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Record-breaker Sangakkara surges ahead in MVP table

March 12, 2015 13:01 IST

Kumar Sangakkara, the first batsman to hit four successive centuries in a World Cup, has zoomed past A B de Villiers to occupy the top slot in Rediff.com's Most Valuable Players ratings for the World Cup.

Check out the latest MVP rankings!

Kumar Sangakkara

Image: Kumar Sangakkara of celebrates his century against Scotland. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

This is hardly a surprise. After four centuries on the trot with a strike rate of nearly 120, Sri Lanka's run machine Kumar Sangakkara (MVPI: 686) has raced to the top of the most valuable player standings at the ICC World Cup.

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.'

South Africa Captain A B de Villiers is just 82 'runs' behind Sangakkara and remains a formidable rival for the MVP crown -- it will probably boil down to who wins the likely quarter-final game between Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Glenn Maxwell (MVPI: 456, ranked 6th) must be considered the most promising dark horse, especially if Australia keep winning.

If Maxwell adds a few wickets to his tally, his near-200 strike rate could see him streaking to the top.

Zimbabwe all-rounder Sean Williams, with 289 runs and seven wickets, has contributed 500 'runs' so far, but his good run is sadly about to end with his team failing to make it to the quarter-finals.

Left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan (MVPI: 399, ranked 8th) is the lone Indian in the top 10, but he should soon be joined by pacer Mohammed Shami (MVPI: 351, ranked 16th), Ravichandran Ashwin (MVPI: 339, 20th) and Virat Kohli (MVPI: 329, 24th) if India continue with their good showing in the final weeks of the tournament.

Pakistan's World Cup campaign has finally acquired some sparkle, but it is hard to spot potential match winners as only pacer Wahab Riaz (MVPI: 360, 15th) and captain Misbah-ul-Haq (MVPI: 293, 30th) figure in the top 50.

And don't even bother looking for hapless England players! But if you must, you will find all-rounder Moeen Ali (MVPI: 311, 26th), batsman Joe Root (MVPI: 243, 41st) and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler (MVPI: 225, 49th) if you look hard enough.

Very few other England players are visible, and, frankly, they don't deserve to be! They should consider playing in the Indian Premier League as former captain Michael Vaughan rightly points out.

Table: Most valuable players so far in the 2015 World Cup (after 35 matches, as at midnight, March 11, 2015)

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Strike Rate W Eco Ct St Run Outs M MVPI
1 Kumar Sangakkara SL 496 54 7 119.5 0 0.0 8 0 6 686
2 A B de Villiers SA 318 29 16 153.6 2 6.3 5 3 5 604
3 Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 395 46 3 98.3 5 4.9 3 0 6 599
4 Sean Williams ZIM 289 26 3 113.8 7 6.4 4 0 5 506
5 Chris Gayle WI 279 15 18 108.6 5 5.4 3 0 5 477
6 Glenn Maxwell AUS 257 27 11 190.4 2 6.4 0 1 4 456
7 Daniel Vettori NZ 10 1 0 142.9 12 3.0 5 0 5 430
8 Shikhar Dhawan IND 333 38 8 98.5 0 0.0 3 0 5 399
9 Brendon McCullum NZ 249 34 12 193.0 0 0.0 1 0 5 396
10 Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 256 22 5 119.6 0 0.0 5 1.5 4 396
11 Brendan Taylor ZIM 295 28 7 100.0 0 0.0 4 0.5 5 377
12 Trent Boult NZ 0 0 0 0.0 13 3.9 0 0 5 375
13 Angelo Mathews SL 176 10 7 95.1 6 5.8 1 2 6 374
14 Hashim Amla SA 295 29 5 99.3 0 0.0 6 0 5 373
15 Wahab Riaz PAK 67 7 2 106.3 11 5.5 3 0.5 5 360
16 Mohammed Shami IND 7 1 0 87.5 12 4.1 3 0 4 351
17 Mitchell Starc AUS 0 0 0 0.0 12 3.8 2 0 4 347
18 Corey Anderson NZ 119 12 3 106.3 8 5.1 0 0 5 343
19 Tim Southee NZ 0 0 0 0.0 13 4.8 1 0 5 340
20 Ravichandran Ashwin IND 22 0 0 57.9 11 3.9 0 0 5 339
21 Shaiman Anwar UAE 270 29 4 100.0 0 0.0 1 0.5 4 333
22 David Miller SA 226 13 11 135.3 0 0.0 1 0.5 5 330
23 David Warner AUS 243 25 6 118.5 0 0.0 3 0 4 330
24 Virat Kohli IND 263 25 1 86.2 0 0.0 4 1.5 5 329
25 Josh Davey SCOT 29 1 0 54.7 14 6.1 2 0 5 326
26 Moeen Ali ENG 192 24 5 105.5 4 5.3 0 0 5 321
27 Morne Morkel SA 8 1 0 61.5 11 4.5 2 0 5 311
28 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 163 15 3 103.8 3 4.8 1 1 4 309
29 Faf du Plessis SA 277 21 3 89.1 0 7.5 2 0 5 295
30 Misbah-ul-Haq PAK 277 21 3 76.7 0 0.0 3 1 5 293
31 Jerome Taylor WI 26 3 0 72.2 11 5.3 1 0 5 290
32 Ed Joyce IRL 235 22 5 101.3 0 0.0 2 0 5 287
33 Richie Berrington SCOT 138 9 5 78.0 7 5.7 0 0 5 287
34 Imran Tahir SA 8 1 0 50.0 10 4.4 1 0 5 286
35 Lahiru Thirimanne SL 261 24 2 84.7 0 0.0 4 0 6 285
36 Kyle Coetzer SCOT 253 33 4 93.4 0 7.4 1 0 5 266
37 Lasith Malinga SL 1 0 0 16.7 11 5.4 3 0 6 264
38 Shapoor Zadran AFG 17 2 0 81.0 10 5.1 0 0 5 262
39 Andre Russell WI 77 6 6 208.1 7 6.3 2 0 5 261
40 Andy Balbirnie IRL 218 20 4 97.3 0 0.0 0 0 5 249
41 Joe Root ENG 202 19 2 84.2 1 6.2 5 0 5 243
42 Niall O'Brien IRL 187 21 3 108.7 0 0.0 2 0 5 241
43 Kyle Abbott SA 12 2 0 63.2 8 4.1 1 0 3 235
44 Tendai Chatara ZIM 23 2 0 71.9 10 5.7 0 0 5 235
45 Mohit Sharma IND 0 0 0 0.0 7 4.3 1 1 5 230
46 Umesh Yadav IND 0 0 0 0.0 7 4.8 7 0.5 5 230
47 Aaron Finch AUS 177 16 4 105.4 0 0.0 3 0 4 229
48 Dale Steyn SA 17 3 0 70.8 8 4.8 1 0 5 227
49 Jos Buttler ENG 141 17 2 135.6 0 0.0 6 0 5 225
50 Thisara Perera SL 62 8 1 155.0 6 6.7 5 1 5 223
51 Paul Stirling IRL 156 17 5 103.3 2 5.8 2 0 5 221
52 Jason Holder WI 113 7 7 100.9 5 6.2 1 0 5 215
53 Mahmudullah BAN 216 16 3 74.0 1 5.5 2 0 4 215
54 Chris Woakes ENG 90 6 0 95.7 5 6.2 1 1 5 211
55 Mohammad Irfan PAK 4 0 0 21.1 8 4.5 0 0 5 211
56 Marlon Samuels WI 194 16 4 73.2 2 5.9 2 0 5 210
57 Rilee Rossouw SA 128 13 4 164.1 0 6.5 4 0 3 208
58 Brad Haddin AUS 119 15 4 163.0 0 0.0 6 0 4 207
59 Amjad Javed UAE 109 13 3 118.5 4 6.6 1 0 4 199
60 Suresh Raina IND 102 8 3 118.6 1 4.1 6 0 5 198
61 Lendl Simmons WI 161 13 7 104.5 0 12.0 2 0 5 197
62 Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 27 5 0 135.0 6 4.9 1 0 4 196
63 Umar Akmal PAK 124 11 2 82.7 0 0.0 7 1.5 5 196
64 Kane Williamson NZ 182 21 2 83.1 0 7.0 3 0 5 195
65 Ravindra Jadeja IND 18 2 0 56.3 7 4.9 1 0 5 195
66 Sohail Khan PAK 17 1 0 45.9 9 6.0 1 0 5 190
67 Alex Cusack IRL 18 1 0 81.8 6 4.7 2 0 3 186
68 Steven Smith AUS 176 16 2 85.4 0 9.5 3 0 4 186
69 Ian Bell ENG 210 21 0 74.2 0 0.0 0 0 5 184
70 Shahid Afridi PAK 93 7 5 129.2 2 5.0 1 0 5 182
71 Mitchell Johnson AUS 4 0 0 36.4 8 6.2 2 0 4 173
72 Hamid Hassan AFG 38 5 0 45.2 7 5.3 1 0 5 172
73 Jean-Paul Duminy SA 133 11 3 103.9 1 6.6 3 0 3 171
74 Sohaib Maqsood PAK 124 11 3 93.9 1 4.0 0 0 5 169
75 Craig Ervine ZIM 132 11 4 95.0 0 0.0 4 0 5 168
76 Mohammad Nabi AFG 74 7 1 75.5 3 6.0 3 2 5 167
77 Soumya Sarkar BAN 93 13 2 101.1 0 4.3 6 1 4 166
78 Ajinkya Rahane IND 126 15 3 102.4 0 0.0 3 0 5 165
79 MS Dhoni IND 81 7 2 101.3 0 0.0 9 1 5 165
80 Alasdair Evans SCOT 38 5 0 66.7 6 5.4 0 0 4 164
81 Gary Wilson IRL 112 13 1 114.3 0 0.0 4 0 5 162
82 Darren Sammy WI 150 14 5 93.2 1 6.8 1 0 5 161
83 Martin Guptill NZ 156 20 1 83.0 0 0.0 1 0 5 160
84 Haris Sohail PAK 133 10 1 73.5 2 6.6 4 0 4 159
85 James Taylor ENG 141 12 3 95.3 0 0.0 0 0 5 159
86 Michael Clarke AUS 80 7 0 93.0 1 2.8 2 1 3 159
87 Mitchell Marsh AUS 31 3 0 100.0 5 5.3 0 0 3 157
88 Preston Mommsen SCOT 148 16 1 77.1 0 0.0 4 0 5 156
89 Kevin O'Brien IRL 123 15 3 107.0 6 9.0 3 0 5 155
90 Rahat Ali PAK 1 0 0 16.7 5 3.8 0 0 3 155
91 Sabbir Rahman BAN 112 11 3 91.8 1 6.4 3 0.5 4 155
92 Suranga Lakmal SL 7 0 0 41.2 7 6.1 3 0 4 150
93 Samiullah Shenwari AFG 247 21 6 57.0 0 5.5 2 0.5 5 149
94 Mohammad Naveed UAE 42 3 3 120.0 5 6.1 1 0 4 147
95 Rohit Sharma IND 143 16 4 86.7 0 7.0 0 0 5 143
96 Manjula Guruge UAE 10 1 0 62.5 5 4.6 0 0 3 141
97 Adam Milne NZ 1 0 0 20.0 4 4.4 4 0 5 138
98 Ahmed Shehzad PAK 159 17 1 69.4 0 0.0 2 0 5 137
99 Steven Finn ENG 2 0 0 13.3 8 6.9 0 0 4 137
100 Sikandar Raza ZIM 97 14 1 87.4 1 5.0 1 0 5 132

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.

Check out how the top 30 players have earned their rating points in the MVPI table after 35 matches:

 

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