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Dhoni starts the new ODI season impressively

By Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji
July 06, 2009 23:21 IST
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Although the Indian captain M S Dhoni performs well in all three forms of cricket, he seems best equipped to play ODI cricket. In ODI cricket, a strike rate just below 100 - which is the rate Dhoni is now most comfortable with - is considered excellent. Also the 50 overs allow the calm captain sufficient leverage to swing close matches his team's way.

Dhoni emerged as the most valuable player in the West Indies-India ODI series that had a wet end last night. Yuvraj Singh is just behind him. Table 1 ranks all the players who played in the series.

Table 1: The most valuable players in the West Indies - India ODI series (4 matches played; 3 completed)

Player Team Runs Six Four Strike Rate Bat Pts W Eco Bowl Pts Field Pts M MVPI Age
MS Dhoni IND 182 4 10 86.7 189.0 0 -- 0.0 55 4 244 28
Yuvraj Singh IND 168 8 15 119.1 218.5 0 8.8 -23.0 0 4 196 27
Chris Gayle WI 128 3 19 134.7 176.8 0 6.5 -12.0 10 4 175 29
Dwayne Bravo WI 22 0 1 55.0 10.7 6 5.2 146.0 10 4 167 25
Runako Morton WI 161 2 11 77.0 147.8 0 -- 0.0 5 4 153 31
Ramnaresh Sarwan WI 134 4 7 95.7 151.3 0 -- 0.0 0 4 151 29
Ashish Nehra IND 0 0 0 0.0 -2.5 6 5.8 133.3 5 4 136 30
Ravi Rampaul WI 0 0 0 -- 0.0 4 4.5 107.0 25 3 132 24
Dinesh Karthik IND 118 2 11 94.4 131.8 0 -- 0.0 0 4 132 24
Denesh Ramdin WI 43 2 2 134.4 59.3 0 -- 0.0 70 4 129 24
Rohit Sharma IND 15 0 0 65.2 10.8 3 3.8 86.0 22.5 4 119 22
Yusuf Pathan IND 41 2 2 83.7 41.2 4 7.1 71.0 0 4 112 26
Harbhajan Singh IND 28 2 0 103.7 33.5 3 5.9 54.8 10 4 98 29
Shivnarine Chanderpaul WI 96 3 5 84.2 97.0 0 -- 0.0 0 4 97 34
Jerome Taylor WI 22 0 4 129.4 29.8 4 6.4 66.8 0 4 97 25
Gautam Gambhir IND 57 1 2 105.6 69.0 0 -- 0.0 17.5 4 87 27
Sulieman Benn WI 7 0 1 116.7 9.0 2 4.7 57.0 5 3 71 28
Darren Bravo WI 40 0 5 129.0 54.2 0 -- 0.0 5 4 59 20
David Bernard WI 19 0 1 95.0 21.3 2 6.0 32.0 5 4 58 28
Ishant Sharma IND 0 0 0 -- 0.0 2 6.4 30.0 5 3 35 20
Ravindra Jadeja IND 7 0 1 53.8 3.2 0 5.1 -1.0 5 2 7 20
Lionel Baker WI 0 0 0 0.0 -1.7 1 6.9 8.0 0 1 6 24
S Badrinath IND 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 28
Abhishek Nayar IND 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 2 0 25
Pragyan Ojha IND 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 22
Murali Vijay IND 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 25
Narsingh Deonarine WI 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 25
Praveen Kumar IND 1 0 0 20.0 -2.2 0 5.3 -2.0 0 1 -4 22
RP Singh IND 23 1 1 30.7 -16.5 1 6.2 7.0 5 4 -5 23
Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Strike rate | Bat-pts: Batting points | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | Age | *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.

We will also list India's most valuable players right through the new (2009-10) ODI season. Currently, Dhoni is India's most valuable player (see Table 2), but, as the season advances, he should face greater competition from Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag (the MVP of the 2008-09 season), Sachin Tendulkar (MVP of the 2007-08 season) and perhaps even Rahul Dravid!

Table 2: India's most valuable players in the 2009-10 ODI season (4 matches so far)

Player Runs Six Four Strike Rate Bat Pts W Eco Bowl Pts Field Pts M MVPI Age
MS Dhoni 182 4 10 86.7 189.0 0 -- 0.0 55 4 244 28
Yuvraj Singh 168 8 15 119.1 218.5 0 8.8 -23.0 0 4 196 27
Ashish Nehra 0 0 0 0.0 -2.5 6 5.8 133.3 5 4 136 30
Dinesh Karthik 118 2 11 94.4 131.8 0 -- 0.0 0 4 132 24
Rohit Sharma 15 0 0 65.2 10.8 3 3.8 86.0 22.5 4 119 22
Yusuf Pathan 41 2 2 83.7 41.2 4 7.1 71.0 0 4 112 26
Harbhajan Singh 28 2 0 103.7 33.5 3 5.9 54.8 10 4 98 29
Gautam Gambhir 57 1 2 105.6 69.0 0 -- 0.0 17.5 4 87 27
Ishant Sharma 0 0 0 -- 0.0 2 6.4 30.0 5 3 35 20
Ravindra Jadeja 7 0 1 53.8 3.2 0 5.1 -1.0 5 2 7 20
S Badrinath 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 28
Abhishek Nayar 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 2 0 25
Pragyan Ojha 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 22
Murali Vijay 0 0 0 -- 0.0 0 -- 0.0 0 0 0 25
Praveen Kumar 1 0 0 20.0 -2.2 0 5.3 -2.0 0 1 -4 22
RP Singh 23 1 1 30.7 -16.5 1 6.2 7.0 5 4 -5 23
Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Strike rate | Bat-pts: Batting points | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | Bowl-pts: Bowling points | Field-pts: fielding points | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | Age | *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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