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IPL: Who's paisa vasool and who's not?

May 4, 2009 13:03 IST

IPL: Who's paisa vasool and who's not?

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Srinivas Bhogle
As the IPL second season reaches its half-way mark, it's time to take our own strategic break and identify every team's best and worst performers so far.

Bangalore Royal Challengers

Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Anil Kumble 8 66.7 10 5.6 7 211 500000 1186 >5000 38
Rahul Dravid 144 135.8 0 -- 4 175 1035000 2711 2870 36
Praveen Kumar 44 133.3 8 7.3 6 174 300000 836 1084 22
K Pietersen 93 109.4 4 6.5 6 160 1550000 4145 DNP 28

We have picked the four players with the highest 'most valuable player index' (MVPI). Kevin Pietersen did sufficiently well by making a contribution equivalent to scoring 160 runs, but his high price tag meant that each Pietersen 'run' cost $4145.

Anil Kumble looks a more determined captain than Kevin Pietersen and has returned strongly after his IPL 2008 disappointment. Kumble has taken 10 wickets with an excellent economy rate of 5.6 (in this IPL, bowlers are on the average conceding 7.5 runs per over). Dravid has scored a lot of runs at a healthy strike rate and Praveen Kumar has so far provided good all-round value (his IPL 2009 PVI of 836, his better than his PVI last year of 1084).

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Jesse Ryder 34 117.2 3 6.9 4 92 160000 793 DNP 24
Robin Uthappa 57 81.4 0 -- 6 57 800000 6817 2564 23
Ross Taylor 67 109.8 0 13.0 4 52 100000 875 188 25
Dale Steyn 0 0.0 2 6.9 3 36 325000 4026 1194 25

Jesse Ryder seems unable to survive even the first over, although he's still a handy player to have because he bowls a bit and fields well too. Ross Taylor is coming in to bat at a wrong time, and getting out when things get even worse. Dale Steyn isn't valuable enough on slow pitches. In fact, single skill foreign players will always find it hard to make it to the final eleven. Robin Uthappa has so far been a complete disaster with an unacceptably poor strike rate. He played much better for Mumbai Indians last year (his PVI this year is 6817; last year it was 2564).


Image: Anil Kumble
Photographs: Reuters
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Chennai Super Kings

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Suresh Raina 232 145.0 3 5.1 6 349 650000 905 1237 22
M Hayden 246 160.8 0 -- 6 317 375000 575 527 37
L Balaji 2 66.7 10 7.6 5 157 30000 90 197 27
M Muralitharan 3 60.0 5 5.7 5 120 600000 2352 2419 37

Chennai Super Kings are currently heavily dependent on a handful of players for their success. Suresh Raina has been outstanding; it isn't easy to have a PVI below 1000 after being so expensive. Matthew Hayden is an incredibly good buy; any fair assessment would double his price of $375000. Balaji's wicket-taking ability, and Muralitharan's guile and good economy rate have offered good value. M S Dhoni (MVPI = 123; PVI = 5935), Albie Morkel (MVPI = 117; PVI = 2613) and Jacob Oram (MVPI = 99; PVI = 3117) haven't failed, but they haven't done enough. Dhoni, in particular, seems more valuable off the field at the moment; on the field he costs $5935 for every run scored.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
A Flintoff 62 117.0 2 9.5 3 81 1550000 4088 DNP 31
J Sharma 20 111.1 2 8.1 4 43 225000 2392 1762 25
M Gony 6 300.0 4 10.1 4 43 30000 323 79 25
Parthiv Patel 49 87.5 0 -- 5 32 325000 4788 1332 24

Poor Andrew Flintoff could get nothing right! He batted at No. 4, but he's really not a good enough batsman to be up there. His bowling should have delivered more value, but Abhishek Nayar ruined his figures and his spirit. Joginder Sharma and Manpreet Gony haven't found pitches to be helpful and Parthiv Patel simply can't get going - every Patel run has cost $4788 this year; it was just $1332 last year.


Image: Suresh Raina

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Deccan Chargers

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Adam Gilchrist 210 155.6 0 -- 6 295 700000 1018 1423 37
RP Singh 6 75.0 12 6.3 6 224 875000 1674 3383 23
Pragyan Ojha 1 33.3 10 5.6 6 193 30000 67 151 22
H Gibbs 148 122.3 0 -- 6 176 575000 1398 3464 35

Deccan Chargers have worked out their plans rather well so far: they have batsmen like Adam Gilchrist, Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma (MVPI = 172; PVI = 1869) scoring a lot of runs, and bowlers like R P Singh and Pragyan Ojha taking a lot of wickets, with some help from Fidel Edwards and Scott Styris. It's working nicely at the moment but one fears that the Chargers will be in trouble the day Gilchrist can't fire. Gibbs has made a remarkable comeback, with every Gibbs 'run' coming cheaper this year at $1398, instead of $3464 last year. R P Singh seems well-rested, and that's showing in his performances.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
VVS Laxman 19 73.1 0 -- 4 10 375000 15789 2568 34
Venugopal Rao 34 89.5 3 9.3 6 49 30000 265 99 27
Harmeet Singh 0 -- 1 9.6 3 8 30000 1446 DNP 21
Shoaib Ahmed 0 0.0 2 7.8 3 32 30000 364 DNP 21

It's disappointing to see V V S Laxman getting nowhere; he should try to fit into the 'can-reliably-hold-one-end' slot that Tendulkar and Dravid are excelling in. Venugopal Rao must somehow find the aggressive streak in his batting - but perhaps the pitch movement is defeating him. One hasn't heard enough about Harmeet Singh and Shoaib Ahmed - and clearly they don't belong to this league. The Chargers have too many good foreign players and too few good Indian players. That's really their big problem.


Image: Adam Gilchrist

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Delhi Daredevils

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
AB de Villiers 228 139.0 0 -- 6 302 300000 426 2903 25
Dinesh Karthik 127 139.6 0 -- 6 190 525000 1186 2309 23
T Dilshan 142 134.0 0 8.4 6 163 250000 657 1566 32
Daniel Vettori 29 103.6 7 8.4 5 145 625000 1792 4252 30

It must seem a surprise that both Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir don't figure in Delhi Daredevils' Top four. But this is really an indicator of the team's tremendous potential. A B de Villiers is scoring a lot of runs, and taking great catches on the boundary line. Every de Villiers 'run' costs a mere $426 this time - it was $2903 last time. The chief reason is that de Villiers is not 'on the bench' this year. This also explains Daniel Vettori's greater value this year - apart from the fact that left-arm spinners are extremely precious in this IPL. Ashish Nehra (MVPI = 142; PVI = 1167), Dirk Nannes (MVPI = 128; PVI = 234), Amit Mishra (MVPI = 105; PVI = 115)and Pradeep Sangwan (MVPI = 88; PVI = 146) are providing sufficiently good support without being match-winners themselves.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
G Gambhir 69 101.5 0 -- 6 61 725000 5094 1275 27
M Manhas 49 140.0 0 -- 4 58 30000 206 2500 29
V Sehwag 87 167.3 0 -- 5 117 833750 2965 1462 30
Manoj Tiwary 9 69.2 0 11.0 2 13 675000 18922 5887 23

Sehwag and Gambhir appear in this list simply because they have indeed been disappointing so far - compare their PVI this year with their PVI last year - besides being two of the team's most expensive players. Mithun Manhas seems capable of more, but is not quite able to deliver; one would have expected him to play the role of Shikhar Dhawan this year. Manoj Tiwary sadly continues to be the team's biggest white elephant.


Image: AB de Villiers

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Kolkata Knight Riders

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Brad Hodge 160 105.3 5 7.9 6 202 100000 241 1406 34
Chris Gayle 154 122.2 1 7.8 6 180 800000 2156 >5000 29
Ishant Sharma 16 123.1 7 6.1 6 156 950000 2953 7002 20
MN van Wyk 75 107.1 0 -- 2 79 50000 273 DNP 30

So abject has the failure of Kolkata Knight Riders been so far that it is hard to pick out even four players who have been sufficiently successful; only Brad Hodge probably makes the list easily. Chris Gayle might well have been listed among the failures in some other team's list! Ishant Sharma is bowling with some spirit, but his partner Ashok Dinda seems to have lost it this year.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Sourav Ganguly 82 101.2 2 8.0 6 87 1092500 6082 2502 36
B McCullum 31 73.8 0 -- 5 52 700000 6346 777 27
Murali Kartik 10 100.0 1 6.3 4 41 425000 4797 4505 32
Ajit Agarkar 14 127.3 1 13.2 4 1 330000 201143 1758 31

These numbers are real shockers! In particular, Ajit Agarkar is in the most terrible possible form with an economy rate of 13.2 spread over 4 matches. Ganguly is faring poorly too, although one does expect Dada to return strongly sooner rather than later. Brendon McCullum is a shadow of the person who plundered runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium last year and it's a real surprise why Murali Kartik can't get wickets when an unknown left-arm spinner called Shadab Jakati is capable of taking wickets.


Image: Brad Hodge

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Kings XI Punjab

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Irfan Pathan 96 126.3 9 6.8 6 250 925000 1586 1975 24
Yuvraj Singh 146 137.7 3 6.6 6 221 1063750 2063 2371 27
Yusuf Abdulla 0 -- 13 7.7 6 192 50000 112 DNP 26
K Sangakkara 182 106.4 0 -- 6 162 700000 1849 1716 31

Irfan Pathan has rediscovered his confidence and form, and is playing well; every 'run' by Irfan Pathan costs just under $1600 - which is good value, given the player's high price. Yuvraj Singh has managed to stay in the Top four without really exploding with his bat - although that hat-trick featuring three top-notch batsmen was a significant achievement. Sangakkara has been remarkably consistent, even though his strike rate has been below par. Yusuf Abdulla has been a surprise, and reminds you of Sohail Tanvir's success - although the Pakistani bowler is more accomplished.

Ravi Bopara (MVPI = 136; PVI = 1368) and Piyush Chawla (MVPI = 91; PVI = 1879) occasionally dazzled - but not often enough to make it to the Top four.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
M Jayawardene 71 118.3 0 -- 6 83 475000 2453 2248 31
Vikram Singh 0 -- 1 6.6 4 26 30000 471 203 24
V S Malik 0 0.0 2 9.4 4 15 30000 800
Wilkin Mota 6 75.0 0 3.0 3 11 30000 1102 1071 27

Mahela Jayawardene has not been an outright failure, but must still be counted as a disappointment. One gets the impression that the former Sri Lanka captain is utterly incapable of a crude slog - and that might be his real problem. V S Malik and Vikram Singh were never expected to give earth-shaking performances; they are filling in for S Sreesanth, whose likely reappearance will surely feature song, dance and tears.


Image: Irfan Pathan

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Mumbai Indians

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Lasith Malinga 0 -- 11 4.4 5 227 350000 640 DNP 25
S Tendulkar 198 126.1 0 6.0 5 220 1121250 2109 6782 36
J-P Duminy 185 114.9 1 7.7 5 199 950000 1980 DNP 25
Abhishek Nayar 73 143.1 4 5.5 5 158 100000 262 121 25

Lasith Malinga has been the most lethal bowler in IPL's second season, and looks like getting a wicket from every ball. Add to that his incredibly low economy rate of 4.4, and one realizes his tremendous value. A PVI of just 640 on a moderately high price makes him a truly outstanding buy. Just the name Sachin Tendulkar sells; and if you combine it with consistent and attractive batting, you have an outright winner. Jean-Paul Duminy is settling down nicely with a PVI below 2000; if he continues in this vein, he would be worth his unexpectedly high price. Abhishek Nayar keeps doing something useful every time for his team, but he's not yet looking like a match-winner.

Mumbai's potential match-winner, Sanath Jayasuriya (MVPI = 138; PVI = 2922) has still not truly fired. Harbhajan Singh (MVPI = 143; PVI = 1236; wickets = 4) needs to take a few more wickets and Dwayne Bravo (MVPI = 143; PVI = 420; runs = 44) must score a few more runs if both are to break into the Top four. They are of course eminently capable of getting there.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Zaheer Khan 8 72.7 5 6.8 5 105 450000 1771 2174 30
Pinal Shah 1 100.0 0 -- 5 39 40000 422 804 21
S Dhawan 40 88.9 0 -- 4 32 40000 504 91 23
Saurabh Tiwary 10 142.9 0 -- 3 11 40000 1371 1023 19

Zaheer Khan, as he admitted himself on TV, is still not there although his three-wicket haul against Kolkata Knight Riders is a good portent. Pinal Shah has been an adequate wicket-keeper, but Shikhar Dhawan is still searching for the form that helped make Delhi Daredevils such a formidable batting machine last year. Saurabh Tiwary is supposed to be a 'floater'; and the best that we can say about him is that he has still not sunk.


Image: Lasith Malinga

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Rajasthan Royals

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Top four
Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
Yusuf Pathan 169 161.0 3 6.5 6 274 475000 841 681 26
Shane Warne 63 87.5 7 7.2 6 169 450000 1297 1211 39
Munaf Patel 0 0.0 9 7.4 6 142 275000 939 1031 25
D Mascarenhas 39 100.0 6 6.8 5 136 100000 346 2362 31

For sheer matching-winning ability, Yusuf Pathan currently has no rivals. He's scoring runs rapidly in the most difficult phase of the innings, bowling tight during the first six overs, and cheerfully hitting his way out of perilous adversity. Shane Warne is being incredibly clever, Munaf Patel has been steady and reliable and the glint on Dmitri Mascarenhas's face suggests exceptional motivation and resolve. No wonder, Rajasthan Royals still manage to win against superior opposition.

Ravindra Jadeja (MVPI = 124; PVI = 117) and Kamran Khan (MVPI = 122; PVI = 116) have done their bit, but Jadeja has often failed to turn things around.

Disappointing four

Player Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI LYPVI Age
S Asnodkar 24 104.3 0 -- 5 31 30000 460 91 25
Rob Quiney 45 90.0 0 -- 4 28 50000 831 DNP 26
Graeme Smith 65 71.4 0 -- 6 24 475000 9514 1057 28
Mahesh Rawat 16 84.2 0 -- 5 59 30000 241 308 24

The real problem Rajasthan Royals face is that they lose their openers before you can say 'Swapnil Asnodkar' or 'Graeme Smith'. Smith, in particular, has been a tremendous disappointment and often reminds you of Ricky Ponting during the 2008 IPL. It's not clear what Rob Quiney can do, while Mahesh Rawat is just about holding on to his place behind the stumps.


Image: Yusuf Pathan

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