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Most valuable players in the Zimbabwe-India series

Last updated on: August 06, 2013 11:26 IST

Amit MishraSrinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji rate the players after the just-concluded ODI series.

Amit Mishra’s 18 wickets made him the most valuable player in the recently-concluded Zimbabwe-India series. 

So overwhelming was India’s domination in the series, that Zimbabwe’s most valuable player, Elton Chigumbura, is only seventh in the combined list with a MVPI of just 175.

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’. 

Table 1 lists the MVPI of all the players who played in the ODI series. It suggests that only Rohit Sharma performed below par, and Vinay Kumar didn’t really use his opportunity to make a possible comeback into India’s top playing eleven.

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1: Most valuable players in the Zimbabwe-India series (Jul 24 – Aug 3, 2013)

 

 

Player

Team

Runs

Str Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

Amit Mishra

IND

9

128.6

18

4.4

5

496

2

Jaydev Unadkat

IND

0

--

8

3.5

5

286

3

Ravindra Jadeja

IND

63

63.6

5

3.5

5

284

4

Shikhar Dhawan

IND

209

95.9

0

-

4

251

5

Virat Kohli

IND

197

92.1

0

7

5

229

6

Mohammed Shami

IND

6

600.0

6

4.2

5

208

7

Elton Chigumbura

ZIM

159

78.3

1

5.2

5

175

8

Suresh Raina

IND

97

95.1

1

3.3

5

159

9

Dinesh Karthik

IND

87

80.6

0

-

5

142

10

Prosper Utseya

ZIM

71

57.3

3

4.7

4

130

11

Kyle Jarvis

ZIM

14

87.5

4

4.9

3

117

12

Mohit Sharma

IND

0

--

3

3.2

2

109

13

Hamilton Masakadza

ZIM

125

72.3

0

4.5

5

109

14

Tendai Chatara

ZIM

31

63.3

3

4.6

4

108

15

Sean Williams

ZIM

116

72.5

1

7.6

5

105

16

Vusi Sibanda

ZIM

118

59.3

0

-

5

98

17

Brian Vitori

ZIM

29

70.7

3

5.3

4

96

18

Sikandar Raza

ZIM

110

65.9

0

-

4

86

19

Vinay Kumar

IND

27

225.0

2

5.5

3

81

20

Rohit Sharma

IND

99

62.7

0

-

4

71

21

Ambati Rayudu

IND

101

62.0

0

-

4

66

22

Brendan Taylor

ZIM

35

42.2

0

-

5

46

23

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

50

75.8

0

-

1

45

24

Malcolm Waller

ZIM

47

40.5

1

4.2

5

36

25

Michael Chinouya

ZIM

6

75.0

1

4.5

2

35

26

Natsai M'shangwe

ZIM

16

114.3

0

4.3

1

24

27

Cheteshwar Pujara

IND

13

46.4

0

-

2

3

28

Timycen Maruma

ZIM

4

33.3

0

-

1

-2

29

Tinotenda Mutombodzi

ZIM

12

100.0

0

7.3

2

-16

Runs (scored) ' 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.

But Table 2, which shows India’s most valuable players in the 15 matches played so far in India’s 2013-14 season, contains bigger pointers: e.g., that Ravindra Jadeja, with 25 wickets and a MVPI exceeding 1000, has scaled an incredible ODI peak (that’s why he is also No 1 in the official ICC ODI player rankings).

This list also highlights how much India’s ODI team has changed in just two years after winning the World Cup. Usually such dramatic changes happen only after a complete rout or debacle. We are seeing an unbelievably curious metamorphosis.

Table 2: India’s most valuable players in the 2013-14 ODI season (15 matches so far)

 

 

Player Name

 Runs

 6s

 4s

Str Rate

 Bat Pts

W

Eco

 Bowl Pts

 Field Pts

M

MVPI

1

Ravindra Jadeja

214

6

20

84.3

216.3

25

4

754.2

70

15

1041

2

Shikhar Dhawan

707

9

77

93.5

784

0

-

0

30

14

814

3

Virat Kohli

521

7

54

92.4

572

0

5.8

-10

50

15

612

4

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

12

1

1

57.1

6.5

16

3.7

486

25

9

518

5

Amit Mishra

9

0

1

128.6

12.2

18

4.4

478.5

5

5

496

6

Ravichandran Ashwin

45

0

4

83.3

45

14

4.7

371

45

10

461

7

Ishant Sharma

4

0

0

28.6

-3.7

18

5.7

396

22.5

10

415

8

Suresh Raina

237

3

19

93.3

262.3

2

4.6

61

67.5

15

391

9

Rohit Sharma

493

5

47

66.4

366.8

0

-

0

22.5

14

389

10

Dinesh Karthik 

255

2

27

70.4

208.3

0

-

0

92.5

15

301

11

Jaydev Unadkat

0

0

0

-

0

8

3.5

261

25

5

286

12

Umesh Yadav

0

0

0

0

-5

11

5.5

240

30

9

265

13

MS Dhoni

99

2

9

84.6

100.5

0

4.3

3

100

7

204

14

Mohammed Shami

6

1

0

300

10.3

6

4.6

169

10

6

189

15

Mohit Sharma

0

0

0

-

0

3

3.2

104

5

2

109

16

Vinay Kumar

32

2

2

114.3

40.7

2

4.9

52

10

4

103

17

Murali Vijay

57

0

7

89.1

60.7

0

-

0

10

3

71

18

Ambati Rayudu

101

0

6

62

66.2

0

-

0

0

4

66

19

Ajinkya Rahane

50

1

4

75.8

45

0

-

0

0

1

45

20

Cheteshwar Pujara

13

0

2

46.4

2.7

0

-

0

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.

Image: Amit Mishra

Photograph: Reuters

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji