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Pakistan players top MVP rankings in Asia Cup

March 14, 2014 16:28 IST

Saeed AjmalSri Lanka won the just-concluded Asia Cup, but none of their players figure in Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji's most valuable player index. Check out why.

Although Pakistan lost the final of the Asia Cup, the three most valuable players (MVP) of the Cup were all Pakistani cricketers:  Saeed Ajmal’s outstanding bowling, Umar Akmal’s authoritative batting and Mohammad Hafeez’s all-round display earn them the top spots.

And we aren’t even talking of Shahid Afridi, who made an impact.

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We have no doubt that if we had used a different index – such as Jaideep Varma’s Impact Index – Afridi would have been right on top!

Rather curiously, no Sri Lankan cricketer figures in the top five. This confirms that Sri Lanka won the Cup because of excellent team work, rather than flashy individual contributions.

For India, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli were the top contributors.

Actually India didn’t play badly; but they desperately missed that 'extra something' that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have provided.

The table below compiles the list of the most valuable players of the Asia Cup.

The most valuable player index (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'.

Most valuable players in the Asia Cup (Feb 25 – Mar 8, 2014)

Rank

Player

Team

Runs

Str Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

Saeed Ajmal

PAK

11

183.3

11

4.1

5

358

2

Umar Akmal 

PAK

253

110.5

0

-

5

350

3

Mohammad Hafeez

PAK

158

71.8

5

4.1

5

332

4

R Jadeja

IND

74

97.4

7

4

4

324

5

R Ashwin

IND

27

117.4

9

4.2

4

319

6

Kumar Sangakkara 

SL

248

96.5

0

-

5

307

7

Lahiru Thirimanne

SL

279

79.9

0

-

5

282

8

Angelo Mathews 

SL

196

87.1

1

3.7

5

264

9

Lasith Malinga

SL

0

-

11

5.4

4

260

10

Ahmed Shehzad

PAK

228

80

0

-

5

259

11

Chaturanga de Silva

SL

78

85.7

5

4.3

5

256

12

Ajantha Mendis

SL

5

250

9

4.8

3

237

13

Virat Kohli

IND

189

102.7

0

5.1

4

235

14

Samiullah Shenwari

AFG

151

83.4

3

5.1

4

229

15

Mushfiqur Rahim

BAN

195

100.5

0

-

4

228

16

Shahid Afridi

PAK

103

168.9

3

5.1

5

226

17

Anamul Haque

BAN

227

68.2

0

-

4

222

18

Mominul Haque

BAN

125

83.3

3

4.2

4

217

19

Mohammed Shami

IND

14

140

9

6.2

4

206

20

Mohammad Nabi 

AFG

65

71.4

4

4.2

4

205

21

Fawad Alam

PAK

188

92.2

0

6

2

204

22

Thisara Perera

SL

51

69.9

5

4.9

5

180

23

S Dhawan

IND

192

77.1

0

-

4

177

24

Ziaur Rahman

BAN

71

147.9

2

4.2

4

174

25

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

174

77

0

-

4

165

26

Suranga Lakmal

SL

0

-

6

4.7

4

162

27

Shakib Al Hasan

BAN

64

133.3

1

4

2

158

28

Kusal Perera 

SL

153

78.5

0

-

5

154

29

Mirwais AshrAFG

AFG

14

25

6

4.5

4

151

30

Amit Mishra

IND

1

100

3

2.5

2

145

31

Sachithra Senanayake

SL

19

100

4

4.7

4

138

32

Asghar Stanikzai

AFG

162

68.9

0

-

4

133

33

Misbah-ul-Haq 

PAK

143

75.3

0

-

5

128

34

Rohit Sharma

IND

108

77.7

0

5.8

4

111

35

Mahela Jayawardene

SL

111

77.6

0

-

5

108

36

Umar Gul

PAK

29

96.7

5

6.2

5

106

37

Rubel Hossain

BAN

17

85

2

5.7

3

103

38

Sharjeel Khan

PAK

84

87.5

0

-

4

93

39

B Kumar

IND

0

-

3

4.7

4

90

40

Ashan Priyanjan

SL

37

66.1

2

3.7

2

86

41

Ambati Rayudu

IND

85

85

0

9

4

83

42

Noor Ali Zadran

AFG

96

69.1

0

-

3

81

43

Mahmudullah

BAN

30

73.2

2

5.9

2

76

44

Arafat Sunny

BAN

2

18.2

3

5.3

2

70

45

Shapoor Zadran

AFG

2

10

3

4.8

4

70

46

Dinesh Karthik

IND

50

64.1

0

-

4

68

47

Imrul Kayes

BAN

59

78.7

0

-

1

66

48

Nasir Hossain

BAN

72

62.6

0

4.7

4

61

49

Hamza Hotak

AFG

1

6.3

2

4

3

60

51

Naeem Islam

BAN

49

70

0

15

2

55

50

Mohammad Talha

PAK

0

0

4

7.2

3

55

52

Hamid Hassan

AFG

0

-

2

4.2

1

55

53

Al-Amin Hossain

BAN

0

0

2

5.5

2

53

54

Mohammad Shahzad 

AFG

40

72.7

0

-

4

52

55

Sohaib Maqsood

PAK

70

63.6

0

7

4

51

56

Nawroz Mangal

AFG

68

57.1

0

5.7

4

50

57

Dinesh Chandimal (vc)

SL

45

73.8

0

-

3

44

58

Najibullah Zadran

AFG

38

41.8

0

3

4

44

59

Dawlat Zadran

AFG

2

7.7

3

6.5

3

34

60

Shamsur Rahman

BAN

46

64.8

0

-

3

33

61

Anwar Ali

PAK

21

58.3

0

5.8

1

27

62

Sohag Gazi

BAN

5

41.7

1

5.8

2

19

63

Bilawal Bhatti

PAK

18

138.5

0

6.8

1

18

64

Junaid Khan

PAK

2

100

1

5.7

4

18

65

Abdur Razzak

BAN

0

0

2

6.3

3

10

66

Mashrafe Mortaza

BAN

1

100

0

4.9

1

2

67

Abdur Rehman

PAK

8

100

0

-

1

1

68

Cheteshwar Pujara

IND

0

-

0

-

0

0

69

Ms Dhoni

IND

0

-

0

-

0

0

70

Stuart Binny

IND

0

0

0

5.5

1

0

71

Dhammika Prasad

SL

0

-

0

-

0

0

72

Tillakaratne Dilshan

SL

0

-

0

-

0

0

73

Nuwan Kulasekara

SL

0

-

0

-

0

0

74

Fazal Niazai

AFG

0

-

0

-

0

0

77

Karim Sadiq

AFG

12

33.3

0

4.5

1

-5

76

Varun Aaron

IND

0

-

1

9.4

1

-5

78

Rahmat Shah

AFG

9

39.1

0

10.5

1

-12

79

Shafiul Islam

BAN

0

-

0

9.8

1

-24

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.

Image: Saeed Ajmal