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Afridi continues to be Most Valuable

Last updated on: March 07, 2011 16:16 IST

Shahid Afridi is making all the difference to Pakistan's challenge in the 2011 World Cup, with 14 wickets at an economy rate of just 2.6.

He now has a phenomenal MVPI of 506. Only two other Pakistanis, Umar Akmal (181) and Misbah-ul-Haq (180), make it to the top 50 MVP list.

- World Cup coverage

South Africa's best batsman, A B de Villiers (344), and best bowler, Imran Tahir (316), figure in the top 4 in a World Cup in which the bat has matched the ball evenly; although, among bowlers, spinners have done better than fast bowlers.

- Who were the most valuable players of 2007 WC?

For India, the top five players are Virender Sehwag (294), Yuvraj Singh (248), Zaheer Khan (215), Sachin Tendulkar (205) and Virat Kohli (184).

Most valuable players in the 2011 World Cup so far (after 22 matches, as on 6.3.2011)

 

Player

From

Runs

6s

4s

Strike rate

W

Eco

M

MVPI

1

Shahid Afridi

PAK

43

0

6

130.3

14

2.6

3

506

2

AB de Villiers

SA

266

6

21

107.7

0

--

3

344

3

Andrew Strauss

ENG

280

2

29

104.5

0

--

4

337

4

Imran Tahir

SA

1

0

0

100.0

11

3.8

3

316

5

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

241

2

19

88.0

0

--

4

296

6

Virender Sehwag

IND

215

5

21

127.2

0

--

3

294

7

Kemar Roach

WI

2

0

0

33.3

10

3.9

3

274

8

R ten Doeschate

NED

137

3

10

100.0

6

6.5

3

269

9

Mitchell Johnson

AUS

7

0

1

233.3

8

3.0

3

257

10

Graeme Swann

ENG

40

1

4

117.6

7

4.4

4

257

11

Yuvraj Singh

IND

108

0

12

86.4

5

5.0

3

248

12

Tim Bresnan

ENG

19

1

0

90.5

8

4.9

4

248

13

Kevin O'Brien

IRE

159

7

17

137.1

0

3.7

3

243

14

Suleiman Benn

WI

9

0

1

100.0

8

4.1

3

233

15

Ian Bell

ENG

188

2

12

92.2

0

--

4

224

16

Jonathan Trott

ENG

222

0

17

82.2

0

--

4

219

17

Tim Southee

NZ

6

0

0

60.0

7

3.4

3

218

18

Zaheer Khan

IND

4

0

0

80.0

8

4.6

3

215

19

Shane Watson

AUS

141

2

14

92.2

1

3.5

3

210

20

Sachin Tendulkar

IND

186

5

18

93.0

0

--

3

205

21

Graeme Cremer

ZIM

85

0

7

72.6

4

4.2

3

198

22

Trent Johnston

IRE

30

0

4

100.0

6

4.9

3

198

23

Virat Kohli

IND

142

2

12

100.7

0

--

3

184

24

T Dilshan

SL

139

0

22

93.9

0

4.0

4

181

25

Umar Akmal

PAK

129

2

13

95.6

0

--

3

181

26

Misbah-ul-Haq

PAK

185

2

8

81.1

0

--

3

180

27

M Jayawardene

SL

125

1

12

107.8

0

--

4

176

28

Shakib Al Hasan

BAN

79

0

9

91.9

3

4.9

3

176

29

Harvir Baidwan

CAN

28

0

2

47.5

7

5.5

3

175

30

Nuwan Kulasekara

SL

31

1

3

182.4

4

3.9

3

175

31

Hashim Amla

SA

169

0

12

86.2

0

--

3

175

32

Dale Steyn

SA

20

0

3

64.5

5

3.9

3

170

33

Ray Price

ZIM

26

0

2

59.1

4

3.3

3

163

34

Shaun Tait

AUS

0

0

0

--

6

4.4

3

163

35

Munaf Patel

IND

0

0

0

--

7

5.8

3

161

36

Hamish Bennett

NZ

0

0

0

--

6

5.8

3

159

37

Rizwan Cheema

CAN

55

3

7

103.8

4

5.5

3

155

38

Darren Sammy

WI

6

0

1

60.0

5

4.3

3

155

39

Robin Peterson

SA

3

0

0

18.8

5

4.0

3

155

40

Jean-Paul Duminy

SA

82

4

3

113.9

1

3.6

3

153

41

Lasith Malinga

SL

0

0

0

--

6

5.0

2

150

42

Daniel Vettori

NZ

44

0

5

102.3

2

3.5

3

150

43

Kevin Pietersen

ENG

131

2

17

96.3

0

4.9

4

150

44

Prosper Utseya

ZIM

82

0

6

59.0

3

3.9

3

148

45

George Dockrell

IRE

7

0

0

31.8

5

4.7

3

148

46

B McCullum

NZ

118

2

13

95.2

0

--

3

148

47

Martin Guptill

NZ

135

4

14

81.8

0

--

3

145

48

Thisara Perera

SL

19

0

2

111.8

5

5.4

2

143

49

Kieron Pollard

WI

60

4

5

214.3

1

4.4

3

142

50

Balaji Rao

CAN

8

0

1

40.0

6

5.7

3

139

* 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.

It is early days yet, but expect Afridi to earn the 'purple cap' for most wickets in WC 2011.

The contenders for the 'orange cap' for most runs are A B de Villiers, Andrew Strauss, Kumar Sangakkara, Sehwag, Jonathan Trott and Tendulkar.

There isn't an iota of doubt that Tendulkar will?be the most popular winner. Oh, the ovation he received at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday!

- Previous MVP update: Afridi leads World Cup MVP race

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