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IPL 2022: Bang for Buck Analysis and Best 11 Explained by Cricalytics

Mohsin Khan, the standout as we look at the best bang for buck analysis 11 of the tournament for IPL 2022. 

The Indian Premier League is one tournament that gives opportunity to numerous young players that are looking to make a mark in the Cricketing world. These are the players that teams usually spend the lowest money, but if they click, they give the best value out of all the players. They may be paid 1/10th or even 1/100th the cost of the highest-paid player, but the way they perform will be similar or better than most of the star players. 

The IPL 2022 tournament has been one of its kind. With 2 more new teams added, the kind of opportunity given to the young uncapped and low salary players has been humongous. Almost every team this season played 1-5 uncapped players in their XI, which was something unheard of in the previous years.

So, with this context in mind, let’s look at the bang for buck analysis and playing 11 for IPL 2022. These are players that have the lowest salary but best performance. But before we get into the article, let’s look at the stats wizard methodology defined by Cricalytics that would help us identify those best value-for-money players.

Cricalytics Stats Wizard Methodology:

For analysis per se, we have taken 3 important parameters into consideration, namely the IPL 2022 Salary of a player, Bang for Buck (BFB) Points, and Cost per BFB Point. The final Cost per BFB Point of each player is then compared across 5 categories – Openers, Middle-order, All-rounders, Spinners, and Pacers.

The player with the least Cost per BFB Point is rated the highest in the analysis, and the player with the highest Cost per BFBP is rated the worst. Whereas,

  • IPL 2022 Salary: The compensation paid by a franchise to a player for a particular season  
  • BFB Points: BFB points are calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, wickets taken, consistency, acceleration bonus, economy rate bonus, dot balls bonus, number of catches taken, number of stumpings done, number of fours & sixes hit, number of match-winning knocks and spells, and so on. 
  • Cost per BFBP: It is a simple ratio of the IPL 2022 salary of a player to his BFB points.  

#1: Devon Conway (CSK) 

Salary: INR 1 Cr // BFB Points: 580 // Cost per BFBP: INR 17241.4

The first opener on the list is Devon Conway, who with a salary of INR 1 Cr managed to do really well. The situation would have been far better had he played all the games, but unfortunately Conway was dropped in the second game. Later when he made a comeback, he scored a superb trio of half centuries. Overall, Conway managed to score 252 runs from 7 innings at an average of 42 and strike rate of 145.7; thus getting a cost per BFBP of  INR 17241. 

#2: Rajat Patidar (RCB)

Salary: INR  0.2 Cr // BFB Points: 752.5// Cost per BFBP: INR 2657.8

Although not an opener technically, but a top-order batter, Rajat Patidar impressed with some brilliant batting in the highest pressure situation in the Playoffs. He struck a wonderful century in Eliminator, which was followed by a fantastic fifty. Overall, with a salary of INR 20L, Patidar scored a brilliant 333 runs from 7 innings at an average of 55 and a strike rate of 156. Thus, accounting for a cost per BFBP of INR 2657.8 – the second lowest among all players. 

#3: Bhanuka Rajpaksa (PBKS) 

Salary: INR 0.5 Cr // BFB Points: 496 // Cost per BFBP: INR 10080.7

The number 3 on the list is the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batter, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who made a good impact on IPL 2022. Having been given a chance in the absence of Jonny Bairstow, Rajapaksa made good use of it to score runs in excess of 200 and a superb strike rate of 160. He may not have been as consistent as others, but with a salary of INR 0.5 Cr, Rajapaksa managed a cost per BFBP of INR 10080.7; the lowest among all foreigners. 

#4: Rinku Singh (KKR) 

Salary: INR 0.55 Cr // BFB Points: 487.5 // Cost per BFBP: INR 11282.1

One of the best fielders going around, Rinku got a chance to feature in the KKR Playing 11 later in the tournament. Bouy he didn’t disappoint as he managed a total of 174 runs from 7 innings at an average of 34.8 and a strike rate of 148.7. These are superb returns from the player who warmed the benches of KKR for more than 3 years. Even though Rinku’s salary wasn’t the lowest, he still managed a cost per BFBP of 11282.1: the lowest among all KKR players. 

#5: Ayush Badoni (LSG)

Salary: INR 0.2 Cr // BFB Points: 543.5 // Cost per BFBP: INR 3679.9

What a find Ayush Badoni has been for the Indian fans and Lucknow Super Giants fans. Thanks to Gambhir, who gave talented Badoni an opportunity, Badoni played as a designated finisher for most of the tournament for LSG. He may not have had a superb debut tournament, but he did impress with his style of play and confident batting. Overall, Badoni managed a total of 543.5 BFB Points and his cost per BFBP stands at INR 3579.9. 

#6: Jitesh Sharma (PBKS)

Salary: INR 0.2 Cr // BFB Points: 639 // Cost per BFBP: INR 3129.9

The Bang for Buck or Value for Money player for the Punjab Kings, Jitesh Sharma has been one of the best finishers of the tournament. His attacking and confident batting earned him accolades from all sports faculties. With a salary of just 0.2 Cr, Jitesh scored a total of 234 runs from 10 innings at a stunning strike rate of 163.6. His Cost per BFBP of INR 3129.9 is the lowest among all PBKS players. 

#7: Lalit Yadav (DC)

Salary: INR 0.65 Cr // BFB Points: 539.5 // Cost per BFBP: INR 12048.2

The Value for Money all-rounder of the Season, Lalit Yadav with a salary of INR 0.65 Cr wasn’t far behind. Lalit played for 12 matches and scored 161 runs and accounted for 4 wickets in the tournament. He is the most cost-effective player for the Delhi Capitals with a Cost per BFBP of INR 12048.2. However, as a potent player, Lalit would need to work on one of the aspects more. Be it bowling or batting, he cannot be average in both areas to have a long career. 

#8: Mohsin Khan (LSG)

Salary: INR 0.2 Cr // BFB Points: 844.5 // Cost per BFBP: INR 2368.3

The Best Bang for Buck player of the Season goes to the Man from Lucknow, Mohsin Khan. The tall left-arm quick pacer has been the most impressive pacer of the lot. Not only did he bowl with pace, but his line and length and seam position have been top-notch. The proof of that is his economy rate, which stands at just 5.9; the lowest among bowlers with more than 10 wickets. Overall, Mohsin’s Cost per BFBP stands at INR 2368.3; again the lowest among all players. 

#9: Obed McCoy (RR) 

Salary: INR 1 Cr // BFB Points: 473 // Cost per BFBP: INR 15856.2

Number 9 is the third overseas player of the team, Obed McCoy. The tall left-arm quick bowler bowled a lot of variations in his short IPL span. He used his mind a lot, and thus accounted for a good number of wickets. In the 7 matches McCoy played, he took a total of 11 wickets. With a salary of INR 1 Cr, McCoy has a cost per BFBP of INR 15856.2, which is the second-lowest among all Rajasthan Royals players. 

#10: Mukesh Choudhary (CSK)

Salary: INR 0.2 Cr // BFB Points: 687// Cost per BFBP: INR 2911.2

Coming to the most efficient CSK player, we have the best swing bowler of the Season, Mukesh Choudhary. The tall left-arm quick used swing to his best advantage in the powerplay. The result is his 16 wickets, which dignifies his achievement as a bowler this season. With Deepak Chahar returning next season, him and Mukesh would form a dream swing bowling pair. Overall, Mukesh gets a cost per BFBP of INR 2911.2; the lowest among all CSK players. 

#11: Kuldeep Sen (RR)

Salary: INR 0.2 Cr // BFB Points: 309.5 // Cost per BFBP: INR 6462

The final player on the list is the tall pacer from Rajasthan Royals, Kuldeep Sen. The pace and control on the line have seen Kuldeep take a total of 8 wickets from 7 matches. With a salary of just INR 0.2 Cr, Kuldeep did a good job as he managed a cost per BFBP of INR 6462. With next season in mind, Kuldeep would be one of the best young pacers to watch out for. 

IPL 2022 – Bang for Buck Analysis Best 11 of the Tournament: 

Devon Conway, Rajat Patidar, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rinku Singh, Ayush Badoni, Jitesh Sharma (WK), Lalit Yadav, Mohsin Khan, Obed McCoy, Mukesh Choudhary & Kuldeep Sen

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