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Hail Bangladesh's bowling sensation Mustafizur... the new MVP!

By Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji
June 25, 2015 14:46 IST
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19-year-old Mustafizur Rahman played a key role in Bangladesh's first-ever ODI series win over India to claim the top spot in the MVP rankings for the series. Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present the details.

Mustafizur Rahman

Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman celebrates taking an Indian wicket. Photograph: Bangladesh Cricket/Twitter

After his phenomenal bowling performance, -- 13 wickets at an economy rate of 5.1 -- which proved vital in Bangladesh's first ever ODI series win over India, it is not a surprise that Mustafizur Rahman is the most valuable player (MVP) of the three-match series.

The left-arm pacer took top spot with a staggering MVPI of 331 'runs', over 100 'runs' more than the next best Suresh Raina.

The most valuable player index (MVPI) formula 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, and fielders who take the most catches or participate in run outs. MVPI expresses a player’s overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a 'run equivalent'.

Most valuable players in the Bangladesh-India ODI series (June 18-24, 2015):

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Str Rate W Eco Ct St Run Outs M MVPI
1 Mustafizur Rahman BAN 9 1 0 52.9 13 5.1 1 0 3 331
2 Suresh Raina IND 112 7 4 96.6 3 5 0 1 3 228
3 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 123 10 0 81.5 3 4.1 0 0 3 216
4 Ravichandran Ashwin IND 4 0 0 36.4 6 3.9 1 0 3 186
5 Shikhar Dhawan IND 158 20 0 92.4 0 - 1 0 3 179
6 Nasir Hossain BAN 66 6 1 115.8 2 4 3 0 3 172
7 Soumya Sarkar BAN 128 15 4 105.8 0 - 2 0 3 165
8 MS Dhoni IND 121 9 1 76.1 0 - 2 0.5 3 132
9 Sabbir Rahman BAN 106 14 1 101 0 - 1 0 3 130
10 Rohit Sharma IND 92 6 2 92.9 0 - 3 0.5 3 129
11 Litton Das BAN 78 8 0 75 0 - 6 0 3 99
12 Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 21 3 0 77.8 4 6.1 1 0 3 96
13 Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 69 4 2 83.1 0 - 5 0 3 94
14 Dhawal Kulkarni IND 2 0 0 100 3 5.1 1 0 2 81
16 Tamim Iqbal BAN 78 11 1 85.7 0 - 0 0 3 80
15 Ambati Rayudu IND 44 3 0 84.6 1 2.5 1 0 2 80
17 Ravindra Jadeja IND 51 3 0 75 1 5.1 2 0 2 79
18 Bhuvneshwar Kumar IND 28 2 1 90.3 2 5.8 0 0 2 71
19 Axar Patel IND 10 0 1 166.7 2 5.8 1 0 2 58
20 Taskin Ahmed BAN 2 0 0 40 2 4.5 0 0 2 55
21 Virat Kohli IND 49 4 1 74.2 0 6 1 0 3 46
22 Stuart Binny IND 17 2 0 154.5 1 6.8 0 0 1 39
23 Rubel Hossain BAN 6 1 0 54.5 2 6.2 0 0 3 26
24 Umesh Yadav IND 2 0 0 18.2 2 7.6 0 0 2 14
25 Mohit Sharma IND 11 2 0 57.9 1 11.4 1 0 1 7
26 Ajinkya Rahane IND 9 1 0 36 0 - 0 0 1 -3
27 Arafat Sunny BAN 14 1 0 35 0 7 0 0 1 -17

Runs (scored) ' No of 4s ' No of 6s ' Strike rate ' W: Wickets taken ' Eco: Economy rate ' ' Catches, stumpings ' Run outs participated ' M: Matches played ' MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points '*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.

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