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Which Indian was among the top 12 Most Valuable Players in the tri-series?

By Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji, for Rediff.com
Last updated on: February 09, 2015 11:15 IST
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Moeen Ali, the England all-rounder, with a batting strike-rate of 82.1 and an economy rate of 4.2, was tops.

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England's Moeen Ali

Image: Moeen Ali. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series was a disaster that the Indians would like to forget quickly. They won nothing and the only time they got some points was when it rained incessantly.

There isn't a single Indian player in the top dozen most valuable players (please see table below). Indeed to find Indian names one must scroll down to the bottom dozen of the table's list.

Moeen Ali (MVPI of 337) was the most valuable player of the Tri-Series with his opening partner Ian Bell (325) just below him; Moeen is increasingly looking like a bowling all-rounder, and among the best in the business right now.

Looking at the table it looks as though India has no wicket-taking bowlers, a solitary batsman who can score runs if fit, and no winners.

Something has to change if the defending World Cup champions want to avoid an early ignominious quarter-final departure.

The Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) picks out batsmen who score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, and bowlers who take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate.

MVPI must be seen as an indicator of a player's overall batting + bowling + fielding performance, expressed in terms of a 'run equivalent.'

We will regularly publish the MVP tables as the World Cup gets under way, and it would be interesting to speculate who might be this World Cup's most valuable player.

In 2011 it was Tillakaratne Dilshan, with Shahid Afridi and Yuvraj Singh just behind him.

In 2007 it was Matthew Hayden followed by Scott Styris and Sanath Jayasuriya.

Table: Most valuable players in the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series (January 16 to February 1, 2015)

 

Player

Team

Runs

Four

Six

Strike Rate

W

Economy

M

MVPI

1

Moeen Ali

ENG

119

12

4

82.1

7

4.2

5

337

2

Ian Bell

ENG

247

27

1

103.3

0

-

5

325

3

Glenn Maxwell

AUS

152

20

1

94.4

5

6

5

316

4

Mitchell Starc

AUS

1

0

0

100

12

4.9

5

309

5

James Faulkner

AUS

100

11

4

125

6

5.4

5

274

6

Steven Finn

ENG

6

0

0

16.2

11

5.1

5

256

7

Steven Smith

AUS

226

19

2

92.6

0

-

5

254

8

James Anderson

ENG

5

1

0

250

7

3.6

4

247

9

David Warner

AUS

163

23

0

105.2

0

-

4

207

10

Jos Buttler

ENG

137

12

0

74.5

0

-

5

198

11

Brad Haddin

AUS

80

9

1

133.3

0

-

5

175

12

Chris Woakes

ENG

12

0

0

50

8

6.1

5

165

13

Stuart Binny

IND

51

4

2

76.1

4

4.5

3

164

14

Rohit Sharma

IND

138

9

4

99.3

0

-

1

160

15

James Taylor

ENG

147

8

0

67.1

0

-

5

157

16

Aaron Finch

AUS

143

11

2

79.4

0

6

5

156

17

Eoin Morgan

ENG

123

11

3

81.5

0

-

5

130

18

Stuart Broad

ENG

27

2

2

100

5

5.9

5

117

19

Joe Root

ENG

102

9

0

82.3

0

-

5

116

20

Ajinkya Rahane

IND

146

8

2

68.5

0

-

4

115

21

Mitchell Marsh

AUS

60

7

1

88.2

1

3.9

2

99

22

Mohammed Shami

IND

28

3

1

100

2

4.6

4

91

23

Mitchell Johnson

AUS

3

0

0

30

3

3.9

1

81

24

Shane Watson

AUS

57

7

1

96.6

0

4.7

2

74

25

Mohit Sharma

IND

7

1

0

116.7

2

3.6

1

73

26

Josh Hazlewood

AUS

0

0

0

-

2

3.4

2

68

27

Gurinder Sandhu

AUS

0

0

0

-

3

5.4

2

68

28

Axar Patel

IND

1

0

0

12.5

2

4.2

4

67

29

Shaun Marsh

AUS

45

6

0

93.8

0

-

1

50

30

Ambati Rayudu

IND

58

5

1

61.7

0

-

3

48

31

Ravi Bopara

ENG

57

2

0

57.6

0

8

5

48

32

M S Dhoni

IND

70

6

0

56.5

0

-

4

47

33

Xavier Doherty

AUS

0

0

0

-

1

3.7

2

47

34

Chris Jordan

ENG

17

1

0

81

1

5.5

1

39

35

Pat Cummins

AUS

0

0

0

-

2

5.8

3

37

36

Suresh Raina

IND

53

6

0

74.6

0

10.3

4

36

37

Umesh Yadav

IND

0

0

0

-

2

6.1

2

33

38

Ravichandran Ashwin

IND

14

0

0

70

1

6

1

32

39

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

IND

5

0

0

83.3

1

5.2

2

32

40

Shikhar Dhawan

IND

49

4

0

56.3

0

-

4

31

41

Moises Henriques

AUS

4

0

0

36.4

1

4.9

1

25

42

Virat Kohli

IND

24

0

0

46.2

0

-

4

10

43

Ishant Sharma

IND

0

0

0

-

0

-

1

0

44

George Bailey

AUS

17

1

0

32.1

0

-

4

0

45

Cameron White

AUS

0

0

0

0

0

-

1

-2

46

Ravindra Jadeja

IND

5

0

0

55.6

0

6.3

2

-5

Runs (scored). Strike rate. W: Wickets taken. Economy: 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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