The IPL Playoff Pattern

IPL I: Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab

IPL II: Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Chennai Super Kings

IPL III: Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians

IPL IV: Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkota Knight Riders

A few quick points: 1) Chennai Super Kings is a really, really good team. They’ve made it to four successive knock-out stages. Explanations? 2) Even though all eight of the original franchises (i.e., excluding Pune and Kochi) have now made it to the latter stage of the tournament, a franchise hierarchy is still apparent, and CSK, MI, RCB are on top of it. Given the common salary caps and the auction process, what explains this growing divergence? And, finally, 3) Just how badly did Delhi and Deccan screw up this time around?

6 thoughts on “The IPL Playoff Pattern

  1. delhi let go some of the most dynamic players of world cricket mainly de villiers dilshan and vettori

  2. Mahek says:

    MI, really? They’ve made as many knockout/playoff rounds as Delhi and Deccan, haven’t they? It’s just that the ones they made it to have been the recentmost ones. RCB got their shit together after 2008 and I think they’re also the most well-run business of the 10 franchises. As for CSK, they bought well in 2008 and it also meant that Srini (And Ambani) would do their best to bend the rules in their favour. Considering they’re the most powerful owners in the league, it’s no surprise they got it done. As a result, they retained 4 players each for a lot less than they should have and it’s given them an edge this season. MI made a mess of it thanks to bad team selection & captaincy and even Chennai have only been good at home (2-5 away).

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Thanks for the comment, Mahek. You know more about this than I do — could you talk more about Srini and Co. bent the rules in their favor? What do you mean?

      • Mahek says:

        CSK & MI were the only two franchises who wanted teams to be able to retain some of their players. The excuse meted out for it was that franchises had spent a lot of time building their teams as well as their brand. The governing council went with this (Srini is on the governing council) and they came up with a retention system wherein teams were allowed to retain upto 4 players (at most 3 Indians, at most 2 overseas). The first player you retain will cost you 1.8 million from your payroll, the second player will cost 1.3 million, third 900,000 and fourth 500,000. However, the players who were retained could be paid more than that amount. So while CSK & MI retained Dhoni and SRT respectively for 1.8 million, they could be paying them a lot more to ensure they wouldn’t test the market by putting themselves in the auction. Now if Gambhir can draw a 2.4 million bid in the auction, imagine how much teams would’ve been willing to pay for Dhoni or Tendulkar. Heck, even Irfan Pathan got paid 1.9 million while Raina was retained for 1.3 million.

  3. Mahek says:

    Delhi were brainless during the auction. Utterly brainless. Deccan actually did pretty okay when you consider they bought Ojha and Mishra for less than $500,000. But they had a bad captain and KP got injured so that kinda made things hard for them.

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