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Southee leads World Cup MVP race. Dhawan 4th

By Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji, for Rediff.com
Last updated on: February 24, 2015 09:20 IST
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Tim Southee

Image: New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

The 2015 ICC World Cup is just over a week old, but already we have witnessed some outstanding performances and also a few shocking failures.

New Zealand pacer Tim Southee, who claimed a career-best 7-33 against England, is currently this World Cup's most valuable player (MVP) with a most valuable player index (MVPI) of 299.

In fact, New Zealand hold four of the top five places on the table right now and that is also partly because they have played three matches so far.

The co-hosts have been in red hot form in the tournament with a hat-trick of victories against Sri Lanka, Scotland and England respectively to sit on top of Pool A with an amazing net run rate of +3.58.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan, who hit a fifty against Pakistan followed by a match-winning century against South Africa (Rank 4; MVPI 245) is India's MVP followed by pace bowler Mohammed Shami (9; 182), who finally seems to have regained his form in Australia.

Pakistan have so far struggled to get going in the tournament, losing its first two games to India and the West Indies. Their best ranked player in the table is Sohail Khan (25; 123), followed by captain Misbah-ul-Haq (30; 114).

MVPI collapses a player's batting + bowling + fielding performance into a single 'run equivalent.'

Although Southee hasn't scored a single run so far, MVPI judges his contribution so far to be equivalent to a batsman having scored 299 'runs'.

The 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 the most run out dismissals.

It does not award any points for good captaincy, or for good wicket-keeping (although wicket-keepers do gain an advantage because they participate in many more dismissals).

Table: Most valuable players at the 2015 World Cup (after 13 matches, as on midnight of February 22, 2015):

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Strike Rate W Eco Ct St Run Outs M MVPI
1 Tim Southee NZ 0 0 0 0.0 11 4.1 0 0 3 299
2 Corey Anderson NZ 86 9 2 138.7 5 4.3 0 0 3 252
3 Brendon McCullum NZ 157 21 8 182.6 0 0.0 1 0 3 247
4 Shikhar Dhawan IND 210 23 3 94.6 0 0.0 2 0 2 245
5 Daniel Vettori NZ 8 1 0 200.0 6 3.0 4 0 3 232
6 David Miller SA 160 9 9 139.1 0 0.0 0 0 2 224
7 Andre Russell WI 69 6 5 265.4 3 4.7 1 0 2 200
8 Lendl Simmons WI 152 13 7 116.9 0 12.0 1 0 2 194
9 Mohammed Shami IND 7 1 0 87.5 6 3.8 1 0 2 182
10 Aaron Finch AUS 135 12 3 105.5 0 0.0 1 0 1 168
11 Jean-Paul Duminy SA 121 9 3 105.2 1 5.6 1 0 2 167
12 Darren Sammy WI 119 12 5 125.3 1 6.5 0 0 2 167
13 Mitchell Marsh AUS 23 3 0 115.0 5 3.7 0 0 1 166
14 Virat Kohli IND 153 11 0 82.3 0 0.0 2 0 2 161
15 Sean Williams ZIM 84 8 1 107.7 2 5.4 1 0 2 151
16 Angelo Mathews SL 90 7 0 67.7 3 5.3 1 0 2 145
17 Jerome Taylor WI 0 0 0 0.0 6 5.4 0 0 2 143
18 AB de Villiers SA 55 4 1 74.3 0 0.0 3 3 2 138
19 Trent Boult NZ 0 0 0 0.0 5 4.5 0 0 3 138
20 Shakib Al Hasan BAN 63 6 1 123.5 2 4.9 0 0 1 135
21 Mohit Sharma IND 0 0 0 0.0 4 4.1 0 0.5 2 127
22 Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 14 3 0 155.6 3 2.2 1 0 1 126
23 Suresh Raina IND 80 6 3 131.1 0 4.5 3 0 2 125
24 Imran Tahir SA 8 1 0 80.0 4 4.2 0 0 2 124
25 Sohail Khan PAK 8 1 0 44.4 6 6.4 0 0 2 123
26 Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 71 6 1 126.8 0 0.0 0 1 1 120
27 James Taylor ENG 98 11 2 106.5 0 0.0 0 0 2 119
28 Brendan Taylor ZIM 87 9 2 103.6 0 0.0 3 0 2 119
29 R Ashwin IND 6 0 0 100.0 4 4.6 0 0 2 115
30 Misbah-ul-Haq PAK 83 10 1 79.0 0 0.0 2 1 2 114
31 Ed Joyce IRL 84 10 2 125.4 0 0.0 0 0 1 112
32 Ajinkya Rahane IND 79 7 3 129.5 0 0.0 1 0 2 112
33 Suranga Lakmal SL 7 0 0 41.2 4 4.9 2 0 2 112
34 Paul Stirling IRL 92 9 3 109.5 0 5.5 0 0 1 111
35 Glenn Maxwell AUS 66 11 0 165.0 0 8.3 0 1 1 111
36 Mirwais Ashraf AFG 38 1 3 80.9 2 3.7 0 0 2 110
37 Hamid Hassan AFG 0 0 0 0.0 5 5.6 0 0 2 109
38 Niall O'Brien IRL 79 11 0 131.7 0 0.0 0 0 1 108
39 Mohammad Nabi AFG 65 7 1 92.9 1 6.0 0 1 2 107
40 Chris Woakes ENG 38 2 0 86.4 3 5.6 0 0 2 106
41 Kane Williamson NZ 104 12 1 78.8 0 7.0 1 0 3 101
42 Thisara Perera SL 47 6 1 180.8 1 5.4 1 0 1 98
43 M Jayawardene SL 100 8 1 80.6 0 0.0 0 0 2 97
44 Shapoor Zadran AFG 3 0 0 100.0 3 4.0 0 0 2 96
45 Martin Guptill NZ 88 12 0 89.8 0 0.0 0 0 3 94
46 H Masakadza ZIM 81 8 2 103.8 0 7.5 0 0 2 92
47 Shaiman Anwar UAE 67 9 1 134.0 0 0.0 0 0 1 92
48 MS Dhoni IND 36 4 1 150.0 0 0.0 3 1 2 92
49 Tendai Chatara ZIM 6 1 0 54.5 4 5.7 0 0 2 90
50 Lahiru Thirimanne SL 65 8 0 106.6 0 0.0 2 0 2 89
51 Morne Morkel SA 2 0 0 40.0 4 5.9 1 0 2 89
52 Denesh Ramdin WI 52 7 0 106.1 0 0.0 5 0 2 88
53 Luke Ronchi NZ 41 6 0 141.4 0 0.0 6 0 3 88
54 Adam Milne NZ 1 0 0 33.3 3 5.1 3 0 3 88
55 Rangana Herath SL 13 2 0 68.4 2 4.1 2 0 2 87
56 George Dockrell IRL 0 0 0 0.0 3 5.0 2 0 1 85
57 Umar Akmal PAK 59 5 1 78.7 0 0.0 0 1 2 81
58 Craig Ervine ZIM 55 2 3 103.8 0 0.0 3 0 2 81
59 Jeevan Mendis SL 13 1 0 61.9 2 3.6 3 0 2 81
60 Faf du Plessis SA 79 5 1 76.7 0 0.0 1 0 2 77
61 Josh Davey SCOT 11 1 0 57.9 3 5.7 0 0 1 76
62 Iain Wardlaw SCOT 0 0 0 0.0 3 5.8 1 0 1 71
63 Grant Elliott NZ 58 7 0 89.2 0 5.5 2 0 3 70
64 Dwayne Smith WI 41 7 0 80.4 0 0.0 1 1 2 70
65 Umesh Yadav IND 0 0 0 0.0 2 5.3 2 0.5 2 69
66 Haris Sohail PAK 36 3 0 66.7 2 6.8 2 0 2 64
67 Vernon Philander SA 0 0 0 0.0 2 4.1 1 0 2 64
68 Marlon Samuels WI 59 5 1 63.4 1 6.3 0 0 2 61
69 Sulieman Benn WI 0 0 0 0.0 2 4.3 1 0 1 61
70 Chamu Chibhabha ZIM 64 10 0 78.0 0 0.0 0 0 1 60
71 Kumar Sangakkara SL 46 6 0 90.2 0 0.0 2 0 2 60
72 Brad Haddin AUS 31 5 0 221.4 0 0.0 2 0 1 60
73 George Bailey AUS 55 3 0 79.7 0 0.0 1 0 1 58
74 Aftab Alam AFG 14 2 1 116.7 2 6.1 0 0 1 58
75 Mitchell Johnson AUS 0 0 0 0.0 2 4.5 1 0 1 58
76 Shahid Afridi PAK 50 5 1 104.2 0 5.4 1 0 2 57
77 Ravindra Jadeja IND 5 0 0 55.6 2 5.1 1 0 2 56
78 Asghar Stanikzai AFG 55 5 1 85.9 0 7.2 0 0 2 55
79 Sikandar Raza ZIM 51 7 1 89.5 0 5.0 0 0 2 55
80 Soumya Sarkar BAN 28 3 1 112.0 0 4.3 1 0.5 1 55
81 Amjad Javed UAE 25 3 1 131.6 1 5.4 0 0 1 55
82 Steven Finn ENG 1 0 0 7.1 5 10.0 0 0 2 55
83 Solomon Mire ZIM 36 3 2 76.6 2 7.1 0 0 2 53
84 Mitchell Starc AUS 0 0 0 0.0 2 5.2 1 0 1 53
85 Andy McBrine IRL 0 0 0 0.0 0 2.6 0 1 1 49
86 Chris Gayle WI 40 3 1 50.6 1 5.1 2 0 2 48
87 Lasith Malinga SL 0 0 0 0.0 3 6.4 0 0 2 48
88 Mahmudullah BAN 23 0 0 50.0 1 3.9 1 0 1 47
89 Mohd Naveed UAE 23 1 2 135.3 1 6.0 0 0 1 47
90 Samiullh Shenwari AFG 80 7 0 55.2 0 4.7 1 0 2 46
91 Matt Machan SCOT 56 7 1 70.9 0 0.0 0 0 1 46
92 Khurram Khan UAE 45 6 0 81.8 0 0.0 0 0 1 44
93 Afsar Zazai AFG 20 1 0 46.5 0 0.0 3 1 2 44
94 Mohammad Tauqir UAE 0 0 0 0.0 2 5.7 0 0 1 44
95 Darren Bravo WI 49 3 0 62.8 0 0.0 2 0 2 43
96 Jason Holder WI 0 0 0 0.0 1 4.2 1 0 2 43
97 Wahab Riaz PAK 7 1 0 46.7 2 5.8 1 0 2 41
98 Sohaib Maqsood PAK 50 4 1 73.5 0 8.0 0 0 2 40
99 Elton Chigumbura ZIM 22 2 1 100.0 1 8.4 1 0 2 39
100 Joe Root ENG 51 3 0 62.2 0 11.0 2 0 2 38

Team ' Runs (scored) ' 4s ' 6s ' Strike rate ' W: Wickets taken ' Eco: Economy rate 'Ct St: Catches, stumpings ' Run outs ' 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.

We will publish the MVP tables throughout the World Cup. It would be interesting to speculate who might be this World Cup's most valuable player.

In 2011, it was Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan, with Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and India left-hander Yuvraj Singh just behind him.

In 2007 it was Australia's dashing opener Matthew Hayden followed by New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris and Sri Lanka's dangerous opener Sanath Jayasuriya.

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