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Who will be MVP of IPL 7? Maxwell or Uthappa?

Last updated on: May 31, 2014 16:25 IST

The Most Valuable Player race would witness a direct face-off between Kolkata Knight Riders' Robin Uthappa and Kings XI Punjab's Glenn Maxwell, the top two in the IPL's MVP standings during the final match in Bangalore, on Sunday. Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle present the top 50 players in the MVP list of IPL 7, which also calculates the Paisa Vasool Index.

The seventh edition of the Indian Premier League will end with a high-voltage title clash between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders -- the two best teams in the league stages, in Bangalore on Sunday.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) race would also witness a direct face-off between Kolkata Knight Riders' dashing opener Robin Uthappa and Kings XI Punjab's hard-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell, who have a MVPI of 771 and 733 respectively.

The MVPI collapses a player’s batting, bowling and fielding performances into a one-dimensional ‘run equivalent’.

After his amazing innings (87 from 25 balls) at an unbelievable strike rate during the Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab Qualifier 2 match in Mumbai on Friday, Suresh Raina jumped to third place.

Raina’s innings was arguably one of the best knocks in this year's IPL, but Virender Sehwag's blazing century surely gave us the greatest joy!

With his second IPL century, Punjab opener Sehwag has climbed to seventh place.

The table below also lists the PVI  – that measures how much a player earns for every 'run equivalent' that he contributes.  Expensive players have to play consistently well to be considered paisa vasool.

The high cost players who offered low value this year (over $5000 per 'run') include Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Kevin Pietersen, Gautam Gambhir, Dale Steyn, Stuart Binny, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Pragyan Ojha -- but the year's biggest disappointment was Chris Gayle, who had a below-par season with the bat for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Table: The Most Valuable Player

  Player Team From     Runs      6s Strike Rate    Wkt      Eco     Mat     MVPI   Price  (US $)   $ per 'run'  Rs per 'run'
1 RV Uthappa KKR IND 655 18 137.6 0 - 15 771 833333 1081 64851
2 GJ Maxwell KXI AUS 552 36 188.4 1 12 15 733 1000000 1364 81855
3 SK Raina CSK IND 523 19 145.7 1 7.4 16 666 1583333 2377 142643
4 DR Smith CSK WI 566 34 136.1 4 9.5 16 651 750000 1152 69124
5 DA Warner SH AUS 528 24 140.8 0 - 14 612 916667 1498 89869
6 DA Miller KXI SA 445 21 149.3 0 - 15 553 2083333 3767 226040
7 V Sehwag KXI IND 448 18 146.9 0 - 16 514 533333 1038 62257
8 Yuvraj Singh RCB IND 376 28 135.3 5 8.3 14 500 2333333 4667 280000
9 JP Duminy DD SA 410 20 134.4 3 7.3 14 495 366667 741 44444
10 Sakib Al Hasan KKR BAN 215 7 148.3 11 6.7 12 488 466667 956 57377
11 AB de Villiers RCB SA 395 24 158.6 0 - 14 488 1250000 2561 153689
12 SP Narine KKR WI 8 0 80.0 20 6 15 468 1583333 3383 202991
13 RA Jadeja CSK IND 146 5 132.7 19 8.2 16 466 1250000 2682 160944
14 MS Dhoni CSK IND 371 20 148.4 0 - 16 461 2083333 4519 271150
15 AR Patel KXI IND 62 1 103.3 17 6.2 16 458 125000 273 16376
16 RG Sharma MI IND 390 16 129.1 1 8.7 15 440 2083333 4735 284091
17 BB McCullum CSK NZ 405 19 121.6 0 - 14 420 541667 1290 77381
18 LMP Simmons MI WI 394 14 135.4 1 11.3 8 416 50000 120 7212
19 B Kumar SH IND 1 0 25.0 20 6.7 14 414 708333 1711 102657
20 SV Samson RR IND 339 17 124.2 0 - 13 405 666667 1646 98765
21 AT Rayudu MI IND 361 8 125.8 0 - 15 385 666667 1732 103896
22 KD Karthik DD IND 325 11 126.0 0 - 14 383 2083333 5440 326371
23 KK Nair RR IND 330 9 142.2 0 - 11 379 125000 330 19789
24 V Kohli RCB IND 359 14 122.1 0 - 14 369 2083333 5646 338753
25 F du Plessis  CSK SA 303 7 128.9 0 - 15 366 750000 2049 122951
26 JP Faulkner RR AUS 181 16 192.6 11 9.7 13 364 1583333 4350 260989
27 MA Starc RCB AUS 85 0 101.2 14 7.5 14 362 833333 2302 138122
28 R Ashwin CSK IND 45 0 100.0 16 7.3 16 357 916667 2568 154062
29 S Dhawan SH IND 377 9 118.2 0 - 14 354 2083333 5885 353107
30 GJ Bailey KXI AUS 256 10 136.2 0 - 16 352 541667 1539 92330
31 SR Watson RR AUS 240 14 122.4 7 7.9 13 349 2083333 5969 358166
32 H Singh MI IND 28 2 112.0 14 6.5 14 346 916667 2649 158960
33 MM Sharma CSK IND 1 0 33.3 22 8.6 16 342 333333 975 58480
34 CJ Anderson MI NZ 265 15 146.4 4 10.2 12 333 750000 2252 135135
35 KV Sharma SH IND 42 3 144.8 15 7.4 14 331 625000 1888 113293
36 MG Johnson KXI AUS 56 3 112.0 15 8.1 13 330 1083333 3283 196970
37 AM Rahane RR IND 339 3 116.5 0 - 13 328 1250000 3811 228659
38 YK Pathan  KKR IND 232 16 162.2 0 10 14 317 541667 1709 102524
39 R Bhatia RR IND 67 3 126.4 12 7.4 12 317 283333 894 53628
40 NV Ojha SH IND 232 17 144.1 0 - 11 316 83333 264 15823
41 SL Malinga MI SL 2 0 50.0 16 6.5 10 315 1583333 5026 301587
42 AJ Finch SH AUS 309 8 117.5 0 - 13 313 666667 2130 127796
43 R Dhawan KXI IND 82 1 109.3 13 7.7 13 309 500000 1618 97087
44 WP Saha KXI IND 247 10 127.3 0 - 16 303 366667 1210 72607
45 MK Pandey KKR IND 307 4 105.9 0 - 15 298 283333 951 57047
46 KA Pollard MI WI 273 15 134.5 2 10.5 15 296 1250000 4223 253378
47 M Vohra KXI IND 257 14 142.0 0 - 7 291 666667 2291 137457
48 KP Pietersen  DD ENG 294 7 126.2 0 - 11 287 1500000 5226 313589
49 PV Tambe  RR IND 5 0 55.6 15 7.3 13 284 16667 59 3521
50 VR Aaron RCB IND 35 1 102.9 16 8.2 10 275 333333 1212 72727

Image: Robin Uthappa, Glenn Maxwell.

Photograph: BCCI

Purnendu Maji, Srinivas Bhogle