A B de Villiers leads the Rediff Paisa Vasool Index at IPL-11 this week. IMAGE: Royal Challengers Bangalore's A B de Villiers celebrates a half-century. A B de Villiers is unstoppable at the moment. Not only is he scoring runs in plenty, but he is also getting them at a good rate which has seen him zoom to the top of the IPL Paisa Vasool Index (PVI). The MVPI table lists the top 50 performing players, and shows how some big names are still under-performing: Rohit Sharma (36th, 164), Hardik Pandya (37th, 164), Suresh Raina (43rd, 154), Jos Buttler (44th, 148), Manish Pandey (46th, 146) and Ben Stokes (47th, 135). Just out of curiosity, we looked at the big names not in the top 50 list. And there were some surprises: Ravindra Jadeja(66th, 86), Kieron Pollard (78th, 58), Gautam Gambhir (79th, 57), Aaron Finch (88th, 39), Harbhajan Singh (90th, 39) and Yuvraj Singh (103rd, 18). However, you can always hope and expect these big names to make a good comeback … [Read more...] about Who leads the IPL Paisa Vasool Index this week?
IPL-11 was a smashing success. Rediff.com/Harish Kotian draws up his dream team. The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League, which concluded on Sunday with the Chennai Super Kings outclassing the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets , winning the title a third time, was another feast of Twenty20 cricket. With the world's best players rubbing shoulders with the cream of India's up-and-coming talent, several individuals rose to the occasion with some breathtaking performances. Sunrisers Hyderabad Captain Kane Williamson finished as the highest run-scorer in the tournament while King XI Punjab's Andrew Tye bagged the most wickets. Players like K L Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Rashid Khan left their mark on the biggest T20 stage while veterans like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu and Sunil Narine were not far behind either. Check out the IPL Dream XI: K L Rahul Rahul took the IPL by storm this season and it wasn't surprising that Sunil Gavaskar aptly described … [Read more...] about Check out the IPL Dream XI
Troubled England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the highest purchase in the Indian Premier League Players' Auction for the second year in a row, fetching a massive Rs. 12.5 crore deal from the usually thrifty Rajasthan Royals, who also bought India left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat at a mind boggling Rs 11.5 crore to make him the costliest Indian in this year's auction. Karnataka's young batting duo of KL Rahul and Manish Pandey pocketed a cool Rs. 11 crore each, while Australians Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell also emerged as the top picks. The Top 10 buys at this year's IPL Auction: Ben Stokes to Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 12.5 crore Despite all the off-field controversies, Ben Stokes was snapped up for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore ($ 1.96 million) by Rajasthan Royals after Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings also engaged in a fierce bidding war for him. It was another big pay day for England all-rounder Stokes who emerged as the top buy in the IPL … [Read more...] about IPL Auction: Check out the TOP 10 buys
IMAGE: Shane Watson celebrates after completing his century. Chennai Super Kings completed a fairy tale comeback from disgrace to glory, clinching their third Indian Premier League title after imposing all-rounder Shane Watson single-handedly hammered Sunrises Hyderabad into submission with a blazing hundred in the final, in Mumbai, on Sunday. Scorecard Reinstated into the IPL after a two-year ban for their team management's role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal, CSK outplayed SRH by eight wickets with Watson's unbeaten 117 off 57 balls in a high-pressure game being the icing on the cake. IMAGE: Chennai Super Kings celebrate after winning the IPL title. The Australian smashed as many as 11 fours and eight sixes enroute to this second hundred of the season as CSK raced home in 18.3 overs. Put into bat, SRH had posted a challenging 178 for six courtesy of captain Kane Willamson's fluent 47 off 36 balls and Yusuf Pathan's late attack, as he blasted 45 not out from 25 … [Read more...] about PHOTOS: Watson’s century powers CSK to third IPL title
After Week 4 in the IPL-11, which players offer the best value for money? IMAGE: Mayank Markande is the find for the defending champions Mumbai Indians in IPL-11, having claimed 12 wickets. The IPL is about great on-field performances: Big scores, tall sixers, scorching yorkers, wily near-wides, dot balls and Shubman Gill's deliciously caressed drive. But the IPL is also about big money. The televised auction, the constant references to player costs, the hapless Jaydev Unadkat, and increasing worries about the non-performing Ben Stokes. Is there a way to measure how much bang a player offers for the buck? There is -- using the Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) that expresses a player's performance in terms of a 'run equivalent'. Consider Chris Gayle. He was bought at the last minute for his base price of Rs 2 crore ($312,000). He has been available for 8 out of a minimum of 14 matches (he has played only 5). So, Gayle has earned $312000/8 = $178,286 of … [Read more...] about Meet the Paisa Vasool players in IPL-11