Why they won the Indian Premier League

Past Indian Premier League Champions - an Impact Index analysis.

Here's a year-wise list of observations:

IPL 2008 - Rajasthan Royals (Captain - Shane Warne)

Warne led Rajasthan Royals as they made it to the knockouts with style winning 4 of their last 5 league matches, and topping the league table (Delhi Daredevils topped the IMPACT charts though). Match-winning young players came into the fore - all suitably inspired by Warne to give their best - Shane Watson, Swapnil Asnodkar, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan and Sohail Tanvir, along with Grame Smith and Shane Warne himself, all delivered with consistency and combined well as a unit.

Through the IMPACT prism:

- Rajasthan Royals had the highest impact batting unit in the tournament at the end of the league phase. They also had the highest Strike Rate and Chasing IMPACT and were the most consistent side in batting (lowest failure rate) at the end of the league phase. Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan were amongst the high impact batsmen in the tournament. Watson and Pathan were the key batsmen with Strike Rate IMPACT and Watson, yet again, was the key batsman alongside Smith with Chasing IMPACT.

- Rajasthan Royals had the 4th highest impact bowling unit in the tournament at the end of the league phase. They also had the highest Economy and Pressure Building IMPACT (ability to build pressure with quick wickets) amongst all teams at the end of the league phase.

- At the end of the league phase, they had the 2nd highest Team IMPACT in the tournament behind Delhi Daredevils. Interestingly, they met DD in the semi-final and Watson's all-round and Patel's bowling performances KOd them at crunch-time.

-  6 of the Rajasthan's players were high impact players (IMPACT of 2.5 or more) in the tournament at the end of the league phase - the highest for any team. Shane Watson, Swapnil Asnodkar, Yusuf Pathan, Graeme Smith, Sohail Tanvir, and Kamran Akmal. Of these players, Watson, Asnodkar and Pathan delivered tournament-defining performances as well for Rajasthan Royals by giving high impact performances in the two knockout games.


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