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Asia Cup MVP: India triumph but Bangladesh come of age

By Purnendu Maji, Srinivas Bhogle
Last updated on: March 15, 2016 15:03 IST
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Bangladesh all-rounder Mahmudullah finished as the MVP in the recently-concluded Asia Cup T20 tournament ahead of compatriot Sabbir Rahman, who was named man of the series.

Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle present the latest edition of the MVP rankings.

Bangladesh batsman plays a shot during the Asia Cup match against India

IMAGE: Bangladesh batsman Mahmudullah plays a shot during the Asia Cup final against India. Photograph: Solaris Images.

Although India won the recently-concluded Asia Cup T20 easily, the tournament will be best remembered as the moment when Bangladesh came of age in limited-overs' cricket.

It will be interesting to see how they fare in the ICC World Twenty20, which begins on Tuesday, March 15.

The Asia Cup featured a large number of low-scoring matches; a score of 120 in 20 overs was par, instead of 160 that we are more used to.

In a close fight for the top place in the Most Valuable Player (MVP) ranking, Mahmudullah edged out his compatriot Sabbir Rahman (who was picked as the Man of the Series).

Mahmudullah made it to the top chiefly because of his incredibly high strike rate (165.8) and because he also picked up four wickets at a fair economy rate.

The index to compute the MVP rewards batsmen who score a lot of runs quickly, bowlers who take wickets at low economy rates and fielders who field the best (take a lot of catches, and participate in run-outs).

This analysis does not include the scores in the qualifying games -- in which the UAE duo of Amjad Javed and Shaiman Anwar performed amazingly well.

The table below lists the top 50 players in the MVP list:

Rank Player Team Runs 6s 4s Str Rate W Eco M MVPI
1 Mahmudullah BAN 121 6 8 165.8 4 4.7 5 237
2 Sabbir Rahman BAN 176 5 14 123.9 0 - 5 226
3 Virat Kohli IND 153 0 20 110.9 0 - 5 200
4 Rohit Sharma IND 138 4 17 132.7 0 - 5 188
5 Dinesh Chandimal SL 149 2 19 109.6 0 - 4 184
6 Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 132 1 18 121.1 1 3.5 4 172
7 Shoaib Malik PAK 121 4 13 112 2 6.3 4 157
8 Sarfraz Ahmed PAK 121 2 14 130.1 0 - 4 157
9 Hardik Pandya IND 33 1 4 137.5 7 5.9 5 140
10 MS Dhoni IND 42 4 2 280 0 - 5 139
11 Yuvraj Singh IND 89 4 10 111.3 2 4.8 5 132
12 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 77 0 7 91.7 5 6.5 5 130
13 Soumya Sarkar BAN 94 2 11 106.8 0 - 5 124
14 Umar Akmal PAK 105 5 6 107.1 0 - 4 112
15 Nuwan Kulasekara SL 20 0 3 117.6 7 6.3 4 110
16 Amjad Javed UAE 43 2 3 91.5 8 8.1 4 110
17 Shaiman Anwar UAE 103 3 10 94.5 0 - 4 101
18 Al-Amin Hossain BAN 0 0 0 - 11 8 5 99
19 Mohammad Naveed UAE 33 1 4 113.8 4 5.6 4 95
20 Mohammad Amir PAK 1 0 0 12.5 7 5.1 4 93
21 Jasprit Bumrah IND 0 0 0 - 6 5.2 5 90
22 Shikhar Dhawan IND 79 1 12 111.3 0 - 4 87
23 Angelo Mathews SL 38 0 3 79.2 1 5 3 84
24 Sharjeel Khan PAK 52 2 8 130 0 - 4 72
25 Chamara Kapugedera SL 54 1 3 101.9 0 - 4 71
26 Mohammad Irfan PAK 0 0 0 - 5 5.4 4 69
27 Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 14 0 2 100 5 7.1 5 68
28 Muhammad Usman UAE 66 3 6 97.1 0 - 4 68
29 Taskin Ahmed BAN 16 1 1 94.1 3 5.8 5 59
30 Ravichandran Ashwin IND 0 0 0 - 4 6 4 58
31 Ashish Nehra IND 0 0 0 - 6 7.1 4 57
32 Shehan Jayasuriya SL 43 2 3 110.3 1 8.5 4 57
33 Lasith Malinga SL 0 0 0 - 4 6.5 1 50
34 Mohammad Mithun BAN 48 2 4 104.3 0 - 4 50
35 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 0 0 0 - 3 6 3 44
36 Bhuvneshwar Kumar IND 0 0 0 - 2 2 1 44
37 Suresh Raina IND 39 0 4 90.7 0 9 5 44
38 Swapnil Patil UAE 38 2 3 82.6 0 - 4 42
39 Ravindra Jadeja IND 0 0 0 - 3 6.7 4 38
40 Rohan Mustafa UAE 30 1 4 66.7 2 6.6 4 38
41 Mohammad Sami PAK 8 0 1 50 3 6.2 3 34
42 Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 40 0 2 74.1 0 - 5 34
43 Milinda Siriwardana SL 35 1 1 109.4 1 10.3 4 33
44 Shahid Afridi PAK 2 0 0 50 2 5.7 4 32
45 Mohammad Shahzad UAE 18 1 2 85.7 3 8.1 4 30
46 Harbhajan Singh IND 0 0 0 - 1 2.8 1 29
47 Rangana Herath SL 0 0 0 - 3 6.5 4 28
48 Pawan Negi IND 0 0 0 - 1 5.3 1 28
49 Mohammad Hafeez PAK 31 0 6 81.6 0 - 4 28
50 Ahmed Raza UAE 14 0 0 60.9 0 4.6 4 24

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