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Chris Gayle is IPL 4's most valuable player

May 30, 2011 11:36 IST

Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle present the most valuable players in IPL-4

It was no surprise that Chris Gayle proved to be IPL4's most valuable player. But it must bother him (and Vijay Mallya) that his one batting failure in the final (he bowled rather well) may have cost RCB the big prize.

While individual players very significantly influence T20 matches (much, much more than ODI matches), you still need a team effort to get past the finishing line.

The table below shows the 50 most valuable players of IPL4 in terms of performance … measured using the most valuable player index (MVPI). MVPI recognizes that batsmen must score a lot of runs (and quickly); bowlers must take a lot of wickets (conceding as few runs as possible) and fielding is vitally important for success.

MVPI does not add additional points to wicket-keepers (because they get more catches, more opportunities for stumpings and more participation in run outs … all of which fetch them many more fielding points, as seen in the table) and to captains (because we don't have any objective measure to evaluate a captain's good or bad performance).

MVP list (at the end of IPL4; 74 matches)

 

 

Player Name

Team

From

Run

6s

4s

Strike Rate

W

Eco

Field Pts

M

MVPI

1

CH Gayle

RCB

WI

608

44

56

183.1

8

6.8

8

12

953

2

Lasith Malinga

MI

SL

8

1

0

88.9

28

6.0

48

16

629

3

Yusuf Pathan

KKR

IND

283

13

24

140.8

13

6.1

28

15

608

4

Paul Valthaty

KXI

IND

463

20

55

137.0

7

7.8

8

14

600

5

Shaun Marsh

KXI

AUS

504

20

52

146.5

0

--

24

14

573

6

Virender Sehwag

DD

IND

424

18

51

176.7

0

--

36

11

564

7

Virat Kohli

RCB

IND

557

16

55

121.1

2

8.2

28

16

558

8

MS Dhoni

CSK

IND

392

23

25

158.7

0

--

96

16

551

9

Yuvraj Singh

PWS

IND

343

18

24

131.4

9

6.6

28

14

550

10

Suresh Raina

CSK

IND

438

17

36

134.8

4

7.3

20

16

546

11

Jacques Kallis

KKR

SA

424

6

46

112.2

7

7.1

44

15

522

12

Shane Watson

RR

AUS

330

17

31

130.4

6

6.7

24

11

490

13

Sachin Tendulkar

MI

IND

553

5

67

113.3

0

--

32

16

487

14

Ravindra Jadeja

KTK

IND

283

14

20

124.1

8

7.3

44

14

465

15

Michael Hussey

CSK

AUS

492

6

53

118.8

0

--

24

14

456

16

R Ashwin

CSK

IND

2

0

0

33.3

20

6.2

24

16

456

17

Amit Mishra

DC

IND

68

1

9

138.8

19

6.7

8

14

451

18

Munaf Patel

MI

IND

0

0

0

0.0

22

6.6

12

15

439

19

Adam Gilchrist

KXI

AUS

383

18

41

129.8

0

--

64

14

437

20

Murali Vijay

CSK

IND

434

20

34

128.0

0

--

20

16

436

21

Shikhar Dhawan

DC

IND

400

7

47

129.0

1

5.5

24

14

432

22

Rahul Sharma

PWS

IND

24

2

1

114.3

16

5.5

28

14

431

23

Harbhajan Singh

MI

IND

103

6

9

145.1

14

7.0

24

15

413

24

Kumar Sangakkara

DC

SL

358

5

44

122.2

0

--

84

13

409

25

Jesse Ryder

PWS

NZ

292

11

37

148.2

4

7.7

16

13

406

26

Johan Botha

RR

SA

230

2

20

116.2

7

6.6

48

10

405

27

Ambati Rayudu

MI

IND

395

9

44

112.9

0

--

80

16

403

28

Daniel Christian

DC

AUS

190

7

9

119.5

11

7.7

44

14

403

29

Iqbal Abdulla

KKR

IND

15

0

1

125.0

16

6.1

36

15

401

30

Brad Hodge

KTK

AUS

285

9

26

120.8

7

7.0

12

14

390

31

AB de Villiers

RCB

SA

312

14

21

128.4

0

--

84

16

384

32

S Badrinath

CSK

IND

396

9

38

126.5

0

--

4

16

379

33

Albie Morkel

CSK

SA

138

8

8

135.3

15

8.5

16

15

374

34

Sreenath Aravind

RCB

IND

13

0

2

162.5

21

8.0

20

13

371

35

Gautam Gambhir

KKR

IND

378

3

44

119.2

0

--

36

15

369

36

Rohit Sharma

MI

IND

372

13

32

125.3

0

13.3

36

16

363

37

Brendon McCullum

KTK

NZ

357

16

35

129.8

0

--

8

13

355

38

Doug Bollinger

CSK

AUS

0

0

0

0.0

17

7.0

24

13

342

39

Robin Uthappa

PWS

IND

264

10

27

126.3

0

--

92

14

341

40

Irfan Pathan

DD

IND

150

6

12

108.7

11

7.5

24

14

339

41

Daniel Vettori

RCB

NZ

23

1

1

82.1

12

6.0

16

13

319

42

Dale Steyn

DC

SA

36

0

3

102.9

14

6.6

4

12

318

43

David Warner

DD

AUS

324

11

34

117.4

0

--

32

13

312

44

Venugopal Rao

DD

IND

336

13

30

120.0

0

13.0

16

14

305

45

Manoj Tiwary

KKR

IND

359

14

26

110.5

0

14.0

24

15

303

46

RP Singh

KTK

IND

2

0

0

50.0

13

6.9

40

14

302

47

Kieron Pollard

MI

WI

146

6

12

109.8

10

8.5

48

16

302

48

Dinesh Karthik

KXI

IND

282

7

32

128.2

0

--

28

14

299

49

M Jayawardene

KTK

SL

299

5

35

116.3

0

--

40

13

295

50

Ryan Harris

KXI

AUS

31

0

2

79.5

16

8.1

32

13

292

There's a simple message from this table … that the maximum value is offered by explosive players (who score runs very fast or take a lot of wickets with good economy rates … Gayle and Lasith Malinga are great examples) or by steady and consistent players who contribute something significant match after match … think of Virat Kohli, Jacques Kallis, Munaf Patel and Sachin Tendulkar). The challenge for franchise owners is to find the right mix.

Let us also count how many players from the top four teams figure in the top 50 MVPI list: CSK: 8; RCB: 5; MI: 7 and KKR: 5. The message here seems to be that CSK and MI are the most balanced teams (remember that they retained the most players from the earlier squad), while RCB and KKR need to worry more about team stability.

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Let us end off by listing the paisa vasool index (which estimates how much the franchise owner paid in US$ for every 'run' scored) of all the expensive players (paid more than $400,000). A 5-star rating indicates 'best buys', and the number of stars reduce as the value diminishes.

Players without a star rating may have performed well, but been way too expensive, or may have a high paisa vasool index (PVI) because they were on the bench and didn't get enough opportunities to perform.

We must emphasize again that PVI only measures 'on-field' performance. It does not factor in the player's brand value, which helps bring in more crowds or eyeballs, or other services the player may have offered the franchise owner.

 

Player Name

Team

From

Runs

Strike Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

Money

(US $)

PVI ($ per run)

CH Gayle *****

RCB

WI

608

183.1

8

6.8

12

953

400000

240

Shaun Marsh *****

KXI

AUS

504

146.5

0

--

14

573

400000

698

Lasith Malinga *****

MI

SL

8

88.9

28

6.0

16

629

500000

738

Michael Hussey *****

CSK

AUS

492

118.8

0

--

14

456

425000

865

Brad Hodge ****

KTK

AUS

285

120.8

7

7.0

14

390

425000

1089

Albie Morkel ****

CSK

SA

138

135.3

15

8.5

15

374

500000

1241

Brendon McCullum ****

KTK

NZ

357

129.8

0

--

13

355

475000

1337

Shakib Al Hasan ****

KKR

BAN

29

131.8

11

6.9

7

246

425000

1359

Manoj Tiwary ****

KKR

IND

359

110.5

0

14.0

15

303

475000

1457

Munaf Patel ****

MI

IND

0

0.0

22

6.6

15

439

700000

1480

Daniel Vettori ***

RCB

NZ

23

82.1

12

6.0

13

319

550000

1601

Vinay Kumar ***

KTK

IND

50

106.4

12

7.5

13

292

475000

1629

RP Singh ***

KTK

IND

2

50.0

13

6.9

14

302

500000

1657

Kumar Sangakkara ***

DC

SL

358

122.2

0

--

13

409

700000

1710

Morne Morkel ***

DD

SA

40

160.0

13

7.6

11

278

475000

1711

Rahul Dravid ***

RR

IND

343

109.2

0

--

12

291

500000

1716

Ravichandran Ashwin ***

CSK

IND

2

33.3

20

6.2

16

456

850000

1731

Doug Bollinger ***

CSK

AUS

0

0.0

17

7.0

13

342

700000

1902

Murali Vijay ***

CSK

IND

434

128.0

0

--

16

436

900000

1917

Jacques Kallis ***

KKR

SA

424

112.2

7

7.1

15

522

1100000

1957

Ishant Sharma ***

DC

IND

4

80.0

11

7.1

12

227

450000

1979

Ravindra Jadeja **

KTK

IND

283

124.1

8

7.3

14

465

950000

2043

Adam Gilchrist **

KXI

AUS

383

129.8

0

--

14

437

900000

2061

S Badrinath **

CSK

IND

396

126.5

0

--

16

379

850000

2084

Suresh Raina **

CSK

IND

438

134.8

4

7.3

16

546

1300000

2212

Daniel Christian **

DC

AUS

190

119.5

11

7.7

14

403

900000

2231

Shane Watson **

RR

AUS

330

130.4

6

6.7

11

490

1300000

2276

Venugopal Rao **

DD

IND

336

120.0

0

13.0

14

305

700000

2298

Johan Botha **

RR

SA

230

116.2

7

6.6

10

405

950000

2346

David Warner **

DD

AUS

324

117.4

0

--

13

312

750000

2404

Pragyan Ojha **

DC

IND

0

--

10

7.2

10

204

500000

2455

Brett Lee **

KKR

AUS

5

55.6

5

7.5

12

127

400000

2481

AB de Villiers **

RCB

SA

312

128.4

0

--

16

384

1100000

2660

Tillakaratne Dilshan **

RCB

SL

226

125.6

1

9.0

10

220

650000

2744

Kieron Pollard **

MI

WI

146

109.8

10

8.5

16

302

900000

2770

Lakshmipathy Balaji **

KKR

IND

4

200.0

10

8.3

14

162

500000

2860

Harbhajan Singh **

MI

IND

103

145.1

14

7.0

15

413

1300000

2921

Virat Kohli **

RCB

IND

557

121.1

2

8.2

16

558

1800000

2997

Dinesh Karthik  *

KXI

IND

282

128.2

0

--

14

299

900000

3013

MS Dhoni *

CSK

IND

392

158.7

0

--

16

551

1800000

3035

Zaheer Khan *

RCB

IND

21

87.5

14

7.7

15

267

900000

3130

Piyush Chawla *

KXI

IND

48

87.3

16

8.1

12

285

900000

3154

Virender Sehwag *

DD

IND

424

176.7

0

--

11

564

1800000

3191

Yusuf Pathan *

KKR

IND

283

140.8

13

6.1

15

608

2100000

3207

Yuvraj Singh *

PWS

IND

343

131.4

9

6.6

14

550

1800000

3273

Sachin Tendulkar *

MI

IND

553

113.3

0

--

16

487

1800000

3430

Dale Steyn *

DC

SA

36

102.9

14

6.6

12

318

1200000

3770

Praveen Kumar *

KXI

IND

27

87.1

10

7.5

13

204

800000

3928

Sourav Ganguly

PWS

IND

50

84.7

0

--

4

25

400000

4511

Mahela Jayawardene

KTK

SL

299

116.3

0

--

13

295

1500000

5079

Rohit Sharma

MI

IND

372

125.3

0

13.3

16

363

2000000

5116

Andrew Symonds

MI

AUS

135

97.8

1

10.3

11

121

850000

5519

Irfan Pathan

DD

IND

150

108.7

11

7.5

14

339

1900000

5610

Ross Taylor

RR

NZ

181

119.1

0

11.0

12

172

1000000

5803

S Sreesanth

KTK

IND

1

11.1

7

6.5

9

155

900000

5819

Gautam Gambhir

KKR

IND

378

119.2

0

--

15

369

2400000

6034

Robin Uthappa

PWS

IND

264

126.3

0

--

14

341

2100000

6152

Shane Warne

RR

AUS

10

50.0

13

6.3

13

288

1800000

6243

Saurabh Tiwary

RCB

IND

187

99.5

0

--

16

143

1600000

10365

Abhishek Nayar

KXI

IND

61

91.0

2

9.3

10

59

800000

13559

Cameron White

DC

AUS

104

95.4

0

--

6

79

1100000

13983

David Hussey

KXI

AUS

64

101.6

1

12.7

8

94

1400000

14894

Murali Kartik

PWS

IND

12

80.0

1

7.9

6

26

400000

15385

Cheteshwar Pujara

RCB

IND

34

109.7

0

--

7

31

700000

21196

Muttiah Muralitharan

KTK

SL

5

62.5

2

7.4

5

46

1100000

23741

Graeme Smith

PWS

SA

42

82.4

0

--

4

20

500000

25000

Umesh Yadav

DD

IND

1

20.0

2

9.4

7

14

750000

52326

Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle