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Guess who is the MVP of Windies series?

Last updated on: July 08, 2017 10:09 IST

While Ajinkya Rahane always scores good runs, he seldom scores them quickly enough.
And he doesn't bowl, although he is a handy fielder.
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji assess the India-West Indies ODI series.

ajinkya rahane

IMAGE: Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images.

With a Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) of 314, Ajinkya Rahane has emerged as the most valuable player of the West Indies-India ODI series that ended on Thursday, July 6, at Kingston.

Rahane is an unlikely MVP candidate because while he always scores good runs, he seldom scores them quickly enough.

And he doesn't bowl, although he is a handy fielder.

Recall that the MVPI formula picks out batsmen who score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, bowlers who take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate, and fielders who take the most catches or participate in run outs.

MVPI expresses a player's overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a 'run equivalent'.

West Indies Captain Jason Holder (303) is second in the list.

Not surprisingly, because it was a one-sided series, only two West Indian players figure in the top ten of the list.

Shai Hope (163), who scored runs, but rather slowly, is the other West Indian placed 9th on the list.

Table 1 shows the complete list.

Table 1: Most Valuable Players

RankPlayerRunsTop Score4s6sStrike RateWicketsEconomyMaidensMVPI
1

Ajinkya Rahane

336 103 34 3 77.1 0 - 5 314
2 Jason Holder 82 36 6 2 100 8 5.1 5 303
3 Virat Kohli 244 111 19 6 93.1 0 - 5 280
4 Kuldeep Yadav 2 2 0 0 33.3 8 4.1 5 246
5 Hardik Pandya 24 20 1 1 92.3 6 4.2 5 215
6 Shikhar Dhawan 161 87 19 2 96.4 0 - 5 188
7 Umesh Yadav 0 0 0 0 0 7 4.8 5 187
8 M S Dhoni 154 78 7 2 71.6 0 - 5 169
9 Shai Hope 181 81 13 3 65.8 0 - 5 163
10 Kedar Jadhav 63 40 6 1 137 2 3.1 5 161
11 Devendra Bishoo 25 15 1 0 44.6 4 4.5 5 133
12 Ravichandran Ashwin 0 0 0 0 - 4 3.9 3 120
13 Mohammed Shami 1 1 0 0 50 4 4.1 2 119
14 Alzarri Joseph 8 5 0 0 66.7 6 6.6 4 110
15 Ashley Nurse 29 19 2 0 61.7 2 4.2 5 102
16 Kyle Hope 100 46 16 0 67.6 0 - 3 82
17 Ravindra Jadeja 11 11 1 0 100 0 3.8 2 73
18 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0 0 0 0 - 2 2.8 3 72
19 Rovman Powell 63 31 5 2 75 0 6 3 60
20 Yuvraj Singh 57 39 5 0 76 0 5 3 52
21 Roston Chase 59 33 4 0 78.7 0 13.6 5 50
22 Miguel Cummins 1 1 0 0 25 3 6.1 3 50
23 Dinesh Karthik 52 50 5 0 73.2 0 - 2 45
24 Evin Lewis 67 35 4 2 54.9 0 - 5 42
25 Jason Mohammed 76 40 5 0 53.9 0 - 5 35
26 Kesrick Williams 3 2 0 0 42.9 1 4.9 3 27
27 Jonathan Carter 13 13 1 0 41.9 0 4.7 2 1
28 Kieran Powell 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 2 -3

MVPI: Most Valuable Player Index = 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<

On May 1, 2017, we also entered a new international cricket season.

Table 2 summarises the performance so far of all India's ODI players in the 2017-2018 season, which includes the Champions Trophy and the series against the West Indies.

Virat Kohli stays at the top (he also topped the previous season).

Shikhar Dhawan has made a commendable comeback.

Hardik Pandya is 3rd, and the way he's playing, expect him to challenge his captain for the top place pretty soon.

Table 2: Most Valuable Indian ODI players in the 2017-2018 season (10 matches so far)

RankPlayer nameRuns4s6sStrike RateWicketsEconomyMaidensMVPI
1 Virat Kohli 502 45 10 96 0 5.7 10 611
2 Shikhar Dhawan 499 63 6 100 0 - 10 592
3 Hardik Pandya 129 5 11 161.3 10 5.2 10 460
4 Rohit Sharma 304 29 7 86.9 0 - 5 316
5 M S Dhoni 221 14 4 78.1 0 - 10 316
6 Ajinkya Rahane 336 34 3 77.1 0 - 5 314
7 Kedar Jadhav 97 11 2 134.7 5 4.9 10 302
8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1 0 0 12.5 9 4.3 8 293
9 Umesh Yadav 0 0 0 0 10 5 7 252
10 Kuldeep Yadav 2 0 0 33.3 8 4.1 5 246
11 Ravindra Jadeja 26 1 0 70.3 4 5.2 7 187
12 Yuvraj Singh 162 18 2 89.5 0 5 8 178
13 Jasprit Bumrah 1 0 0 11.1 4 5 5 125
14 Ravichandran Ashwin 1 0 0 33.3 5 5 6 123
15 Mohammed Shami 1 0 0 50 4 4.1 2 119
16 Dinesh Karthik 52 5 0 73.2 0 - 2 45

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji