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Kallis is MVP on Day 4

Srinivas Bhogle | March 17, 2007 16:59 IST

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If you look down at the Chernoff faces of the top nine performers in the 2007 World Cup so far you'll find that the smiling round faces of batsmen have replaced the dour and tapered faces of the bowlers.

This is no surprise: most strong teams have ended up batting first against the minnows and unleashed a murderous and savage attack on their confused and hapless bowlers.

Jacques Kallis goes well past Ricky Ponting because he hit a bigger century faster; he also bowled a decent bowling spell taking one wicket. Scott Styris claims the fourth place with a match-winning performance, although most of us would argue that his effort probably warranted the top place.

Four South Africans have broken into the top 10, while the first visible Englishman is at # 36. Of course we shouldn't read too much into all this because SA played very weak opponents, and it's still early days anyway.

RankCountryPlayerRunsBallsCt | StRcBbWMTotal
1SAJacques Kallis1281090182401182.00
2AusRicky Ponting1139301151.60
3KenSteve Tikolo72762345421150.40
4NZScott Styris871131254221145.20
5WIDwayne Smith32150366031136.00
6SAGraeme Smith67591324811134.20
7IreJeremy Bray 11513711125.40
8SAMark Boucher75310 | 01125.20
9SLFarveez Maharoof950234241120.60
10SAHerschelle Gibbs724001112.00
11AusBrad Hogg 40150164311110.40
12PakIftikhar Anjum11180446031107.60
13SLMahela Jayawardene859011103.00
14WIDwayne Bravo16172425431101.60
15SLKumar Sangakkara76833 | 01100.60
16AusGlenn McGrath 00014363198.80
17KenMaurice Ouma58890 | 1190.80
18NZJacob Oram6383025361187.40
19SLLasith Malinga00010303186.00
20ZimStuart Matsikenyeri73760660184.00
21PakShoaib Malik6254124240181.00
22NZShane Bond00019602177.00
23SLChamara Silva55450174.00
24AusMatthew Hayden 60730173.60
25CanSunil Dhaniram 3435034541173.20
26IreTrent Johnston2024032601172.80
27ZimVusumuzi Sibanda67841171.80
28AusBrad Hodge 2928017361171.40
29KenJimmy Kamande 00025602171.00
30WIMarlon Samuels63700170.00
31AusAdam Gilchrist 46551 | 0165.00
32KenHiren Varaiya 00019601165.00
33ZimElton Chigumbura49121362161.60
34ZimSean Williams1413021361161.40
35IreKyle McCallan03056542156.80
36EngPaul Nixon 42411 | 0156.20
37WIDaren Powell11042602155.20
38SAShaun Pollock0014361153.80
39AusShaun Tait 00045482153.40
40NZJames Franklin00143542153.20
41IreAndrew White2848015181153.00
42PakUmar Gul01038542152.40
43ZimGary Brent312040602152.40
44SLMuttiah Muralidaran00028402152.00
45PakMohammad Hafeez1128039542151.80
46WICorey Collymore82027501151.40
47ScotColin Smith51760 | 1151.20
48EngKevin Pietersen 60920260149.20
49SAJustin Kemp00018242149.20
50AusShane Watson 1811118420147.80
51EngJames Anderson 00039482147.40
52ScotMajid Haq1622049422147.00
53WIRamnaresh Sarwan49650146.00
54ZimChristopher Mpofu05058602146.00
55EngLiam Plunkett 2934043421145.40
56BerKevin Hurdle 63161542144.80
57BerLionel Cann 2832034301144.40
58KenTanmay Mishra 35541143.80
59BerSaleem Mukuddem 04050602142.80
60KenThomas Odoyo 00032481142.40
61CanGeoff Barnett 41500142.00
62SLChaminda Vaas00011361141.80
63ZimBrendan Taylor24403 | 1141.00
64WIBrian Lara37562139.20
65SAAndre Hall00015361137.80
66IreAndre Botha 17032601136.40
67WIJerome Taylor24038601134.80
68SACharles Langeveldt00022361130.80
69IreLangford-Smith 1517134540130.60
70NLRyan ten Doeschate5774058420130.40
71CanAnderson Cummins 13032481130.00
72IreNiall O'Brien151 | 0127.00
73NZCraig McMillan27340126.80
74KenPeter Ongondo 00151601126.00
75EngAndrew Flintoff 01117480125.60
76IreEoin Morgan 21271125.40
77EngMonty Panesar 00047601125.00
78PakInzamam ul-Haq36651125.00
79PakKamran Akmal013 | 1124.20
80SAAshwell Prince000124.00
81CanAshif Mulla 25391123.80
82CanUmar Bhatti 12044541123.60
83IreKevin O'Brien 102808121123.20
84SLSanath Jayasuriya22260123.20
85SAAB De Villiers020122.40
86SLUpul Tharanga30470122.40
87PakDanish Kaneria00045541122.20
88AusNathan Bracken 00112360121.80
89NZBrendon McCullum004 | 0120.00
90ScotPaul Hoffmann00157601120.00
91IreBoyd Rankin 00143421119.60
92BerDavid Hemp 14181118.60
93ZimProsper Utseya13029600118.60
94NLWilliam Stelling14043481118.20
95CanIan Billcliff 34630117.60
96ScotGlenn Rogers619052601116.80
97PakMohammad Yousuf37720116.40
98ZimEdward Rainsford11044421114.80
99AusMichael Clarke 15200114.00
100WIDenesh Ramdin143 | 0113.80
101EngPaul Collingwood 3154020180113.20
102CanJohn Davison819031540113.00
103PakYounis Khan9131112.60
104SLTillakaratne Dilshan12150112.00
105BerDean Minors 431 | 0110.60
106EngMichael Vaughan26520110.40
107SAAndre Nel0001936019.80
108NLPeter Borren2605248119.60
109PakImran Nazir63019.60
110ZimTerry Duffin1222016.40
111NZStephen Fleming711015.20
112ScotCraig Wright42105860115.20
113NLJeroen Smits001 | 015.00
114CanAshish Bagai 19481 | 014.60
115EngEd Joyce 02113.40
116AusMichael Hussey 46013.20
117SLRussel Arnold21013.20
118BerDwayne Leverock 1806760110.60
119KenCollins Obuya 00010.00
120NZRoss Taylor0101-0.80
121BerJaneiro Tucker 4212506001-0.80
122CanQaiser Ali 61601-0.80
123NLEric Szwarczynski123101-0.80
124WIChris Gayle2601-0.80
125ScotNavdeep Poonia1401-1.20
126CanAbdool Samad 15290231801-1.80
128ScotFraser Watts92501-2.00
129NZJeetan Patel000424801-3.60
130BerClay Smith 0501-4.00
131ScotRyan Watson62001-4.00
132IreWilliam Porterfield 0601-4.80
133NZLou Vincent0601-4.80
134ZimChamu Chibhabha123601-4.80
135CanHenry Osinde 120313201-5.00
136NZDaniel Vettori000536001-5.00
137EngIan Bell 51901-5.20
138BerOliver Pitcher 62811-5.40
139KenDavid Obuya 41701-5.60
140NLBas Zuiderent11001-6.00
141WIShivnarine Chanderpaul196311-7.40
142NLAlexei Kervezee175201-7.60
143NLDarron Reekers460353001-7.80
144EngJamie Dalrymple 3121292401-8.40
145ScotGavin Hamilton31801-8.40
146KenRavindu Shah 62601-8.80
147ScotJohn Blain000292401-9.80
148ScotDougie Brown19370865411-10.40
149NLLuuk van Troost560592411-10.60
150BerIrvine Romaine010291801-15.40
151NLTim de Leede21360482401-15.60
152KenNehemiah Odhiambo 000331801-18.60
153BerDelyone Borden 6250271801-20.60
154NLDaan van Bunge5162562401-29.60

Ct: Catches | St: Stumpings | Rc: Runs conceded | Bb: Balls bowled | W: Wickets taken |  M: Matches  played

Looking at this table some readers might notice some apparently anomalous rankings. This is because our tables do not show run out points, although they are indeed being considered while calculating the MVP.

That's why de Villiers (85), who got a two-ball duck, and Prince (80), who didn't even get to bat, get points: because both effected run outs with direct hits fetching 24 points. Besides these two, Ireland's McCallan and Pakistan's Rao Iftikhar Anjum also made direct hits.

That's also why Tait (39) is ahead of Franklin (40) in spite of near-identical bowling performances, and Hayden (24) is ahead of Samuels (30) although their batting performances are very similar.

Finally, here are the Chernoff faces after Day 4. Round faces, a wide nose and small ears are some of the attributes of pure batsmen ("Kallis", "Ponting"); tapered faces, tall noses and big ears indicate pure bowlers ("Maharoof"). The all-rounders have a mix of these attributes.



As more teams join the action, it's getting harder to collect data and compute the MVP. I thank my colleagues Debasish Ghosh and K Anil Kumar of Cranes Software International Limited for undertaking this task so patiently and diligently.


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