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De Villiers 1st on MVP standings. Guess who's 5th?

Last updated on: March 30, 2015 09:50 IST

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present the final Rediff.com Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup.

Mitchell Starc receives the Player of the Tournament medallion from Sachin Tendulkar. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

Image: Mitchell Starc was the Player of the Tournament, but he ranks only 5th on Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings list, revealing how this World Cup was so much in the batsmen's favour. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

The 2015 World Cup has ended. Everyone is gushing that it was a great event. To be sure, the crowds were wonderful, Brendon McCullum was a truly gracious loser, the television pictures were beautiful, and Mitchell Starc bowled with admirable ability and purpose.

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But when the dust settles down, cricket fans will start asking why most matches were so one-sided, why everything was 'fixed' so much in favour of batsmen (which is why the best bowler only appears at No 5 in the MVPI table), why the league phase went on and on, why the knock-out phase was so brief and brutal, and why the world's premier event had a DRS that didn't include the Hot Spot.

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Glenn Maxwell (MVPI: 702) did just enough to gain the second position, behind A B de Villiers (875). Mitchell Starc (668) was placed fifth, just ahead of his main rival Trent Boult (607) -- while both claimed 22 wickets each, Starc scored because of a better economy rate and because he took more catches.

It is also of some interest to look for cricketers with disappointing MVPIs. Dwayne Smith (West Indies: 162), Vernon Philander (South Africa: 126), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka: 115), James Anderson (England: 121), Eoin Morgan (England: 114) and Stuart Broad (England: 102) were the biggest disappointments.

Table: Most valuable players in the 2015 World Cup

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Strike Rate W Eco Ct St Run Outs M MVPI
1 A B de Villiers SA 482 43 21 144.3 4 6.1 6 3 8 875
2 Glenn Maxwell AUS 324 35 14 182.0 6 5.7 1 3 8 702
3 Kumar Sangakkara SL 541 57 7 105.9 0 0.0 8 0 7 696
4 Martin Guptill NZ 547 59 16 104.6 0 0.0 4 0 9 678
5 Mitchell Starc AUS 0 0 0 0.0 22 3.5 5 0 8 668
6 Trent Boult NZ 0 0 0 0.0 22 4.4 1 0 9 607
7 Corey Anderson NZ 231 22 9 108.5 14 6.5 3 0 9 596
8 Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 395 46 3 96.6 5 4.9 3 0 7 593
9 Chris Gayle WI 340 17 26 117.2 5 5.4 5 0 6 581
10 Brendan Taylor ZIM 433 43 12 106.9 0 0.0 4 1 6 574
11 Sean Williams ZIM 339 29 6 109.0 7 6.4 4 0 6 553
12 Daniel Vettori NZ 50 6 1 108.7 15 4.0 6 0 9 539
13 Brendon McCullum NZ 328 44 17 188.5 0 0.0 2 0 9 521
14 Umesh Yadav IND 0 0 0 0.0 18 5.0 8 1 8 512
15 Wahab Riaz PAK 83 9 2 97.6 16 5.6 4 1 7 503
16 Shikhar Dhawan IND 412 48 9 91.8 0 0.0 7 0 8 485
17 Morne Morkel SA 8 1 0 61.5 17 4.4 2 0 8 482
18 David Miller SA 324 21 14 139.1 0 0.0 3 0.5 8 481
19 David Warner AUS 345 38 9 120.2 0 0.0 5 0 8 476
20 Steven Smith AUS 402 37 4 91.6 0 9.5 4 1 8 474
21 Mohammed Shami IND 8 1 0 88.9 17 4.8 5 0 7 470
22 Imran Tahir SA 8 1 0 50.0 15 4.2 2 0 8 446
23 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 196 18 3 93.8 8 5.2 2 1 6 443
24 Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 298 26 5 105.7 0 0.0 8 1.5 6 439
25 Mitchell Johnson AUS 31 4 1 155.0 15 5.1 4 0 8 432
26 Jerome Taylor WI 37 5 0 77.1 17 5.7 1 0 7 424
27 Suresh Raina IND 284 25 8 110.1 1 4.3 6 0 8 419
28 Hashim Amla SA 333 35 5 95.1 0 0.0 6 0.5 8 417
29 Grant Elliott NZ 310 29 7 105.4 2 8.5 3 0 9 412
30 Ravichandran Ashwin IND 30 0 0 55.6 13 4.3 3 0 8 410
31 Faf du Plessis SA 380 28 4 84.6 0 7.5 6 0 7 406
32 Angelo Mathews SL 195 11 7 89.9 6 5.8 1 2 7 386
33 MS Dhoni IND 237 18 6 102.2 0 0.0 15 1 8 381
34 Mahmudullah BAN 365 30 6 81.8 1 5.6 2 0 6 378
35 Jason Holder WI 155 12 9 112.3 9 6.1 3 0 7 374
36 Andre Russell WI 104 7 9 185.7 11 6.4 2 0 7 373
37 Rohit Sharma IND 330 33 9 91.7 0 7.0 3 0 8 369
38 Josh Davey SCOT 55 5 0 62.5 15 6.2 2 0 6 361
39 Mohit Sharma IND 0 0 0 0.0 13 5.0 2 1 8 360
40 Virat Kohli IND 305 29 1 81.6 0 7.0 5 1.5 8 359
41 Shaiman Anwar UAE 311 34 4 91.5 0 6.0 1 0.5 6 356
42 Misbah-ul-Haq PAK 350 25 7 75.1 0 0.0 3 1 7 352
43 Tim Southee NZ 23 1 2 127.8 15 5.8 2 0 9 349
44 James Faulkner AUS 44 6 2 176.0 10 4.7 2 0 6 339
45 Aaron Finch AUS 280 26 6 92.1 0 0.0 6 0 8 337
46 Michael Clarke AUS 219 25 3 96.1 1 2.8 5 1 7 334
47 Jean-Paul Duminy SA 164 13 3 102.5 6 5.8 3 0 6 333
48 Lahiru Thirimanne SL 302 29 2 84.8 0 0.0 4 0 7 327
49 Moeen Ali ENG 192 24 5 105.5 4 5.3 0 0 5 321
50 Rilee Rossouw SA 210 23 5 116.7 0 6.5 9 0 6 312
51 Dale Steyn SA 17 3 0 70.8 11 5.0 3 0 8 302
52 Ed Joyce IRL 246 23 5 98.4 0 0.0 3 0 6 299
53 Marlon Samuels WI 230 20 5 77.2 3 5.0 2 0 7 296
54 Amjad Javed UAE 170 21 4 87.2 7 6.5 3 0 6 295
55 Ravindra Jadeja IND 57 8 0 96.6 9 5.4 1 0.5 8 284
56 Richie Berrington SCOT 139 9 5 76.0 7 5.7 0 0 6 284
57 Lasith Malinga SL 4 0 0 33.3 12 5.6 3 0 7 277
58 Andy Balbirnie IRL 236 20 4 90.8 0 0.0 0 0.5 6 268
59 Shane Watson AUS 208 22 4 106.1 2 6.6 1 0 7 267
60 Brad Haddin AUS 126 16 4 157.5 0 0.0 16 0 8 265
61 Kyle Abbott SA 12 2 0 63.2 9 4.2 1 0 4 263
62 Kyle Coetzer SCOT 253 33 4 89.7 0 7.4 1 0 6 257
63 Shapoor Zadran AFG 17 2 0 81.0 10 5.2 0 0 6 257
64 Sohail Khan PAK 21 1 0 50.0 12 5.9 1 0 7 257
65 Niall O'Brien IRL 199 23 3 109.3 0 0.0 2 0 6 256
66 Joe Root ENG 202 19 2 84.2 1 6.2 7 0 6 253
67 Umar Akmal PAK 164 17 2 80.4 0 0.0 11 1.5 7 251
68 Soumya Sarkar BAN 173 23 3 89.6 0 4.6 7 1 6 248
69 Mohammad Naveed UAE 73 6 5 123.7 8 6.1 1 0 6 247
70 Ian Bell ENG 262 27 0 77.3 0 0.0 0 0 6 242
71 Sabbir Rahman BAN 182 18 5 98.4 1 6.5 3 0.5 6 238
72 Jos Buttler ENG 141 17 2 135.6 0 0.0 8 0 6 235
73 William Porterfield IRL 275 22 3 67.2 0 0.0 5 0 6 234
74 Ajinkya Rahane IND 208 21 3 82.5 0 0.0 5 0 8 231
75 Kane Williamson NZ 234 28 2 78.0 0 6.0 3 0 9 231
76 Shahid Afridi PAK 116 10 6 133.3 2 4.9 3 0 7 228
77 Tendai Chatara ZIM 23 2 0 65.7 10 5.7 0 0 6 223
78 Paul Stirling IRL 159 17 5 100.0 2 5.7 2 0 6 221
79 Sikandar Raza ZIM 125 15 4 99.2 2 4.9 2 0.5 6 221
80 Alex Cusack IRL 19 1 0 82.6 7 4.6 2 0 4 219
81 Quinton de Kock SA 145 21 0 82.9 0 0.0 10 1 8 219
82 Haris Sohail PAK 177 14 1 72.2 3 6.3 4 0 6 217
83 Thisara Perera SL 62 8 1 144.2 6 6.7 5 1 6 216
84 Josh Hazlewood AUS 0 0 0 0.0 7 4.1 0 0 5 213
85 Chris Woakes ENG 90 6 0 95.7 5 6.2 1 1 5 211
86 Mohammad Irfan PAK 4 0 0 21.1 8 4.5 0 0 5 211
87 Lendl Simmons WI 173 14 8 101.2 0 12.0 2 0 7 207
88 Darren Sammy WI 177 17 6 100.0 1 6.1 1 0 7 205
89 Sarfraz Ahmed PAK 160 12 3 84.7 0 0.0 6 0.5 3 205
90 Ahmed Shehzad PAK 227 24 1 72.5 0 0.0 2 0 7 203
91 Hamid Hassan AFG 38 5 0 44.2 8 5.1 1 0 6 203
92 Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 28 5 0 121.7 7 5.3 1 0 5 202
93 Rahat Ali PAK 7 0 0 25.9 7 4.4 1 0 5 200
94 Sohaib Maqsood PAK 153 12 3 86.9 1 4.0 2 0 7 200
95 Mohammad Nabi AFG 90 8 2 78.3 3 5.7 3 2 6 192
96 Gary Wilson IRL 141 15 1 103.7 0 0.0 4 0 6 189
97 Craig Ervine ZIM 159 12 5 88.3 0 0.0 4 0 6 188
98 Manjula Guruge UAE 14 1 0 53.8 7 4.8 0 0 4 188
99 Matt Machan SCOT 186 21 2 80.9 1 7.8 1 0 6 173
100 Ross Taylor NZ 221 17 0 61.6 0 0.0 6 0 9 173

Team ' Runs (scored) ' 4s ' 6s ' Strike rate ' W: Wickets taken ' Eco: Economy rate 'Ct St: Catches, stumpings ' Run outs ' M: Matches played ' 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji for Rediff.com