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Most Valuable Player: It is still Afridi vs Yuvraj!

March 26, 2011 09:57 IST

Who are the most valuable players in the 2011 World Cup? Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present a statistical look.

With just four matches remaining in World Cup 2011, and with one among India and Pakistan sure to enter the final, it is easy to predict that the most valuable player will be either Shahid Afridi or Yuvraj Singh.

If Pakistan win at Mohali, it will certainly be Afridi. If India win, it should be Yuvraj.

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Our list is based on the idea of the most valuable player index (MVPI) which is calculated by adding together a player's batting, bowling and fielding index.

The batting index is based on a combination of runs scored and strike rate; the bowling index uses a combination of the number of wickets taken and the economy rate; and the fielding index is based on the number of catches taken and the fielder's participation in run-out dismissals.

Notice that Jacob Oram has climbed to the 15th place after his QF heroics against South Africa.

And as West Indies, Australia and South Africa depart, we note that their most valuable players were, respectively, Darren Sammy (which is an indicator of how poorly WI played!), Shane Watson and Brad Haddin, and Robin Peterson and A B de Villiers.

Most valuable players in the 2011 World Cup so far (after 45 matches, as on 25.3.2011)

Player Name

Team

Runs

Strike Rate

Bat Pts

W

Eco

Bowl Pts

Field Pts

M

MVPI

1

Shahid Afridi

PAK

65

130.0

88.3

21

3.5

622.5

45

7

756

2

Yuvraj Singh

IND

341

86.3

352.8

11

4.9

279.0

10

7

642

3

Robin Peterson

SA

43

116.2

55.2

15

4.3

417.0

30

7

502

4

Tillakaratne Dilshan

SL

286

97.3

327.0

5

3.5

148.0

25

6

500

5

Zaheer Khan

IND

9

81.8

8.8

17

4.5

457.3

20

7

486

6

Tim Southee

NZ

14

77.8

13.0

15

4.1

431.7

30

7

475

7

Umar Gul

PAK

36

124.1

47.8

14

3.9

409.5

5

7

462

8

Virender Sehwag

IND

342

120.8

448.2

0

--

0.0

5

6

453

9

AB de Villiers

SA

353

108.3

434.3

0

--

0.0

17.5

5

452

10

Ryan ten Doeschate

NED

307

89.2

327.3

7

6.2

113.0

10

6

450

11

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

363

88.8

385.2

0

--

0.0

62.5

6

448

12

Sachin Tendulkar

IND

379

95.9

428.8

0

4.5

1.0

5

7

435

13

Graeme Swann

ENG

60

120.0

78.3

12

4.2

347.0

5

6

430

14

Shane Watson

AUS

290

92.4

318.3

3

4.6

92.0

15

7

425

15

Jacob Oram

NZ

52

123.8

69.0

12

4.6

317.2

32.5

5

419

16

Mohammad Hafeez

PAK

172

83.5

172.3

7

3.5

241.0

0

7

413

17

Imran Tahir

SA

1

50.0

0.3

14

3.8

397.5

10

5

408

18

Brad Haddin

AUS

332

78.9

313.2

0

--

0.0

77.5

7

391

19

Shakib Al Hasan

BAN

142

71.0

117.3

8

4.8

208.7

60

6

386

20

Brett Lee

AUS

5

62.5

3.3

13

4.3

361.7

20

7

385

21

Andrew Strauss

ENG

329

97.3

376.3

0

--

0.0

5

6

381

22

Jacques Kallis

SA

225

72.8

192.5

5

4.1

152.0

30

7

375

23

Kevin O'Brien

IRE

198

125.3

264.3

4

6.8

70.0

40

6

374

24

Dale Steyn

SA

28

57.1

15.2

12

4.2

338.8

5

6

359

25

Darren Sammy

WI

54

110.2

67.2

9

4.5

249.0

40

7

356

26

Brendon McCullum

NZ

243

94.9

272.7

0

--

0.0

82.5

7

355

27

M Muralitharan

SL

7

175.0

10.7

11

3.5

339.0

5

6

355

28

Kieron Pollard

WI

180

150.0

260.0

2

4.9

52.2

42.5

7

355

29

Kemar Roach

WI

19

35.8

-6.2

13

4.2

360.0

0

6

354

30

Mitchell Johnson

AUS

25

131.6

34.2

10

4.0

306.5

5

7

346

31

Jonathan Trott

ENG

336

82.6

332.8

0

--

0.0

12.5

6

345

32

Harvir Baidwan

CAN

53

67.1

40.2

13

5.6

293.0

10

6

343

33

John Mooney

IRE

58

64.4

41.0

10

5.8

216.0

85

6

342

34

Paul Stirling

IRE

157

122.7

207.3

4

4.5

122.0

10

6

339

35

Ross Taylor

NZ

288

90.9

311.8

0

--

0.0

25

7

337

36

Ray Price

ZIM

37

62.7

24.8

9

3.4

301.0

10

6

336

37

Jean-Paul Duminy

SA

224

97.8

257.2

2

5.0

50.0

20

7

327

38

Hashim Amla

SA

306

87.7

321.2

0

--

0.0

5

7

326

39

Nathan McCullum

NZ

91

75.2

81.2

8

4.7

212.0

20

7

313

40

Suleiman Benn

WI

16

45.7

2.8

12

5.0

301.2

0

6

304

41

Tim Bresnan

ENG

41

82.0

40.3

9

4.9

230.0

30

6

300

42

Shaun Tait

AUS

0

0.0

-0.8

11

5.1

271.0

17.5

7

288

43

Michael Clarke

AUS

233

91.0

252.7

0

5.0

0.0

35

7

288

44

Virat Kohli

IND

238

87.2

248.5

0

6.0

-1.0

35

7

283

45

Gautam Gambhir

IND

269

87.3

281.3

0

--

0.0

0

7

281

46

Upul Tharanga

SL

261

87.3

272.8

0

--

0.0

5

6

278

47

Prosper Utseya

ZIM

123

65.4

89.3

6

4.3

184.0

0

6

273

48

Devon Smith

WI

300

76.7

274.2

0

6.0

-0.8

0

7

273

49

George Dockrell

IRE

42

79.2

39.8

7

4.4

201.3

27.5

6

269

50

M Jayawardene

SL

200

93.9

222.5

0

--

0.0

42.5

6

265