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MVP: Sehwag's phenomenal value

March 16, 2009 11:21 IST

It's not clear if the India-New Zealand One-Day International series offered a man of the series award. But there can be no doubt that the overwhelming favourite for the award was Virender Sehwag.

Sehwag plundered almost 300 runs, at a staggering strike rate of 150, to be right at the top of the list of the most valuable players (MVP) of the series.

The MVP index (MVPI) is calculated based on the assumption that, in ODI cricket, batsmen offer the best value if they  score a lot of runs with good strike rates, bowlers if they take a lot of wickets at good (low) economy rates, and fielders if they take the most catches or make the most run outs. The MVPI collapses the player's all-round performance into a single 'run equivalent'.

Jesse Ryder is the only New Zealander to make it to the top five; and although he played only three of the five matches, Sachin Tendulkar still ends up being third in a list dominated by batsmen.

Yuvraj Singh had a relatively poor series with the bat, but made it to the top five because of his 4 wickets.

Table 1: The most valuable players in the New Zealand - India ODI series (5 matches played; 4 completed)

Rank Player Team Runs Balls S/R Bat Pts Bb Rc W Eco Bowl Pts Ct St Run Outs Field Pts M MVPI
1 V Sehwag IND 299 199 150.3 432.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 2 0.5 22.5 5 455
2 Jesse Ryder NZ 225 211 106.6 274.2 112 126 3 6.8 42.3 0 0 0 5 317
3 S Tendulkar IND 244 225 108.4 300.5 0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0 5 3 306
4 MS Dhoni IND 184 187 98.4 212.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 3 1.5 52.5 5 265
5 Yuvraj Singh IND 100 101 99.0 115.8 150 153 4 6.1 72.0 0 0.5 12.5 5 200
6 Suresh Raina IND 125 84 148.8 180.0 0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0.5 17.5 5 198
7 B McCullum NZ 150 176 85.2 153.3 0 0 0 - 0.0 2 0 10 5 163
8 M Guptill NZ 147 173 85.0 149.8 0 0 0 - 0.0 0 0.5 12.5 5 162
9 Kyle Mills NZ 54 34 158.8 79.7 186 200 4 6.5 55.0 0 0 0 4 135
10 PD McGlashan NZ 63 51 123.5 83.5 0 0 0 - 0.0 7 0 35 1 119
11 Yusuf Pathan IND 21 16 131.3 28.7 58 37 3 3.8 86.3 0 0 0 5 115
12 Daniel Vettori NZ 26 15 173.3 39.5 114 107 2 5.6 38.0 0 1.5 37.5 4 115
13 G Gambhir IND 113 146 77.4 104.3 0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0 5 5 109
14 H Singh IND 1 5 20.0 -2.2 148 148 5 6.0 100.3 1 0 5 5 103
15 Grant Elliott NZ 64 62 103.2 76.3 66 89 2 8.1 16.0 1 0 5 5 97
16 Ross Taylor NZ 71 76 93.4 78.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 3 0 15 5 94
17 Zaheer Khan IND 5 10 50.0 1.7 198 184 4 5.6 81.0 2 0 10 5 93
18 Ian Butler NZ 24 20 120.0 31.3 90 80 2 5.3 45.0 0 0 0 3 76
19 P Kumar IND 6 12 50.0 2.0 151 161 4 6.4 64.8 1 0 5 5 72
20 Jacob Oram NZ 8 14 57.1 4.3 165 147 2 5.3 40.5 0 1 25 5 70
21 Ishant Sharma IND 3 7 42.9 0.2 92 120 3 7.8 31.7 0 0 0 2 32
22 Rohit Sharma IND 43 74 58.1 24.3 0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0 5 2 29
23 Iain O'Brien NZ 3 8 37.5 -0.7 147 176 3 7.2 21.5 1 0 5 4 26
24 Scott Styris NZ 0 0 - 0.0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0 5 1 5
25 D Karthik IND 0 0 - 0.0 0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0 5 0 5

Runs (scored) | Balls (faced) | S/R: Strike Rate | Bat-pts: Batting points |  Bb: Balls bowled | Rc: Runs conceded | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Ct/St: Catches taken / Stumpings | Run outs (participated) | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | Total (points)  = 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.

Right through the 2008-09 ODI season there has been a fierce competition between Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh for the season's top MVP slot. But it now looks as though Sehwag has run away with the prize.

Yuvraj faces stiff competition from his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the second place. And there is another lively contest for the fourth place between left-handers Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina.

Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma continue to be the best bowlers of the 2008-09 Indian ODI season, but Zaheer is placed higher because his economy rate is much better than Ishant's  -- for practically the same number of wickets.

Table 2: India's most valuable players in the 2008-09 ODI season (29 matches so far):

Rank Player Runs Balls S/R Bat Pts Bb Rc W Eco Bowl Pts Ct St Run Outs Field Pts M MVPI
1 V Sehwag 1280 970 132.0 1751.7 407 368 10 5.4 221.2 7 0.5 47.5 22 2020
2 Yuvraj Singh 1075 1044 103.0 1280.0 670 592 17 5.3 391.3 6 1 55 28 1726
3 MS Dhoni 1200 1350 88.9 1275.0 0 0 0 - 0.0 35 8 375 29 1650
4 G Gambhir 1054 1117 94.4 1177.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 10 1 75 27 1252
5 Suresh Raina 947 969 97.7 1086.5 102 81 0 4.8 4.0 14 3.5 157.5 29 1248
6 Zaheer Khan 41 106 38.7 -6.3 884 656 24 4.5 680.7 6 1 55 18 729
7 Yusuf Pathan 200 185 108.1 245.8 452 399 10 5.3 227.7 6 2.5 92.5 22 566
8 P Kumar 37 58 63.8 25.7 792 679 20 5.1 481.0 4 0.5 32.5 18 539
9 I Sharma 15 32 46.9 3.3 872 903 26 6.2 473.7 5 0 25 17 502
10 H Singh 26 59 44.1 2.8 578 473 18 4.9 458.7 3 1 40 14 502
11 Rohit Sharma 384 554 69.3 306.3 119 77 0 3.9 22.2 8 2.5 102.5 23 431
12 S Tendulkar 323 340 95.0 362.7 6 11 0 11.0 -6.0 7 0.5 47.5 8 404
13 Pragyan Ojha 27 46 58.7 15.7 480 336 12 4.2 364.0 4 0 20 9 400
14 Irfan Pathan 113 147 76.9 103.5 616 586 14 5.7 277.3 1 0 5 12 386
15 Munaf Patel 20 18 111.1 25.0 474 400 12 5.1 295.0 3 1 40 13 360
16 RP Singh 8 19 42.1 0.2 420 413 12 5.9 237.0 2 2 60 9 297
17 P Chawla 2 7 28.6 -1.8 322 295 11 5.5 248.3 1 0 5 6 252
18 Virat Kohli 159 239 66.5 118.8 0 0 0 - 0.0 3 0.5 27.5 5 146
19 M Gony 0 0 - 0.0 94 76 2 4.9 52.3 0 0 0 2 52
20 R Uthappa 37 61 60.7 23.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 0 0 0 3 23
21 S Badrinath 39 87 44.8 5.5 0 0 0 - 0.0 2 0 10 3 16
22 L Balaji 7 10 70.0 5.7 30 32 0 6.4 -7.0 0 0 0 1 -1

Runs (scored) | Balls (faced) | S/R: Strike rate | Bat-pts: Batting points | Bb: Balls bowled | Rc: Runs conceded | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Ct/St: Catches taken / Stumpings | Run outs (participated) | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | Total (points) = 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