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Will this be Virat Kohli's season again?

August 14, 2012 12:48 IST

Virat Kohli was India's most valuable ODI player of the last (2011-12) season with a most valuable player index (MVPI) of 1925 added over India's 31 ODI matches. Suresh Raina was a distant second with an MVPI of 1271 also over 31 matches.

 

The 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.  A MVPI of 1925 means that Kohli scored 1925 'runs' last season if his batting + bowling + fielding performance is expressed only in terms of 'runs'.

 

And as we commence the 2012-13 ODI season it appears that Kohli plans to continue in exactly the same vein. He was, without a doubt, the most valuable player from either side in the SL-India ODI series that ended last week with a MVPI of 324.

 

Table 1 lists the MVPI of all the players who played in the ODI series.

 

Table 1: Most valuable players in the SL-India series (Jul 21 – Aug 4, 2012)

 

 

Player Name

Team

Runs

Top score

Strike Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

Virat Kohli

IND

296

128

87.8

0

3.3

5

324

2

Thisara Perera

SL

64

44

128.0

8

5.8

5

276

3

Irfan Pathan

IND

76

34

92.7

8

5.3

5

273

4

Gautam Gambhir

IND

258

102

84.0

0

-

5

260

5

Suresh Raina

IND

174

65

118.4

0

6.0

5

249

6

Angelo Mathews

SL

105

71

84.7

5

4.6

5

247

7

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

206

133

83.7

0

-

3

220

8

Lasith Malinga

SL

44

19

169.2

8

6.2

5

210

9

Virender Sehwag

IND

148

96

100.7

1

4.7

4

203

10

Manoj Tiwary

IND

86

65

81.1

4

6.8

2

189

11

Ravichandran Ashwin

IND

23

21

115.0

5

4.5

5

177

12

Upul Tharanga

SL

177

59

80.1

0

-

5

170

13

MS Dhoni

IND

135

58

102.3

0

-

5

168

14

Jeevan Mendis

SL

134

72

93.1

1

5.4

3

167

15

Lahiru Thirimanne

SL

131

77

74.9

0

-

4

116

16

Tillakaratne Dilshan

SL

102

50

90.3

0

5.6

5

105

17

Zaheer Khan

IND

2

2

50.0

4

5.6

5

86

18

Mahela Jayawardene

SL

80

65

88.9

0

-

4

85

19

Rangana Herath

SL

17

17

106.3

2

4.9

4

73

20

Ashok Dinda

IND

0

0

-

4

6.7

3

59

21

Nuwan Pradeep

SL

0

0

-

3

6.4

2

50

22

Dinesh Chandimal

SL

55

28

76.4

0

-

5

50

23

Sachithra Senanayake

SL

7

7

100.0

1

5.0

1

33

24

Nuwan Kulasekara

SL

1

1

33.3

1

4.0

1

30

25

Rahul Sharma

IND

0

0

-

1

5.6

1

20

26

Isuru Udana

SL

0

0

-

0

7.0

2

14

27

Chamara Kapugedera

SL

9

9

128.6

0

-

1

12

28

Rohit Sharma

IND

13

5

35.1

0

3.7

5

7

29

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

9

9

52.9

0

-

1

4

30

Umesh Yadav

IND

0

0

0.0

2

8.1

2

4

31

Pragyan Ojha

IND

5

5

27.8

1

7.5

2

3

 

Runs (scored) | Top score | 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.

 

The table reflects the fact that India dominated the series; four of the top five players are Indian. Thisara Perera is second in the list with a MVPI of 276 after starring in the second ODI win.

 

A pleasant surprise is the return of Irfan Pathan, who appears to have replaced  Ravindra Jadeja in the Indian ODI team. To be fair, Jadeja had a good last season with a MVPI of 1066 and a haul of 28 wickets in 23 matches. But Jadeja never looked like a match-winner.

 

Table 2 lists India's most valuable players at the start of the new season

 

Table 2: India's most valuable players in the 2012-13 ODI season (5 matches so far)

 

 

Player Name

Runs

6s

4s

Strike Rate

Bat Pts

W

Eco

Bowl Pts

Field Pts

M

MVPI

1

Virat Kohli

296

1

25

87.8

311.2

0

3.3

5.0

7.5

5

324

2

Irfan Pathan

76

0

6

92.7

83.7

8

5.3

189.0

0

5

273

3

Gautam Gambhir

258

0

21

84.0

260.2

0

-

0.0

0

5

260

4

Suresh Raina

174

3

13

118.4

225.5

0

6.0

-2.0

25

5

249

5

Virender Sehwag

148

0

18

100.7

173.5

1

4.7

29.0

0

4

203

6

Manoj Tiwary

86

0

8

81.1

83.7

4

6.8

80.0

25

2

189

7

R Ashwin

23

0

3

115.0

29.3

5

4.5

148.0

0

5

177

8

MS Dhoni

135

2

14

102.3

160.0

0

-

0.0

7.5

5

168

9

Zaheer Khan

2

0

0

50.0

0.7

4

5.6

75.0

10

5

86

10

Ashok Dinda

0

0

0

-

0.0

4

6.7

59.3

0

3

59

11

Rahul Sharma

0

0

0

-

0.0

1

5.6

20.0

0

1

20

12

Rohit Sharma

13

0

1

35.1

-4.8

0

3.7

12.0

0

5

7

13

Ajinkya Rahane

9

0

1

52.9

3.8

0

-

0.0

0

1

4

14

Umesh Yadav

0

0

0

0.0

-2.5

2

8.1

6.0

0

2

4

15

Pragyan Ojha

5

0

0

27.8

-5.0

1

7.5

8.2

0

2

3

 

Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Strike rate | Bat-pts: Batting points | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Field-pts: fielding points | 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.

 

This list is beginning to look quite different with Kohli and Gautam Gambhir emerging as India's two most reliable batsmen, and Raina being somewhere there, but still not quite there. One notices that Virender Sehwag is dropping down the list somewhat, as indeed is Zaheer Khan. Yuvraj Singh is missing too.

 

But the most striking difference is that we don't see the name of the world's greatest ODI cricketer of all time. The old order changeth.

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji