Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle present the IPL's Most Valuable and paisa vasool players after 44 matches.
With five consecutive 50s, a tremendous win record, and excellent captaincy (he seems to be smiling all the time), Virender Sehwag [ Images ] is currently the most valuable player of IPL5.
Sehwag is not the most paisa vasool, because he is very expensive. But by costing just over $2000 for every 'run' scored (the MVPI formula collapses a player's batting, bowling and fielding performance into a 'run equivalent'), he continues to be an excellent buy.
Ajinkya Rahane [ Images ] and Mandeep Singh are the most paisa vasool players at the moment, costing just over $50 for every 'run' scored. Other players providing immense value are Chris Gayle [ Images ] (PVI of 759), Faf du Plessis (210), Steven Smith (352), Morne Morkel [ Images ] (837), Dwayne Bravo [ Images ] (366), and Owais Shah [ Images ] (397).
Generally speaking, an auctioned player offers 'outstanding' value if his paisa vasool index (PVI) is below 500 (*****); 'excellent' value if the PVI lies between 500-1000 (****), 'very good' value for a PVI between 1000-1500 (***) and 'good' value for a PVI between 1500-2000 (**).