This year's IPL has been thrilling, nail-biting, exciting and competitive at the very least. IPL this year has had a groundbreaking trend for Indian Cricket. Domestic players have done brilliantly and have overshadowed overseas players to a large extent.
As the Round Robin phase has ended, we have a fair idea of who have been the best players this season and who have flopped. In this day and age where current value matters than potential, we have checked on this year's stars of IPL how valuable they have been. In this metric comparison, we look at how efficient they have been in relation to how much their franchise paid to secure their services.
JOS BUTTLER (RAJASTHAN ROYALS)
RR had to pay 4.4 crores to secure his signature and even though he started modestly, he ended the campaign in a strong manner. After being moved to open the innings after a contingency, Jos found his touch and ended the campaign with 548 runs in 13 innings. Each run that he scored cost the RR dugout 80 thousand rupees. Let's not forget his efforts also made it possible for RR to qualify for playoffs.
However, he has now left the RR to join the England team for national duty and will take no further part in this year's league.
Ben Stokes really made his name last season playing for the now dissolved Pune franchise. He contributed massively both with bat and the ball. 300+ runs and 12 wickets in last year's IPL convinced RR to splash the cash on him on their return to the IPL.
But it has been disappointing for him this season. With 196 runs and 8 wickets, Stokes has provided a disappointing return for RR who splashed a whopping 12.5 crores. That means a return of 6.37 lakh per run and 1.56 crore per wicket.
Well the less said about the MI captain the better. Disappointing with bat and unconvincing with his Captaincy just showed that MI that maybe the 15 crore wasn't a great investment.
Rohit has been the most successful captain in the history of MI after he took the team from legendary Sachin. This season however with 286 runs in 14 innings his return was 5.24 lakh/run and he'll be hoping to improve next season.
The Indian Captain is the costliest ever player in the history of the IPL costing RCB 17 crores and he more than justified the price tag, individually. Virat scored 530 runs which may not have been enough to take his team through to the playoffs but he showed the world again what a fine batsman they are witnessing. His partnership with De Villiers was a genuine show stopper. Every run that he scored cost the RCB camp 3.2 lakhs.
We all remember the Glenn Maxwell from his KXIP days. The most complete all-rounder on his day. Explosive batting, utility bowling and brilliant fielding. He was the whole package for 2 seasons. Delhi spent 9 crores just for that. But it hasn't worked that way for him.
Only 169 runs in 12 innings meant that every run he scored cost DD a costly 5.32 lakh.
Well, Pant has been sensational this season in the IPL. Although he couldn't help DD to a Playoff place the youngster showed Brilliant form.
684 runs in 14 innings at an average of 50+ he certainly made most of his huge fee of 8 crores. Repaying the 8 crores, the wicket-keeper batsman at a rate of 1.16 lakh/run. Surely, a one for the future as Shane Warne has already pointed out.