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Clever Stats – Mohsin and Patidar make this an IPL to remember for uncapped players

Clever Stats – Mohsin and Patidar make this an IPL to remember for uncapped players

Joe Buttler illuminated IPL 2022 with four hundreds and an astonishing total of 863 runs – the second highest of all time in an IPL season – but in terms of impact per game, as measured by ESPNcricinfo’s Smart Stats, he was propelled to first place by an uncapped player with just 26 T20 games under his belt in this tournament.
Mohsin Khan had a lackluster start to IPL 2022. He went for 18 in two no-wicket overs in Lucknow Super Giants’ opener against Gujarat Titans and then didn’t play another match for nearly a month , but when he returned after missing six games, he made an immediate difference to their bowling offense.
In his last eight games (starting April 24), Mohsin has conceded 12.78 runs per wicket and 5.77 per over. Among the 33 bowlers who bowled at least 20 times during this period, none had a better average or economic rate. Overall for the season, no bowler has done better saving rate in the power play than his 5.25, while only four did better than his 8.62 to death (minimum qualification: eight overs for each).

But forget about conventional statistics for a moment. Smart Stats takes into account the context of the match for every ball thrown, and it’s here that Mohsin’s contribution shines even more.

Take, for example, his 4 for 16 against the Delhi Capitals. In a game where 195 played 189 (match rate 9.6), Mohsin went to four and took the wickets from David Warner, Rishabh Pant and Rovman Powell. His bowling impact points for the game were 141.01, third best by any bowler in a game this season (behind the five-fors of Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal). He also had another top five entry: his 3 for 20 in an extremely high and narrow win against Kolkata Knight Riders (match run rate 10.45) earned him 127.37 points.

In fact, in only two of nine games did his impact points fall below 35. That incredible consistency, coupled with those highs, gave him an average rating of 58.4 impact points per game, the highest high for all players in the tournament.

Buttler was exceptional in the first seven games of the tournament and he found his form in the playoffs. Over those 10 games, his average impact score was 84.1. He had five innings in which his impact batting score exceeded 100; all other batters combined have had only 25 such instances in the entire tournament.

However, what let Buttler down was his sudden dip in form in the second half of the league stage. In seven innings, he scored just 138 runs; in three of those innings he had negative Impact Scores, and his average Impact Score in those seven games was just 16.4. This meant his overall average for the tournament was 56.2, still very impressive but just a bit below Mohsin’s.

As if topping the leaderboards wasn’t enough for the family of uncapped players, they went ahead and captured third place too, thanks to Rajat Patidar, who had a sensational season after being drafted as a substitute player. Patidar played his first match of the season only a month into the tournament, but like Mohsin he became an indispensable member of the squad. Prior to his arrival, Royal Challengers Bangalore had struggled with third place – Virat Kohli managed just 119 runs in eight innings with a strike rate of 122.7.
Then Patidar came on and kicked those numbers up several notches, scoring 312 runs in six innings at that position, at a 153.7 strike rate. Along the way, he hit a barely believable undefeated 112 on 54 balls in the eliminator against Lucknow Super Giants, while his other teammates only managed 85 of 67. It was the first century of an uncapped player in an IPL playoff game, and had 175.4 Impact points , the most by any batter in one inning this season. Only once was he dismissed at under 20 and in four innings his impact score topped 50.
Andre Russell, Liam Livingstone and Umesh Yadav complete the top six, with less than two points separating them. Russell had a great season with bat and ball: he was the top wicket taker for the Kolkata Knight Riders, and also topped their ratings for batting and bowling averages. He was the only player in the tournament to score over 200 runs and take over 10 wickets, and had five match performances with impact scores over 100. To go along with those highs he also had the lowest of lows – its none for 45 in three overs and 5 of 11 balls vs Lucknow Super Giants gave him an impact score of -36.6, the worst of any player in a game this season. The fact that he is still among the best players overall indicates how successful he has been in other games.

The 2022 season was the first time an uncapped player exceeded impact ratings in an IPL season. Mohsin’s rating of 58.4 is also the highest rating for an uncapped player in a season. In fact, there are only four instances of an uncapped player exceeding a 50 rating in an IPL season (with a minimum of eight games played), including two in 2022.

The first such case occurred during the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008, when Shaun Swamp had a successful season, topping the charts with 616 carries at a strike rate of 139.7. His impact rating of 57.9 this season is only slightly lower than Mohsin’s 58.4 in 2022.

Marsh’s run that season was built around rock-solid consistency. He made five fifty and a hundred in 11 innings, and that was reflected in his impact scores: seven out of 40 scores, but only one topped 100. The international debut was inevitable, and it happened shortly after, in June 2008.

Shreya GopalThe 2019 season was equally impressive, when he won 20 wickets – the third highest in this edition – including those of Kohli and AB de Villiers twice in two matches. In eight out of 14 games that season, his impact score topped 40.

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