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MVP Day 14: Sanath Jayasuriya

March 27, 2007 17:59 IST

This is a surprise! How did Jayasuriya suddenly become No. 1?

The answer is simple. As the Super Eight gets under way, all the players who have gone home are also out of the MVP list.

This new list features only players of the teams that made it to the Super Eight, and the statistics are drawn only from league matches featuring Super Eight teams; e.g. Australia vs South Africa or Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh (recall that Jayasuriya scored 109 in 87 balls against Bangladesh).

RANK Country Player Runs Balls Ct Rc Bb W R/Out pts M Total AVG
1 SL Sanath Jayasuriya 109 87 1 2 11 0 0 1 160.2 160.2
2 Aus Matthew Hayden 101 68 1 0 1 152.6 152.6
3 NZ Scott Styris 87 113 1 25 42 2 0 1 145.2 145.2
4 SA AB De Villiers 92 70 1 0 1 133 133
5 Aus Michael Clarke 92 75 1 0 1 129 129
6 WI Shivnarine Chanderpaul 102 113 0 0 1 113.6 113.6
7 Aus Ricky Ponting 91 91 0 0 1 109.2 109.2
8 WI Chris Gayle 18 14 1 23 60 2 0 1 102.8 102.8
9 SA Graeme Smith 74 69 0 14 12 0 0 1 88.4 88.4
10 NZ Jacob Oram 63 83 0 25 36 1 0 1 87.4 87.4
11 SL Kumar Sangakkara (wk) 56 55 2| 0 0 1 78 78
12 NZ Shane Bond 0 0 0 19 60 2 0 1 77 77
13 SL Lasith Malinga 0 0 0 27 36 3 0 1 73.8 73.8
14 WI Daren Powell 0 0 0 24 54 2 0 1 67.2 67.2
15 SL Chamara Silva 52 48 0 0 1 65.6 65.6
16 Aus Adam Gilchrist (wk) 42 42 1| 0 0 1 65.4 65.4
17 Aus Shane Watson 14 9 0 46 48 1 1 1 61.2 61.2
18 SL Mahela Jayawardene 46 70 0 1 1 60 60
19 Aus Brad Hogg 0 0 0 61 60 3 0 1 59 59
20 Ire Kyle McCallan 20 24 0 35 60 1 0 1 57.8 57.8
21 Eng Paul Nixon (wk) 42 41 1| 0 0 1 56.2 56.2
22 SL Tillakaratne Dilshan 0 0 1 12 18 1 1 1 55.4 55.4
23 NZ James Franklin 0 0 1 43 54 2 0 1 53.2 53.2
24 SL Muttiah Muralitharan 0 0 0 15 54 1 0 1 52.2 52.2
25 SA Jacques Kallis 48 63 1 66 54 1 0 1 51.8 51.8
26 Aus Nathan Bracken 0 0 0 40 54 2 0 1 51.2 51.2
27 Eng Kevin Pietersen 60 92 0 2 6 0 0 1 49.2 49.2
28 Eng James Anderson 0 0 0 39 48 2 0 1 47.4 47.4
29 SL Chaminda Vaas 0 0 0 11 42 1 0 1 46.6 46.6
30 WI Dwayne Bravo 0 0 0 35 42 2 0 1 46.6 46.6
31 Eng Liam Plunkett 29 34 0 43 42 1 0 1 45.4 45.4
32 Ire Dave Langford-Smith 8 7 0 33 54 1 0 1 44.6 44.6
33 SA Andre Hall 8 12 0 60 60 2 0 1 42.4 42.4
34 WI Ian Bradshaw 0 0 0 27 54 1 0 1 40.2 40.2
35 Ban Mohammad Ashraful 45 63 0 0 1 39.6 39.6
36 SL Farveez Maharoof 0 0 1 26 42 1 0 1 36.6 36.6
37 Aus Shaun Tait 0 0 0 61 60 2 0 1 35 35
38 WI Marlon Samuels 27 31 0 23 30 0 0 1 30.2 30.2
39 SA Herschelle Gibbs 17 19 2 0 1 28.8 28.8
40 SL Russel Arnold 5 5 0 17 19 1 0 1 28.2 28.2
41 SL Upul Tharanga 26 37 1 0 1 27.4 27.4
42 NZ Craig McMillan 27 34 0 0 1 26.8 26.8
43 Eng Andrew Flintoff 0 1 1 17 48 0 0 1 25.6 25.6
44 WI Jerome Taylor 0 0 0 37 48 1 0 1 25.4 25.4
45 Eng Monty Panesar 0 0 0 47 60 1 0 1 25 25
46 Ire Jeremy Bray 41 72 0 0 1 24.4 24.4
47 Ban Mohammad Rafique 7 17 0 48 60 1 0 1 24.4 24.4
48 SA Mark Boucher (wk) 22 26 0| 0 0 1 23.2 23.2
49 Ban Aftab Ahmed 12 16 2 0 1 21.2 21.2
50 WI Ramnaresh Sarwan 36 71 1 0 1 20.2 20.2
51 NZ Brendon McCullum (wk) 0 0 4|| 0 0 1 20 20
52 WI Denesh Ramdin (wk) 0 0 4| 0 0 1 20 20
53 Aus Andrew Symonds 18 13 0 19 12 0 0 1 16.2 16.2
54 Ban Saqibul Hasan 4 20 0 49 60 1 0 1 15 15
55 Eng Paul Collingwood 31 54 0 20 18 0 0 1 13.2 13.2
56 Ban Syed Rasel 0 1 0 58 60 1 0 1 13.2 13.2
57 Ban Tamim Iqbal 6 7 1 0 1 11.4 11.4
58 Eng Michael Vaughan 26 52 0 0 1 10.4 10.4
59 Ire Andrew White 18 29 1 13 7 0 0 1 10.4 10.4
60 Ire Eoin Morgan 18 34 0 0 1 8.8 8.8
61 Aus Michael Hussey 5 3 0 0 1 7.6 7.6
62 Ire Niall O'Brien (wk) 11 19 0| 0 0 1 6.8 6.8
63 SA Makhaya Ntini 7 8 0 68 54 1 0 1 6.8 6.8
64 NZ Stephen Fleming 7 11 0 0 1 5.2 5.2
65 Aus Glenn McGrath 0 0 0 62 54 1 0 1 5.2 5.2
66 Ire Andre Botha 28 56 0 35 36 0 0 1 5 5
67 Ire Kevin O'Brien 17 46 1 13 18 0 0 1 3.6 3.6
68 Ban Habibul Bashar 18 47 1 0 1 3.4 3.4
69 Eng Ed Joyce 0 2 1 0 1 3.4 3.4
70 WI Brian Lara 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
71 WI Dwayne Smith 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
72 SA Ashwell Prince 1 3 0 0 1 -0.4 -0.4
73 NZ Ross Taylor 0 1 0 0 1 -0.8 -0.8
74 Ire William Porterfield 0 2 0 0 1 -1.6 -1.6
75 Ban Shahriar Nafees 0 3 0 0 1 -2.4 -2.4
76 SA Justin Kemp 1 6 0 0 1 -2.8 -2.8
77 NZ Jeetan Patel 0 0 0 42 48 0 0 1 -3.6 -3.6
78 Ire John Mooney 0 1 0 22 24 0 0 1 -3.6 -3.6
79 NZ Lou Vincent 0 6 0 0 1 -4.8 -4.8
80 NZ Daniel Vettori 0 0 0 53 60 0 0 1 -5 -5
81 Eng Ian Bell 5 19 0 0 1 -5.2 -5.2
82 Eng Jamie Dalrymple 3 12 1 29 24 0 0 1 -8.4 -8.4
83 Ire Boyd Rankin 0 0 0 38 30 0 0 1 -14 -14
84 SA Charles Langeveldt 0 6 0 82 60 1 0.5 1 -14.3 -14.3
85 Ban Mushfiqur Rahim (wk) 6 33 0| 0 0 1 -14.4 -14.4
86 Ban Mashrafe Mortaza 7 14 0 66 60 0 0 1 -15.2 -15.2
87 Ban Abdur Razzak 0 2 0 86 60 1 0 1 -15.6 -15.6
88 SA Shaun Pollock 7 7 0 83 60 0 0.5 1 -26.1 -26.1

Ct: Catches taken | St: Stumpings | Rc: Runs conceded | Bb: Balls bowled | W: Wickets taken | M: Matches played.

*Run outs are counted as 1 for a direct hit, and 0.5 if the fielder is an equal participant in a run out dismissal.

Here's the Chernoff gallery of the top nine Super Eight players:

"Jayasuriya", "Hayden", "de Villiers", "Clarke", "Chanderpaul" and "Ponting" have round, smiling faces and wide noses, typical of pure batsmen. "Smith", another pure batsman, has lost his smile because he bowled two expensive overs.

"Styris" is the batting allrounder with the taller nose and bigger ears, while "Gayle", who hasn't scored too many runs, is looking almost like a bowler with a tall nose, big ears and a tapered face.

To see the faces of the nine highest scoring batsmen in the Super Eight, click here.

To see the faces of the nine highest wicket-taking bowlers in the Super Eight, click here.

Finally, take a look at the graph below:

This chart shows the average MVP points of the players whose teams have made it to the Super Eight.

It would be tempting to read off possible semi-finalists from this list, it's really too early for that.

Sri Lanka have got these high points against Bangladesh, and West Indies against Ireland. So expect their average to fall. On the other hand, expect South Africa's average to rise because they've already played the toughest Super Eight team: Australia.

Once a few Super Eight matches are played this chart could indeed start pointing towards the possible semi-finalists.

 

This list and the Chernoff faces have been prepared by my colleagues Debasish Ghosh and K Anil Kumar of Cranes Software International Limited using the SYSTAT software

Srinivas Bhogle