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Stuart Binny is MVP of Zimbabwe ODI series

July 17, 2015 19:13 IST
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Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji present the Most Valuable Player Index of the just-concluded three-match series between India and Zimbabwe.  

Stuart Binny

India pacer Stuart Binny appeals for a wicket. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

This must be the first time!

Stuart Binny emerged as the most valuable player (MVP) of the Zimbabwe-India ODI series -- that just ended -- with his all-round performance of 120 runs at a strike rate of 120 and six wickets at an economy rate of 5.6.

His MVPI was 296 ‘runs’.

The most valuable player index (MVPI; see Table 1) 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.

It expresses a player’s overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a ‘run equivalent’.

Table 1: Most valuable players in the Zimbabwe-India series (July 10-14, 2015)

Rank Player Team Runs 4s 6s Str Rate W Eco M MVPI
1 Stuart Binny IND 120 11 3 120 6 5.6 3 296
2 Chamu Chibhabha ZIM 157 16 0 71 4 4.7 3 238
3 Ambati Rayudu IND 165 15 1 90.2 0 - 2 178
4 Bhuvneshwar Kumar IND 0 0 0 - 5 3.1 3 175
5 Ajinkya Rahane IND 112 13 0 72.7 0 - 3 171
6 Kedar Jadhav IND 126 14 1 112 0 - 3 163
7 Harbhajan Singh IND 5 0 0 125 4 3.7 3 157
8 Axar Patel IND 3 0 0 60 5 4.5 3 155
9 Elton Chigumbura ZIM 123 12 1 102 0 - 3 150
10 Sikandar Raza ZIM 68 7 1 105 1 6.3 3 147
11 Neville Madziva ZIM 3 0 0 33.3 6 5.7 2 136
12 Murali Vijay IND 86 3 2 68.8 1 6.2 3 91
13 Donald Tiripano ZIM 20 3 0 74.1 3 5.3 3 85
14 Richmond Mutumbami ZIM 61 7 0 75.3 0 - 3 75
15 Manish Pandey IND 71 4 1 82.6 0 - 1 70
16 Robin Uthappa IND 44 4 0 75.9 0 - 3 60
17 Hamilton Masakadza ZIM 46 6 0 46.5 1 4.1 3 53
18 Mohit Sharma IND 0 0 0 - 2 4.7 1 52
19 Prosper Utseya ZIM 0 0 0 0 1 4.1 1 42
20 Dhawal Kulkarni IND 0 0 0 - 2 5.5 2 41
21 Brian Vitori ZIM 8 1 0 88.9 2 6.5 2 39
22 Graeme Cremer ZIM 54 4 0 68.4 0 6.1 3 21
23 Regis Chakabva ZIM 27 3 0 62.8 0 - 1 18
24 Malcolm Waller ZIM 5 0 0 62.5 0 - 1 13
25 Manoj Tiwary IND 34 0 1 46.6 0 6 3 11
26 Vusi Sibanda ZIM 22 2 1 45.8 0 - 2 9
27 Sean Williams ZIM 20 1 0 51.3 0 5 2 8
28 Tinashe Panyangara ZIM 0 0 0 - 0 5.7 1 -6

*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.

Binny is also India’s most successful ODI player of the 2015-2016 season with a MVPI of 335, with Ambati Rayadu (258) at second place.

These are still early days, but it must be a surprise that Virat Kohli (destined to become an all-time great ODI player) is so low on the India players’ list. It would be fair to say that India’s season is really yet to kick off strongly with so much team and captain shuffling going on right now. Table 2 provides the details.

Table 2: Most valuable India players in the 2015-16 season (6 matches so far)

Rank Player Name Runs 4s 6s Str Rate W Eco M MVPI
1 Stuart Binny 137 13 3 123 7 5.8 4 335
2 Ambati Rayudu 209 18 1 88.9 1 2.5 4 258
3 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 28 2 1 90.3 7 3.9 5 246
4 Suresh Raina 112 7 4 96.6 3 5 3 228
5 Akshar Patel 13 0 1 118 7 5 5 213
6 Ravichandran Ashwin 4 0 0 36.4 6 3.9 3 186
7 Shikhar Dhawan 158 20 0 92.4 0 0 3 179
8 Ajinkya Rahane 121 14 0 67.6 0 0 4 168
9 Kedar Jadhav 126 14 1 112 0 0 3 163
10 Harbhajan Singh 5 0 0 125 4 3.7 3 157
11 Ms Dhoni 121 9 1 76.1 0 0 3 132
12 Rohit Sharma 92 6 2 92.9 0 0 3 129
13 Dhawal Kulkarni 2 0 0 100 5 5.3 4 122
14 Murali Vijay 86 3 2 68.8 1 6.2 3 91
15 Ravindra Jadeja 51 3 0 75 1 5.1 2 79
16 Manish Pandey 71 4 1 82.6 0 0 1 70
17 Robin Uthappa 44 4 0 75.9 0 0 3 60
18 Mohit Sharma 11 2 0 57.9 3 7.4 2 59
19 Virat Kohli 49 4 1 74.2 0 6 3 46
20 Umesh Yadav 2 0 0 18.2 2 7.6 2 14
21 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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