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Bat vs bat in India-Aus ODIs; The Most Valuable Players

November 13, 2013 08:43 IST

Who were the most valuable players in the just-concluded India-Australia ODI series? Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji ‘s formula  provides overwhelming evidence that the bat complete overwhelmed the bat. 

George BaileyThe just-concluded India-Australia ODI series is being called the ‘bat vs bat’ series. It is, therefore, no surprise that batsmen dominate the Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) tables.

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, and expresses a player’s overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a ‘run equivalent’. 

Table 1 lists the MVPI of all the players who played in the ODI series. It provides overwhelming evidence that the bat completely overwhelmed the bat.

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George Bailey, Australia's captain, emerges the MVP, with a MVPI of 663, followed by Rohit Sharma, with a MVPI of 655.

James Faulkner,  the only successful all-rounder on either side, is third with a MVPI of 635 – he scored 230 runs but at a strike rate often not seen even in T20 games. Ravindra Jadeja didn’t score runs, and Shane Watson didn’t get enough wickets.

The table also shows that Suresh Raina is struggling as a batsman, and Yuvraj Singh – the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph – is struggling both as a bowler and batsman.

Table 1: Most valuable players in the India-Australia series (Oct 13 – Nov 2, 2013)

 

Rank

Player

Team

Runs

Str Rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

George Bailey 

AUS

478

116

0

-

6

663

2

Rohit Sharma

IND

491

109

0

-

6

655

3

James Faulkner

AUS

230

150

7

7.2

6

635

4

Virat Kohli

IND

344

123

0

11

6

581

5

Shane Watson

AUS

237

113

3

7.2

6

494

6

Glenn Maxwell

AUS

248

152

1

7.3

6

431

7

MS Dhoni

IND

245

120

0

-

6

428

8

Shikhar Dhawan

IND

284

102

0

-

6

396

9

Vinay Kumar

IND

11

55

8

7.9

5

361

10

Brad Haddin 

AUS

78

92.9

0

-

6

321

11

Ravindra Jadeja

IND

13

59.1

8

5.6

6

318

12

R Ashwin

IND

33

73.3

9

6

6

309

13

Aaron Finch

AUS

190

86.8

2

4.2

6

268

14

Mitchell Johnson

AUS

34

89.5

7

5.7

5

240

15

Mohammed Shami

IND

0

-

7

6.6

3

239

16

Phillip Hughes

AUS

199

74.3

0

-

6

225

17

Clint McKay

AUS

36

81.8

4

6.5

6

203

18

Adam Voges

AUS

149

84.2

1

5.3

6

202

19

Suresh Raina

IND

100

91.7

0

5.5

6

177

20

Ishant Sharma

IND

1

33.3

2

7.9

3

144

21

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

IND

28

62.2

2

5.4

5

141

22

Yuvraj Singh

IND

19

76

2

7.2

6

136

23

Xavier Doherty

AUS

0

-

2

6.2

6

128

24

Nathan Coulter-Nile

AUS

3

60

0

8

1

37

25

Amit Mishra

IND

0

-

0

7.8

1

28

26

Jaydev Unadkat

IND

0

-

0

5.2

1

1

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 21 matches played so far in India’s 2013-14 season, confirms Yuvraj’s form decline. For many years, Yuvraj was in the top three of the MVPI list. This year he is languishing at the bottom.

But at least he’s still getting opportunities to play. Renowned ODI stalwarts like Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir are completely off the charts!

Table 2: India’s most valuable players in the 2013-14 ODI season (21 matches played; 1 abandoned)

Rank

Player name

Runs

6

4

Strike Rate

Bat Point

W

Eco

Bowl Point

Field Point

M

MVPI

1

Ravindra Jadeja

227

6

21

82.2

224

33

4.9

919.2

85

21

1359

2

Shikhar Dhawan

991

9

117

95.8

1120

0

5.8

0

65

20

1210

3

Virat Kohli

865

15

95

102.6

1028

0

6.2

-35

70

21

1193

4

Rohit Sharma

984

28

92

82.3

972.2

0

4.9

0

32.5

20

1044

5

Ravichandran Ashwin

78

0

7

78.8

73.5

23

4.7

541

45

16

770

6

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

40

1

3

60.6

25

18

3.6

517

42.5

14

659

7

MS Dhoni

344

9

32

107.2

420.5

0

6.4

3

140

13

632

8

Suresh Raina

337

4

27

92.8

371.5

2

5.6

56

110

21

568

9

Ishant Sharma

5

0

0

29.4

-4.2

20

1.8

377

27.5

13

559

10

Amit Mishra

9

0

1

128.6

12.2

18

7.7

450.5

5

6

524

11

Vinay Kumar

43

2

3

89.6

46

10

5.4

124.5

22.5

9

464

12

Mohammed Shami

6

1

0

300

10.3

13

18

304.8

15

9

428

13

Dinesh Karthik 

255

2

27

70.4

208.3

0

4.2

0

92.5

15

301

14

Jaydev Unadkat

0

0

0

0

0

8

0

260

25

6

287

15

Umesh Yadav

0

0

0

0

-5

11

0

240

30

9

265

16

Yuvraj Singh

19

2

0

76

17.2

2

4.6

19

37.5

6

136

17

Murali Vijay

57

0

7

89.1

60.7

0

5.3

0

10

3

71

18

Ambati Rayudu

101

0

6

62

66.2

0

3.7

0

0

4

66

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.

Image: George Bailey

Photograph: BCCI