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Dhoni most valuable player in England-India ODIs

September 21, 2011 09:20 IST

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji figure out the most valuable players in the just-concluded England-India ODI series.

It is curious that nobody is loudly criticizing M S Dhoni in spite of such a colossal loss in England; most other Indian captains would have immediately been sacked.

Dhoni's record as India's World Cup-winning captain helps; but even more important is the fact that Dhoni actually played rather well himself. He was the player of the series in the England-India ODIs and, as the table (Table 1) below shows, also the series' Most Valuable Player (MVP).

England's Graeme Swann, with eight wickets, at an economy rate of 4.5, was England's most valuable player.

The MVPI formula picks out batsmen who score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, and bowlers who take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate.

Table 1: Most valuable players in the England-India series (Sep 3-16, 2011)

Player Name

Team

Runs

Top score

Strike rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

MS Dhoni

IND

236

78

97.9

0

--

5

296

2

Graeme Swann

ENG

40

31

142.9

8

4.5

4

285

3

Suresh Raina

IND

198

84

113.8

0

5.3

5

249

4

Craig Kieswetter

ENG

136

51

117.2

0

--

5

235

5

Ravi Bopara

ENG

197

96

101.5

0

6.5

4

227

6

Virat Kohli

IND

194

107

84.7

1

7.3

5

216

7

Ravichandran Ashwin

IND

37

36

176.2

6

5.4

5

201

8

Alastair Cook

ENG

169

80

94.4

0

--

5

194

9

Tim Bresnan

ENG

55

28

91.7

6

5.6

5

193

10

Ian Bell

ENG

130

54

95.6

0

--

5

167

11

Parthiv Patel

IND

172

95

80.0

0

--

5

165

12

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

158

54

81.4

0

--

5

154

13

James Anderson

ENG

0

0

--

5

5.1

4

153

14

Ravindra Jadeja

IND

78

78

86.7

4

6.7

3

152

15

Jonathan Trott

ENG

111

63

88.1

0

7.0

4

118

16

Rahul Dravid

IND

124

69

77.5

0

--

5

115

17

Stuart Broad

ENG

5

5

83.3

5

5.7

4

107

18

Praveen Kumar

IND

3

2

60.0

3

5.1

4

75

19

RP Singh

IND

0

0

--

4

6.5

3

73

20

JM Bairstow

ENG

41

41

195.2

0

--

1

65

21

Steven Finn

ENG

0

0

--

2

5.0

2

55

22

Munaf Patel

IND

0

0

--

2

6.4

5

35

23

Jade Dernbach

ENG

0

0

--

4

7.0

4

33

24

Vinay Kumar

IND

1

1

100.0

2

6.5

3

30

25

Ben Stokes

ENG

27

20

64.3

0

--

4

29

26

Samit Patel

ENG

9

9

100.0

1

5.7

3

28

27

Manoj Tiwary

IND

11

11

157.1

0

--

1

26

Runs (scored) | Top score | Strike rate | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | | 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.

The cumulative list of India's most valuable ODI performers during the current 2011-12 season (Table 2) shows Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina claiming top honours. Rohit Sharma could have been up there too if he hadn't broken his finger the first ball he faced.

This list conveys the 'old order changeth' feeling with India's top ODI performers of the past like Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan missing.

Rahul Dravid makes a surprising, and undistinguished, last reappearance – he might well go down as India's tragic ODI hero, who gave his heart to the team (he scored 10889 ODI runs, and his wicket-keeping helped India reach the 2003 WC final) but got little respect or acclaim in return.

Table 2: India's most valuable players in the 2011-12 ODI season (10 matches so far)

 

Player Name

Runs

Six

Four

Str Rate

Bat Pts

W

Eco

Bowl Pts

Field Pts

M

MVPI

1

Virat Kohli

393

2

31

82.2

387.7

1

6.4

3.0

35

10

426

2

Suresh Raina

280

10

18

101.4

330.0

2

5.5

38.0

18

10

386

3

Parthiv Patel

319

6

29

81.2

310.5

0

--

0.0

68

10

378

4

Amit Mishra

5

0

0

33.3

-2.5

11

4.0

326.0

5

5

329

5

MS Dhoni

236

5

19

97.9

271.2

0

--

0.0

25

5

296

6

Rohit Sharma

257

5

11

86.0

264.8

0

--

0.0

5

6

270

7

Praveen Kumar

34

2

1

103.0

40.5

8

4.6

224.0

0

8

265

8

R Ashwin

60

0

6

109.1

74.2

7

5.0

175.0

5

7

254

9

Munaf Patel

0

0

0

--

0.0

10

5.6

213.3

25

8

238

10

Harbhajan Singh

47

2

1

69.1

37.3

4

3.6

143.0

10

3

190

11

Ajinkya Rahane

158

2

19

81.4

154.3

0

--

0.0

0

5

154

12

Ravindra Jadeja

78

0

10

86.7

81.0

4

6.7

61.0

10

3

152

13

Rahul Dravid

124

0

9

77.5

114.7

0

--

0.0

0

5

115

14

Yusuf Pathan

42

2

2

91.3

45.7

2

5.7

35.0

5

5

86

15

Manoj Tiwary

35

1

2

76.1

31.7

0

6.5

-6.0

50

3

76

16

RP Singh

0

0

0

--

0.0

4

6.5

68.0

5

3

73

17

Vinay Kumar

3

0

0

33.3

-1.5

3

6.0

53.2

0

4

52

18

Shikhar Dhawan

69

1

4

57.0

37.2

0

--

0.0

5

4

42

19

Ishant Sharma

0

0

0

0.0

-4.2

1

5.5

14.3

5

2

15

20

S Badrinath

40

0

3

47.1

9.2

0

--

0.0

0

4

9

Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Strike rate | Bat-pts: Batting points | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | AvMVPI = MVPI/M | *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