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Robin Uthappa in MVP race with Chris Morris

April 27, 2017 23:13 IST

After 30 games, Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji's most valuable player formula reveals that Chris Morris is still the Most Valuable Player in the Indian Premier League's season 10.

Robin Uthappa

IMAGE: Kolkata Knight Riders' Robin Uthappa is vying for the top spot. Photographs: BCCI

Delhi Daredevils' campaign has been derailed following a string of shoddy batting performances.

The Daredevils have once again flattered to deceive, having lost four out of six matches. Their inexperienced batting line-up's ability to chase modest targets has come under the scanner.

Delhi are currently sixth in the table with just four points.

Chris Morris of the Delhi Daredevils continues to be the most valuable player with a MVPI of 388.

After Wednesday's game, Robin Uthappa of the Kolkata Knight Riders is emerging as a strong rival with a MVPI of 373.

Chris Morris

IMAGE: The Delhi Daredevils' Chris Morris is still on top. /strong>

MVP is the most valuable player index.

MVPI collapses every player's batting, bowling and fielding performance into a single 'run equivalent'.

To have the best MVPI, players must score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, and take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate.

More catches and run outs help even more.

PVI is the player's Paisa Vasool Index.

Consider, for example, the Paisa Vasool Index. The PVI tells you how much the franchise pays (in US$ or Rs) for every 'run equivalent' contributed by the player.

Check out Chris Morris (DD), Hashim Amla (KXIP), Mitchell McClenaghan (MI), Sam Billings (DD), Andrew Tye (GL), Moise Henriques (SRH), Aaron Finch (RPS) and Kane Williamson (SRH) among the foreign players.

Among the Indian players the following offer incredible value for money: Nitish Rana (MI), Rahul Tripathy (RPS), Hardik Pandya (MI), Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB), Kuldeep Yadav (KKR), Manoj Tiwary (RPS) and Axar Patel (KXIP).

PVI points to the massive inequality between Indian and foreign players on the one hand (with some exceptions), and 'established' Indian and 'emerging' Indian players on the other hand.

But the money is so big that everyone still wants to be in the queue.

Notice too that Indian players with the highest MVPI are often not regulars in India's regular T20 team.

This could be a freak occurrence (recall that Virat Kohli set MVPI levels last year that will be impossible to surpass), but there could also be a hidden story within. We also mustn't forget that many Indian first team players are injured.

There are more observations. The average strike rate (par assumed to be 133) of the best players is rising to 140+ levels.

The best bowlers have an economy rate of just around 6.5 (par assumed to be 8).

Leg spinners are taking a lot of wickets.

Fast bowlers with speeds over 135 km/h take many more wickets.

To succeed in the IPL you should probably have an age up in the 30s (probably no longer playing international cricket) or low in the 20s (trying hard to make your mark).

The table below tells the complete story"

RankPlayer's NameTeamFromRunsTop Score4's6'sStr RateWEcoMMVPIMoney Offered
(US $)
PVI(US$)PVI(INR)Age
1 Chris Morris DD SA 126 52 13 5 175 12 6.9 6 388 1044000 1153 77320 30
2 Robin Uthappa KKR IND 272 87 27 13 165.9 0 - 8 373 746000 1143 76599 31
3 G Gambhir KKR IND 305 76 39 3 136.8 0 - 8 329 1865000 3239 217108 36
4 Suresh Raina GL IND 275 84 28 7 146.3 1 8.3 7 325 1865000 2869 192308 30
5 Hashim Amla KXI SA 299 104 31 12 145.9 0 - 7 325 149000 229 15385 34
6 B McCullum GL NZ 264 72 23 16 149.2 0 - 7 320 820000 1281 85938 36
7 Bhuvi Kumar SRH IND 4 4 0 0 133.3 16 6.3 7 312 634000 1161 77839 27
8 Manish Pandey KKR IND 260 81 17 11 141.3 0 - 8 307 253000 471 31643 28
9 Sunil Narine KKR WI 137 42 23 5 182.7 5 6.7 8 298 1417000 2717 182167 29
10 David Warner SRH AUS 282 76 29 10 129.4 0 - 7 293 820000 1599 107265 30
11 Steven Smith RPS WI 275 84 26 7 135.5 0 - 7 283 820000 1656 111055 28
12 Nitish Rana MI IND 266 62 15 16 135 0 - 8 281 14000 18 1271 23
13 Sanju Samson DD IND 224 102 23 8 142.7 0 - 6 271 626000 990 66421 22
14 Axar Patel KXI IND 122 44 5 7 132.6 8 7.6 7 268 111000 207 13993 23
15 Jos Buttler MI ENG 230 77 21 14 154.4 0 - 8 265 567000 1223 81941 27
16 Ben Stokes RPS ENG 127 50 10 4 136.6 6 7.4 7 257 2164000 4812 322401 26
17 Glenn Maxwell KXI AUS 193 44 15 15 182.1 0 12.5 7 256 895000 1748 117188 29
18 Rahul Tripathi RPS IND 216 59 24 8 154.3 0 12 6 253 14000 32 2259 26
19 Hardik Pandya MI IND 133 35 9 10 179.7 4 8.2 8 252 14000 32 2268 24
20 Rashid Khan SRH AFG 8 6 0 1 160 10 7 7 234 597000 1458 97680 19
21 Kedar Jadhav RCB IND 175 69 16 8 159.1 0 - 7 231 324000 801 53680 32
22 Shikhar Dhawan SRH IND 235 70 27 3 118.1 0 - 7 221 1865000 4822 323206 31
23 M Henriques SRH AUS 193 55 19 4 141.9 1 9.1 6 221 149000 385 25856 30
24 Dinesh Karthik GL IND 190 58 16 4 136.7 0 - 7 211 343000 813 54502 32
25 Manan Vohra KXI IND 176 95 18 8 161.5 0 - 6 211 597000 1415 94787 24
26 Krunal Pandya MI IND 105 37 9 4 136.4 5 7 7 210 298000 811 54422 26
27 Kieron Pollard MI WI 199 70 14 11 130.1 0 16.4 8 207 1417000 3912 262250 30
28 Rishabh Pant DD IND 141 57 9 10 162.1 0 - 6 202 283000 600 40311 20
29 Ajinkya Rahane RPS IND 205 60 21 6 123.5 0 - 8 193 1417000 4195 281273 29
30 Y Chahal RCB IND 4 3 0 0 36.4 10 6.8 7 190 14000 42 3008 27
31 Andrew Tye GL AUS 28 22 2 1 155.6 9 7.5 4 184 74000 201 13587 30
32 Pat Cummins DD AUS 25 12 3 0 119 9 7.4 6 183 671000 1571 105386 24
33 Parthiv Patel MI IND 169 39 23 3 129 0 - 8 175 208000 679 45714 32
34 M McClenaghan MI NZ 1 1 0 0 50 12 8.7 8 172 44000 146 9967 31
35 MS Dhoni RPS IND 152 61 10 7 120.6 0 - 8 172 1865000 6196 415282 36
36 Virat Kohli RCB IND 154 64 15 4 131.6 0 - 4 172 1865000 6196 415282 28
37 Manoj Tiwary RPS IND 138 40 15 5 164.3 0 - 7 168 74000 252 17007 31
38 AB de Villiers RCB SA 145 89 6 12 140.8 0 - 4 165 1417000 4907 329004 33
39 Jasprit Bumrah MI IND 0 0 0 0 - 9 8 8 164 179000 624 41812 23
40 Chris Lynn KKR AUS 125 93 9 9 192.3 0 - 2 163 194000 680 45574 27
41 Pawan Negi RCB IND 35 13 0 2 112.9 6 6.1 6 163 149000 522 35057 24
42 Sam Billings DD ENG 138 55 19 1 135.3 0 - 5 156 44000 121 8242 26
43 Yuvraj Singh SRH IND 96 62 10 5 174.5 1 6 6 153 1044000 3899 261438 35
44 Chris Woakes KKR ENG 31 18 3 0 88.6 10 9.7 8 148 626000 2417 162162 28
45 Chris Gayle RCB WI 144 77 11 11 129.7 0 - 5 148 1119000 4320 289575 38
46 Kuldeep Yadav KKR IND 4 4 0 0 57.1 8 7.7 7 147 59000 229 15549 22
47 Imran Tahir RPS SA 0 0 0 0 0 10 8.5 8 145 716000 2822 189163 38
48 Aaron Finch GL AUS 114 33 9 8 154.1 0 - 6 141 149000 528 35461 30
49 Harbhajan Singh MI IND 13 7 0 1 162.5 4 5.9 7 138 820000 3395 227743 37
50 Kane Williamson SRH NZ 110 89 7 6 169.2 0 - 2 133 89000 382 25779 27

 

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji