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De Villiers on top as South Africans dominate MVP rankings

By Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji
October 26, 2015 18:06 IST
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South Africans take the top 3 slots in Most Valuable Player Index.   

It seemed to be an evenly matched series till the South African trio of 'De-De-Du' defeated, deflated and dumped India in the fifth and final One-Day International in Mumbai, on Sunday.

AB de Villiers, in particular, demolished India as he finished with a huge haul of 358 runs with 20 sixes and 20 fours in the five-match series. And because de Villiers scored at a strike rate of almost 135, his most valuable player index (MVPI) zoomed to 509.

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 run outs. MVPI expresses a player’s overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a 'run equivalent'.

AB de Villiers

IMAGE: South Africa captain AB de Villiers celebrates on scoring a century during the fifth ODI against India in Mumbai. Photograph: BCCI

Table 1: Most valuable players in the India vs South Africa ODI series (October 11-25, 2015)

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI
1 AB de Villiers SA 358 20 20 134.6 0 - 5 509
2 Quinton de Kock SA 318 44 3 102.9 0 - 5 421
3 Faf du Plessis SA 323 27 7 93.6 0 - 5 364
4 Ajinkya Rahane IND 247 24 3 93.9 0 - 5 315
5 MS Dhoni IND 212 17 4 95.5 0 - 5 307
6 Rohit Sharma IND 255 27 8 99.6 0 - 5 297
7 Dale Steyn SA 31 2 2 96.9 10 5.7 5 291
8 Kagiso Rabada SA 27 4 0 84.4 10 5.1 5 276
9 Virat Kohli IND 245 11 6 87.2 0 6.4 5 273
10 Morne Morkel SA 4 1 0 200 7 4.4 3 204
11 Harbhajan Singh IND 42 3 1 95.5 6 5.3 4 185
12 Imran Tahir SA 13 0 1 59.1 7 5.6 5 165
13 Axar Patel IND 37 0 2 74 5 5.3 4 152
14 F Behardien SA 124 6 4 91.2 1 6.2 5 152
15 Shikhar Dhawan IND 126 19 0 76.4 0 - 5 132
16 Suresh Raina IND 68 4 2 90.7 1 6.2 5 114
17 David Miller SA 74 8 0 84.1 0 - 5 105
18 Hashim Amla SA 89 11 0 78.1 0 - 5 93
19 B Kumar IND 16 1 0 38.1 7 7.1 5 86
20 Amit Mishra IND 4 1 0 57.1 4 5.5 4 84
21 J P Duminy SA 65 4 1 84.4 1 6.7 3 70
22 Mohit Sharma IND 0 0 0 0 5 6.9 4 66
23 Umesh Yadav IND 4 1 0 133.3 3 6.8 2 48
24 R Ashwin IND 0 0 0 - 1 3 1 34
25 Chris Morris SA 9 1 0 50 1 6.1 1 23
26 Kyle Abbott SA 0 0 0 - 1 5.6 1 21
27 Aaron Phangiso SA 20 1 0 90.9 0 5.7 1 16
28 Dean Elgar SA 5 1 0 250 0 - 1 8
29 Stuart Binny IND 2 0 0 40 0 7.9 1 -23

Runs (scored) ' No of 4s ' No of 6s ' Strike rate ' W: Wickets taken ' Eco: Economy rate '  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.

It hasn’t been a great ODI 2015-16 season for India. Ajinkya Rahane (483) currently has the highest MVPI, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma aren’t too far behind. Virat Kohli (319) has only had a modest season given his ability and potential, and R Ashwin (220) is still to get into the grove as he battles injury. Shikhar Dhawan(311) hasn’t done enough to take his opening slot for granted, and it is a puzzle as to why the selectors aren’t looking at the Murali Vijay opener option.

Table 2: India’s most valuable player this season

Rank Player name Runs 4s 6s Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI
1 Ajinkya Rahane 368 38 3 83.3 0 - 9 483
2 MS Dhoni 333 26 5 87.4 0 - 8 439
3 Rohit Sharma 347 33 10 97.7 0 - 8 426
4 Suresh Raina 180 11 6 94.2 4 5.5 8 342
5 Harbhajan Singh 47 3 1 97.9 10 4.6 7 342
6 B Kumar 44 3 1 60.3 14 5.7 10 332
7 Virat Kohli 294 15 7 84.7 0 6.2 8 319
8 Stuart Binny 139 13 3 119.8 7 6.2 5 311
9 Shikhar Dhawan 284 39 0 84.5 0 - 8 311
10 Ambati Rayudu 209 18 1 88.9 1 2.5 4 257
11 R Ashwin 4 0 0 36.4 7 3.8 4 220
12 Akshar Patel 13 0 1 118.2 7 5 5 213
13 Kedar Jadhav 126 14 1 111.5 0 - 3 163
14 Axar Patel 37 0 2 74 5 5.3 4 152
15 Mohit Sharma 11 2 0 45.8 8 7.1 6 124
16 Dhawal Kulkarni 2 0 0 100 5 5.3 4 122
17 Murali Vijay 86 3 2 68.8 1 6.2 3 91
18 Amit Mishra 4 1 0 57.1 4 5.5 4 84
19 Ravindra Jadeja 51 3 0 75 1 5.1 2 79
20 Manish Pandey 71 4 1 82.6 0 - 1 70
21 Umesh Yadav 6 1 0 42.9 5 7.1 4 61
22 Robin Uthappa 44 4 0 75.9 0 - 3 60
23 Manoj Tiwary 34 0 1 46.6 0 6 3 11

Runs (scored) ' No of 4s ' No of 6s ' Strike rate ' W: Wickets taken ' Eco: Economy rate '  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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