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India's most valuable ODI players this season

Last updated on: June 28, 2010 11:00 IST

Right through the cricket season we publish an updated list of India's most valuable One-Day International (ODI) players, although it is sometimes confusing to figure out when a cricket season ends and the next one begins in India.

We've therefore decided that we will 'define' the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be the last event of the season.

This year's list contains surprises. Some of the usual suspects -- Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh -- either don't figure or figure low down.

Instead, we see Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli up there -- together with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who already bids to be India's most consistent ODI performer of all time.

Of course, these are early days as we enter what's going to be an ODI World Cup season. We will need the Tendulkars and Sehwags to return up there if India is to have any hopes of lifting that Cup.

Table 1 shows India's most valuable players after the debacle in Zimbabwe and success in Dambulla.

Seeing Jadeja near the top is a trifle worrying; we'd like to see real match-winners up there. But we can't quibble too much: Jadeja makes small contributions in every match he plays, and he's playing a lot of matches!

Recall that players are most likely to be up the list if they score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, take a lot of wickets with a low economy rate and field competently.

Table 1: India's most valuable players in the 2010-11 ODI season (8 matches so far)

Player Name Runs Six Four Strike Rate Bat Pts W Eco Bowl Pts Field Pts M MVPI
Rohit Sharma 392 6 25 90.3 422.3 1 6.3 21.0 0 8 443
Ravindra Jadeja 162 3 9 82.7 160.7 9 4.7 246.8 35 8 443
MS Dhoni 173 3 13 79.0 163.5 0 -- 0.0 67.5 4 231
Virat Kohli 235 0 16 75.1 209.2 0 5.3 -1.0 15 8 223
Gautam Gambhir 203 1 17 82.9 201.8 0 -- 0.0 0 4 202
Suresh Raina 165 3 12 91.2 179.2 0 -- 0.0 15 8 194
Dinesh Karthik 206 0 29 75.5 184.5 0 -- 0.0 5 6 190
Praveen Kumar 3 0 0 100.0 3.5 6 4.4 170.0 5 4 179
Zaheer Khan 0 0 0 0.0 -0.8 6 5.0 149.5 10 4 159
Ashish Nehra 0 0 0 -- 0.0 6 5.7 134.0 5 3 139
Pragyan Ojha 12 0 1 48.0 3.2 4 4.3 129.0 0 4 132
Harbhajan Singh 22 2 0 122.2 29.0 3 4.5 86.0 5 3 120
Virendra Sehwag 21 0 3 45.7 3.7 4 4.3 104.2 10 2 118
R Ashwin 38 1 4 118.8 49.3 2 5.0 50.0 0 1 99
Yusuf Pathan 70 3 7 98.6 80.8 0 7.5 -20.0 10 4 71
Ashok Dinda 18 0 1 60.0 11.0 3 6.0 36.2 0 5 47
Vinay Kumar 0 0 0 -- 0.0 2 6.4 39.0 0 1 39
Amit Mishra 0 0 0 0.0 -2.5 1 4.9 27.0 0 3 25
Murali Vijay 46 0 2 46.0 8.7 0 -- 0.0 10 3 19
Umesh Yadav 3 0 0 100.0 3.5 1 5.9 6.0 5 3 15
Naman Ojha 1 0 0 14.3 -3.8 0 -- 0.0 5 1 1
Pankaj Singh 3 0 0 100.0 3.5 0 6.4 -10.0 5 1 -2

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 has participated in two ODI tournaments so far. Tables 2 and 3, respectively, show how Indian players performed in comparison to their opponents at Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Table 2: Most valuable players in the Zimbabwe Triangular Series (May 28-June 9, 2010)

Player Name Team Runs Six Four Top score Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI
Tillakaratne Dilshan SL 328 4 38 108 103.8 2 4.5 5 464
Brendan Taylor ZIM 295 4 22 119 82.6 0 -- 5 328
Rohit Sharma IND 260 6 13 114 91.5 0 5.0 4 283
Ravindra Jadeja IND 131 3 8 61 82.4 5 4.9 4 259
Upul Tharanga SL 209 2 23 72 82.6 0 -- 5 225
Hamilton Masakadza ZIM 181 4 13 66 76.7 1 5.0 5 205
Suraj Randiv SL 10 0 1 9 90.9 6 4.5 5 180
Jeevan Mendis SL 42 0 5 35 97.7 4 4.4 4 179
Dinesh Chandimal SL 143 5 9 111 85.1 0 -- 4 171
Virat Kohli IND 168 0 10 82 77.8 0 -- 4 166
Nuwan Kulasekara SL 19 1 1 19 135.7 3 3.8 4 154
Dilhara Fernando SL 0 0 0 0 0.0 5 5.0 4 153
Tatenda Taibu ZIM 126 1 5 71 76.4 0 -- 3 135
Pragyan Ojha IND 12 0 1 7 54.5 4 4.1 3 134
Charles Coventry ZIM 81 4 5 32 114.1 0 -- 5 125
Ajantha Mendis SL 2 0 0 2 100.0 5 5.1 4 124
Greg Lamb ZIM 74 0 1 37 58.3 3 5.0 4 118
Prosper Utseya ZIM 10 0 0 10 55.6 4 4.9 5 107
Thilan Thushara SL 7 1 0 7 87.5 4 5.7 2 100
R Ashwin IND 38 1 4 38 118.8 2 5.0 1 99
Craig Ervine ZIM 83 0 6 67 79.8 0 -- 5 92
Angelo Mathews SL 75 2 2 75 78.9 0 3.5 2 89
Suresh Raina IND 83 0 7 37 83.8 0 -- 4 89
Chris Mpofu ZIM 6 0 0 6 66.7 4 5.6 4 88
Ray Price ZIM 9 0 0 9 50.0 2 4.5 5 85
Dinesh Karthik IND 100 0 14 33 68.5 0 -- 4 83
Graeme Cremer ZIM 7 0 0 5 53.8 3 5.0 5 79
Chamara Kapugedera SL 74 1 2 42 59.7 0 4.0 5 74
Yusuf Pathan IND 70 3 7 44 98.6 0 7.5 4 71
Thilan Samaraweera SL 63 0 6 28 82.9 0 -- 4 68
Ashok Dinda IND 16 0 1 16 88.9 3 5.8 4 67
Elton Chigumbura ZIM 51 0 5 24 100.0 0 8.5 5 64
Andy Blignaut ZIM 1 0 0 1 33.3 1 3.2 3 60
Thissara Perera SL 40 1 2 32 102.6 1 7.7 4 50
Chamu Chibhabha ZIM 58 1 4 58 71.6 0 10.0 1 41
Vinay Kumar IND 0 0 0 0 -- 2 6.4 1 39
Amit Mishra IND 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 4.9 3 25
Murali Vijay IND 46 0 2 21 46.0 0 -- 3 19
Umesh Yadav IND 3 0 0 3 100.0 1 5.9 3 15
Lahiru Thirimanne SL 15 0 0 15 71.4 0 -- 1 13
Chamara Silva SL 5 0 1 5 100.0 0 -- 2 6
Naman Ojha IND 1 0 0 1 14.3 0 -- 1 1
Pankaj Singh IND 3 0 0 3 100.0 0 6.4 1 -2

Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Top score | Strike rate | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | AvMVPI = MVPI/M |*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

Table 3: Most valuable players in the Asia Cup (June 15-24, 2010)

Player Name Team Runs Six Four Top score Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI
Shahid Afridi PAK 265 12 27 124 164.6 3 4.6 3 483
L Malinga SL 23 1 2 16 100.0 9 4.4 3 273
T Dilshan SL 113 2 18 71 120.2 3 4.5 4 256
K Sangakkara SL 184 0 20 73 73.0 0 -- 4 238
MS Dhoni IND 173 3 13 56 79.0 0 -- 4 231
Gautam Gambhir IND 203 1 17 83 82.9 0 -- 4 202
A Mathews SL 97 1 5 55 93.3 3 4.8 4 191
M Jayawardene SL 161 1 15 54 87.0 0 -- 4 190
Ravindra Jadeja IND 31 0 1 25 83.8 4 4.4 4 184
Praveen Kumar IND 3 0 0 3 100.0 6 4.4 4 179
Shakib Al Hasan BAN 52 0 5 25 91.2 5 5.7 3 176
Rohit Sharma IND 132 0 12 69 88.0 1 7.0 4 160
Zaheer Khan IND 0 0 0 0 0.0 6 5.0 4 159
Kamran Akmal PAK 88 3 5 51 106.0 0 -- 3 147
Junaid Siddique BAN 135 2 12 97 91.2 0 -- 2 147
Tamim Iqbal BAN 107 2 13 51 116.3 0 -- 3 142
Umar Akmal PAK 101 0 5 50 82.1 0 -- 3 140
Ashish Nehra IND 0 0 0 0 -- 6 5.7 3 139
Shoaib Akhtar PAK 4 0 0 3 57.1 4 4.3 3 127
F Maharoof SL 11 0 1 10 64.7 5 5.7 3 122
Harbhajan Singh IND 22 2 0 15 122.2 3 4.5 3 120
Virender Sehwag IND 21 0 3 11 45.7 4 4.3 2 118
Imran Farhat PAK 91 2 9 66 74.0 1 4.2 2 114
W Tharanga SL 119 1 14 54 72.1 0 -- 4 113
N Kulasekara SL 21 0 4 20 123.5 2 4.5 3 112
C K Kapugedera SL 94 3 5 55 75.8 0 -- 4 110
Abdul Razzaq PAK 50 2 3 26 83.3 2 4.6 3 108
KD Karthik IND 106 0 15 66 83.5 0 -- 2 106
Suresh Raina IND 82 3 5 34 100.0 0 -- 4 106
Shoaib Malik PAK 47 0 3 39 78.3 2 5.3 2 92
M Muralitharan SL 3 0 0 2 50.0 3 5.1 3 86
Imrul Kayes BAN 106 0 10 66 68.8 0 -- 3 84
Shafiul Islam BAN 2 0 0 2 20.0 5 6.9 3 83
Salman Butt PAK 74 0 9 74 84.1 0 -- 2 80
SHT Kandamby SL 38 0 2 31 64.4 2 5.1 2 76
Virat Kohli IND 67 0 6 28 69.1 0 5.3 4 70
Saeed Ajmal PAK 0 0 0 0 0.0 3 5.6 1 67
Shahzaib Hasan PAK 61 2 7 50 85.9 0 -- 2 63
UWMBCA Welegedara SL 0 0 0 0 -- 2 4.7 2 55
HMRKB Herath SL 0 0 0 0 -- 2 4.4 1 54
Mushfiqur Rahim BAN 37 0 1 30 52.1 0 -- 3 35
Mohammad Aamer PAK 8 0 0 5 38.1 2 5.7 2 35
Mahmudullah BAN 32 0 2 23 45.1 1 5.7 3 32
Mohammad Asif PAK 0 0 0 0 0.0 2 6.1 2 28
Abdur Razzak BAN 0 0 0 0 -- 1 4.8 1 27
Umar Amin PAK 34 0 3 22 57.6 0 -- 3 24
Asad Shafiq PAK 17 0 2 17 89.5 0 -- 1 18
T Samaraweera SL 17 0 0 17 77.3 0 -- 2 16
Abdur Rehman PAK 1 0 0 1 100.0 0 3.7 1 14
R Randiv SL 0 0 0 0 -- 0 4.4 1 10
Jahurul Islam BAN 11 0 0 11 73.3 0 -- 1 10
Mashrafe Mortaza BAN 15 0 3 15 88.2 2 8.3 3 5
Mohammad Ashraful BAN 29 0 2 20 43.9 0 4.8 2 4
Pragyan Ojha IND 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 4.9 1 -2
Naeem Islam BAN 18 0 2 15 42.9 0 7.0 2 -5
Suhrawadi Shuvo BAN 4 0 0 4 100.0 0 7.2 2 -16
Ashok Dinda IND 2 0 0 2 16.7 0 7.8 1 -20
Syed Rasel BAN 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 6.6 2 -26

Runs (scored) | Sixes | Fours | Top score | Strike rate | W: Wickets taken | Eco: Economy rate | | M: Matches played | MVPI: Most valuable player index = sum of batting, bowling and fielding points | AvMVPI = MVPI/M |*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

Table 3 suggests that Sri Lankan players generally out-performed Indian players in the Asia Cup. But when the crunch match game up they lost their way.

Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji