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Afridi leads World Cup MVP race

March 01, 2011 12:30 IST

There was a time when the One-Day Internationals World Cup tournament was over in just two weeks!

 

Now it drags on for many weeks. We also have a lot of one-sided matches; which are bothersome because performance in such matches may not truly reflect a player's value.

 

The 2011 World Cup is now (as of on the morning of March 1) 13 matches old, and most of the top teams (except South Africa) have already played two matches.

 

We therefore have enough data to identify the leading performers so far, using our most valuable player index (MVPI).

 

The formula to compute MVPI picks out batsmen who score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, bowlers who take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate, fielders who take the most catches or participate in the most run out dismissals … and collapses this combined performance into a single 'run-equivalent' index.

 

So if Shahid Afridi, who is currently the most valuable player of this World Cup, has a MVPI of 303, it means that his batting + bowling + fielding performance (mostly bowling, in Afridi's case) is equivalent to scoring 303 runs.

 

Most valuable players in the 2011 World Cup so far (after 13 matches, as on 28.2.2011)

 

 

Player Name

Team

Runs

Sixes

Fours

Strike Rate

W

Eco

MVPI

1

Shahid Afridi

PAK

23

0

4

143.8

9

2.8

303

2

Andrew Strauss

ENG

246

1

27

107.9

0

--

302

3

Virender Sehwag

IND

210

5

20

126.5

0

--

287

4

Mitchell Johnson

AUS

7

0

1

233.3

8

2.8

252

5

Ryan ten Doeschate

NED

126

3

10

108.6

3

6.2

211

6

Shane Watson

AUS

141

2

14

92.2

1

2.7

204

7

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

141

2

9

95.3

0

--

201

8

Graeme Cremer

ZIM

63

0

6

85.1

4

3.8

193

9

Kemar Roach

WI

2

0

0

33.3

7

4.2

188

10

Tim Bresnan

ENG

14

1

0

155.6

6

4.9

186

11

Sachin Tendulkar

IND

148

5

14

102.8

0

--

176

12

Shakib Al Hasan

BAN

71

0

8

101.4

3

4.9

172

13

Misbah-ul-Haq

PAK

148

2

7

92.5

0

--

163

14

M Jayawardene

SL

102

1

9

112.1

0

--

151

15

Virat Kohli

IND

108

2

9

122.7

0

--

148

16

Ray Price

ZIM

15

0

2

60.0

4

3.3

145

17

Thisara Perera

SL

19

0

2

111.8

5

5.4

143

18

Umar Akmal

PAK

81

1

9

120.9

0

--

141

19

AB de Villiers

SA

107

2

8

101.9

0

--

139

20

Munaf Patel

IND

0

0

0

--

6

5.9

137

21

Shaun Tait

AUS

0

0

0

--

5

4.3

136

22

Kieron Pollard

WI

60

4

5

214.3

1

4.4

132

23

Hamish Bennett

NZ

0

0

0

--

6

6.6

131

24

Tim Southee

NZ

6

0

0

60.0

4

3.6

126

25

Tamim Iqbal

BAN

114

1

10

88.4

0

--

126

26

Zaheer Khan

IND

4

0

0

80.0

5

5.2

125

27

Younis Khan

PAK

122

0

6

85.3

0

--

125

28

Tatenda Taibu

ZIM

105

0

10

90.5

0

--

123

29

Prosper Utseya

ZIM

46

0

3

62.2

3

3.9

123

30

Nuwan Kulasekara

SL

31

1

3

182.4

3

5.0

123

31

Sulieman Benn

WI

9

0

1

100.0

4

4.4

122

32

Ian Bell

ENG

102

1

5

91.9

0

--

117

33

Imran Tahir

SA

0

0

0

--

4

4.1

114

34

Tillakaratne Dilshan

SL

91

0

13

79.8

0

4.0

108

35

Kamran Akmal

PAK

94

0

10

81.7

0

--

107

36

Andre Botha

IRE

22

0

2

61.1

3

3.6

107

37

Brad Haddin

AUS

84

0

11

72.4

0

--

106

38

Darren Bravo

WI

103

3

9

85.8

0

--

106

39

Graeme Swann

ENG

15

1

0

166.7

3

4.9

104

40

Shafiul Islam

BAN

2

0

0

11.1

5

6.0

99

41

Pieter Seelaar

NED

1

0

0

20.0

4

5.0

99

42

Craig Ervine

ZIM

85

2

6

97.7

0

--

98

43

Gautam Gambhir

IND

90

0

8

90.0

0

--

97

44

Rizwan Cheema

CAN

51

3

6

113.3

2

6.1

97

45

M Muralitharan

SL

0

0

0

0.0

3

3.8

96

46

Harvir Baidwan

CAN

28

0

2

48.3

4

5.9

96

47

Dale Steyn

SA

0

0

0

--

3

3.2

89

48

Balaji Rao

CAN

7

0

1

53.8

4

6.2

88

49

Michael Clarke

AUS

82

0

8

89.1

0

--

87

50

Jacob Oram

NZ

0

0

0

--

3

0.7

87

51

Devon Smith

WI

89

0

12

82.4

0

6.0

87

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 | AvMVPI = MVPI/M | *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

South African players do not figure prominently yet because South Africa has played only one match. But their players are certain to rise in the charts as the World Cup progresses.

 

What will score the most runs and take the most wickets? Too early to say yet, but bet on Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Andrew Strauss or AB de Villiers at this stage to score the most runs. If Shahid Afridi continues his rampaging form, he is certain to end up with the most wickets but Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson is also in the race.

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji