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Captain cool Dhoni leads MVP race

November 04, 2009 11:00 IST

Mahendra Singh DhoniIndia captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is so far the most valuable player (MVP) in the ongoing India-Australia seven-match One-Day International series, with Michael Hussey just behind him.

Harbhajan Singh is third on the list, chiefly because of his explosive batting. In fact, Harbhajan has contributed as much with the bat as with the ball. Is this a reason to celebrate or worry?

Australia captain Ricky Ponting is fourth on the list with his solid batting and has so far looked better than Sachin Tendulkar, but there are still three matches to go.

Table 1: The most valuable players so far in the India-Australia ODI series (4 matches so far)

Player Team Runs Six Four Strike Rate Bat Pts W Eco Bowl Pts Field Pts M MVPI
MS Dhoni IND 254 3 21 86.4 263.0 0 -- 0.0 40.5 4 304
Michael Hussey AUS 247 3 19 104.2 296.5 0 -- 0.0 0 4 297
Harbhajan Singh IND 81 4 9 142.1 114.5 5 5.1 121.0 0 4 236
Ricky Ponting AUS 197 3 19 78.2 184.0 0 -- 0.0 41.5 4 226
Shane Watson AUS 114 0 15 79.7 108.8 5 6.4 92.3 12 4 213
Nathan Hauritz AUS 39 0 3 90.7 42.2 4 4.4 123.0 29 4 194
Yuvraj Singh IND 113 3 10 80.1 108.5 2 4.7 57.0 25 3 191
Ravindra Jadeja IND 12 0 1 35.3 -4.3 6 4.5 165.5 29 4 190
Ashish Nehra IND 9 0 1 90.0 9.7 6 5.5 134.0 37.5 4 181
Mitchell Johnson AUS 52 2 4 96.3 59.0 6 6.5 90.7 29 4 179
Gautam Gambhir IND 150 1 12 83.3 150.0 0 -- 0.0 4 3 154
Praveen Kumar IND 57 1 8 109.6 70.7 2 5.3 40.7 41.5 4 153
Suresh Raina IND 97 2 7 94.2 108.2 1 5.8 20.0 8 4 136
Virender Sehwag IND 94 1 17 109.3 116.3 0 -- 0.0 12.5 4 129
Cameron White AUS 136 2 9 72.3 115.3 0 -- 0.0 4 4 119
Ishant Sharma IND 3 0 0 37.5 -0.7 5 5.4 115.0 4 4 118
Doug Bollinger AUS 0 0 0 0.0 -0.8 3 3.3 107.0 0 2 106
Adam Voges AUS 56 0 2 68.3 43.7 1 3.5 40.0 0 3 84
Tim Paine AUS 58 0 10 76.3 52.7 0 -- 0.0 24.5 2 77
Peter Siddle AUS 4 0 0 40.0 -0.3 2 4.9 54.0 12.5 4 66
Sachin Tendulkar IND 90 0 11 59.2 53.3 0 -- 0.0 0 4 53
Virat Kohli IND 40 0 4 70.2 32.5 0 -- 0.0 4 2 37
G Manou AUS 7 0 0 116.7 9.0 0 -- 0.0 24.5 2 34
Brett Lee AUS 0 0 0 0.0 -2.5 1 4.7 27.0 4 1 29
M Henrique AUS 18 0 0 60.0 11.0 1 5.6 16.0 0 2 27
Ben Hilfenhaus AUS 16 0 2 133.3 22.0 1 8.3 -8.0 8 1 22
James Hopes AUS 14 1 1 155.6 20.5 0 5.0 0.0 0 1 21
Shaun Marsh AUS 26 1 1 59.1 15.3 0 -- 0.0 0 2 15

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 | *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.

India captain Dhoni has also overtaken Ashish Nehra to become India's MVP in the current 2009-10 season, and Yuvraj Singh at third is also closing on quite rapidly. Table 2 provides the details.

Table 2: India's most valuable players in the 2009-10 ODI season (14 matches so far)

Player Runs Six Four Strike Rate Bat Pts W Eco Bowl Pts Field Pts M MVPI
MS Dhoni 538 7 38 81.8 527.7 1 7.0 21.0 137.5 14 686
Ashish Nehra 10 0 1 58.8 5.8 24 5.3 566.8 45.5 14 618
Yuvraj Singh 377 12 36 98.7 435.7 6 5.0 148.0 17 12 601
Harbhajan Singh 126 6 10 108.6 155.3 17 5.2 403.2 32 14 591
Gautam Gambhir 270 4 22 94.7 302.5 0 -- 0.0 49.5 10 352
Suresh Raina 196 6 16 95.6 221.2 3 4.6 83.0 20 10 324
Ishant Sharma 16 0 2 44.4 2.0 14 5.6 296.5 12 12 311
Sachin Tendulkar 309 1 33 79.8 295.5 0 -- 0.0 4 9 300
Praveen Kumar 58 1 8 101.8 68.5 2 4.7 67.7 45.5 7 182
Ravindra Jadeja 19 0 2 40.4 -1.2 6 4.6 164.5 9 6 172
Yusuf Pathan 47 2 2 72.3 39.8 7 6.7 114.0 4 8 158
Rahul Dravid 180 2 11 68.7 141.7 0 -- 0.0 12 6 154
Dinesh Karthik 172 2 17 72.3 145.7 0 -- 0.0 4 7 150
Virender Sehwag 94 1 17 109.3 116.3 0 -- 0.0 12.5 4 129
Rohit Sharma 15 0 0 65.2 10.8 3 3.8 86.0 20.5 4 117
RP Singh 44 1 3 41.5 -0.3 5 5.9 84.0 29 8 113
Virat Kohli 121 0 4 74.2 106.2 0 -- 0.0 4 4 110
Amit Mishra 0 0 0 -- 0.0 1 4.5 28.0 4 1 32
Abhishek Nayar 0 0 0 0.0 -5.8 0 5.7 -2.0 0 3 -8

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 | *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.

 

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji