Do Saina Nehwal and Lee Chong Wei bring value for their bill? Probably, but P V and Srikanth are the most expensive!

January is going to be a very happy month for the badminton fans all over the world as they see few of their favorite players in action.

Starting January 2nd 2016, 6 teams and 59 players are going head on for what is billed as the ‘highest prize money badminton tournament in the world’ – Premier Badminton League.

As we know sports and statistics go hand in hand. Any child who has played ‘Trump Cards’ will intuitively know that sport is all about numbers.

So we did an analysis on whether the players are likely to be a good investment for the team owners & which players are likely bring maximum value out.

We looked at all 59 players, their points (as recorded in Badminton World Federation  and its correlation to what they cost their team.

As per the analysis done on this data,we have come up with some interesting trivia.

Men’s Singles

The graph depicts the cost of the players (in USD) to the points accumulated as per the BWF

The graph depicts the cost of the players (in USD) to the points accumulated as per the BWF. If all players were bid rationally, then all dots will be on the yellow dotted line. Lee Chong Wei, Srikanth Kidambi and Tommy Sugiarto are ‘expensive’ by this metric.

The typical cost of a player was $1.04 /Point.

However, 4 players stand out of what you could call “a dollar per point” statistic.

– Lee Chong Wei cost Hyderabad Hunters $1.32/Point, 27% higher than the average cost per player

Given the recent performances,he will definitely be a good investment and a crowd puller as he ended the year with three back to back titles.You might know that once he won a game in just 13 minutes!!

– Tommy Sugiarto cost Delhi Acers $1.37/Point, 32% higher than the average cost per player.

–  Srikanth Kidambi cost Bengaluru TopGuns $1.4/Point, 35% higher than the average.

Two finalists from the Indonesian Masters which was a nail biting encounter and Tommy Sugiarto won. No surprises there.

– Vladimir Ivanov, primarily a doubles player, who outperformed his expectation in the previous edition. If we simply look at his singles points with cost, he cost Mumbai Rockets a whopping $10.3/Point. But that doesn’t make any sense!

Few players like Parupalli Kashyap, SaiPraneeth, Gurusaidutt have been under bid.

They have the potential to put in some amazing performances which may be crucial in the league matches and considering their cost per point statistic they are possibly good value for money from the Team owner’s perspective.

Men’s Doubles

The graph depicts the cost of the players (in USD) to the points accumulated as per the BWF. If all players were bid rationally, then all dots will be on the yellow dotted line. Koo Keat Kien and Tan Boon Heong ,Markis Kido and Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogenson are the most expensive players according to this graph

The graph depicts the cost of the players (in USD) to the points accumulated as per the BWF. If all players were bid rationally, then all dots will be on the yellow dotted line. Koo Keat Kien, Tan Boon Heong, Markis Kido, Mathias Boe and Carsten Mogenson are the most expensive players according to this graph

The typical cost of a player is $0.55/Point.

Since 2 players comprise a team, the bid for doubles players is at a rate just more than half of Singles Players. Here we should also consider that most of the foreign players are a better buy in doubles than the top Indian players.

Few players who have continued to get higher value include,

Markis Kido from Hyderabad Hunters cost ~$1.1/Point. Mainly because he will be equally potent in both doubles and mixed doubles; in addition to his good performance for Awadhe Warriors in the previous edition.

Malaysian doubles pair of Koo KeatKien ($0.8/Point) & Tan Boon Heong ($0.66/Point) went to the same team Delhi Acers. Given their history of playing together, their value can be assumed to be higher than the average $1.1/Point per team. To be precise they are valued 33% higher than the average team.

The steals include Carsten Mogensen & Mathias Boe, valued at just $0.4/Point. Carsten Mogensen & Mathias Boe plays as a team for Denmark, but for PBL they will be playing separately for Hyderabad Hunters and Mumbai Rockets. Playing separately almost seems to have devalued them, inverse of what we saw with the Malaysian pair.

Women’s Singles

The graph depicts the cost of the players (in USD) to the points accumulated as per the BWF

The graph depicts the cost of the players (in USD) to the points accumulated as per the BWF. If all players were bid rationally, then all dots will be on the yellow dotted line. Saina and PV clearly overpriced

At $1.28/Point, Women’s singles players are definitely more expensive than Men’s Singles players.

It happened because Saina Nehwal of Awadhe Warriors and P V Sindhu of Chennai Smashers got higher bids than the rest of the players both being  top International players and media favorites which caused a skew and can be seen in the graph. A big feel good factor for all feminists :)

P V cost a whopping 1.81/Point compared to Saina  at $1.27/Point. Saina almost sounds like a steal in comparison!

P V Sindhu spent quarter of the year recovering from an injury and came back and won the Macau open for the record third time in as many years, thrashing Minatsu Mitani; which might be a huge morale boost going into the PBL.

Saina will definitely want to clinch the title again with her new team Awadhe Warriors after her solid performances with Hyderabad Hotshots last year.

This is what the numbers say and we are sure the numbers will speak for themselves as the tournament progresses.

The #BADDIES are coming!!!

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