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Who are the fast bowlers offering the best value?

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Arthur D'Silva | May 07, 2008

  • Paisa Vasool Index after Match 26

There is such a great variation in the DLF IPL player costs that established players, who came in through the auctions, have a significantly greater paisa vasool index (PVI) than the players who were drafted in later (at typically one-tenth the average cost of an auctioned player).

We will, therefore, break up this analysis into two parts. We first look at the 'low cost' fast or medium fast bowlers who provide the best value for money, and then repeat the analysis for the 'auctioned' fast or medium fast bowlers.

This is just to make things easier for the reader; but we mustn't forget that all these bowlers are competing on the same cricket field!

Recall once again that the most valuable player index (MVPI) is calculated by considering the runs scored, strike rate, wickets taken, economy rate, catches taken and run outs effected (so the higher the MVPI, the better the player is performing), while the PVI equals: amount paid so far to the player /MVPI of the player (so the lower the PVI, the better the value offered by the player).

Table 1: The best ('low cost'*) IPL fast bowler buys after 26 matches (US dollars paid so far for contributing each 'run')

 

Name

Team

From

Wickets

MVPI

PVI

Praveen Kumar

RCB

IND

8

207

72

Rajat Bhatia

DD

IND

6

151

85

Manpreet Gony

CSK

IND

9

162

93

Yo Mahesh

DD

IND

6

127

102

Ashok Dinda

KKR

IND

5

124

104

D Kulkarni

MI

IND

6

113

114

Ashish Nehra

MI

IND

7

107

120

V R V Singh

KXI

IND

6

94

159

*Some player prices are unconfirmed, and based on the available information

This analysis suggests that bowlers like Manpreet Gony (CSK), Rajat Bhatia (DD), Yo Mahesh (DD), Ashok Dinda (KKR) and Dhawal Kulkarni (MI) are holding their own against some of the best bowling names in international cricket.

Table 2: The best ('auctioned') IPL fast bowler buys after 26 matches (US dollars paid so far for contributing each 'run')

 

Name

Team

From

Money offered ($)

Wickets

MVPI

PVI

Shane Watson

RR

AUS

125000

7

342

156

Sohail Tanvir

RR

PAK

100000

6

135

212

Umar Gul

KKR

PAK

150000

5

95

450

Ajit Agarkar [Images]

KKR

IND

330000

8

170

832

Glenn McGrath

DD

AUS

350000

7

157

953

Zaheer Khan [Images]

RCB

IND

450000

12

225

999

Joginder Sharma

CSK

IND

225000

7

112

1007

F Maharoof

DD

SL

225000

4

94

1026

Shaun Pollock [Images]

MI

SA

550000

5

213

1107

Munaf Patel [Images]

RR

IND

275000

5

79

1492

Irfan Pathan [Images]

KXI

IND

925000

12

302

1531

R P Singh

DC

IND

875000

10

182

2403

S Sreesanth [Images]

KXI

IND

625000

8

125

2500

Brett Lee [Images]

KXI

AUS

900000

4

114

2820

Mohammed Asif

DD

PAK

650000

6

74

3109

Jacques Kallis [Images]

RCB

SA

900000

4

132

3392

Ishant Sharma

KKR

IND

950000

4

96

4241

India's most highly-rated bowlers like Ishant Sharma (KKR), S Sreesanth (KXI) and even R P Singh (DC) have rather high PVI values, leading one to believe that they are probably over-priced. Zaheer Khan (RCB), who arguably is the best bowler in this set, seems to have been priced just right. But we are only at the half-way mark and numbers will surely change.

The best 'steals' in this segment are Shane Watson (RR; even just for his bowling skills!), Sohail Tanvir (RR), Umar Gul (KKR), Ajit Agarkar (KRR), and that evergreen warrior Glenn McGrath (DD).

The 25 most valuable players in the DLF IPL after 26 matches are listed below. Rohit Sharma continues his impressive stride. Adam Gilchrist [Images] has gained points after his hurricane 54 in just 36 balls last night.

Table 3: The 25 most valuable players as on 7 May 2008

Rank

Player

Team

From

Runs

Balls

Bat Pts

Bb

Rc

W

Bowl Pts

Ct St

Run Outs

Field Pts

M

Total

1

V Sehwag

DD

IND

247

124

328.67

30

53

3

35.00

1

0.5

12

6

375.67

2

Shane Watson

RR

AUS

176

120

192.00

139

163

7

134.33

2

0.5

16

6

342.33

3

Rohit Sharma

DC

IND

258

170

289.33

0

0

0

0.00

5

0

20

7

309.33

4

Irfan Pathan

KXI

IND

72

77

41.33

164

174

12

236.67

2

1

24

7

302.00

5

Adam Gilchrist

DC

AUS

223

140

259.33

0

0

0

0.00

3

0

12

7

271.33

6

 K Sangakkara

KXI

SL

203

124

240.67

0

0

0

0.00

3

1

28

6

268.67

7

Yuvraj Singh [Images]

KXI

IND

170

108

196.00

12

11

1

21.00

6

0.5

32

7

249.00

8

B McCullum

KKR

NZ

183

92

243.33

0

0

0

0.00

1

0

4

4

247.33

9

Yusuf Pathan

RR

IND

162

88

206.67

61

83

2

30.33

0

0

0

6

237.00

10

MS Dhoni [Images]

CSK

IND

196

141

204.00

0

0

0

0.00

1

1.5

28

7

232.00

11

G Gambhir

DD

IND

225

169

224.67

0

0

0

0.00

1

0

4

6

228.67

12

Zaheer Khan

RCB

IND

28

33

12.00

160

212

12

193.33

1

1

20

7

225.33

13

Suresh Raina

CSK

IND

175

119

191.33

8

10

0

0.67

5

0.5

28

7

220.00

14

S Jayasuriya

MI

SL

120

81

132.00

66

86

4

66.00

2

0.5

16

6

214.00

15

Shaun Pollock

MI

SA

131

94

136.67

118

165

5

72.33

1

0

4

6

213.00

16

Michael Hussey

CSK

AUS

168

100

202.67

0

0

0

0.00

2

0

8

4

210.67

17

Praveen Kumar

RCB

IND

72

61

62.67

162

207

8

137.00

2

0

8

7

207.67

18

M Hayden

CSK

AUS

189

131

203.33

0

0

0

0.00

0

0

0

3

203.33

19

Piyush Chawla

KXI

IND

45

19

64.67

116

160

8

122.67

2

0

8

7

195.33

20

Ross Taylor

RCB

NZ

149

81

190.00

0

0

0

0.00

0

0

0

4

190.00

21

David Hussey

KKR

AUS

180

153

156.00

54

94

2

10.00

3

0.5

20

6

186.00

22

Shane Warne [Images]

RR

AUS

43

30

46.00

114

154

8

126.00

3

0

12

6

184.00

23

Shahid Afridi [Images]

DC

PAK

46

26

57.33

120

155

7

117.00

2

0

8

6

182.33

24

RP Singh

DC

IND

4

5

1.33

149

190

10

168.67

1

0.5

12

7

182.00

25

Shaun Marsh

KXI

AUS

163

128

155.33

0

0

0

0.00

1

1

20

3

175.33

Runs (scored) | Balls (taken) | Bat-pts: Batting points | | Rc: Runs conceded | Bb: Balls bowled | W: Wickets taken | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Ct/St: Catches taken / Stumpings | Run outs (participated) | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | Total (points)  = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | *Run outs are counted as 1 (wicket) for a direct hit, and 0.5 (wicket) if the fielder is an equal participant in a run out dismissal.

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Arthur DSilva work for Cranes Software International [Get Quote] Limited, Bangalore.





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