Who was the most valuable player of the India-West Indies ODI series?
Srinivas Bhogle and Purnendu Maji gives us the numbers.
IMAGE: Rohit Sharma, left, and Virat Kohli celebrate winning the fifth ODI against the West Indies and the series 3-1
The Most Valuable Player Index (MVPI) picks out batsmen who score a lot of runs at a high strike rate, bowlers who take a lot of wickets at a low economy rate, and fielders who take the most catches or participate in run outs.
MVPI expresses a player’s overall batting + bowling + fielding performance in terms of a ‘run equivalent’.
It is no longer a surprise to see Virat Kohli-Rohit Sharmadominate. A bigger surprise is that Shikhar Dhawan is 14th on the list with a MVPI of just 129 and a strike rate below 90.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MVPI: 88), and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (65) were also below par, but India were too strong for the West Indies for that to matter.
The West Indies had their heroes too: Shimron Hetmyer is third on the list with a MVPI of 369, even though he trailed off after a blazing batting display (no one came anywhere close to his explosive strike rate of 140).
Shai Hope (271) also had his moments together with all-rounders Ashley Nurse (164), Jason Holder (152) and Marlon Samuels (139).