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# IPL 3: The successes and failures thus far

April 01, 2010 18:29 IST

We're approximately at the halfway mark of IPL3 and it is a good time to ask which players are doing well and which players aren't.

- Indian Premier League III

Our key metric is the most valuable player index (MVPI) that expresses a cricketer's all-round performance in terms of a run equivalent. If Irfan Pathan currently has a MVPI of 287 it means that his batting, bowling and fielding performance is equivalent to scoring 287 runs.

We know that Irfan Pathan is paid \$925,000 by KXIP for playing his 14 (or more) matches of IPL3. He has (as on the morning of 1 April 2010) played half of his matches (7 out of 14)  so he has earned half of his \$925,000 price, i.e. \$462,500.

Let's do some simple arithmetic. In return for \$462,500, Irfan has contributed 287 runs. KXIP is therefore currently paying Irfan \$462,500/287 = \$1611 per run.

We define Irfan Pathan's paisa vasool index (PVI) to be 1611. The lower a player's PVI, more the value he offers his franchise on the cricketing field.

The table below looks at the statistics of all IPL3 players who have played at least 4 matches. Looking at this table, we can identify players offering the greatest or the least value to their franchise.

The table is arranged in the decreasing order of the MVPI. We have also given a star rating based on the PVI. The best players have the largest MVPI and the most stars. Players not doing well have low MVPI and few (or no) stars.

 Player Name Team Runs Six Four Strike Rate W Eco ct|st MVPI Money offered (\$) M PVI Star value Yusuf Pathan RR 274 21 18 179.1 5 6.9 6 483 475000 8 562 **** Jacques Kallis RCB 362 6 46 124.4 5 8.2 2 418 900000 7 1077 *** Sachin Tendulkar MI 314 1 47 140.8 0 -- 1 335 1121250 7 1675 *** Dinesh Karthik DD 210 6 21 140.9 0 -- 10 333 525000 8 900 **** Virender Sehwag DD 225 9 31 177.2 1 3.0 2 308 833750 8 1547 *** Suresh Raina CSK 238 10 17 136.8 0 7.9 6 301 650000 8 1235 *** Irfan Pathan KXI 164 7 12 153.3 6 8.6 3 287 925000 7 1611 *** Andrew Symonds DC 166 8 12 123.9 6 7.0 4 286 1350000 6 2021 ** Matthew Hayden CSK 227 13 23 147.4 0 -- 1 277 375000 8 775 **** David Warner DD 207 11 17 156.8 0 -- 4 270 250000 5 529 **** Naman Ojha RR 213 8 26 140.1 0 -- 3 267 30000 8 64 **** Robin Uthappa RCB 198 14 12 173.7 0 -- 3 256 800000 7 1563 *** Amit Mishra DD 9 0 1 100.0 11 6.8 3 254 30000 8 67 **** Harbhajan Singh MI 62 2 9 200.0 8 7.0 3 246 850000 7 1730 *** Angelo Mathews KKR 117 4 10 128.6 6 7.4 2 239 30000 7 63 **** Muttiah Muralitharan CSK 1 0 0 50.0 11 6.2 1 238 600000 8 1439 *** Adam Gilchrist DC 150 9 15 180.7 0 -- 7 233 700000 6 1286 *** Albie Morkel CSK 102 7 4 136.0 6 8.1 3 232 650000 8 1601 *** Rohit Sharma DC 172 9 12 147.0 2 7.6 2 232 750000 6 1385 *** Ravi Bopara KXI 198 3 22 116.5 3 8.3 2 223 450000 7 1007 *** Lasith Malinga MI 0 0 0 -- 10 6.7 1 221 350000 7 791 **** Saurabh Tiwary MI 206 8 16 143.1 0 -- 0 220 40000 7 91 **** Murali Vijay CSK 173 9 14 150.4 0 -- 4 209 50000 7 137 **** Zaheer Khan MI 23 1 3 255.6 9 7.7 2 194 450000 7 1160 *** MS Dhoni CSK 143 5 12 143.0 0 -- 3 189 1500000 5 4543 -- Chaminda Vaas DC 27 1 1 103.8 8 6.7 0 187 200000 5 458 **** Manish Pandey RCB 184 7 19 119.5 0 -- 4 179 30000 7 84 **** Anil Kumble RCB 1 0 0 100.0 6 5.3 1 176 500000 7 1418 *** Manoj Tiwary KKR 144 4 18 150.0 0 -- 3 172 675000 6 1962 *** Yuvraj Singh KXI 101 4 10 131.2 3 6.7 2 171 1063750 7 3104 * S Badrinath CSK 182 2 21 115.9 0 -- 0 171 50000 8 167 **** Shaun Tait RR 12 1 0 92.3 10 8.1 1 168 400000 7 1361 *** Herschelle Gibbs DC 170 7 16 122.3 0 -- 3 167 575000 6 1479 *** Murali Kartik KKR 22 0 2 550.0 4 5.7 1 167 425000 6 1275 *** Piyush Chawla KXI 52 0 7 115.6 5 8.0 1 160 400000 7 1250 *** Virat Kohli RCB 131 6 10 142.4 0 10.3 2 158 300000 7 949 **** AC Voges RR 117 3 9 142.7 0 6.1 1 158 50000 5 181 **** Manvinder Bisla KXI 152 6 16 121.6 0 -- 2 145 30000 7 103 **** A Jhunjhunwala RR 130 2 14 118.2 0 14.2 2 142 30000 8 121 **** Farveez Maharoof DD 29 2 2 152.6 7 8.8 1 137 225000 4 941 **** Dale Steyn RCB 8 0 1 88.9 6 7.3 0 135 325000 7 1204 *** Dirk Nannes DD 4 0 0 30.8 6 6.5 0 135 70000 7 296 **** Gautam Gambhir DD 125 1 13 123.8 0 -- 2 131 725000 5 3154 * Shikhar Dhawan MI 137 3 17 128.0 0 -- 0 131 40000 4 152 **** Mahela Jayawardene KXI 102 2 9 122.9 0 -- 3 129 475000 7 1836 *** Kieron Pollard MI 79 3 9 129.5 2 8.8 3 129 750000 6 2915 ** Michael Lumb RR 126 2 18 127.3 0 -- 2 128 50000 6 223 **** Vinay Kumar RCB 2 0 0 100.0 8 8.3 1 127 30000 6 118 **** Pragyan Ojha DC 0 0 0 -- 7 7.7 2 126 30000 6 102 **** Kumar Sangakkara KXI 91 1 12 133.8 0 -- 4 123 700000 6 2838 ** Ambati Rayudu MI 107 5 8 139.0 0 -- 1 123 30000 5 122 **** Brad Hodge KKR 99 1 11 110.0 2 8.2 3 121 100000 4 413 **** Shane Warne RR 7 0 0 58.3 5 7.0 1 118 450000 8 2179 ** Dwayne Bravo MI 55 4 4 166.7 3 8.9 1 117 150000 6 639 **** AB de Villiers DD 107 0 7 95.5 0 -- 4 113 300000 6 1522 *** Sourav Ganguly KKR 153 2 17 96.8 0 9.0 4 109 1092500 7 4996 -- Lakshmipathy Balaji CSK 15 1 1 125.0 7 9.1 1 107 50000 6 268 **** Praveen Kumar RCB 3 0 0 50.0 7 8.2 0 104 300000 7 1442 *** Owais Shah KKR 115 5 7 121.1 0 -- 0 103 275000 5 1331 *** Mithun Manhas DD 83 0 9 123.9 0 -- 2 101 30000 6 170 **** Rajagopal Sathish MI 76 0 9 124.6 1 17.0 2 100 30000 7 151 **** Tirumalasetti Suman DC 96 4 8 110.3 0 12.0 3 96 30000 6 134 **** Faiz Fazal RR 101 1 13 109.8 0 -- 4 95 30000 5 180 **** RP Singh DC 6 0 0 54.5 6 9.6 4 93 875000 6 4018 -- Ishant Sharma KKR 6 0 0 40.0 7 9.0 1 86 950000 6 5523 -- P Dogra RR 99 5 4 105.3 0 -- 2 81 30000 7 213 **** Justin Kemp CSK 26 1 1 108.3 3 6.6 1 81 100000 4 708 **** Siddharth Trivedi RR 7 1 0 116.7 3 7.3 1 71 30000 6 241 **** Umesh Yadav DD 3 0 0 75.0 4 7.8 0 68 30000 5 253 **** SE Bond KKR 1 0 0 50.0 4 8.0 1 67 750000 4 5569 -- Rahul Dravid RCB 36 0 6 128.6 0 -- 2 67 1035000 7 7763 -- Shalabh Srivastava KXI 1 0 0 50.0 5 9.1 1 64 30000 5 233 **** Eoin Morgan RCB 35 1 2 116.7 0 -- 4 62 220000 6 1774 *** Aditya Tare MI 49 3 5 148.5 0 -- 2 62 30000 5 242 **** Wriddhiman Saha KKR 43 0 7 134.4 0 -- 4 59 30000 7 253 **** Sumit Narwal RR 14 0 2 116.7 5 10.5 0 57 30000 4 299 **** Ravichandran Ashwin CSK 13 0 1 81.3 3 8.0 1 57 30000 5 303 **** Pradeep Sangwan DD 4 0 0 44.4 4 8.6 1 53 30000 5 323 **** VVS Laxman DC 54 1 6 122.7 0 -- 0 49 375000 4 3258 * Sreesanth KXI 27 0 5 128.6 3 9.8 0 49 625000 4 6378 -- Ryan McLaren MI 25 0 3 119.0 1 8.7 2 49 75000 5 765 **** Jaskaran Singh DC 8 0 0 88.9 4 10.3 0 47 30000 4 274 **** Parthiv Patel CSK 72 2 6 91.1 0 -- 2 47 325000 4 3980 * Sarabjit Ladda DD 0 1 1 0.0 4 9.2 0 43 30000 4 399 **** Tillakaratne Dilshan DD 32 0 4 80.0 2 11.7 3 43 250000 4 3322 * Mark Boucher RCB 13 1 0 130.0 0 -- 5 41 450000 5 5533 -- Munaf Patel RR 4 0 0 80.0 3 9.1 1 39 275000 4 3995 * Mohammad Kaif KXI 28 0 2 93.3 0 -- 2 24 250000 4 5208 -- Cheteshwar Pujara KKR 44 0 6 78.6 0 -- 1 17 30000 4 865 ****

*Some figures are estimated and may be inaccurate.

Based on this table, we can now identify the best players of every team and players who are struggling the most. It is possible that players have poor scores not because they played badly  but because they didn't get enough chances.

Here is our pick:

Mumbai Indians

Best:  Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga

Struggling: Sanath Jayasuriya (3 matches)

Royal Challengers

Best: Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Anil Kumble

Struggling: Eoin Morgan, Rahul Dravid

Delhi Daredevils

Best: Dinesh Karthik, Virender Sehwag, David Warner

Struggling: A B de Villiers, T Dilshan (3 matches)

Deccan Chargers

Best: Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist, Rohit Sharma

Struggling: R P Singh, V V S Laxman

Rajasthan Royals

Best: Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha, Shaun Tait

Struggling: Munaf Patel, Sumit Narwal

Chennai Super Kings

Best: Suresh Raina, Matthew Hayden, Muttiah Muralitharan

Struggling: Parthiv Patel, Justin Kemp

Kolkata Knight Riders

Best: Angelo Mathews, Manoj Tiwari, Murali Kartik

Struggling: Shane Bond, Ishant Sharma, Sourav Ganguly

Kings XI Punjab

Best: Irfan Pathan, Ravi Bopara

Struggling: Mohammed Kaif, S Sreesanth, Kumar Sangakkara

Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle