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Shikhar Dhawan is the Most Valuable Player

June 16, 2017 15:33 IST

The Indian opener tops the Champions Trophy MVP table.
But Hasan Ali, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma aren't too far behind, note Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji.

Shikhar Dhawan in action in the Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh, June 15, 2017. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Everyone wants to know who will win the 2017 Champions Trophy: India or Pakistan?

But there is another contest that we must watch: The race to be the Most Valuable Player of the tournament!

Currently, Shikhar Dhawan is the favourite with a Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) of 381.

But Hasan Ali (343), Virat Kohli (335) and Rohit Sharma (319) aren't too far behind.

MVPI picks batsmen who score a lot of runs and score them quickly; bowlers who take wickets, and at low economy rates; and fielders who field the best (take a lot of catches, and participate in run outs).

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

The table below shows the current MVPI position.

RankPlayerTeamRunsTop Score4s6sRuns/100 ballsWEco/per ballMMVPI
1 Shikhar Dhawan India 317 125 40 4 102.3 0 - 4 381
2 Hasan Ali Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0.0 10 0.8 4 343
3 Virat Kohli India 253 96 26 4 100.4 0 0.9 4 335
4 Rohit Sharma India 304 123 29 7 87.6 0 - 4 319
5 Joe Root England 258 133 19 3 97.7 0 1 4 314
6 Tamim Iqbal Bangladesh 293 128 25 7 86.2 0 - 4 308
7 Josh Hazlewood Australia 1 1 0 0 20.0 9 0.8 3 278
8 Liam Plunkett England 24 15 2 1 100.0 8 1 4 276
9 Adil Rashid England 19 12 1 0 79.2 7 0.8 3 270
10 Kane Williamson New Zealand 244 100 21 3 92.4 0 1.6 3 264
11 Ben Stokes England 184 102 17 4 81.4 3 1.2 4 261
12 Bhuvaneshwar Kumar India 0 0 0 0 - 6 0.8 4 253
13 Eoin Morgan England 208 87 22 7 100.5 0 - 4 249
14 Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan 76 61 7 0 80.0 0 - 4 248
15 Junaid Khan Pakistan 0 0 0 0 - 7 0.8 3 230
16 Mark Wood England 3 3 0 0 50.0 5 0.7 4 220
18 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh 168 114 16 1 86.6 0 1 4 209
17 Babar Azam Pakistan 87 38 8 1 69.0 0 - 4 209
19 Alex Hales England 164 95 16 4 99.4 0 - 4 206
20 Adam Milne New Zealand 28 11 3 0 107.7 6 1.1 3 201
21 Imran Tahir South Africa 1 1 0 0 14.3 5 0.7 3 201
22 Jasprit Bumrah India 0 0 0 0 - 4 0.7 4 197
23 Ravindra Jadeja India 0 0 0 0 - 4 0.9 4 192
24 Fakhar Zaman Pakistan 138 57 21 2 117.9 0 - 3 189
25 Tim Southee New Zealand 12 10 2 0 109.1 5 0.8 3 187
26 Nuwan Pradeep Sri Lanka 6 5 1 0 40.0 6 1 3 179
27 Mitchell Starc Australia 0 0 0 0 0.0 5 0.8 3 177
28 Morne Morkel South Africa 0 0 0 0 0.0 5 0.7 3 172
29 Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan 91 33 6 3 74.6 1 0.8 4 168
30 Kusal Mendis Sri Lanka 127 89 17 1 96.2 0 - 3 167
31 Hardik Pandya India 29 20 0 4 263.6 3 1 4 165
32 Niroshan Dickwella Sri Lanka 121 73 9 1 88.3 0 - 3 160
33 Mashrafe Mortaza Bangladesh 30 30 5 0 111.1 2 0.8 4 158
34 Hashim Amla South Africa 154 103 10 3 81.5 0 - 3 156
35 Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh 163 79 14 0 77.3 0 - 4 155
36 Azhar Ali Pakistan 169 76 14 2 71.3 0 - 4 151
37 Mahmudullah Bangladesh 137 102 10 3 91.9 0 1.7 4 148
38 Travis Head Australia 71 71 5 2 110.9 1 0.8 3 144
39 Faf du Plessis South Africa 137 75 8 0 83.5 0 - 3 142
40 Jos Buttler England 94 61 5 3 108.0 0 - 4 141
42 Ross Taylor New Zealand 148 63 15 0 74.4 0 - 3 140
41 M S Dhoni India 63 63 7 2 121.2 0 - 4 140
43 Chris Morris South Africa 52 28 4 0 72.2 2 0.8 3 136
44 Suranga Lakmal Sri Lanka 26 26 3 0 70.3 3 1 3 134
45 Jake Ball England 2 2 0 0 33.3 4 1 4 133
46 Kedar Jadhav India 25 25 3 1 192.3 2 0.7 4 132
47 Mohammad Amir Pakistan 37 28 1 0 62.7 2 0.8 3 131
48 Asela Gunaratne Sri Lanka 65 34 3 2 83.3 1 0.8 3 128
49 Mosaddek Hossain Bangladesh 24 15 4 0 72.7 3 1 3 126
50 Luke Ronchi New Zealand 81 65 11 3 130.6 0 - 3 125

IMAGE: Shikhar Dhawan in action in the Champions Trophy semi-final against Bangladesh, June 15, 2017. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji