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IPL Team Of The Week #6: 26th Oct – 1st Nov

CricViz analyst Rufus Bullough looks at the standout performers from the week, and picks a team based on their Match Impact scores.

1. David Warner

Impact – Batting: +24.0, Fielding: +1.7 – Total: +25.7

Matches: 2 – Runs: 74 at 11.38 rpo, Catches: 3

A blistering 66 from 34 deliveries against Delhi is enough to see the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper into his first team of the week appearance in this IPL – slightly surprising, considering Warner’s current position as fourth highest run-scorer of the tournament (444 runs – Average: 40.36). Warner and his new opening partner, Wriddaman Saha, put on 107 for the first wicket against Delhi, a game which they eventually won by a huge margin of 88 runs. This was essential for increasing the Sunrisers’ net run-rate, which currently stands at +0.555, the highest of any of the sides on 12 points, putting them in a position where a win in their final match will essentially be enough for them to qualify for the play-offs.

2. Shubman Gill

Impact – Batting: +41.7 – Total: +41.7.7

Matches: 3 – Runs: 119 at 8.30 rpo

Shubman Gill makes his second appearance in the TOTW this season after a solid week with the bat, where he scored 119 valuable runs for KKR, who currently sit in fourth position in the table. His most impressive knock was a 57 (45) against the Kings XI, albeit in a game they would eventually go on to lose. He showed real grit and determination in this innings; with wickets falling around him, and his team at 10-3, he shared an invaluable 81 run partnership with captain Eoin Morgan, shepherding his side up to a respectable 149-9. Although this total was not enough to trouble the in-form Kings XI batting line up, GIll was rewarded for his rebuilding efforts with an Impact rating of +24.0, his highest innings Impact of the season to date. 

3. Ishan Kishan

Impact – Batting: +26.4 – Total: +126.4

Matches: 2 – Runs: 97 at 8.81 rpo

An unbeaten 72 (47) from Ishan Kishan compounded misery on to the Delhi capitals who find themselves sliding down the table, and in danger of dropping out of the top four on a declining net run-rate. But Kishan and his Mumbai Indians side look to be hitting their stride just at the perfect moment, pulling away from the pack on the home straight, with their crushing nine wicket victory over the Delhi Capitals typifying their current form. Kishan earned an Impact rating of +26.5 for this innings, which is his second highest innings rating for the tournament so far.

4. Wriddaman Saha

Impact – Batting: +45.4 – Total: +45.4

Matches: 2 – Runs 126 at 9.81 rpo

After a solitary appearance in the early stages of this season, Saha has faced an extended period out of the Sunrisers side – but when his second chance came, he grasped it with both hands. Replacing Jonny Bairstow at the top, Saha scored 87 runs from 45 deliveries, netting him an Impact rating of +36.8, the eight best knock of the tournament to date by that measure. Saha may have only played three matches in this IPL, but he has contributed a Batting Impact score of +12.2 per-match, giving him the highest average Batting Impact of any player in the tournament.

5. Suryakumar Yadav

Impact – Batting: +32.0, Fielding: +2.6 – Total: +34.6

Matches: 2 – Runs: 91 at 10.11 rpo, Catches: 2

Suryakumar Yadav’s omission from the Indian touring squad of Australia is a surprise, given the man from Mumbai’s stellar season with the bat. Right now, he averages 53.42 in the competition, with a run rate of 9.19rpo and an average Impact of +6.3, the highest in the table topping Mumbai Indians team. He scores his runs with effortless grace and power, his knock against RCB this week typifying his ability and style. An unbeaten 79 from 43 deliveries, his joint highest score of the season was also his most destructive, with his runs coming at 11.02 rpo for a Match Impact score of +32.0. At his best, SKY seems like the complete package, scoring all around the ground, with the ability to change up, and down, through the gears when the match situation dictates. His lack of international exposure is a real testament to the quality of Indian batting at the moment.

6. Eoin Morgan

Impact – Batting: +51.6 – Total: +51.6

Matches: 3 – Runs 123 at 10.25 rpo

The England white-ball captain makes it into his second TOTW as the week’s most valuable player, with a total Impact of +51.6. His standout performance came on Sunday against Rajasthan, where his late flurry of boundaries catapulted KKR to an unassailable total of 191 for 7, boosting their net run-rate significantly, and leaving them an outside chance of qualification for the playoffs. Morgan struck an unbeaten 68 from 35 deliveries to make his highest score of the tournament, and an Impact of +37.1. He took a particular liking to the leg-spin of Shreyas Gopal, striking 24 runs from the seven Gopal deliveries he faced.

7. Rahul Tewatia

Impact – Batting: +17.2, Bowling: +14.5, Fielding: +0.2 – Total: +31.9

Matches: 2 – Runs: 31 at 6.88 rpo, Wickets: 3 at 6.71 rpo, Catches: 2

Rahul Tewatia’s fine all-round performances earn him another spot in the TOTW, with his late order runs and wickets consistently impressing. He performed well in Rajasthan’s defeat to KKR on Sunday, taking 3 for 25 (+11.4 Bowling Impact) and scoring a battling 31 from 27 (+17.2 Batting Impact). However, it was not enough for Rajasthan, who eventually finish last in the table after another disappointing campaign. Tewatia can be proud of his efforts in the tournament however finishing with a Total Impact of +66.7, one of only three Royals to have a positive Total Impact.

8. Jofra Archer

Impact – Batting: -3.6, Bowling: +24.0, Fielding: +0.8 – Total: +19.7

Matches: 2 – Runs: 6 at 4.00 rpo, Wickets: 3 at 5.62rpo, Dropped catches: 1

Jofra Archer has had an outstanding season, finishing with a total Impact of +158.8, making him the most Impactful player of the tournament as it stands. He had a quieter week than usual, picking up just the three wickets, but a few matches by Archer’s standards is still far superior to most other players. His standout performance with the ball this week came against Kings XI, where his 2 for 26 earned him an Impact of +17.6, dismissing opener Mandeep Singh with the last ball of his first over, as-well as claiming the valuable wicket of Chris Gayle at the death. Rajastahn restricted Kings XI to 185, chasing it down with relative ease, but their capitulation against Kolkata leaves them rooted to the foot of the table after the completion of their fixtures.

9. Rashid Khan

Impact – Bowling: +39.5, Fielding: -1.4 – Total: +38.1

Matches: 2 – Runs 0, Wickets: 4 at 3.87 rpo

After a slow start to the tournament, it seems unlikely that any batter will find a way to halt Rashid Khan’s late surge. From his 48 deliveries this week, he conceded just 31 runs, claiming four wickets; his standout bowling effort was against Delhi where he dismissed Rahane, Hetmyer and Axar Patel, while conceding just seven runs in the process. This earned him a bowling Impact rating of +30.7 for this game alone, the second highest Bowling Impact of any player in the tournament to date. Sunrisers need to win their last game to qualify for the playoffs, and if they do, it will more than likely be Rashid Khan’s performances with the ball which takes them there.

10. Sandeep Sharma

Impact – Bowling: +24.2, Fielding -4.4 – Total: +19.8

Matches: 2 – Wickets: 4 at 5.87 rpo, Dropped catches: 1

Sandeep Sharma makes it on to his first TOTW following a string of strong outings for in-form Sunrisers. His standout performance with the ball came against RCB, where his 2 for 20 – including the wickets of Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli – earned him an Impact rating of +13.9, his best Impact score of the week. Sharma has now dismissed Kohli on seven occasions in T20 cricket; no bowler in the world has ever dismissed him more often.

11. Jasprit Bumrah

Impact – Bowling: +47.2 – Total: +47.2

Matches: 2 – Wickets: 6 at 3.87 rpo

Jasprit Bumrah has again showcased his world-class talent this week; across his 48 deliveries, he conceded just 31 runs, taking 6 wickets. He put in his two best performances of the season according to Impact, with his 3 for 14 against RCB earning him an Impact of +22.7, and his 3 for 17 against Delhi amassing an Impact of +24.5. Bumrah is currently tied in first for the race to the purple cap with Kagiso Rabada on 23 wickets, but the pair have wildly different Total Impact scores for the season. Bumrah currently sits third on +108.5 behind Archer and Rashid Khan, but despite Rabada having an equal number of victims, he sits in 26th position, with an Impact of -6.1. This is testament to the value of the wickets that Bumrah has taken in comparison to Rabada, with the South-African claiming a larger number of wickets at the death, where they have less value than Bumrah’s five Powerplay wickets in terms of Impact.

Jofra Archer has now featured in five out of six TOTW’s

Rufus Bullough is an analyst fr CricViz – follow him @rufus_cricket

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