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Playing Moneyball with IPL?

Did the Moneyball philosophy get redefined in the domain of cash-rich IPL, which has become an integral part of the cricketing ecosystem?

IPL Trophy during day one of the TATA Indian Premier League Player Auction. Photo:Sportzpics for IPL
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IPL Trophy during day one of the TATA Indian Premier League Player Auction. Photo:Sportzpics for IPL

Atanu Biswas
Some big stars remained unsold and some were sold cheap in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. In contrast, some not-so-renowned — even uncapped — players were snapped up for astronomical prices. This is not new in IPL auctions though. It may very well be viewed as an index of players’ usefulness in T20 cricket, to some extent.

While IPL auction is discussed, the reference of the Brad Pitt starrer 2011 movie, Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 bestseller, is invariably drawn. While portraying the success story of Oakland Athletics and its manager Billy Beane in Major League Baseball in
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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 11:56 PM IST

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