
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): Vinay Kumar with 8 and Virat Kohli with 7 catches from 16
matches, AB DE Villiers has 8 catches(but he may have been a WK in couple)
Surprise find: Moises Henriques is worth a mention for his utility all-round performance; Unadkat can be
groomed to be a good bowler- has potential.
# of times in Semifinals: 3 ; # of times in finals: 2 ; # of times IPL champions: 0 ;
Top players paid the most : Chris Gayle($2M), Virat Kohli($1.8M), S Tiwary($1.6M), AB De
Villiers($1.1M), Vinay Kumar($1M), Zaheer Khan($900K), C Pujara($700K), T Dilshan($650K), D
Vettori($550K), A Mithun($360K), M Muralidharan($220K), Andrew MacDonald($100K)
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Jaydev Unadkat($525K), RP Singh($400K), Moises
Henriques($300K), Ravi Rampaul($290K)
Captain’s performance: Virat Kohli with a win record of 56.25% and the 2nd
top scorer for RCB with 634 runs
that includes 6 Fifties with an average of 45.28 and strike rate of 138.73 and has taken 7 catches. His 634 runs
are the most by any captain in any IPL.
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Saurabh Tiwary (109 from 9 matches at an average of 27.25), Zaheer
Khan out due to injury for most of the matches, Muralitharan not being that effective anymore, Dilshan had not
much to write about with his bat, and Vettori was never played.
Fair Play Award points: Ranked 4th
out of 9 this year
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Finished 5th
in IPL5 & Runner-up in IPL4
Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH): They have won the toss 6 times- chose to bat 5 times(4 times away and 1 time at
home) and field once(that too at home). They won only once (that too at home) and lost 5 times. When they are
away and win the toss, they choose to bat – again, may not be reading the conditions well and hence want to put a
tall score and allow the home team to chase it.
- Whenever Parthiv and Dhawan fared well as an opening pair, they have had good success.
- Glad to see lots of local Andhra talent being utilized by the franchisee to give them an arena to perform – H
Vihari was a revelation, thanks to the opportunities although he needs to improve significantly on his strike
- Perera as an all-rounder made it count with his batting at the finish, along with the big hitting and was very
decent with the ball as well.
- Although their bowling unit can be rated well with the likes of Steyn, Mishra and Ishant, not much damage
seen in terms of high number of wicket hauls by them. Many an occasion though they have managed to restrict
their opponents to lower scores.
Played: 16; Won: 10(Includes one Tie game with RCB that they won in Super over); Lost: 6;
Won/Lost at Home:7 Won vs. 1 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 3 Won vs. 5 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 4 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 6 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 2 Won vs. 0 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 5 Won vs. 1 Lost;
Won/Lost batting first away: 2 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 1 Won vs. 1 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): Parthiv Patel with 293 runs (1/0), S Dhawan with 278 runs(3/0) and
Hanuma Vihari with 240 runs (0/0) ;
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 20 by Amit Mishra(18.9), 19 by T Perera(24.42), 18 by Dale Steyn(20.05)
and 14 by Ishant Sharma(31.07) ;
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 4 times by both T Perera and S Dhawan, and 3 times by Parthiv,
C White and H Vihari ;
Most economical bowler(wickets): 5.65 by Dale Steyn(18) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): 3 times by Amit Mishra (4/19, 3/19, 3/26), 2 times by Perera
(3/20, 3/45) and Darren Sammy had taken a 4/22 once.
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): CameronWhite with 10 catches and Ashish Reddy with 7 catches,
both from 12 games
Surprise find: Hanuma Vihari;
# of times in Semifinals: 3 ; # of times in finals: 1 ; # of times IPL champions: 1(as Deccan Chargers) ;
Top players paid the most : Dale Steyn($1.2M), C White($1.1M), K Sangakkara($700K), Parthiv
Patel($600K), Ishant Sharma($450K), JP Duminy($300K)-did not play this season, S Dhawan($300K), Amit
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Thisara Perera($675K), Darren Sammy($425K)
Captain’s performance: K Sangakkara with no scores over 30 and with 55.55% wins in 9 games (5 Won and 4
Lost) – at home, won 4 and lost 1 & away, won 1 and lost 3, Cameron White had only one fifty score and an
average of 16.18 but had a 71.43% win record having won 5 and lost 2 off the 7 games he captained – won all
three home games, and won and lost 2 games each away from Hyderabad.
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Cameron White – 178 runs with only 1 fifty at an average of 16.18,
Kumar Sangakkara-120 runs with his highest score of 28 and an average of 13.33
Fair Play Award points: Ranked 7th
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4 (as Deccan Chargers): Finished 8th
in IPL5 (out of 9) and 7th
in IPL4 (out
Pune Warriors India (PWI): Has always been the worst or second worst in three years of its IPL. They won the
toss 9 times- chose to bat 5 times and field 4 time. They won the toss 4 times at home (3 times batted and once
fielded) and 5 times away (2 times batted and 3 times fielded). They pretty much lost all their matches except one
(away when they beat CSK) – with three captains this season, this would have been a confusing thing in terms of
answerability and getting support from the team members. Whenever they field after winning the toss, they have lost
– shows a lot about reading the conditions badly and the opponents badly, and not able to bowl and restrict to be
able to chase with their modest batting.
- Their flop was due to the fact that only 9 times a batsman has hit 30 runs and above this season, and only 3
times a bowler has taken a 3 wicket haul. They had three captains and their regular captain Clarke withdrew
before the tournament!
- Except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar, their bowling was below par.
- Other than Aaron Finch, no other batsmen seem to be consistent and wanted to get a big score or stick around –
I did not see a fire-in-the-belly approach anytime.
- Something has to be done to this franchise they seem to be the bottom team for the past three years.
Played: 16; Won: 4; Lost: 12;
Won/Lost at Home: 2 Won vs. 6 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 2 Won vs. 6 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 3 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 1 Won vs. 8 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 1 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 1 Won vs. 4 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 2 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 0 Won vs. 4 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): 456 runs by Aaron Finch(4/0), 434 runs by Robin Uthappa(2/0) and 238
runs by Yuvraj Singh(0/0);
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 16 wickets by Ashok Dinda(29.06) and 13 wickets by Bhuvneshwar
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 7 times by Aaron Finch, 6 by Robin Uthappa and 4 by Yuvraj;
Most economical bowler(wickets): 6.50 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar(13) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): Twice by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/18,3/25) and 1 time each by
Ashok Dinda(3/31) , Angelo Mathews(3./14), W Parnell(3/27) and Ali Murtaza(3/15)
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): 7 by Mitchell Marsh from 9 games and 6 by Manish Pandey from
Surprise find: Bhuvneshwar Kumar($60K) and Aaron Finch, for a guy who was NOT sold in the auction
initially, he has turned out to be the highest run scorer to prove his stake and managed to captain the star-less
# of times in Semifinals: 0 ; # of times in finals: 0 ; # of times IPL champions: 0 ;
Top players paid the most : Robin Uthappa($2.1M), Yuvraj Singh($1.8M), Ross Taylor, Angelo
Mathews($950K), Ashok Dinda($500K), Marlon Samuels($400K)- 2 matches and 8 runs, Luke
Wright($200K), Wayne Parnell($160K)
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Ajantha Mendis($725K)-2 wickets from 3 matches, Kane
Richardson($700K)- 2 wickets from 3 matches, Abhisek Nayar($675K) – 2 wickets, hit 66 runs from 11
matches, Michael Clarke($400K), Ross Taylor – 63 runs in 5 matches at an average of 12.6
Captain’s performance: A Mathews – captained 5 with a win record of 20% – won 1(at home) and lost 4 (2 at
home and 2 away), Aaron Finch – captained 10 times (5 each at home and away) with a win record of 20% -
won 1 and lost 4 each at home and away, Ross Taylor – captained one and won it against CSK at Chennai
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Yuvraj Singh(238 runs with No fifties and just 4 scores of 30 and above.
and 19.83 average and only 6 wickets), Angelo Mathews(172 runs with No fifties and 3 scores of 30 and above,
and 24.57 average and just 5 wickets), Abhishek Nayar(66 runs with 11 average and 2 wickets from 11
matches), Rahul Sharma(9 wickets from 11 matches at 31.22 average), Ross Taylor(63 runs from 5 matches at
an average of 12.6) and Robin Uthappa(only 2 scores of 50 and above).
Fair Play Award points: 3rd
best this season
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Finished last in IPL5 and Finished 9th
in IPL4(out of 10)
Mumbai Indians (MI): Won all Home league games, same as RR. Like RR and KKR, they have been lucky at the
toss having won 11 times and choosing to bat almost all the time except for twice (in away games -in their first and
last league matches). 6 times they have won the toss at home and 5 times away. Once Rohit wins the toss, it is fair
to say he elects to bat mostly. Mumbai did have a strong batting line up that was in form and batting first gives them
the liberty to post good scores, so that their bowlers can defend them – with the likes of Malinga at the death and M
Johnson taking wickets in the beginning, it is not surprising their overall results have been great. They are knocking
very close for the past three years, having been in the semi-finals all the three times and once in the finals, and may
be this is the year for them to get crowned.
- All their players have struck well and hence there were other good players who did not get too much of a
chance to play – they had a problem of plenty which is a good problem to have.
- Overall their bowling is just Ok with some big names in it – but the resurgence of Johnson taking wickets early
and Malinga being his best at the death with his Yorkers seem to be doing a lot of good.
Played: 16; Won: 11; Lost: 5;
Won/Lost at Home: 8 Won vs. 0 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 3 Won vs. 5 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 8 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 3 Won vs. 3 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 7 Won vs. 0 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 1 Won vs. 0 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away:1 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 2 Won vs. 3 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): 526 by Rohit Sharma(4/0), 456 by Dinesh Karthik(2/0) and 325 by K
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 22 by M Johnson(17.13), 19 by Harbhajan Singh (20.68) and 17 by L
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 8 by Dinesh Karthik, 7 by Rohit Sharma, 5 by Dwayne Smith
and then 4 times each by Pollard and Tendulkar
Most economical bowler(wickets): 6.66 by Harbhajan Singh(19) and 6.71 by L Malinga(17) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): 2 times by Harbhajan Singh(3/14,3/27)
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): Pollard with 11 catches from 15 games, and Rayudu took 8
catches from 16 games
Surprise find: None in particular but M Johnson was a revelation in bowling by taking early wickets ;
# of times in Semifinals: 4 ; # of times in finals: 1 ; # of times IPL champions: 0 ;
Top players paid the most : Rohit Sharma($2M), S Tendulkar($1.8M), Harbhajan Singh($1.3M), Dinesh
Karthik($1.2M), Lasith Malinga($1.1M), K Pollard($900K), P Ojha($800K),Munaf Patel($700K), Mitchell
Johnson($300K), James Franklin($100K)
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Glenn Maxwell($1M)-played in the last 3 league games only(36
runs at 18 average and took no wicket), Nathan Coulter-Nile($450K) – played only the last league game(hit 9
runs and took 1 Wicket), Ricky Ponting($400K)
Captain’s performance: Ricky Ponting (52 runs from 6 matches with 10.4 average and 50% captaincy win
percentage out of 6 matches) and Rohit Sharma (296 from 10 matches at 42.28 average and 1 Fifty, and 80%
captaincy Win percentage in 10 matches). As a non captain, Rohit had a better record having aggregated 230
runs in 6 matches with three scores of over fifty – does feel that captaincy is taking a toll on his batting!.
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Munaf Patel(played 3 matches and took 3 wickets), S Tendulkar(287
from 14 matches at 22.07 average and only 1 Fifty), Ricky Ponting(52 runs from 6 matches at an average of
Fair Play Award points: Ranked 6th
out of 9 this year
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Semi-Finalists in both IPL5 and IPL4
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Won all Home leagues games, same as MI. Seems to be lucky at the toss, having won 10
times and chose to field(3 times at home and 2 times away) and bat(once at home and 4 times away) 5 times each.
They have won 6 times (4 times fielding and 2 times batting) and lost 4 times (once fielding and 4 times batting). It
is fair to say that if they win the toss, and chose to field they have a higher probability of a win and if they chose to
bat, they have a higher probability of a loss. And they have won all their matches at home when they have won their
toss which makes me believe they understand the Jaipur ground condition well.
- Stuart Binny as a great utility all-rounder was a good thing for RR and he seems to be a decent finisher they
needed with 4 not-outs scores of >30 to his credit.
- The 18 year old Sanju Samson is another revelation who has a decent technique and nice aggression to back it.
Hope he learns from the Dravids, Watsons and Hodges to make it big soon.
- Faulkner has been their main bowler and the only bowler with two 5-wicket hauls. K Cooper has been slightly
consistent as well with some 3-wicket hauls.
- Their entire team is built around Shane Watson who alone can take any game away.
- Rahane, after being dropped from being selected for the Champions Trophy, made it a point for making his bat
speak for him with some consistent 50+ scores. But again, like Rohit Sharma, he has been given a lot of
chances in the big stage but he had not made it count at all.
Played: 16; Won: 10; Lost: 6;
Won/Lost at Home: 8 Won vs. 0 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 2 Won vs. 6 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 3 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 7 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 2 Won vs. 0 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 6 Won vs. 0 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 1 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 1 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): 513 runs by Shane Watson(2/1), 449 by A Rahane(4/0) and 416 by Rahul
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 26 by James Faulkner(13.96), 17 by Kevon Cooper(22.35) ;
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 8 times by Shane Watson, 7 times by A Rahane and 6 by both
Rahul Dravid and Stuart Binny ;
Most economical bowler (wickets): 6.58 by J Faulkner (26), 6.66 by Shane Watson (11); Sorry discounting
Chandila who had 6.24 from 8 matches!
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings):4 times by J Faulkner(5/16,5/20,3/16,3/20), and 3 times by
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): 9 by A Rahane in 16 games, and 6 each by Shane Watson and
Brad Hodge in 14 and 15 games respectively
Surprise find: James Faulkner as a good strike bowler and Stuart Binny as a good utility all-rounder ;
# of times in Semifinals: 2 ; # of times in finals: 1 ; # of times IPL champions: 1 ;
Top players paid the most : Shane Watson($1.3M), Rahul Dravid($500K), Brad Hodge($475K),
Sreesanth($400K), Shaun Tait($300K)- 1 wicket in 3 matches, Owais Shah($200K) – 24 runs from 2 matches,
Brad Hogg($180K)-went wicket less in the only match he played
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: James Faulkner($400K), Fidel Edwards($210K)
Captain’s performance: Rahul Dravid with 62.5% winning percentage, 416 runs with 4 fifties at an average of
29.71 and 110.05 strike rate, and 3 catches
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Sreesanth, Chandila
Special mention: Ajinkya Rahane($60K), and Kevon Cooper($50K)
Fair Play Award points: 2nd
best this season
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Finished 7th
in IPL5 (out of 9) and 6th
in IPL4(out of 10)
Kings Eleven Punjab (KXIP): They won their toss 7 times(3 times at home and 4 times away) – chose to field 5
times(3 times at home and 2 times away) and bat 2 times(both away). They won 4 times (always chasing) and lost 3
times (twice batting and once fielding). If they choose to bat after winning the toss, it is always away which makes
me feel that they have not understood the ground well and want to get a big score to de-risk their play.
- Sorry, Adam Gilchrist is not the threat he used to be. Fully understanding this, a great player like him also hung
his shoes at the end. He did have some good scores towards the last few games but the way he made it was not
- No Great starts in this team, but seems like Shaun Marsh has silently been performing well, and David Miller
has stuck big as a great finisher for them.
- There is a lot of talent available to be groomed here – Mandeep, Manan, Gurkeerat and Sandeep, and I hope
they stay the course and make it in due course to the big leagues.
Played: 16; Won: 8; Lost: 8;
Won/Lost at Home(Includes Dharamsala): 5 Won vs. 3 Lost; Won/Lost Away: 3 Won vs. 5 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 2 Won vs. 5 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 6 Won vs. 3 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 2 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home:3 Won vs. 1 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 0 Won vs. 3 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 3 Won vs. 2 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): 418 runs by David Miller(3/1), 300 runs by Shaun Marsh(3/0) ;
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 15 wickets by both Azhar Mahmood(22.00) and Parvinder Awana(27.46)
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 6 times by David Miller and 4 times by Shaun Marsh ;
Most economical bowler(wickets): 6.62 by Praveen Kumar(12) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): 2 times by Sandeep Sharma(3/21,3/23) and Azhar
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): 8 catches by Miller in 12 matches and 6 catches by Mandeep in 16
Surprise find: Sandeep Sharma – a medium pacer who took 8 wickets from 4 matches includes two 3 wicket
hauls, Mandeep Singh with 3 scores of 30 and above and total runs of 260 with a strike rate of 116.59 ;
# of times in Semifinals: 1 ; # of times in finals: 0 ; # of times IPL champions: 0 ;
Top players paid the most : David Hussey($1.4M), Adam Gilchrist($900K), Piyush Chawla($900K), Praveen
Kumar($800K), Shaun Marsh($400K), Ryan Harris($325K), Azhar Mahmood($200K),David Miller($100K),
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Manpreet Gony($500K), Luke Pomersback($300K)
Captain’s performance: Adam Gilchrist- captained 13 matches(7 at home and 6 away), won 7(4 at home and 3
away) and lost 6(3 each at home and away) – 53.84% win record, D Hussey – captained 3 matches – won 1 at
home and lost 2 away from home(33% win record)
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: David Hussey(235 runs from 12 matches and 0 wickets at an economy
rate of 8.27) , Adam Gilchrist294 runs from 13 matches but not hitting the ball well and is not a threat
anymore), M Gony(7 wickets from 8 matches with economy rate of 9.14 and average of 36.57), Ryan Harris(1
wicket from 3 matches), Piyush Chawla with no 3 wicket haul at all and an average of 38, Praveen Kumar with
no 3-wicket haul and an average of 31.08
Fair Play Award points: Ranked 5th
out of 9 this year
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Finished 6th
in IPL5 (out of 9) and 5th
in IPL4 (out of 10)
Delhi Daredevils (DD): Lost all away matches so far. Also when they win the toss, they lose the match and
thankfully, they have not been too lucky with the toss. They won 5 tosses, chose 3 times to Bat (2 away and 1
Home) and 2 times to Field (1 each at home and away).
- Delhi lost all their away matches, and except for one 4 wicket haul by Umesh, none of bowlers in the entire 16
games even took a 3 wicket haul any day which is a disgrace for a team that had M Morkel, Yadav, Irfan
Pathan and Ashish Nehra.
- They need two more good batsmen to support David Warner henceforth, and some re-jigs in their bowling
department which has a lot of old Indian bowlers like Ashish and Ajit who are well beyond their peak.
Played: 15; Won: 3; Lost: 13(includes one Tied match they lost during Super over vs. RCB);
Won/Lost at Home(includes Raipur): 3 Won vs. 5 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 0 Won vs. 8 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 1 Won vs. 6 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 2 Won vs. 7 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 1 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 2 Won vs. 3 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 0 Won vs. 4 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 0 Won vs. 4 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): 410 runs by David Warner(4/0), 331 by M Jayawardhene(2/0) ;
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 16 by Umesh Yadav(31.75), 11 by Ashish Nehra(28.72) and 10 by Irfan
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 6 by David Warner, 4 by M Jayawardhene and 3 by Ben Rohrer ;
Most economical bowler(wickets): 5.88 by Shahbaz Nadeem(9) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): 1 by Umesh Yadav(4/24) – no other bowler even took 3-wickets
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): 6 by David Warner(16 matches) and 5 each by Johan Botha(6
matches), S Nadeem(12 matches), V Sehwag(13 matches) and Umesh Yadav(16 matches)
Surprise find: Siddarth Kaul shows good promise(4 wickets from 6 matches) , Nadeem seems to be economical
and a great fielder, and Ben Rohrer(193 from 8 matches with 1 Fifty and 3 scores above 30 and strike rate of
137.85 and took 3 catches);
# of times in Semifinals: 3 ; # of times in finals: 0 ; # of times IPL champions: 0 ;
Top players paid the most : Irfan Pathan($1.9M), V Sehwag($1.8M), M Jayawardene($1.4M), Kevin
Peitersen($1M)-did not play due to injury, David Warner($750K), Umesh Yadav($750K), Venugopal
Rao($700K)-played one match, Morne Morkel($475K), Andree Russell($450K), Naman Ojha($270K), Ajit
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Johan Botha($450K), Jesse Ryder($260K)
Captain’s performance: M. Jayawardhene – captained 14 matches, won 3(all at home) and lost 11, David
Warner- captained 2 matches, most both (one at home and one away)
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Irfan Pathan-142 runs at an average of 17.75 with no score over thirty
and 10 wickets at an average of 38.2, Virendra Sehwag-295 runs at an average of 24.58 with his two highest
scores being 95 no and 30, Mahela Jayawardhene-331 runs at an average of 22.06, M Morkel with 7 wickets
from 10 matches at an average of 47.85, Umesh Yadav with only one 4 wicket haul and expensive at 8.78
Fair Play Award points: Ranked 8th
out of 9th
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Semi-Finalists in IPL5 and finished last in IPL4
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): They have not won any games chasing away from home this season. They seem
to be the luckiest in terms of toss, having won 12 times – chose to bat and field 6 times each. They won the toss 6
times at home(batted and fielded 3 times each) and 6 times away(chose to bat 3 times and field 3 times). They won
the match 4 times(3 at home and 1 away) and lost 8 times(3 at home and 5 away). It is fair to say that the toss does
not give them an advantage as they seem to be poor in deciding what to do in getting a favorable result for them.
- None of the batsmen who played more than 5 matches had an average of >30 which is deplorable. Kallis
seems to be beyond his peak when it comes to strike rates, and Yusuf batted when it did not matter anymore
(KKR was already close to be being out of the tournament). Eoin Morgan having had a decent batting
average must hone his skills better to be a finisher for KKR.
- The same goes with bowling – Narine needs 1-2 more good consistent, economical and wicket taking bowlers
- Their main owner who was all over the TV in the past five years was hardly to be seen – is there an issue here?
Played: 16; Won: 6; Lost: 10 ;
Won/Lost at Home(includes Ranchi): 5 Won vs. 3 Lost ; Won/Lost Away: 1 Won vs. 7 Lost ;
Won/Lost Batting first: 2 Won vs. 5 Lost ; Won/Lost chasing : 4 Won vs. 5 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first at home: 1 Won vs. 2 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing at home: 4 Won vs. 1 Lost ;
Won/Lost batting first away: 1 Won vs. 3 Lost ; Won/Lost Chasing away: 0 Won vs. 4 Lost ;
Batsmen with most runs(50s/100s): 406 runs by G Gambhir(4/0), 332 runs by Yusuf Pathan(1/0) , 311 runs by
J Kallis(0/0) and 307 runs by Eoin Morgan(1/0),;
Bowler with most wickets(Average): 22 wickets by Sunil Narine(15.9) and 16 wickets by Jacques Kallis(24.62)
Most consistent batsman (>=30 runs/innings): 6 times by Eoin Morgan and 5 times each by G Gambhir and J
Most economical bowler(wickets): 5.46 by Sunil Narine(22) ;
Most consistent bowler (>=3 wickets/innings): 3 times by Sunil Narine(4/13,4/22,3/17) – all at home, and 2
times by J Kallis(3/13,3/24)
Best Fielder – non Wicket-keeper (catches): Manoj Tiwary – 10 catches from 10 matches and 6 catches from
16 matches by Narine.
Surprise find: NONE;
# of times in Semifinals: 2 ; # of times in finals: 1 ; # of times IPL champions: 1 ;
Top players paid the most : G Gambhir($2.4M), Yusuf Pathan($2.1M), Jacques Kallis($1.1M), B
McCullum($900K), Sunil Narine($700K), Shakib Al Hasan($625K), L Balaji($500K), Manoj Tiwary($475K),
Brett Lee($400K), Eoin Morgan($350K), Brad Haddin($325K), Ryan Ten Doeschate($150K), James
Top players paid most in 2013 in Auction: Sachitra Senenayake($625K)
Captain’s performance: G Gambhir – 406 runs with an average of 25.37 and strike rate of 118.36 with 4 fifties
and with just 37.5% winning rate
Not Worthy Performances by ‘Stars’: Yusuf Pathan-332 runs with an average of 25.72, Brendon McCullum-
played only one game, Manoj Tiwary-146 runs with an average of 18.25 with no fifty and a strike rate of
104.28 and a highest score of 33, Brett Lee – 4 wickets from 3 matches.
Fair Play Award points: Ranked last this year
Previous results from IPL5 and IPL4: Winners of IPL5 and semi-finalists in IPL4
All data collected after all the 72 matches of the league stages were done with.
For all bowling, fielding and batting statistics, the player must have played a minimum of 5 games in IPL6.
Most statistics referenced from espncricinfo.com and the official website iplt20.com.
From the revenue figures listed in the Aril02 issue of Live Mint, looks like only Rajasthan Royal have been able
to make a profit for the past couple of years, and KKR and Pune Warriors say they are profitable this past year.
RCB seems to have incurred the heaviest loss in 2011-12 whereas the other three franchisees (KXIP, DD, MI) are
showing their losses are narrowing down already . SRH predicts after this year’s loss, they hope to be profitable
next year. CSK revenue figures are not obvious as they seem to operate within their parent company that owns
them. Overall, there is no consistent data available to show the revenue numbers or the profile/loss statement for
any of the franchisees online which , in my opinion, must be available in a very transparent manner to all.
Disclaimer: Although best attempt has been made in ensuring the names and the details behind the statistics are
correct, any error needs to be pardoned as I believe they may be only a few and does not distort the message being