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Who are the batsmen offering the best value?

May 15, 2008 16:52 IST

Today we will try to figure out who are the batsmen with the lowest paisa vasool index (PVI) after match 34 of the DLF IPL.

We will look at 'low cost' and 'auctioned' batsmen separately because there is a big difference in their costs ('auctioned' players can be 8-10 times more expensive).

Recall that the most valuable player index (MVPI) is calculated by totaling the player's batting + bowling + fielding contributions and expressing this total as a run-equivalent. So the higher the MVPI, the better the player is performing.

To prepare the list of the best 'auctioned' and 'low cost' batsmen, we looked at players with the largest batting points and plotted their PVI.

Recall too that the PVI equals: amount paid so far to the player /MVPI of the player. So the lower the PVI, the better the value offered by the player.

Tables 1 and 2 provide the details.

Table 1: The IPL 'auctioned' batsmen offering the best return on investment

(After 34 matches; expressed in terms of US dollars paid so far for contributing each 'run' 

Player

Team

From

Money offered ($)

Runs

Bat Pts

MVPI

PVI

Shane Watson

RR

AUS

125000

287

331

581

138

B McCullum

KKR

NZ

700000

183

243

247

809

Yusuf Pathan

RR

IND

475000

239

290

337

905

V Sehwag

DD

IND

833750

287

358

426

1118

Gautam Gambhir

DD

IND

725000

336

351

355

1168

Adam Gilchrist

DC

AUS

700000

308

341

357

1259

David Hussey

KKR

AUS

675000

263

267

297

1297

Rohit Sharma

DC

IND

750000

296

323

343

1407

K Sangakkara

KXI

SL

700000

203

241

269

1675

Table 2: The IPL 'low cost*' batsmen offering the best return on investment

(After 34 matches; expressed in terms of US dollars paid so far for contributing each 'run')

Player

Team

From

Runs

Bat Pts

MVPI

PVI

Shaun Marsh

KXI

AUS

295

301

325

59

Shikhar Dhawan

DD

IND

209

186

214

80

Prasanta Saha

KKR

IND

114

125

185

92

Laxmi Shukla

KKR

IND

120

127

160

107

S Badrinath

CSK

IND

131

142

178

108

Abhishek Nayar

MI

IND

115

130

124

121

Swapnil Asnodkar

RR

IND

131

129

133

145

S Vidyut

CSK

IND

 

115

129

149

Venugopal Rao

DC

IND

123

125

125

155

Virat Kohli

BRC

IND

143

115

119

162

*Some player prices are unconfirmed, and based on the available information

It is curious that while 'low cost' medium and fast bowlers have performed almost as well as their 'auctioned' counterparts, 'low cost' batsmen have been unable to match the performance of their more successful seniors.

Finally we look at some of the 'auctioned' batsmen who have so far failed to deliver. In all fairness it must be mentioned that some of these players have a higher-than-expected PVI because they have come in later, or been frequently obliged to sit on the 'bench'.

Player

Team

From

Money offered ($)

Runs

Bat Pts

MVPI

PVI

S Chanderpaul

BRC

WI

200000

25

9

9

14835

Tillakaratne Dilshan

DD

SL

250000

18

16

16

8929

H Gibbs

DC

SA

575000

46

21

49

7493

Ricky Ponting

KKR

AUS

400000

39

7

15

7453

Cameron White

BRC

AUS

500000

46

37

45

7090

Manoj Tiwary

DD

IND

675000

55

50

62

6221

Mohd Kaif

RR

IND

675000

95

66

74

5864

Jacques Kallis

BRC

SA

900000

118

99

133

4361

Rahul Dravid

BRC

IND

1035000

198

163

171

3899

Salman Butt

KKR

PAK

100000

11

7

11

3782

Shoaib Malik

DD

PAK

500000

51

41

72

3488

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Arthur DSilva work for Cranes Software International Limited, Bangalore.

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Arthur D'Silva