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De Villiers atop MVP standings at World Cup, Kohli 24th

Last updated on: March 17, 2015 01:11 IST

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji figure out who are the Most Valuable Players after the league phase of the ICC World Cup for Rediff.com

AB de Villiers

Image: South Africa Captain A B de Villiers. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

South Africa Captain A B de Villiers is the most valuable player at the end of the league phase of the 2015 World Cup with a Most Valuable Player Index value of 788 'runs'.

The Sri Lankans, Kumar Sangakkara (MVPI: 686) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (MVPI: 599), are respectively second and third in the MVPI table.

Pacer Mohammad Shami, who has had an excellent World Cup so far, is the best placed Indian at 13th position with a MVPI of 423 having picked up 15 wickets so far.

India's star batsman Virat Kohli, who started the tournament with a century against Pakistan but has since failed to hit a half-century in five innings, lies far behind at 24th with a MVPI of 365.

The Most Valuable Player Index, 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 the most run out dismissals -- and collapses a player’s batting + bowling + fielding performance into a single ‘run equivalent’. 

Table: Most valuable players so far in 2015 World Cup (at the end of the league phase; March 15, 2015)

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Strike Rate W Eco Ct St Run Outs M MVPI
1 A B de Villiers SA 417 35 20 144.3 4 5.9 6 3 6 788
2 Kumar Sangakkara SL 496 54 7 119.5 0 0.0 8 0 6 686
3 Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 395 46 3 98.3 5 4.9 3 0 6 599
4 Brendan Taylor ZIM 433 43 12 106.9 0 0.0 4 1 6 574
5 Sean Williams ZIM 339 29 6 109.0 7 6.4 4 0 6 553
6 Daniel Vettori NZ 26 2 1 152.9 13 3.2 5 0 6 487
7 Chris Gayle WI 279 15 18 108.6 5 5.4 3 0 5 477
8 Glenn Maxwell AUS 257 27 11 190.4 3 6.3 0 1 5 477
9 Corey Anderson NZ 158 15 6 114.5 10 4.8 2 0 6 466
10 Mitchell Starc AUS 0 0 0 0.0 16 3.7 3 0 5 462
11 Wahab Riaz PAK 67 7 2 106.3 14 5.5 4 1 6 448
12 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 186 18 3 106.3 7 5.0 1 1 5 430
13 Mohammed Shami IND 7 1 0 87.5 15 4.4 3 0 5 423
14 Trent Boult NZ 0 0 0 0.0 15 4.2 0 0 6 419
15 Brendon McCullum NZ 257 35 12 187.6 0 0.0 2 0 6 410
16 Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 271 24 5 113.4 0 0.0 5 1.5 5 405
17 Shikhar Dhawan IND 337 39 8 94.1 0 0.0 5 0 6 401
18 David Miller SA 275 15 11 127.9 0 0.0 1 0.5 6 388
19 Morne Morkel SA 8 1 0 61.5 13 4.1 2 0 6 388
20 Hashim Amla SA 307 32 5 98.1 0 0.0 6 0 6 383
21 David Warner AUS 264 27 8 125.1 0 0.0 5 0 5 377
22 Angelo Mathews SL 176 10 7 95.1 6 5.8 1 2 6 374
23 Jerome Taylor WI 26 3 0 72.2 14 5.1 1 0 6 373
24 Virat Kohli IND 301 29 1 85.3 0 0.0 4 1.5 6 365
26 Mahmudullah BAN 344 28 6 82.9 1 5.7 2 0 5 361
25 Josh Davey SCOT 55 5 0 62.5 15 6.2 2 0 6 361
27 Tim Southee NZ 12 1 1 171.4 13 4.8 1 0 6 358
28 Shaiman Anwar UAE 311 34 4 91.5 0 6.0 1 0.5 6 356
29 Ravichandran Ashwin IND 22 0 0 57.9 12 4.5 1 0 6 344
30 Jason Holder WI 113 7 7 100.9 9 5.5 2 0 6 343
31 Andre Russell WI 84 6 7 186.7 9 5.6 2 0 6 339
32 Misbah-ul-Haq PAK 316 24 5 77.6 0 0.0 3 1 6 333
33 Suresh Raina IND 212 17 7 111.6 1 4.1 6 0 6 332
35 Moeen Ali ENG 192 24 5 105.5 4 5.3 0 0 5 321
34 Imran Tahir SA 8 1 0 50.0 11 4.4 1 0 6 321
36 Umesh Yadav IND 0 0 0 0.0 10 4.7 8 0.5 6 316
37 Mohit Sharma IND 0 0 0 0.0 10 4.4 2 1 6 312
38 Ed Joyce IRL 246 23 5 98.4 0 0.0 3 0 6 299
40 Faf du Plessis SA 277 21 3 89.1 0 7.5 2 0 5 295
39 Amjad Javed UAE 170 21 4 87.2 7 6.5 3 0 6 295
41 Martin Guptill NZ 261 31 3 90.6 0 0.0 1 0 6 287
42 Lahiru Thirimanne SL 261 24 2 84.7 0 0.0 4 0 6 285
43 Richie Berrington SCOT 139 9 5 76.0 7 5.7 0 0 6 284
44 MS Dhoni IND 166 15 4 106.4 0 0.0 11 1 6 282
45 Andy Balbirnie IRL 236 20 4 90.8 0 0.0 0 0.5 6 268
46 Rilee Rossouw SA 171 21 4 134.6 0 6.5 7 0 4 268
47 Lasith Malinga SL 1 0 0 16.7 11 5.4 3 0 6 264
48 Marlon Samuels WI 203 17 4 71.7 3 4.7 2 0 6 263
49 Dale Steyn SA 17 3 0 70.8 9 4.8 2 0 6 262
50 Aaron Finch AUS 197 19 5 110.7 0 0.0 3 0 5 261
51 Kyle Coetzer SCOT 253 33 4 89.7 0 7.4 1 0 6 257
52 Shapoor Zadran AFG 17 2 0 81.0 10 5.2 0 0 6 257
53 Niall O'Brien IRL 199 23 3 109.3 0 0.0 2 0 6 256
54 Joe Root ENG 202 19 2 84.2 1 6.2 7 0 6 253
55 Mohammad Naveed UAE 73 6 5 123.7 8 6.1 1 0 6 247
56 Sohail Khan PAK 17 1 0 45.9 11 5.7 1 0 6 246
57 Ian Bell ENG 262 27 0 77.3 0 0.0 0 0 6 242
58 Jos Buttler ENG 141 17 2 135.6 0 0.0 8 0 6 235
59 Kyle Abbott SA 12 2 0 63.2 8 4.1 1 0 3 235
60 William Porterfield IRL 275 22 3 67.2 0 0.0 5 0 6 234
61 Umar Akmal PAK 144 15 2 80.4 0 0.0 11 1.5 6 231
62 Soumya Sarkar BAN 144 20 2 96.0 0 4.6 7 1 5 226
64 Thisara Perera SL 62 8 1 155.0 6 6.7 5 1 5 223
63 Tendai Chatara ZIM 23 2 0 65.7 10 5.7 0 0 6 223
65 Jean-Paul Duminy SA 156 12 3 100.0 2 6.2 3 0 4 222
66 Paul Stirling IRL 159 17 5 100.0 2 5.7 2 0 6 221
67 Sikandar Raza ZIM 125 15 4 99.2 2 4.9 2 0.5 6 221
69 Michael Clarke AUS 127 14 2 95.5 1 2.8 3 1 4 219
68 Alex Cusack IRL 19 1 0 82.6 7 4.6 2 0 4 219
70 Brad Haddin AUS 119 15 4 163.0 0 0.0 8 0 5 217
71 Sabbir Rahman BAN 152 16 5 104.8 1 6.5 3 0.5 5 212
72 Chris Woakes ENG 90 6 0 95.7 5 6.2 1 1 5 211
73 Mohammad Irfan PAK 4 0 0 21.1 8 4.5 0 0 5 211
74 Rahat Ali PAK 1 0 0 16.7 7 4.1 0 0 4 207
75 Ahmed Shehzad PAK 222 24 1 74.0 0 0.0 2 0 6 204
76 Shahid Afridi PAK 93 7 5 129.2 2 4.8 3 0 6 204
77 Hamid Hassan AFG 38 5 0 44.2 8 5.1 1 0 6 203
78 Mitchell Johnson AUS 4 0 0 36.4 9 5.9 2 0 5 202
79 Sarfraz Ahmed PAK 150 11 3 86.7 0 0.0 6 0.5 2 198
80 Lendl Simmons WI 161 13 7 104.5 0 12.0 2 0 6 197
81 Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 27 5 0 135.0 6 4.9 1 0 4 196
82 Kane Williamson NZ 183 21 2 82.8 0 7.0 3 0 6 195
83 Mohammad Nabi AFG 90 8 2 78.3 3 5.7 3 2 6 192
84 Steven Smith AUS 176 16 2 85.4 0 9.5 4 0 5 191
85 Gary Wilson IRL 141 15 1 103.7 0 0.0 4 0 6 189
86 Craig Ervine ZIM 159 12 5 88.3 0 0.0 4 0 6 188
87 Manjula Guruge UAE 14 1 0 53.8 7 4.8 0 0 4 188
88 Ajinkya Rahane IND 145 18 3 98.6 0 0.0 3 0 6 183
89 Haris Sohail PAK 136 10 1 72.3 3 6.6 4 0 5 179
91 Sohaib Maqsood PAK 124 11 3 93.9 1 4.0 1 0 6 174
90 Ravindra Jadeja IND 18 2 0 56.3 7 5.3 1 0 6 174
92 Matt Machan SCOT 186 21 2 80.9 1 7.8 1 0 6 173
93 Alasdair Evans SCOT 38 5 0 66.7 6 5.4 0 0 4 164
94 Darren Sammy WI 150 14 5 93.2 1 6.7 1 0 6 162
95 Dwayne Smith WI 93 13 2 80.2 1 3.9 3 1 6 162
97 Shane Watson AUS 114 13 2 120.0 2 7.8 0 0 4 162
96 Rohit Sharma IND 159 18 4 85.5 0 7.0 1 0 6 162
98 Grant Elliott NZ 116 13 1 90.6 2 8.4 2 0 6 161
99 Kevin O'Brien IRL 131 16 3 100.0 6 8.2 3 0 6 159
100 James Taylor ENG 149 12 3 88.7 0 0.0 0 0 6 158

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.

Some other interesting stats:

The top 10 run-getters in the group stage:

Kumar Sangakkara SL 496
Brendan Taylor ZIM 433
A B de Villiers SA 417
Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 395
Mahmudullah BAN 344
Sean Williams ZIM 339
Shikhar Dhawan IND 337
Misbah-ul-Haq PAK 316
Shaiman Anwar UAE 311
Hashim Amla SA 307

The top 10 wicket-takers in the group stage:

Mitchell Starc AUS 16
Josh Davey SCOT 15
Mohammed Shami IND 15
Trent Boult NZ 15
Wahab Riaz PAK 14
Jerome Taylor WI 14
Daniel Vettori NZ 13
Tim Southee NZ 13
Morne Morkel SA 13
Ravichandran Ashwin IND 12

Most fours in the group stage:

Kumar Sangakkara SL 54
Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 46
Brendan Taylor ZIM 43
Shikhar Dhawan IND 39
A B de Villiers SA 35
Brendon McCullum NZ 35
Shaiman Anwar UAE 34
Kyle Coetzer SCOT 33
Hashim Amla SA 32
Martin Guptill NZ 31

Most sixes in the group stage: (Notice the poor overlap between scorers of 4s and 6s)

A B de Villiers SA 20
Chris Gayle WI 18
Brendan Taylor ZIM 12
Brendon McCullum NZ 12
Glenn Maxwell AUS 11
David Miller SA 11
Shikhar Dhawan IND 8
David Warner AUS 8

The top 10 strike rates in the group stage (for batsmen scoring over 200 runs):

Glenn Maxwell AUS 257 190.4
Brendon McCullum NZ 257 187.6
A B de Villiers SA 417 144.3
David Miller SA 275 127.9
David Warner AUS 264 125.1
Kumar Sangakkara SL 496 119.5
Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 271 113.4
Suresh Raina IND 212 111.6
Sean Williams ZIM 339 109.0
Chris Gayle WI 279 108.6

The top 10 economy rates in the group stage (for bowlers taking 5 or more wickets):

Daniel Vettori NZ 13 3.2
Mitchell Starc AUS 16 3.7
Kyle Abbott SA 8 4.1
Morne Morkel SA 13 4.1
Rahat Ali PAK 7 4.1
Trent Boult NZ 15 4.2
Mohammed Shami IND 15 4.4
Imran Tahir SA 11 4.4
Mohit Sharma IND 10 4.4
Ravichandran Ashwin IND 12 4.5

Finally, the top nine catchers in the group stage (not a surprise to see wicket-keepers dominating; but Umesh Yadav is a surprise):

Denesh Ramdin WI 13
M S Dhoni IND 11
Umar Akmal PAK 11
Matthew Cross SCOT 10
Luke Ronchi NZ 10
Kumar Sangakkara SL 8
Umesh Yadav IND 8
Jos Buttler ENG 8
Brad Haddin AUS 8

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Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji, for Rediff.com