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Maxwell still the Most Valuable Player in IPL-7

Last updated on: May 25, 2014 09:09 IST

Glenn MaxwellSo 52 games have already been played in the Indian Premier League this season. Here are the Most Valuable players and some random observations by Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle.

When you have a spreadsheet rich with IPL7 data it is easy to discover some interesting -- but trivial -- facts. That’s what we will attempt in this update, prepared late on Friday night.

But first let us reproduce the latest MVPI table; recall that MVPI collapses a player’s batting, bowling and fielding performances into a one-dimensional ‘run equivalent’.

Glenn Maxwell is still the MVPI leader, but Robin Uthappa is hot on his heels. Batsmen continue to dominate the IPL, especially after returning to India -- but this isn’t particularly surprising.

The table also lists the PVI -- that measures how much a player earns for every ‘run equivalent’ that he contributes.

 

 

 

Player's Name

Team

From

Run

Strike Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

Price ($)

$ per run

Rs per run

1

GJ Maxwell

KXI

AUS

533

193.8

1

12.8

12

702

1000000

1323

79365

2

RV Uthappa

KKR

IND

572

137.5

0

-

13

643

833333

1203

72206

3

DA Warner

SH

AUS

524

140.5

0

-

13

607

916667

1402

84137

4

DR Smith

CSK

WI

501

136.1

4

9.5

13

580

750000

1201

72044

5

JP Duminy

DD

SA

402

135.4

3

7.3

13

489

366667

696

41776

6

AB de Villiers

RCB

SA

385

158.4

0

-

13

476

1250000

2438

146309

7

Yuvraj Singh

RCB

IND

351

138.2

4

8.4

13

464

2333333

4670

280172

8

SP Narine

KKR

WI

8

80.0

20

6

13

453

1583333

3246

194734

9

Shakib Al Hasan

KKR

BAN

196

158.1

9

6.3

10

440

466667

985

59091

10

DA Miller

KXI

SA

352

151.1

0

-

12

438

2083333

4417

265003

11

SK Raina

CSK

IND

364

128.6

1

7.2

13

430

1583333

3419

205150

12

B Kumar

SH

IND

1

25.0

20

6.5

13

417

708333

1577

94639

13

RA Jadeja

CSK

IND

119

133.7

16

7.9

13

405

1250000

2866

171958

14

RG Sharma

MI

IND

354

128.7

1

8.7

13

404

2083333

4788

287306

15

BB McCullum

CSK

NZ

380

124.2

0

-

12

401

541667

1254

75258

16

SR Watson

RR

AUS

232

130.3

7

6.9

12

374

2083333

5173

310351

17

MA Starc

RCB

AUS

83

101.2

14

7.3

13

370

833333

2091

125483

18

KD Karthik

DD

IND

312

124.3

0

-

13

361

2083333

5359

321528

19

JP Faulkner

RR

AUS

158

192.7

11

9.3

12

353

1583333

4165

249899

20

MS Dhoni

CSK

IND

280

146.6

0

-

13

341

2083333

5673

340385

21

AT Rayudu

MI

IND

329

120.1

0

-

13

339

666667

1826

109566

22

AR Patel

KXI

IND

60

103.4

12

6.4

13

333

125000

349

20914

23

S Dhawan

SH

IND

348

120.8

0

-

13

332

2083333

5827

349613

24

V Sehwag

KXI

IND

315

132.9

0

-

13

329

533333

1505

90317

25

AM Rahane

RR

IND

339

116.5

0

-

12

328

1250000

3539

212326

26

LMP Simmons

MI

 

315

131.8

1

11.3

6

322

50000

144

8651

27

R Bhatia

RR

IND

67

126.4

12

7.4

12

317

283333

830

49797

28

SL Malinga

MI

SL

2

50.0

16

6.5

10

315

1583333

4667

280045

29

AJ Finch

SH

AUS

309

117.5

0

-

13

313

666667

1978

118667

30

SV Samson

RR

IND

265

117.3

0

-

12

312

666667

1984

119048

31

R Ashwin

CSK

IND

35

102.9

13

7

13

310

916667

2746

164747

32

KK Nair

RR

IND

280

136.6

0

-

10

302

125000

384

23061

33

MM Sharma

CSK

IND

0

-

18

8.1

13

299

333333

1035

62112

34

PV Tambe 

RR

IND

5

55.6

15

7

12

293

16667

53

3169

35

NV Ojha

SH

IND

206

149.3

0

-

10

287

83333

270

16177

36

Harbhajan Singh

MI

IND

21

91.3

11

6.1

12

287

916667

2966

177949

37

GJ Bailey

KXI

AUS

228

135.7

0

-

13

284

541667

1771

106263

38

V Kohli

RCB

IND

286

116.7

0

-

13

283

2083333

6836

410146

39

VR Aaron

RCB

IND

35

102.9

16

8.2

10

275

333333

1126

67532

40

R Dhawan

KXI

IND

68

113.3

12

7.6

11

274

500000

1694

101668

41

MK Pandey

KKR

IND

284

108.0

0

-

13

267

283333

985

59123

42

KV Sharma

SH

IND

37

137.0

11

7.2

13

265

625000

2190

131402

43

PA Patel

RCB

IND

205

110.8

0

-

12

263

233333

824

49430

44

F du Plessis 

CSK

SA

214

125.1

0

-

12

263

750000

2648

158881

45

Sandeep Sharma

KXI

IND

2

40.0

17

8.7

10

258

141667

510

30592

46

WP Saha

KXI

IND

206

129.6

0

-

13

255

366667

1335

80112

47

YS Chahal

RCB

IND

1

100.0

12

7.1

13

254

16667

61

3656

48

KA Pollard

MI

WI

252

131.3

1

10.4

13

254

1250000

4570

274184

49

DW Steyn

SH

SA

22

84.6

11

7.5

13

243

1583333

6050

363022

50

MG Johnson

KXI

AUS

45

118.4

10

7.9

10

236

1083333

4263

255751

51

G Gambhir

KKR

IND

283

111.0

0

-

13

236

2083333

8197

491828

52

KP Pietersen 

DD

ENG

236

122.9

0

-

10

221

1500000

6303

378151

53

PP Chawla

KKR

IND

1

20.0

11

7.5

9

213

708333

3088

185278

54

SPD Smith

RR

AUS

147

133.6

0

-

10

200

666667

3095

185714

 Here now is some random trivia, retrieved from the full spreadsheet.

#Do top India players take IPL lightly?

Only 3 Indians figure in the top 11, when you expect, on the average, 7 Indians. Could it be that the best Indian players take the IPL rather lightly? Viral Kohli has scored just 286 runs from 13 matches with a strike rate below 120. Shikhar Dhawan (348, 120.8), Rohit Sharma (354, 128.7) and Suresh Raina (364, 128.6) have scored runs, but never looked entirely convincing. Barring Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (20 wickets, economy rate 6.5), the other bowling regulars either don’t have enough wickets, or have conceded too many runs: R Ashwin (13, 7.0), Ravindra Jadeja (16, 7.9), Amit Mishra (7, 9.1), Mohammed Shami (6, 8.4).

# Indians players on the comeback trail trying harder?

In contrast look at the performance of Robin Uthappa (572 runs), Yuvraj Singh (351 runs, 4 wickets), Virender Sehwag (315 runs), Gautam Gambhir (283 runs), Mohit Sharma (18 wickets), Varun Aaron (16 wickets) and Harbhajan Singh (11 wickets, 6.1 economy rate). They seem to be trying harder. Sadly, the Pathan brothers are still getting nowhere.

# The captains are not faring too well

Look at the MVPI list and search for the captains. Rohit Sharma (MVPI 404) is at No 14, Shane Watson  (374) at 16, M S Dhoni  (341) at 20, Shikhar Dhawan (332; now replaced) is at 23, George Bailey (284) at 37, Virat Kohli (283) at 38, Gautam Gambhir (236) at 51 and Kevin Pietersen (221) is at 52! Are they overworked or under severe pressure?

#Australia, South Africa doing well, West Indies and NZ disappoint

Players from Australia and South Africa have almost always performed well in the IPL, largely due to their strong work ethic. We see the same this year.  Glenn Maxwell (MVPI 702), David Warner (607), Shane Watson (374), Mitchell Starc (370) and James Faulkner (353) have excelled. Mitchell Johnson, Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh have had fewer chances but done reasonably well. Only George Bailey, Brad Hodge and Mike Hussey have been disappointing.

J-P Duminy (489), A B de Villiers (476) and David Miller (438) are having an excellent IPL.  Faf du Plessis, Dale Steyn, Jacques Kallis and Morne Morkel haven’t done that well, or got fewer opportunities.

However it has been a poor year for West Indies and New Zealand. While Dwayne Smith (580) and Sunil Narine (453) have done well as usual, Chris Gayle (152) and Kieron Pollard (254) have not done anything amazing and Darren Sammy hasn’t really impressed. Only Brendon McCullum (401) from New Zealand has done enough. Cory Anderson (179) has disappointed and Ross Taylor hasn’t had many opportunities.

#Indian strike rates dropping

Indian batsmen have averaged poorer strike rates this year. Among the regulars, only Dhoni (146.6) has a strike rate above 140. Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa and Sehwag are in the 130s and Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are below 130. In contrast Glen Maxwell and James Faulkner are 190+, A B de Villiers, Shakib al Hasan and David Miller are in the 150s and David Warner is 140. Kieron Pollard and Shane Watson are barely above 130 and shockingly Chris Gayle is just 106!

# Who’s paisa vasool and who isn’t?

Among the foreign players, those who were sold at relatively low values are obviously offering the best value. Lendl Simmons ($144 for every ‘run’), Imran Tahir ($248 per run), J-P Duminy ($696) and Shakib al Hasan ($985), Dwayne Smith ($1201), Brendon McCullum ($1254), Glenn Maxwell ($1323) and David Warner ($1402) have been the best buys.

Foreign players costing $4000-5000 per ‘run’ include Jacques Kallis, David Miller, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga; the $5000-6000 per ‘run’ range includes ShaneWatson and Brad Hodge; and above $6000 include Dale Steyn, Mike Hussey and Kevin Pietersen. The biggest failure so far has been Chris Gayle who costs just under $10,000 (Rs 6L) per ‘run’!

Indians players offering best value for money (less than $1500 per ‘run’) include Sandeep Sharma, Robin Uthappa and Virender Sehwag. Indian players in the $4000-6000 range include Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, M S Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and Shikhar Dhawan. Indian players above $6000 per ‘run’ include (in ascending order) Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Amit Sharma.

Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle