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Gayle, Dhoni, Sanga are at the top of MVP pile



It doesn't take any number crunching to figure out that Chris Gayle has been the most valuable player (MVP) of the league stage of IPL 4, but would you have guessed that the next most valuable are MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara or that Paul Valthaty is the only one in the top 10 on the list who is not an international player?

Gayle's fireworks may have lit up the second half of the league stage, but Valthaty remains the most value for money (VFM) player, ahead of S Aravind and Rahul Sharma. Interestingly, the bulk of the top 10 in the VFM list are not out of the tournament yet.

Behind Gayle, Dhoni and Sanga in the MVP list are Lasith Malinga, the tournament's top wicket-taker by some distance, Virender Sehwag, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson, Valthaty, Johan Botha and Shaun Marsh.
With the obvious exception of Valthaty, none of these names comes close to making it to the top of the VFM list. Considering that most of them rake in annual fees in excess of a million dollars while uncapped Indian players have to make do with $50,000, that should caused no surprise.

As before, therefore, the rest of the top 10 on the VFM list are also local players who have more than pulled their weight for their squads. After the top three come Ambatti Rayudu, Iqbal Abdullah, Manish Pandey, Amit Singh, Sunny Sohal, Rajat Bhatia and B A Bhatt, the King XI bowler, in that order.

We aren't just pulling these names out of a hat. Some serious number crunching is behind these assertions. Here's what we did. Batting points were calculated on the principle that both the quantity of runs scored and how fast they are scored should count. So we took a strike rate of 130 as a par value. The total runs scored by each batsman was multiplied by his actual strike rate and divided by this par figure. Thus, a batsman who has scored, say, 300 runs in the tournament so far would get batting points equal to 300 if he has scored at a strike rate of 130, fewer points if he has accumulated them slower and more if he has got them at a better clip.

For bowlers, we used the principle that both economy and wicket-taking should count. An economy rate of 7.5 runs per over was used as the benchmark. Bowlers with a better economy rate than this were regarded as having saved runs for their team. For instance, if a bowler has been going at 6 runs per over and has bowled 40 overs, he would actually have conceded 240 runs. At the average rate he would have conceded 300. So he is given 60 points for saving those many runs. Every wicket gets him 25 points.

Fielding points are given for catches, run outs and stumpings. Catches count for 10 points, run outs for 15. In the case of wicket-keepers, however, catches and stumpings fetch 25 points each, since they are in the side mainly for fielding.

Finally, captains are given points for the performance of their teams, 25 points for each win and minus 25 for each loss. Adding all of these points together gives us the total points accumulated by each player.

Since it would be unfair to compare someone who has played, say, ten matches with another who has played all 14, we then divided the total points by the number of matches played by each player to get the points per match. This was the basis for the MVP rankings. The VFM rankings were obtained by dividing the points per match by the fees payable to each player per match to get a figure for the number of points per $100,000.

To ensure that a couple of outstanding performances don't unduly skew the results, we took only those who had played at least nine matches. What is interesting is that the MVP list is dominated by multi-skilled players with the exception of Malinga who has accumulated points almost entirely from his bowling alone.

In contrast, the VFM list has a preponderance of those who have got points mainly from their bowling, like Aravind, Rahul Sharma and Iqbal Abdullah, and a couple who have contributed mainly with the bat like Sunny Sohal and Manish Pandey. This is a departure from the past when both indices tended to yield predominantly all-rounders at the top.



Most Valuable Player Index
Player
Team
M
Batting Pts
Bowling Pts
Fielding Pts
Captaincy Pts
Total Pts
Pts/Match
CH Gayle
RCB
9
797
158
20

975
108
MS Dhoni
CSK
14
451
0
285
100
836
60
KSangakkara
DC
13
365
0
475
-75
765
59
SL Malinga
MI
14
0
756
60

816
58
V Sehwag
DD
11
624
0
90
-75
639
58
YK Pathan
KKR
14
311
383
65

758
54
SR Watson
RR
11
359
179
40

578
53
PC Valthaty
KXIP
14
529
167
20

716
51
J Botha
RR
10
223
206
75

504
50
SE Marsh
KXIP
14
615
0
60

675
48
Minimum qualification: 9 matches















Value For Money Index
Player
Team
Matches
Pts/Match
Fees
Fees/Match
Pts/$100000
PC Valthaty
KXIP
14
51
50000
3571
1432
S Aravind
RCB
10
45
50000
3571
1246
R Sharma
PW
14
42
50000
3571
1190
AT Rayudu
MI
14
41
50000
3571
1144
Iqbal Abdulla
KKR
14
37
50000
3571
1042
MK Pandey
PW
10
27
50000
3571
762
A Singh
RR
9
25
50000
3571
697
S Sohal
DC
11
25
50000
3571
689
R Bhatia
KKR
13
24
50000
3571
667
BA Bhatt
KXIP
10
21
50000
3571
601
Minimum qualification: 9 matches












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