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Hardik Pandya, MVP, India-Australia ODI series

November 02, 2017 11:32 IST

The all-rounder is at the top of the MVP table more because of his batting than his bowling, note Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji.

Hardik Pandya

IMAGE: Hardik Pandya hits out. Photograph: BCCI

The Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) always favours all-rounders -- as it indeed should because all-rounders have opportunities with both bat and ball.

 

However, Hardik Pandya reached the top of the table more because of his batting -- with over 200 runs at more than a run a ball -- than his bowling during the recent five match ODI series against Australia, which India won 4-1.

Indeed, Pandya looks poised to make the shift from a bowling all-rounder to a batting all-rounder especially if they keep asking him to bat at No 4.

Otherwise, the MVP table has the usual suspects in the top five: Four opening batsmen out of five.

The surprise is that the usual topper -- India Captain Virat Kohli, is down to 9th place -- mainly because he twice chopped the ball onto his stumps after two promising starts.

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'.

Table 1: Most Valuable Players in India vs Australia ODI series:

RankPlayerRunsTop Score4s6sStrike RateWicketsEconomyMatchesMVPI
1 Hardik Pandya 222 83 13 12 108.8 6 6.1 5 419
2 Rohit Sharma 296 125 22 14 104.2 0 - 5 355
3 Aaron Finch 250 124 28 8 97.3 0 5.7 3 299
4 David Warner 245 124 23 5 93.5 0 - 5 287
5 Ajinkya Rahane 244 70 29 1 82.7 0 - 5 257
6 Nathan Coulter-Nile 10 8 0 0 38.5 10 5.1 5 257
7 Kedar Jadhav 138 67 15 2 86.8 2 5.1 5 203
8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 52 32 6 0 82.5 5 4.5 4 191
9 Virat Kohli 180 92 15 0 81.1 0 - 5 180
10 Marcus Stoinis 153 62 12 6 87.4 2 6 5 179
11 Kane Richardson 0 0 0 0 0 7 5.5 3 170
12 Jasprit Bumrah 10 10 2 0 166.7 5 5.2 4 153
13 M S Dhoni 100 79 6 3 87.7 0 - 5 148
14 Steven Smith 142 63 14 0 78 0 - 5 145
15 Yuzvendra Chahal 1 1 0 0 50 6 5.2 4 143
16 Kuldeep Yadav 0 0 0 0 0 7 6.2 4 133
17 Pat Cummins 11 9 1 0 110 4 4.7 5 129
18 Manish Pandey 83 36 11 1 100 0 - 5 117
19 Travis Head 119 42 10 1 80.4 0 6.2 5 98
20 Glenn Maxwell 58 39 3 6 118.4 0 2 3 98
21 Peter Handscomb 59 43 3 1 109.3 0 - 3 86
22 Umesh Yadav 2 2 0 0 100 4 7.1 1 81
23 Axar Patel 5 5 0 0 83.3 3 5.2 2 81
24 Mathew Wade 34 20 1 1 87.2 0 - 4 63
25 James Faulkner 44 32 1 1 104.8 1 6.6 2 58
26 Adam Zampa 5 5 0 0 125 4 7 3 54
27 Ashton Agar 9 9 1 0 128.6 2 6.6 2 32
28 Hilton Cartwright 2 1 0 0 8.7 0 - 2 7
29 Mohammed Shami 6 6 1 0 100 0 6.2 1 -5

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.

If we look at how Indian players have performed across the 2017-2018 season so far, we find that Kohli still reigns supreme.

But he faces a threat from Rohit Sharma (in spite of missing 5 ODI games) and Pandya (especially if he keeps taking good wickets).

Table 2: Most Valuable Indian ODI players in the 2017-2018 season (20 matches so far):

RankPlayer nameRuns4s6sStrike RateWicketsEconomyMatchesMVPI
1 Virat Kohli 1,012 97 13 97.3 0 5.8 20 1238
2 Rohit Sharma 902 84 29 95.4 0 - 15 1027
3 Hardik Pandya 370 19 24 121.3 20 5.5 19 990
4 Shikhar Dhawan 689 91 10 106.3 0 - 14 863
5 Jasprit Bumrah 11 2 0 73.3 24 4.7 14 718
6 M S Dhoni 483 30 9 81.3 0 - 20 689
7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 106 10 1 70.2 19 4.5 16 670
8 Kedar Jadhav 299 33 4 96.8 10 5.1 19 646
9 Ajinkya Rahane 585 63 4 78.2 0 - 11 567
10 Kuldeep Yadav 2 0 0 25 18 4.8 11 482
11 Umesh Yadav 2 0 0 66.7 14 5.4 8 333
12 Axar Patel 11 0 0 73.3 9 4.3 6 299
13 Yuzvendra Chahal 1 0 0 50 11 4.9 8 293
14 Manish Pandey 169 17 1 94.9 0 - 7 210
15 Ravindra Jadeja 26 1 0 70.3 4 5.2 7 187
16 Yuvraj Singh 162 18 2 89.5 0 5 8 178
17 Ravichandran Ashwin 1 0 0 33.3 5 5 6 123
18 Mohammed Shami 7 1 0 87.5 4 4.8 3 114
19 Lokesh Rahul 28 2 0 73.7 0 - 4 54
20 Dinesh Karthik 52 5 0 73.2 0 - 2 45
21 Shardul Thakur 0 0 0 - 1 5.7 2 26

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji