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Chennai's Dwayne Bravo best bet to finish MVP No 1; Kohli 6th

Last updated on: May 20, 2015 14:46 IST

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present Rediff.com's Most Valuable Player ratings for the ongoing IPL 8

Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo of Chennai Super Kings celebrates. Photograph: BCCI

Not very long ago, Dwayne Bravo, as West Indies captain, announced his team’s decision to walk out of the India tour. At that point it wasn’t clear if we’d see Bravo play again in India because there was a fear that IPL teams may be asked to withdraw their West Indian players in retaliation.

Fortunately, that didn’t happen; indeed IPL 8 has been dominated by West Indian players: Bravo (638), Andre Russell (682), Kieron Pollard (547), Chris Gayle (500) and Lendl Simmons (457).

The numbers in brackets indicate the most valuable player index (MVPI).

MVPI collapses a player’s batting, bowling and fielding performances into a one-dimensional ‘run equivalent’, and -- although not perfect – MVPI is a very good indicator of a player’s all-round contribution to the team.

With David Warner and Andre Russell out of the IPL, they will probably surrender the top two spots in the MVPI table (it could have been so different if Warner had taken that boundary line catch!), and it looks likely that Dwayne Bravo may be this year’s MVP. He’s taking a lot of wickets (23) and, with Brendon McCullum gone, he is also likely to get more opportunities to score runs.

Of course, the peerless A B de Villiers can soar up the charts with just 15 minutes of batting! If Royal Challengers Bangalore enter the final, the South African captain could well become MVP, especially because he now bats at No 3.

There's more interesting data in the end columns of the MVPI table.

The paisa vasool – or player value – index (PVI) tells you how much the franchise pays the player (data available both in US$ and INR) for every ‘run equivalent’ that he scores.

We’ll talk here of PVI in US$ because there are fewer digits.

Any player with a PVI < 500 is a complete steal. Look at Andre Russell (147), Moise Henriques (323) or Lendl Simmons (109). They are in the top dozen of the MVPI table and cost so little!

Generally speaking, any foreign international player with a PVI below 1000, or an Indian international player with a PVI below 3000, offers excellent value. With eight IPL requiring 7 Indian players each, there’s a massive scarcity of Indian talent. That’s why franchises continue to gamble with a Yuvraj Singh (MVPI 242; PVI  11019) or a Virender Sehwag (MVPI 86, PVI 6202) … and sometimes, as with Ashish Nehra (MVPI 372, PVI 896), it pays off handsomely.

Table: Most valuable players at the 2015 IPL (as on midnight of May 19, 2015):

Rank Player's Name Team From Runs 6s Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money Offered (US $) PVI(US$) PVI(INR)
1 David Warner SH AUS 562 21 156.5 0 - 14 685 916667 1338 80292
2 Andre Russell KKR WI 326 19 192.9 14 8 13 682 100000 147 8798
3 Dwayne Bravo CSK WI 186 4 131.9 23 8.1 15 638 666667 1045 62696
4 AB de Villiers RCB SA 446 18 177.0 0 - 14 602 1250000 2076 124585
5 Jean-Paul Duminy DD SA 414 20 131.4 8 7.4 14 594 366667 617 37037
6 Virat Kohli RCB IND 481 22 134.0 0 5.5 14 555 2083333 3754 225225
7 Kieron Pollard MI WI 383 25 160.9 3 9.5 15 547 1250000 2285 137112
8 Ajinkya Rahane RR IND 498 13 133.2 0 - 13 531 1250000 2354 141243
9 Moises Henriques SH AUS 287 13 136.0 11 6.3 9 516 166667 323 19380
10 Brendon McCullum CSK NZ 436 23 155.7 0 - 14 509 541667 1064 63851
11 Chris Gayle RCB WI 423 34 160.2 0 7.5 12 500 1583333 3167 190000
12 Rohit Sharma MI IND 432 19 140.7 0 - 15 483 2083333 4313 258799
13 Robin Uthappa KKR IND 364 7 131.4 0 - 13 459 833333 1816 108932
14 Lendl Simmons MI WI 472 18 119.2 0 - 12 457 50000 109 6565
15 Parthiv Patel MI IND 339 5 139.5 0 - 13 439 233333 532 31891
16 Axar Patel KXI IND 206 8 118.4 13 8.4 14 436 125000 287 17202
17 Shreyas Iyer DD IND 439 21 128.4 0 - 14 432 433333 1003 60185
18 Shane Watson RR AUS 337 14 133.7 6 9.5 9 418 2083333 4984 299043
19 Harbhajan Singh MI IND 111 8 158.6 16 7.8 14 412 916667 2225 133495
20 Lasith Malinga MI SL 6 0 60.0 22 7.5 14 406 1583333 3900 233990
21 MS Dhoni CSK IND 328 16 124.7 0 - 15 400 2083333 5208 312500
22 David Miller KXI SA 357 21 134.2 0 - 13 394 2083333 5288 317259
23 Faf du Plessis CSK SA 358 5 128.3 0 - 15 384 750000 1953 117188
24 Suresh Raina CSK IND 346 15 121.8 1 6.3 15 384 1583333 4123 247396
25 Ashish Nehra CSK IND 1 0 14.3 19 7 14 372 333333 896 53763
26 Ravindra Jadeja CSK IND 121 3 102.5 11 7.3 15 363 1250000 3444 206612
27 Yusuf Pathan KKR IND 312 12 135.1 2 9.7 13 362 541667 1496 89779
28 Bhuvneshwar Kumar SH IND 17 1 170.0 18 7.9 14 356 708333 1990 119382
29 Shikhar Dhawan SH IND 353 6 123.4 0 - 14 355 2083333 5869 352113
30 Mitchell Starc RCB AUS 10 0 76.9 18 6.9 11 354 833333 2354 141243
31 Chris Morris RR SA 76 5 176.7 12 7.1 10 337 233333 692 41543
32 Steven Smith RR Aus 281 3 135.1 0 - 13 336 666667 1984 119048
33 Dwayne Smith CSK WI 325 15 118.2 0 - 14 336 750000 2232 133929
34 David Wiese RCB SA 110 3 139.2 13 8.5 12 326 466667 1431 85890
35 Nathan Coulter-Nile DD AUS 20 1 111.1 15 7.6 11 316 708333 2242 134494
36 Ambati Rayudu MI IND 245 13 145.0 0 - 14 310 666667 2151 129032
37 Gautam Gambhir KKR IND 327 4 117.6 0 - 13 306 2083333 6808 408497
38 Wriddhiman Saha KXI IND 249 10 126.4 0 - 14 305 366667 1202 72131
39 Sanju Samson RR IND 199 8 128.4 0 - 13 292 666667 2283 136986
40 Ravichandran Ashwin CSK IND 49 1 181.5 9 5.9 12 291 916667 3150 189003
41 George Bailey KXI AUS 259 7 136.3 0 - 13 286 541667 1894 113636
42 Yuzvendra Chahal RCB IND 1 0 100.0 19 9.5 13 279 16667 60 3584
43 Angelo Mathews DD SL 144 6 138.5 7 8.2 11 275 1250000 4545 272727
44 Sandeep Sharma KXI IND 9 0 64.3 13 7 14 267 141667 531 31835
45 Harshal Patel RCB IND 17 2 170.0 14 7.8 13 262 66667 254 15267
46 Karn Sharma SH IND 104 6 122.4 10 8.3 14 261 625000 2395 143678
47 Manish Pandey KKR IND 225 7 122.3 0 - 13 254 283333 1115 66929
48 Mitchell McClenaghan MI NZ 13 2 216.7 15 8.4 11 249 50000 201 12048
49 Kedar Jadhav DD IND 189 7 135.0 0 - 14 244 333333 1366 81967
50 Piyush Chawla KKR IND 54 2 114.9 11 7.7 13 242 708333 2927 175620
51 Yuvraj Singh DD IND 248 10 118.1 1 8 14 242 2666667 11019 661157
52 Ravi Bopara SH ENG 145 6 120.8 6 8 9 236 166667 706 42373
53 James Faulkner RR AUS 140 5 133.3 8 9.4 12 232 1583333 6825 409483
54 Imran Tahir DD SA 5 0 83.3 15 8.8 10 227 33333 147 8811
55 Jagadeesha Suchith MI IND 48 2 150.0 10 8.6 12 226 16667 74 4425
56 Pawan Negi CSK IND 101 4 162.9 6 8.5 8 224 16667 74 4464
57 Murali Vijay KXI IND 251 8 110.1 0 7 11 222 500000 2252 135135
58 Anureet Singh KXI IND 18 1 58.1 15 9 14 219 33333 152 9132
59 Ishwar Pandey CSK IND 0 0 - 11 7.2 10 211 250000 1185 71090
60 Dinesh Karthik RCB IND 105 3 119.3 0 - 14 211 1750000 8294 497630
61 Mayank Agarwal DD IND 213 7 120.3 0 - 10 205 266667 1301 78049
62 Suryakumar Yadav KKR IND 157 8 138.9 0 - 13 198 116667 589 35354
63 Eoin Morgan SH ENG 187 11 123.8 0 - 9 198 250000 1263 75758
64 Morne Morkel KKR SA 4 0 133.3 10 7.4 7 195 466667 2393 143590
65 Dhawal Kulkarni RR IND 1 0 50.0 11 8 10 194 183333 945 56701
66 Deepak Hooda RR IND 140 11 172.8 1 8.5 13 193 66667 345 20725
67 Umesh Yadav KKR IND 29 1 207.1 10 9.1 12 178 433333 2434 146067
68 Karun Nair RR IND 169 5 128.0 0 - 13 177 125000 706 42373
69 Mohit Sharma CSK IND 7 0 63.6 12 8.6 14 177 333333 1883 112994
70 Brad Hogg KKR AUS 7 0 116.7 9 6.9 6 174 83333 479 28736
71 Trent Boult SH NZ 0 0 - 9 8.4 7 174 633333 3640 218391
72 Glenn Maxwell KXI AUS 145 8 129.5 2 9.7 11 166 1000000 6024 361446
73 Amit Mishra DD IND 8 0 66.7 9 7.7 12 165 583333 3535 212121
74 Naman Ojha SH IND 137 4 113.2 0 - 14 164 83333 508 30488
75 Hardik Pandya MI IND 112 8 186.7 1 10.8 8 162 16667 103 6173
76 Mandeep Singh RCB IND 99 5 173.7 0 - 12 157 133333 849 50955
77 Stuart Binny RR IND 74 1 113.8 4 7.7 12 155 916667 5914 354839
78 Ashish Reddy SH IND 73 5 158.7 3 8.3 6 152 33333 219 13158
79 Zaheer Khan DD IND 0 0 - 7 6.5 7 149 666667 4474 268456
80 Quinton de Kock DD SA 122 4 158.4 0 - 3 141 583333 4137 248227
81 Saurabh Tiwary DD IND 109 5 139.7 0 - 7 139 116667 839 50360
82 Sunil Narine KKR WI 0 0 0.0 7 7.3 8 138 1583333 11473 688406
83 Lokesh Rahul SH IND 142 5 112.7 0 - 9 137 166667 1217 72993
84 Vinay Kumar MI IND 0 0 0.0 6 8.3 12 126 466667 3704 222222
85 Albie Morkel DD SA 86 2 132.3 3 9.1 4 125 50000 400 24000
86 Pravin Tambe RR IND 3 0 60.0 7 7.8 10 122 16667 137 8197
87 Corey Anderson MI NZ 114 6 117.5 1 8.3 4 119 750000 6303 378151
88 Tim Southee RR NZ 13 0 144.4 6 8.8 7 115 200000 1739 104348
89 Unmukt Chand MI IND 102 2 122.9 0 - 6 113 108333 959 57522
90 Mitchell Johnson KXI AUS 31 1 86.1 9 9.4 9 109 1083333 9939 596330
91 Shakib Al Hasan KKR BAN 36 0 133.3 4 8.8 4 105 466667 4444 266667
92 Ryan ten Doeschate KKR NETH 61 3 135.6 0 4 6 95 166667 1754 105263
93 Sarfaraz Khan RCB IND 79 2 161.2 0 - 11 93 83333 896 53763
94 Iqbal Abdulla RCB IND 20 0 111.1 4 7.9 5 87 108333 1245 74713
95 Praveen Kumar SH IND 17 0 68.0 7 9.1 12 87 366667 4215 252874
96 Virender Sehwag KXI IND 99 3 117.9 0 - 8 86 533333 6202 372093
97 Shaun Marsh KXI AUS 81 3 139.7 0 - 4 85 366667 4314 258824
98 Beuran Hendricks KXI AUS 1 0 50.0 5 8.4 4 84 300000 3571 214286
99 Johan Botha KKR SA 31 1 206.7 1 8.1 4 77 166667 2165 129870
100 Gurkeerat Singh Mann KXI IND 35 1 89.7 3 7.3 5 77 216667 2814 168831

Also check out non-international Indian players with a PVI below 1000. If they remain disciplined and dedicated, and have a bit of luck, they could soon become very rich. They must realize that success rides on good cricket and good behavior, not just good money.

Player's Name Team From MVPI PVI(US$)
Yuzvendra Chahal RCB IND 279 60
Jagadeesha Suchith MI IND 226 74
Pawan Negi CSK IND 224 74
Hardik Pandya MI IND 162 103
Anureet Singh KXI IND 219 152
Harshal Patel RCB IND 262 254
Axar Patel KXI IND 436 287
Deepak Hooda RR IND 193 345
Naman Ojha SH IND 164 508
Sandeep Sharma KXI IND 267 531
Suryakumar Yadav KKR IND 198 589
Karun Nair RR IND 177 706
Mandeep Singh RCB IND 157 849
Sarfaraz Khan RCB IND 93 896
Shreyas Iyer DD IND 432 1003

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Purnendu Maji, Srinivas Bhogle