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Tendulkar stays MVP

September 10, 2007 17:36 IST

Sachin Tendulkar continues to be India's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in one-day internationals in the current season, even though he has played in only 11 of India's 14 ODI games after the disastrous World Cup 2007.

It's been an extraordinary comeback by the veteran batsman.

Sourav Ganguly is placed fourth. He would certainly have been in the top three if he had played all the India ODI games this season.

Yuvraj Singh's second place is more predictable, because he always scores quickly and bowls a bit too.

Rahul Dravid's third place is a bit of a surprise, he's up there because of a vastly improved strike rate (87 runs per 100 balls this season, his career strike rate is 71 per 100 balls). Dravid has always scored a lot of runs, but seldom at such a frenetic pace.

India's most valuable players after the 2007 World Cup (14 matches):

Player Runs Balls Bat-pts Rc Bb W Bowl-pts Ct|St Run outs Field-pts M Total
S Tendulkar 578 696 599.2 118 108 3 40.4 1 0.5 17 11 657
Yuvraj Singh 467 545 498 274 273 6 88.4 4 1 44 14 630
Rahul Dravid 411 474 442.8 5 0.5 37 14 480
Sourav Ganguly 395 560 342 185 246 4 107.8 1 1 29 11 479
Piyush Chawla 20 34 12.8 538 666 17 402.8 8 0.5 52 13 468
M S Dhoni (w/k) 316 417 298.4 13|4 2 153 12 451
G Gambhir 405 527 388.4 1 0 5 10 393
R P Singh 13 27 4.4 365 486 13 335.8 1 0.5 17 10 357
Zaheer Khan 71 82 76.4 460 576 9 216.8 0 1 24 11 317
Ramesh Powar 29 60 10 448 602 10 273.6 2 0 10 11 294
Dinesh Karthik 180 211 191.2 11|1 0.5 77 12 268
Ajit Agarkar 19 38 7.6 415 414 12 204.2 2 0.5 22 8 234
Robin Uthappa 124 125 148 2 1 34 3 182
Munaf Patel 1 3 -0.4 208 216 6 108.8 1 0 5 5 113
V Sehwag 51 47 64.4 46 48 1 16.4 2 0 10 2 90.8
Dinesh Mongia 34 41 35.2 106 108 3 52.4 2 87.6
S Sreesanth 64 90 3 80 2 80
Rohit Sharma 8 9 8.8 3 6 0 1.8 2 0 10 2 20.6
Ishant Sharma 38 42 0 -4.4 1 -4.4

Runs (scored) | Balls (taken) | Bat-pts: Batting points | | Rc: Runs conceded | Bb: Balls bowled | W: Wickets taken | 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 |

Note: 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 table below lists the Most Valuable Players at the end of the recently concluded seven-match NatWest ODI series in England.

Ian Bell topped the list (he was also the man of the series) and England captain Paul Collingwood was second.

Only three Indians (all batsmen -- Tendulkar, Yuvraj and Ganguly) figured in the top 10, so England were indeed deserving winners. India had the greater batting firepower, but England had a much better balanced team.

The most valuable players in the India-England series:

Rank Player Runs Balls Bat-pts Rc Bb W Bowl-pts Ct|St Run outs Field-pts M Total
1 I Bell 422 460 476 4 1 44 7 520
2 P Collingwood 274 280 324 251 276 3 41.8 8 0.5 52 7 418
3 S Tendulkar 374 436 399.2 74 72 0 -16 0 0.5 12 7 395
4 JM Anderson 1 1 1.2 316 395 14 336 3 0.5 27 7 364
5 Yuvraj Singh 283 329 302.8 146 126 1 -21 3 1 39 7 321
6 D Mascarenhas 88 54 132.8 137 204 6 170 1 0.5 17 4 320
7 Sourav Ganguly 249 339 226.8 120 150 2 48 0 1 24 7 299
8 MJ Prior (wk) 142 161 155.2 14|1 2.5 140 7 295
9 S Broad 85 111 81.2 340 392 9 190 0 1 24 7 295
10 A Flintoff 14 15 16 144 213 10 266 2 10 4 292
11 Rahul Dravid 223 229 262.8 3 15 7 278
12 M S Dhoni (w/k) 175 242 156.4 8|2 1 84 7 240
13 Owais Shah 149 166 165.2 19 24 1 24.2 0 0.5 12 5 201
14 K Pietersen 209 274 198.8 13 11 0 -4.2 1 5 7 200
15 A Cook 182 241 171.2 3 15 6 186
16 M Panesar 268 336 6 145 1 1.5 41 6 186
17 Ramesh Powar 23 46 9.2 235 308 6 155 2 10 6 175
18 RP Singh 13 27 4.4 222 252 7 148 1 5 5 157
19 Zaheer Khan 62 78 61.6 270 336 4 94.8 6 156
20 Piyush Chawla 17 30 10 314 360 6 118 4 20 7 148
21 Robin Uthappa 69 63 87.6 1 1 29 2 117
22 G Gambhir 113 157 100.4 4 100
23 Ajit Agarkar 19 38 7.6 313 264 7 66.2 2 10 5 84
24 L Wright 50 41 67.2 11 12 0 -1.4 1 5 2 71
25 Dinesh Karthik 51 74 42.8 3 0.5 27 5 70
26 R Bopara 81 127 60.4 46 43 0 -12 2 10 5 59
27 Munaf Patel 1 3 -0.4 107 78 4 51.4 1 5 2 56
28 Chris Tremlett 19 10 30 130 102 2 -0.4 1 5 2 35
29 J Lewis 17 15 22 63 60 1 9 1 31

Runs (scored) | Balls (taken) | Bat-pts: Batting points | | Rc: Runs conceded | Bb: Balls bowled | W: Wickets taken | 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 |

Note: *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.

We now await the India-Australia ODI series in India.

 

Srinivas Bhogle, Debasish Ghosh and K Anil Kumar work for Cranes Software International Limited, Bangalore.

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