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Most valuable players in the India-Pakistan series

Last updated on: February 02, 2013 09:06 IST

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji's MVPI formula shows Pakistan’s bowlers and opening batsmen won the recently-concluded series for them.

Even though the record books show a 2-1 series win for Pakistan, there is little doubt that Misbah-ul- Haq’s team dominated the recently-concluded ODI series.

This becomes evident when we look at the most valuable player index (MVPI) table. The first four places have all been bagged by Pakistani cricketers. India’s most valuable performer, M S Dhoni is placed fifth.

The MVPI formula picks out batsmen who score a lot of runs at a high strike rate and bowlers who take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate, and expresses a player’s overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a ‘run equivalent’. 

Mohammed Hafeez, for example, has a MVPI of 237; this means that Hafeez scored 237 ‘runs’ in the series if his batting + bowling + fielding performance is expressed only in terms of ‘runs’ (the break-up is 106 for batting, 126 for bowling and 5 for fielding).

Table 1 lists the MVPI of all the players who played in the ODI series. The table clearly shows that Pakistan’s bowlers and opening batsmen won the series for them.

Table 1: Most valuable players in the India-Pakistan series (Dec 30, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013) 

 

Player Name

Team

Runs

Top score

Strike Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

Saeed Ajmal

Pak

8

7

72.7

8

2.9

3

274

2

Junaid Khan

Pak

0

0

0.0

8

3.7

3

240

3

Mohammad Hafeez

Pak

97

76

91.5

3

3.3

3

237

4

Nasir Jamshed

Pak

241

106

75.3

0

-

3

215

5

MS Dhoni

IND

203

113

75.5

0

-

3

209

6

Ishant Sharma

IND

7

5

25.9

7

3.7

3

204

7

Ravindra Jadeja

IND

40

27

64.5

4

3.0

2

173

8

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

IND

2

2

16.7

5

4.3

3

140

9

R Ashwin

IND

34

31

54.0

3

4.3

3

116

10

Shoaib Malik

Pak

63

34

80.8

1

2.0

3

104

11

Umar Gul

Pak

28

17

62.2

3

4.7

3

102

12

Younis Khan

Pak

74

58

77.9

0

-

3

74

13

Mohammad Irfan

Pak

0

0

0.0

3

5.1

3

69

14

Suresh Raina

IND

92

43

48.4

1

8.6

3

61

15

Shami Ahmed

IND

0

0

0.0

1

2.6

1

43

16

Virender Sehwag

IND

35

31

64.8

0

-

2

43

17

Yuvraj Singh

IND

34

23

75.6

0

7.2

3

28

18

Umar Akmal

Pak

25

25

50.0

0

-

1

23

19

Misbah-ul-Haq

Pak

57

39

51.4

0

-

3

22

20

Kamran Akmal

Pak

0

0

0.0

0

-

3

21

21

Ashok Dinda

IND

0

0

0.0

1

5.4

2

17

22

Gautam Gambhir

IND

34

15

49.3

0

-

3

11

23

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

4

4

36.4

0

-

1

4

24

Rohit Sharma

IND

4

4

28.6

0

-

1

1

25

Virat Kohli

IND

13

7

41.9

0

7.4

3

-7

26

Azhar Ali

Pak

11

9

22.9

0

-

2

-18

Runs (scored) | Top score | Strike rate | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points |*Run outs are counted as 1 (wicket) for a direct hit, and 0.5 (wicket) if the fielder is an equal participant in a run out dismissal.

The next table shows India’s most valuable players in the 8 matches played so far in India’s 2012-13 season. Virat Kohli loses his top place after his shockingly poor performance against Pakistan. Also it is clear that India sorely missed the injured Irfan Pathan. Finally note that Sehwag’s performance isn’t as bad as the selectors seem to think.

Table 2: India’s most valuable players in the 2012-13 ODI season (8 matches so far) 

 

Player Name

 Runs

 Six

 Four

Strike Rate

Bat-pts

 W

Eco

Bowl-pts

Field-pts

 M

MVPI

1

MS Dhoni

338

9

26

84.3

341.8

0

-

0

70

8

412

2

Virat Kohli

309

1

27

84

311.3

0

5.3

-1.8

27.5

8

337

3

Suresh Raina

266

4

18

78.9

251.2

1

7.8

7.8

60

8

319

4

R Ashwin

57

0

5

68.7

44.8

8

4.4

243

5

8

293

5

Irfan Pathan

76

0

6

92.7

83.7

8

5.3

189

5

5

278

6

Gautam Gambhir

292

0

24

77.7

270.7

0

-

0

5

8

276

7

Virender Sehwag

183

0

22

91

198.5

1

4.7

29

22.5

6

250

8

Ishant Sharma

7

0

1

25.9

-8.5

7

3.7

213

0

3

204

9

Manoj Tiwary

86

0

8

81.1

83.7

4

6.8

80

25

2

189

10

Ravindra Jadeja

40

2

0

64.5

28.3

4

3

140

5

2

173

11

B Kumar

2

0

0

16.7

-6

5

4.3

146

0

3

140

12

Zaheer Khan

2

0

0

50

0.7

4

5.6

75

15

5

91

13

Ashok Dinda

0

0

0

0

-1.7

5

6.2

78.2

0

5

77

14

Shami Ahmed

0

0

0

0

-4.2

1

2.6

47

0

1

43

15

Yuvraj Singh

34

0

4

75.6

30.5

0

7.2

-13

10

3

28

16

Rahul Sharma

0

0

0

-

0

1

5.6

20

0

1

20

17

Ajinkya Rahane

13

0

2

46.4

2.7

0

-

0

10

2

13

18

Rohit Sharma

17

0

1

33.3

-8.5

0

3.7

12

5

6

9

19

Umesh Yadav

0

0

0

0

-2.5

2

8.1

6

0

2

4

20

Pragyan Ojha

5

0

0

27.8

-5

1

7.5

8.2

0

2

3

Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Strike rate | Bat-pts: Batting points | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | | *Run outs are counted as 1 (wicket) for a direct hit, and 0.5 (wicket) if the fielder is an equal participant in a run out dismissal.

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji