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Sehwag leads India's MVP race

July 07, 2008 15:37 IST

Last year, Virender Sehwag was not even sure of his place in the one-day team. But the dashing opener seems to have learnt from his past mistakes and has started the 2008-09 season with a big bang.

After nine one-dayers of the current 2008-09 season, Sehwag is India's most valuable player (MVP) by a long mile.

Players who score a lot of runs and quickly; take the most wickets and bowl most economically; or take the most catches or make the most run outs, are seen to offer their teams the greatest "value".

India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, quite like the team that he leads, is ranked second best.

Suresh Raina, currently fourth, has started the season very well too, but Rohit Sharma (10) has been a trifle disappointing and Yusuf Pathan (12) even more so.

Robin Uthappa too has started the season very poorly. One eagerly awaits the return of Sachin Tendulkar. He was India's most valuable ODI player last season.

Table 1: India's most valuable players of the 2008-09 season (9 matches so far)

Rank Player Runs Balls Bat Pts Bb Rc W Bowl Pts Ct St Run Outs Field Pts M MVPI
1 Virender Sehwag 498 358 697.7 173 150 3 69.2 2 0 10.0 8 777
2 MS Dhoni 415 440 463.3 0 0 0 0.0 16 3.5 167.5 9 631
3 Gautam Gambhir 468 452 559.3 0 0 0 0.0 2 1 35.0 9 594
4 Suresh Raina 422 393 516.5 6 11 0 -6.0 5 1 50.0 9 561
5 Yuvraj Singh 294 293 343.8 96 87 1 18.0 0 0 0.0 8 362
6 RP Singh 0 1 -0.8 318 285 10 230.0 1 2 55.0 6 284
7 Piyush Chawla 2 7 -1.8 322 295 11 248.3 1 0 5.0 6 252
8 Irfan Pathan 86 84 102.0 328 360 7 88.3 0 0 0.0 6 190
9 Praveen Kumar 12 16 10.7 351 296 6 146.5 2 0.5 22.5 7 180
10 Rohit Sharma 175 257 135.8 24 15 0 5.0 3 0.5 27.5 9 168
11 Ishant Sharma 8 19 0.2 396 372 8 158.0 2 0 10.0 7 168
12 Yusuf Pathan 28 41 21.8 234 193 3 77.0 4 0.5 32.5 7 131
13 Pragyan Ojha 6 17 -2.2 180 136 3 89.0 3 0 15.0 3 102
14 Manpreet Gony 0 0 0.0 94 76 2 52.3 0 0 0.0 2 52
15 Robin Uthappa 37 61 23.2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0.0 3 23


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 | *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.

Sanath Jayasuriya, with a MVPI of 574, was the most valuable player of the Asia Cup, followed closely by Sehwag (573) and Ajantha Mendis (570). The man of the series had to be one among this trio, and it proved to be the mysterious Mendis.

Table 2: The 50 most valuable players of the Asia Cup:

Rank Player Team Runs Balls Strike Rate Bat Pts Bb Rc W Eco Bowl Pts Ct St Run Outs Field Pts M MVPI
1 S Jayasuriya SL 378 297 127.3 508.5 72 62 2 5.2 48.0 1 0.5 17.5 5 574
2 V Sehwag IND 348 242 143.8 494.3 113 91 3 4.8 78.2 0 0 0 5 573
3 Ajantha Mendis SL 46 29 158.6 67.8 252 145 17 3.5 490.0 0 0.5 12.5 5 570
4 Suresh Raina IND 372 337 110.4 463.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 3 1 40 6 503
5 MS Dhoni IND 327 358 91.3 355.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 11 2 105 6 461
6 K Sangakkara SL 345 348 99.1 400.0 0 0 0 - 0.0 9 0.5 57.5 6 458
7 Younis Khan PAK 296 302 98.0 340.3 31 34 1 6.6 16.8 4 0 20 5 377
8 M Muralitharan SL 8 7 114.3 10.2 288 184 11 3.8 331.0 2 0 10 5 351
9 G Gambhir IND 259 256 101.2 304.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 2 1 35 6 340
10 Alok Kapali BAN 172 175 98.3 198.2 166 165 5 6.0 98.3 3 0 15 5 312
11 Sohail Tanvir PAK 71 67 106.0 86.2 252 241 10 5.7 219.0 0 0 0 5 305
12 Shoaib Malik PAK 212 230 92.2 232.3 108 82 1 4.6 33.0 1 0 5 4 270
13 C Kapugedera SL 209 226 92.5 229.7 30 25 0 5.0 0.0 0 1.5 37.5 6 267
14 Raqibul Hasan BAN 195 218 89.4 208.3 0 0 0 - 0.0 4 1 45 5 253
15 Iftikhar Anjum PAK 10 7 142.9 14.2 262 210 9 4.8 233.3 1 0 5 5 253
16 Misbah-ul-Haq PAK 179 166 107.8 219.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 5 0 25 5 245
17 N Kulasekara SL 92 101 91.1 99.8 260 216 5 5.0 125.7 1 0 5 6 231
18 M Jayawardene SL 177 197 89.8 189.8 0 0 0 - 0.0 5 0 25 6 215
19 Amjad Ali UAE 96 97 99.0 111.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 5 3 100 2 211
20 RP Singh IND 0 1 0.0 -0.8 258 239 7 5.6 151.0 1 2 55 5 205
21 T Dilshan SL 134 159 84.3 135.5 54 24 1 2.7 46.0 3 0 15 6 197
22 Abdur Razzak BAN 38 52 73.1 32.7 278 247 7 5.3 159.7 0 0 0 5 192
23 Yuvraj Singh IND 157 147 106.8 191.5 36 37 0 6.2 -7.0 0 0 0 5 185
24 Mohd Ashraful BAN 165 201 82.1 162.5 0 0 0 - 0.0 3 0 15 5 178
25 Chaminda Vaas SL 43 71 60.6 26.8 180 136 5 4.5 139.0 0 0 0 4 166
26 Zahid Shah UAE 11 20 55.0 5.3 120 98 6 4.9 152.0 0 0 0 2 157
27 Chamara Silva SL 126 153 82.4 124.5 24 21 1 5.3 24.0 1 0 5 6 154
28 Thilan Thushara SL 76 66 115.2 97.0 210 200 3 5.7 50.0 0 0 0 5 147
29 Piyush Chawla IND 0 0 - 0.0 150 128 6 5.1 147.0 0 0 0 3 147
30 Nasir Jamshed PAK 105 99 106.1 127.5 0 0 0 - 0.0 1 0.5 17.5 2 145
31 Tamim Iqbal BAN 157 229 68.6 123.2 0 0 0 - 0.0 4 0 20 5 143
32 Bazid Khan PAK 0 0 - 0.0 108 90 5 5.0 125.0 1 0 5 2 130
33 Salman Butt PAK 127 161 78.9 119.8 6 13 0 13.0 -8.0 2 0 10 5 122
34 Ishant Sharma IND 8 18 44.4 1.0 300 287 6 5.7 113.0 1 0 5 5 119
35 Khurram Khan UAE 80 88 90.9 86.7 120 133 2 6.7 17.0 3 0 15 2 119
36 Mohd Yousuf PAK 98 100 98.0 112.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 0 0 0 5 113
37 Najeeb Amar HKN 34 41 82.9 33.8 120 75 2 3.8 75.0 0 0 0 2 109
38 Rohit Sharma IND 116 160 72.5 98.7 24 15 0 3.8 5.0 1 0 5 6 109
39 Nadeem Ahmed HKN 2 15 13.3 -8.5 102 103 4 6.1 82.0 2 1 35 2 109
40 Pragyan Ojha IND 6 17 35.3 -2.2 180 136 3 4.5 89.0 3 0 15 3 102
41 Saeed Ajmal PAK 0 0 - 0.0 110 66 3 3.6 100.7 0 0 0 2 101
42 M Rahim BAN 105 148 70.9 86.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 2 0 10 5 97
43 S Hossain BAN 0 6 0.0 -5.0 209 232 6 6.7 92.2 1 0 5 5 92
44 Mohd Tauqir UAE 27 36 75.0 24.0 78 53 2 4.1 62.0 1 0 5 2 91
45 M Mortaza BAN 40 70 57.1 21.7 234 242 4 6.2 53.0 2 0 10 5 85
46 Shahid Afridi PAK 13 15 86.7 13.5 228 201 3 5.3 64.0 1 0 5 4 83
47 Sarfraz Ahmed PAK 26 46 56.5 13.7 0 0 0 - 0.0 5 1.5 62.5 5 76
48 Mahmudullah BAN 57 124 46.0 10.7 216 193 3 5.4 62.0 0 0 0 5 73
49 M Udawatte SL 67 74 90.5 72.3 0 0 0 - 0.0 0 0 0 1 72
50 Yusuf Pathan IND 0 4 0.0 -3.3 198 162 2 4.9 53.0 2 0.5 22.5 4 72


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 | *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, Purnendu Maji and Arthur D'Silva work for Cranes Software International [Get Quote] [Get Quote] Limited, Bangalore.

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Soumya Hait