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PSL Review - By the Numbers
Pakistan Super League

PSL Review - By the Numbers

The second season of the Pakistan Super League has ended with Quetta Gladiators choking in the final for the second consecutive year and Peshawar Zalmi winning their maiden title. Close matches, Nervous last over endings, sixes galore and wickets uproot were rounded off by Lahore and most importantly Pakistan hosting the final.

Ball by ball highlights of the PSL final

Kamran Akmal was persistent to knock the selectors’ doors and Sohail Khan continued to make a mockery of Mickey Arthur’s claims. All said and done, the second season was many times better than the inaugural season and players young and old ensured that they made an impact on the grandest stage.

Traditional ways to rank best batsmen, best bowlers and best XIs are old hat. Most of the time they do not reflect a player’s actual worth to his team and his impact in the game. A player may have scored the most runs or had taken the most wickets for his team but be unable to turn this into a win.

We have ranked the cricketers of the PSL 2017 based on their importance towards winning games for their team.

Our numbers are quite different from what you may be expecting. The numbers take into account the impact of the player in the match more than his overall statistics in the tournament. Take Babar Azam, for example. The top-ranked Pakistani in ODIs almost ended the season with the Hanif Mohammad Award but his 291 runs came from 259 balls at a strike of 112 – not very impressive for Twenty-20 cricket.

Similarly, Hasan Ali wasn’t even in the Top 5 wicket-taker’s list of the season but his economy rate in the power-plays and the ability to pick wickets in the start and dent the opposition is what makes him more impactful and lethal in the format than the numbers would suggest.

We have divided our analysis according to the three major aspects of the game:




The batsmen are rated as for their strike rates in the Power-plays and in the Death Overs while the bowlers are rated by their ability to dry out runs in the same overs, each having a separate criterion to filter the one-time-lucky aspect out of the equation.

The batsmen’s strike rate is given more importance in the shortest format than his batting average, for the need to score quickly is far greater than the five-day or 50-over versions of the game. Likewise, the bowler’s ability to dry out runs in the decisive overs was preferred over his ability to take wickets. For fielders, the result is filtered by the difficulty of the fielding moment and the situation of the match at that time.

For the batsmen with the most impact in the power-plays, only those batsmen were taken into account that had faced a minimum of 50 balls in the first 6 overs. Batsmen with higher strike rates in this period are more impactful.

The Best Powerplay Batsmen of PSL 2017

The Most Impactful Batsmen in the Death Overs were filtered with a minimum qualification of 30 balls faced and they are ranked same as above.

The Best Death-Overs Batsmen of PSL 2017

The Most Impactful Bowler in the Powerplays is rated against his economy rate in the first six overs, given that they have bowled at least 50 balls during powerplays. The Most Impactful Bowlers in the Death Overs are also ranked based on economy rate but the minimum qualification is reduced to 24 balls.

The Most Impactful Fielding Moment is rated by dividing the difficulty of the fielding incident by the wicket value. Wicket value takes into account the resources remaining in terms of balls in the innings and batsmen in the team at the time of the fielding incident.

Data courtesy CricViz Download their app for live win probability and analysis