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MVP countdown: It should be Hayden or Jayasuriya

Srinivas Bhogle | April 26, 2007 16:48 IST

Australia's Matthew Hayden (1) has the best chance to emerge as the most valuable player (MVP) of the 2007 World Cup. Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (3) is most likely to challenge Hayden when Sri Lanka clash with Australia in Saturday's World Cup final.

Glenn McGrath (7) however looks set to be chosen as the "official" player of the series, based on the rule that gives three points to the man of the match, two points to the second best player and one point to the third best player --- and then picks the player with the largest number of points.

If you look at cold numbers, it's hard to explain how McGrath can be rated so much above Muttiah Muralitharan (6) and Brad Hogg (8). All three have 20+ wickets, and Murali's economy rate is the best among the three; Murali has also played one game less than McGrath.

However no one can deny that McGrath and his Australians teammates have played awesome cricket. Australia has been a truly formidable force in ODI cricket for five years now. By comprehensively defeating South Africa two times out of two, Australia has also questioned the veracity of ICC's ODI ranking scheme that surprisingly put Australia below South Africa when the World Cup started.

RankCountryPlayerRunsBallsCt | StRcBbWRun OutsMTotal Points
1AusMatthew Hayden 62159770.510811.40
2NZScott Styris499598524234290.510804.20
3SLSanath Jayasuriya404408326937471.510730.80
4SAJacques Kallis485578327136650.510676.40
5SAGraeme Smith443424815215040.510662.80
6SLMuttiah Muralitharan3353074662309646.40
7AusGlenn McGrath 001315429250.510645.20
8AusBrad Hogg 4521431347920010643.40
9AusRicky Ponting5025236010615.60
10SLMahela Jayawardene5296254110602.00
11AusShaun Tait 001425471231.510544.80
12AusMichael Clarke 4284535637200.510525.20
13SAAB De Villiers3723695210521.80
14EngAndrew Flintoff 9214032984141428504.20
15WIDwayne Bravo1291585361389133.59502.80
16EngKevin Pietersen 44454822601.59498.40
17NZJacob Oram1652345252375101.59491.80
18EngPaul Collingwood 276368829234861.59464.00
19AusNathan Bracken 0022243941509461.20
20SLChaminda Vaas231832324181309461.00
21AusAdam Gilchrist 30433210 | 4110456.40
22NZShane Bond2432134181308449.20
23NZDaniel Vettori2829244758616010448.60
24SAHerschelle Gibbs3423737110444.60
25WIDaren Powell565223855101409439.40
26SLTillakaratne Dilshan20322331352095110418.80
27SAAndrew Hall28382335456140.59413.40
28SLLasith Malinga292235302160.57409.40
29WIRamnaresh Sarwan37548117378209407.60
30SAShaun Pollock6393229650481.510396.80
31NZStephen Fleming3534092010388.80
32NZJames Franklin95962331392110.59381.80
33WIChris Gayle2282722281355509371.40
34SLKumar Sangakkara 29641311 | 40.510368.60
35IreTrent Johnston1291445258302818367.40
36BanAbdur Razzak 295423444421309346.40
37SLChamara Silva3304305010341.00
38AusShane Watson 142822168225317336.40
39EngPaul Nixon 1931947 | 229333.80
40BanMashrafe Mortaza 1091601323428909330.40
41EngMichael Vaughan20930918713241.59326.40
42WIBrian Lara269330519323.00
43SAMark Boucher 1771299 | 0110319.80
44IreKyle McCallan337502333521019318.60
45NZCraig McMillan22826101101353010317.20
46SAAndre Nel94622173141206313.40
47SLFarveez Maharoof39362198264916312.40
48BanSaqibul Hasan 202353130236570.59296.60
49SACharles Langeveldt16571361396140.58295.20
50IreLangford-Smith 67723291396709285.20
51BanMohammad Rafique 4278330243280.59284.20
52IndVirender Sehwag 16413903260203280.80
53KenSteve Tikolo155189597114403274.00
54AusBrad Hodge 15211741736105266.20
55BanSyed Rasel 16341239372807260.40
56WIMarlon Samuels216285212914411.58260.20
57NZPeter Fulton297424108259.80
58AusAndrew Symonds 1661433129122208249.20
59IreBoyd Rankin 154513243561209247.80
60PakImran Nazir190175103245.00
61SLUpul Tharanga2924382010243.60
62NZBrendon McCullum 1178713 | 1010239.40
63EngRavinder Bopara 16521515672218236.60
64WIShivnarine Chanderpaul315517209226.40
65NZJeetan Patel34391245326706225.60
66ZimElton Chigumbura61491116136603224.60
67IreAndre Botha 621311181294517222.40
68IreAndrew White128173289109318221.80
69SLRussel Arnold1171422466130.510217.20
70BanMohammad Ashraful 216267072009213.00
71PakIftikhar Anjum5177073120513207.40
72EngJames Anderson 080330438809206.00
73WICorey Collymore22230268380607205.60
74IreNiall O'Brien 2163749 | 019201.80
75IreKevin O'Brien 1702631100108308193.00
76BanAftab Ahmed 1281516383110.59188.00
77EngSajid Mahmood 250259288816187.40
78WIJerome Taylor37410306384607186.40
79EngMonty Panesar 330028338470.58186.20
80IndYuvraj Singh 13611601518003178.60
81BanTamim Iqbal 172275619178.00
82EngIan Bell 211349218176.80
83CanSunil Dhaniram 81871147162403176.00
84SAMakhaya Ntini15201293378607172.40
85NZLou Vincent101127033172.40
86WIDwayne Smith49300111138406169.40
87CanJohn Davison81752130174203169.20
88IreJeremy Bray 212338209163.60
89SAAshwell Prince107136229163.20
90ZimSean Williams951101799020.53160.00
91WIDenesh Ramdin 849413 | 009157.80
92IndZaheer Khan 16220122174503151.60
93IndMunaf Patel 25321105159403147.60
94PakUmar Gul1120172138403145.40
95EngEd Joyce 152221305142.20
96NLRyan ten Doeschate1281482151120203140.60
97KenThomas Odoyo 4678011414440.53138.80
98IndSachin Tendulkar645804972203138.20
99IndSourav Ganguly 16226602224103132.40
100PakMohammad Sami174404490402122.80
101IndAjit Agarkar 10271112168403121.80
102NLWilliam Stelling1415596402121.60
103ZimStuart Matsikenyeri107128266003120.40
104ZimGary Brent12211108120502120.20
105BerSaleem Mukuddem 0406990502119.80
106PakShoaib Malik9211113330103115.20
107WIDevon Smith99145113111.00
108BanMushfiqur Rahim 1312733 | 029106.60
109AusMichael Hussey 871165010106.20
110SAJustin Kemp741493657820.58101.20
111NZHamish Marshall819810.53100.60
112SLDilhara Fernando22220424240698.00
113PakShahid Afridi16100202430195.20
114PakMohammad Hafeez15342547830293.20
115NZRoss Taylor10715810692.60
116CanAshif Mulla 8310110390.20
117ZimChristopher Mpofu110016617441387.20
118PakInzamam ul-Haq7410340385.60
119CanIan Billcliff 10416010385.00
120KenMaurice Ouma751550 | 12384.00
121EngLiam Plunkett 3137116013840383.80
122PakKamran Akmal42743 | 21383.80
123ScotColin Smith851291 | 10381.80
124IndMahendra Dhoni29295 | 20379.80
125IndAnil Kumble 000385530178.00
126KenJimmy Kamande 2943011014420376.80
127NZMichael Mason05213416530576.00
128EngAndrew Strauss 8312620475.20
129ZimVusumuzi Sibanda689530375.00
130NLTim de Leede3558111210830375.00
131IreEoin Morgan 9117970973.80
132ZimBrendan Taylor871784 | 10.5373.60
133CanGeoff Barnett 8812900372.80
134IndRahul Dravid8111200372.40
135ScotMajid Haq3570012110140369.80
136IreWilliam Porterfield 17237950965.80
137KenPeter Ongondo 724114614440365.00
138KenRavindu Shah 8112600361.20
139BerDavid Hemp 901271321200361.00
140BerDean Minors 48641 | 10359.80
141NLMohammad Kashif001294220157.60
142BerKevin Hurdle 611213913830356.60
143ScotJohn Blain41630907820352.00
144ScotGlenn Rogers3249111411020351.80
145BanHabibul Bashar10522950951.80
146PakYounis Khan374735600351.20
147PakDanish Kaneria640937830250.20
148KenCollins Obuya 3144181800.5350.20
149BerLionel Cann 44400887210349.60
150NLDarron Reekers3833010610210349.20
151CanAbdool Samad 601131856420348.80
152KenTanmay Mishra 376120.5347.20
153ZimTawanda Mupariwa0309111420245.80
154KenHiren Varaiya 52319813810.5345.00
155PakMohammad Yousuf5511300110344.40
156AusStuart Clark 000194810143.40
157NLMark Jonkman020576720243.00
158ScotPaul Hoffmann2519110410210341.40
159CanAshish Bagai 621233 | 00340.60
160CanKevin Sandher260586020137.20
161SARobin Petersen12161617210236.80
162SLMalinga Bandara17190535810136.20
163NLDaan van Bunge38492603110335.60
164ZimProsper Utseya58110115600332.40
165NLPeter Borren2624114110820331.20
166CanAnderson Cummins 1011014915020330.20
167NLBas Zuiderent539500330.00
168IndHarbhajan Singh 172308312000228.60
169IndRobin Uthappa 304810326.60
170SLNuwan Kulasekara151306600225.80
171ZimAnthony Ireland001384210124.60
172WIIan Bradshaw2662016717420322.60
173NLJeroen Smits3123 | 10321.40
174ScotDougie Brown6410211269010321.40
175ScotRyan Watson5310700320.40
176CanUmar Bhatti 1130011013410319.20
177ZimEdward Rainsford110444210114.80
178CanGeorge Codrington 781706010114.60
179NLEric Szwarczynski244200214.40
180CanDesmond Chumney 275100113.20
181WILendl Simmons142610112.20
182ScotFraser Watts336900210.80
183ScotCraig Wright528175841028.80
184EngStuart Broad55132360017.80
185BerDelyone Borden 2174072602036.80
186ZimTerry Duffin12220016.40
187BanShahriar Nafees 31761066.20
188KenTony Suji 1429015180014.20
189ScotNeil McCallum25641023.80
190IreJohn Mooney 2345136300023.00
191BanShahadat Hossain 020515400.512.60
192ZimChamu Chibhabha276921160032.60
193BanJaved Omar 551411032.20
194BerSteven Outerbridge 9200022.00
195WIKieron Pollard1017020180010.80
196IreKenneth Carroll 021860010.20
197SALoots Bosman000010.00
198CanQaiser Ali 616001-0.80
199PakAzhar Mahmood22102546001-1.00
200KenLameck Onyango 163507760102-1.00
201ZimFriday Kasteni924002-1.20
202PakNaved-ul-Hasan112914954001-2.00
203IrePeter Gillespie 28001-2.40
204ScotNavdeep Poonia16002-2.80
205BerOliver Pitcher 2881103-3.80
206BerClay Smith 05001-4.00
207BerJaneiro Tucker 13334131132003-5.80
208KenDavid Obuya 522002-7.60
209NLLuuk van Troost51015924102-8.80
210NLAlexei Kervezee1754002-9.20
211ScotDewald Nel0002418001-9.60
212BerMalachi Jones 1827442101-10.80
213NZDaryl Tuffey0004036001-11.20
214EngJamie Dalrymple 62236960003-11.60
215ScotGavin Hamilton1144003-13.20
216BerIrvine Romaine113202918003-18.20
217NLAdeel Raja81406147001-18.60
218KenNehemiah Odhiambo 0003318001-18.60
219BanTapash Baisya 0003517001-21.40
220IrePaul Mooney 0104021001-24.00
221BerDwayne Leverock 10391182141203-27.40
222CanHenry Osinde 1307656002-31.60
223NZMark Gillespie28310973002-38.00

Ct: Catches taken | St: Stumpings | Rc: Runs conceded | Bb: Balls bowled | W: Wickets taken | M: Matches played.*Run outs are counted as 1 for a direct hit, and 0.5 if the player is an equal participant in a run out dismissal.

The Chernoff gallery of the top nine World Cup 2007 players after the second semi-final appears below. The data below the face is in the following format: total points | total runs / strike rate | wickets / economy rate.

Here are the faces of the nine highest scoring batsmen in the 2007 World Cup so far (batting points | total runs / scoring rate). If two players have scored the same number of runs, the player with the higher overall points appears first.

Recall that batsmen have round faces and a short and wide nose. They smile more when they score more runs. Batting all-rounders have taller noses, and their faces that aren't so round.

Here are the faces of the nine highest wicket-taking bowlers in the 2007 World Cup so far (bowling points | wickets / no. of runs conceded per over). If two players have scored the same number of wickets, the player with the higher points appears first.

Bowlers have tapered faces, a tall and thin nose, and bigger ears if they take more wickets.

Here are the faces of the nine most successful fielders in the 2007 World Cup so far ( fielding points | run outs / catches / stumpings).

Fielders who take a lot of catches have wide eyebrows (see "McCullum"), and those that participate in run out dismissals have bigger eyes ("Bravo").

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    This list, the Chernoff faces and other charts have been prepared by my colleagues Debasish Ghosh and K Anil Kumar of Cranes Software International Limited using the SYSTAT software


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