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Shami is only Indian in Top 8 of MVPI list; de Kock rules

December 13, 2013 07:59 IST

Quinton de KockSrinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji's Most Valuable Player Index after the South Africa ODIs presents a depressing story of the Indian players' showing in the first half of the ongoing tour 

It was the kind of ODI series that made you wonder how did this Indian team win both, the World Cup and Champions Trophy.

The unflattering answer is that you are often only a champion of conditions, not the game itself.

Quinton de Kock had a few points to prove in the just-concluded three-match One-Day International series against India: that he could score a lot of runs, that he was a better selection than Graeme Smith, and that he must be really lucky to be just lucky and score three consecutive centuries.

With a series aggregate of 342 runs, at a strike rate just below 100, de Kock was the series’ most valuable player with a MVPI of 427!

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’.

It is heart-warming that India’s Mohammed Shami, with nine wickets, is second in the rankings. If he had bowled with a better economy rate his MVPI would have crossed 300.

But Shami is the only Indian in the top eight of the MVPI list. Otherwise, it was a monumental drubbing.

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

Looking at the table you must also wonder what’s happening to Yuvraj Singh. He did not score in his only outing and did not bowl a single ball. All he did was take one catch.

To be fair, Dhawan did nothing too, and Raina, who played like a champion in South Africa during IPL2, merely nibbled and prodded. Dear old Virender Sehwag could at least have thumped a few boundaries.

Table 1: Most valuable players in the South Africa - India series (Dec 5-11, 2013)

Rank

Player

Team

Runs

Strike Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

Quinton de Kock 

SA

342

95.3

0

-

3

427

2

Mohammed Shami

IND

8

44.4

9

6.6

3

271

3

AB de Villiers 

SA

189

124.3

0

-

3

256

4

Hashim Amla

SA

178

80.5

0

-

3

177

5

Dale Steyn

SA

0

-

6

2.8

2

135

6

David Miller

SA

61

156.4

0

-

3

120

7

Jean-Paul Duminy

SA

85

139.3

0

4

3

119

8

Ryan McLaren

SA

18

120

3

6.2

3

113

9

MS Dhoni

IND

84

82.4

0

-

3

106

10

R Jadeja

IND

55

85.9

1

5.8

3

106

11

Lonwabo Tsotsobe

SA

1

100

4

4.8

3

97

12

Ishant Sharma

IND

0

0

4

4.6

2

91

13

R Ashwin

IND

34

75.6

1

6

3

85

14

Virat Kohli

IND

31

77.5

1

6.8

3

73

15

Morne Morkel

SA

0

-

3

4.5

2

68

16

Umesh Yadav

IND

1

20

1

6.8

2

67

17

Jacques Kallis

SA

20

74.1

1

6.7

2

58

18

Suresh Raina

IND

50

71.4

0

5.5

3

57

19

Vernon Philander

SA

14

233.3

1

3.3

2

38

20

Mohit Sharma

IND

0

0

0

8.2

1

28

21

Rohit Sharma

IND

37

53.6

0

-

3

27

22

Wayne Parnell

SA

9

112.5

0

7.4

2

23

23

B Kumar

IND

0

0

0

7.6

1

20

24

S Dhawan

IND

12

80

0

-

3

12

25

Yuvraj Singh

IND

0

0

0

-

2

3

26

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

8

47.1

0

-

1

2

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.

Table 2, which shows India’s most valuable players in the 27 matches played so far in India’s 2013-14 season, is a reminder of how good the Indians have been this season.

So what went wrong? Blame it on the bounce. It would have been more benign if we hadn’t had the BCCI-CSA spat.

Table 2: India’s most valuable players in the 2013-14 ODI season (27 matches played; 1 abandoned) 

Rank

Player name

Runs

4s

6s

Strike Rate

Bat Point

W

Eco

Bowl Point

Field Point

M

MVPI

1

R Jadeja

294

28

7

79.2

278.8

39

4.8

1070

95

27

1573

2

Virat Kohli

1100

121

17

101.4

1296

1

6.1

-24

75

27

1506

3

S Dhawan

1162

146

9

97.9

1335

0

5.9

0

80

26

1440

4

Rohit Sharma

1109

107

29

80.5

1070

0

4.8

6

42.5

26

1146

5

R Ashwin

131

14

1

85.1

133.7

30

5.1

712

55

22

1020

6

Ms Dhoni

515

49

14

104.5

619.2

0

6.3

3

193

19

883

7

Mohd Shami

14

0

1

70

11.3

26

4.2

568

15

15

816

8

B Kumar

41

3

1

57.7

22.8

21

3.5

555

77.5

18

804

9

Suresh Raina

444

37

4

87.9

467.2

5

5.3

131

120

27

749

10

Ishant Sharma

5

0

0

26.3

-5.8

24

1.6

484

27.5

15

650

11

Amit Mishra

9

1

0

128.6

12.2

18

7.7

451

10

6

529

12

Vinay Kumar

43

3

2

89.6

46

10

5.4

125

22.5

9

464

13

Umesh Yadav

1

0

0

9.1

-7.2

12

0.5

238

47.5

11

332

14

Dinesh Karthik

255

27

2

70.4

208.3

0

4.2

0

92.5

15

301

15

J Unadkat

0

0

0

0

0

8

0

251

25

7

296

16

Yuvraj Singh

118

12

3

65.9

86.8

2

4

19

42.5

11

210

17

Mohit Sharma

0

0

0

0

-4.2

4

0

69.5

5

5

190

18

Murali Vijay

57

7

0

89.1

60.7

0

5.3

0

10

3

71

Runs (scored) ' Fours ' Sixes ' Strike rate ' Batting points ' W: Wickets taken ' Eco: Economy rate ' Bowling points ' 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

Image: Quinton de Kock of South Africa celebrates his third consecutive century during the third Momentum ODI against India at SuperSport Park

Photograph: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images