Performance of Indians and overseas players in the IPL

Lasith Malinga was one of the top overseas bowlers across IPLs   | Photo Credit: Prashant Nakwe

It was Lasith Malinga’s terrific final over that gave Mumbai Indians a one-run victory over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final.

However, his heroics would not have been possible without Jasprit Bumrah’s two excellent overs leading up.

While foreign players have been key contributors to the success of their teams, Indians have performed consistently too. Here is a look at how Indians and overseas players match up over the 12 seasons of the IPL.

How Indian and overseas batsmen compare

The chart plots the averages and the strike-rates of batsmen. The sizes of the circles correspond to the number of runs. The more the runs, the larger the circle

Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, David Warner, and Andre Russell have the best numbers, while M.S. Dhoni, K.L. Rahul, and Rishabh Pant are the top Indian performers.

About 39% of all overseas batsmen and 13% of all Indian batsmen feature in the top quadrant (above-average batting average and strike-rate).

About 51% of all Indian batsmen and 29% of all overseas batsmen are in the bottom quadrant (below-average batting average and strike-rate).

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How Indian and overseas bowlers compare

The graph plots the strike-rates and economy-rates of bowlers. The sizes of the circles correspond to the number of wickets taken. The more the wickets, the larger the circle. For bowlers, a lower economy rate and strike rate indicate better performance.

Lasith Malinga, the competition’s most-successful bowler with 170 wickets, stands out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and leggie Amit Mishra are the top Indians. With an economy of 6.5, Rashid Khan is the thriftiest.

About 21% of all overseas bowlers and 11% of all Indian bowlers are in the bottom left quadrant (lower than average economy and strike-rate). 11% of all Indians and 16% of all overseas bowlers occupy the top right quadrant (higher than average economy and strike-rate).


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