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Younger is better

May 12, 2008 09:33 IST

The T20 is often described as a young man's game; if you cross 30 you are supposed to be too old!

Is this hypothesis true? Is younger indeed better?

Over the weekend we compared the performance of the top 50 young players (aged up to 29), with the top 35 older players (aged 30 or more) in the first 28 matches of the DLF IPL.

More specifically, we looked at our two specific indices: MVPI and PVI.

The most valuable player index (MVPI) converts the batting, bowling and fielding performance into a total 'run-equivalent'. So the higher the MVPI, the better a player is performing.

The paisa vasool index (PVI) is obtained by dividing the money paid to a player so far by the player's MVPI. So the lower the PVI, the greater the value offered by the player.

Our analysis indicates that the best young players win on both counts: they contribute more and cost much less.

We found that the best young players have a MVPI of 176, while the best older players have a MVPI of 127, i.e. almost 50 "runs" less.

We also found that the best young players are three times cheaper than the best older players; the paisa vasool index of young players is 821, and that of older players is 2410.

Tables 1 and 2 provide the details.

Table 1: The performance of 50 top players below 30 in the first 28 DLF IPL matches

Player Team From M MVPI MA PVI Age
Shane Watson RR AUS 7 417.6667 7 150 27
V Sehwag DD IND 7 399.6667 7 1043 29
Gautam Gambhir DD IND 7 323.3333 7 1121 26
Rohit Sharma DC IND 7 309.3333 7 1212 20
Irfan Pathan KXI IND 7 302 7 1531 23
MS Dhoni CSK IND 8 254 8 3375 26
Yuvraj Singh KXI IND 7 249 7 2136 26
B McCullum KKR NZ 4 247.3333 4 809 26
Yusuf Pathan RR IND 7 239 7 994 25
Zaheer Khan BRC IND 8 238.3333 8 1079 29
Praveen Kumar BRC IND 8 225 8 76 21
Suresh Raina CSK IND 8 223.3333 8 1663 21
Shikhar Dhawan DD IND 7 212 7 71 22
Robin Uthappa MI IND 7 207.3333 7 1929 22
Dwayne Bravo MI WI 6 204.6667 6 314 24
Albie Morkel CSK SA 5 198.3333 8 1873 27
Piyush Chawla KXI IND 7 195.3333 7 1024 19
Manpreet Gony CSK IND 8 193 8 89 24
Ross Taylor BRC NZ 4 190 5 188 24
Shahid Afridi DC PAK 6 182.3333 6 1587 28
RP Singh DC IND 7 182 7 2404 22
Prasanta Saha KKR IND 6 181.3333 7 83 23
Shaun Marsh KXI AUS 3 175.3333 7 86 25
Ashish Nehra MI IND 7 170 7 88 29
Sohail Tanvir RR PAK 4 151.3333 5 236 23
Yo Mahesh DD IND 6 150.6667 7 100 20
Rajat Bhatia DD IND 6 150.6667 7 100 28
Dhawal Kulkarni MI IND 7 147.6667 7 939 19
Harbhajan Singh MI IND 3 147.3333 3 970 28
Ravindra Jadeja RR IND 7 139.3333 7 967 19
Graeme Smith RR SA 5 136 5 960 27
James Hopes KXI AUS 4 134.3333 7 949 29
Swapnil Asnodkar RR IND 3 132.6667 7 923 24
Ashok Dinda KKR IND 7 128 7 806 24
S Sreesanth KXI IND 7 125 7 740 25
Abhishek Nayar MI IND 7 124 7 736 24
Ishant Sharma KKR IND 7 119 7 722 19
Laxmi Shukla KKR IND 7 116 7 701 27
S Vidyut CSK IND 3 114.6667 8 740 26
S Badrinath CSK IND 8 112.6667 8 678 27
Pragyan Ojha DC IND 7 112 7 721 21
Joginder Sharma CSK IND 7 111.6667 8 628 24
Virat Kohli BRC IND 8 107.6667 8 655 19
Dale Steyn BRC SA 5 101.3333 6 544 24
Umar Gul KKR PAK 3 98.66667 5 496 24
Vikram Singh KXI IND 5 94.33333 7 541 23
Farveez Maharoof DD SL 3 94 7 585 23
Mohd Asif DD PAK 6 89.66667 6 442 25
Dinesh Karthik DD IND 7 85.33333 7 115 23
Munaf Patel RR IND 7 80.66667 7 122 25

DD: Delhi Daredevils | CSK: Chennai Super Kings | DC: Deccan Chargers | RCB: Royal Challengers Bangalore | RR: Rajasthan Royals | KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders | KXI: Kings XI Punjab | MI: Mumbai Indians

M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index | MA: Matches available | PVI: Paisa vasool index; dollars paid for every run equivalent scored

Table 2: The performance of 35 top players aged 30 or more in the first 28 DLF IPL matches

Player Team From M MVPI MA PVI Age
Adam Gilchrist DC AUS 7 271.3333 7 1290 36
K Sangakkara KXI SL 6 268.6667 7 1303 30
Shaun Pollock MI SA 7 234 7 1175 34
S Jayasuriya MI SL 7 222.3333 7 2193 39
David Hussey KKR AUS 7 222 7 1520 30
Michael Hussey CSK AUS 4 210.6667 4 475 32
Matthew Hayden CSK AUS 3 203.3333 4 527 36
Shane Warne RR AUS 7 201.6667 7 1116 38
Mark Boucher BRC SA 7 180.6667 8 1423 31
Ajit Agarkar KKR IND 6 170 7 971 30
Glenn McGrath DD AUS 7 166.3333 7 1052 38
Andrew Symonds DC AUS 4 147.6667 4 2612 33
Rahul Dravid BRC IND 8 147.3333 8 4014 35
VVS Laxman DC IND 6 146 7 1284 33
Sourav Ganguly KKR IND 7 137.3333 7 3978 36
Jacques Kallis BRC SA 7 132.6667 8 3877 32
M Muralitharan CSK SL 7 127 8 2700 36
Brett Lee KXI AUS 4 114 5 2820 31
M Jayawardene KXI SL 6 112.6667 7 2108 31
Wasim Jaffer BRC IND 5 104 8 824 30
Simon Katich KXI AUS 2 100 5 714 32
Murali Kartik KKR IND 5 99.33333 7 2139 31
Sanjay Bangar DC IND 7 97 7 155 35
Scott Styris DC NZ 3 80 7 1094 32
Chaminda Vaas DC SL 3 69.66667 7 1435 34
Stephen Fleming CSK NZ 4 63.33333 4 1579 35
Nuwan Zoysa DC SL 2 37.33333 7 1473 30
Balachandra Akhil BRC IND 3 33.66667 8 509 30
J Arunkumar BRC IND 1 21.33333 8 804 33
Brad Hodge KKR AUS 3 21.33333 7 703 33
H Gibbs DC SA 3 17.33333 7 16587 34
Ricky Ponting KKR AUS 4 15.33333 4 7453 33
Makhaya Ntini CSK SA 3 15 8 7619 31

DD: Delhi Daredevils | CSK: Chennai Super Kings | DC: Deccan Chargers | RCB: Royal Challengers Bangalore | RR: Rajasthan Royals | KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders | KXI: Kings XI Punjab | MI: Mumbai Indians

M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index | MA: Matches available | PVI: Paisa vasool index; dollars paid for every run equivalent scored.



Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Arthur DSilva work for Cranes Software International Limited,
Bangalore.

Srinivas Bhogle, Purnendu Maji and Arthur D'Silva