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Old 04-27-2009, 10:01 AM
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Default best batsmen & bowlers so far in IPL 2

Shane Warne [Images] was pretty blunt when he stated that the Rajasthan Royals' [Images] top order batsmen have to fire. One guesses that he was referring to Graeme Smith [Images], although Swapnil Asnodkar too is discovering that it is not easy to tee off on South African pitches.


Who's not paisa vasool?


Here is a list of cricketers who are not offering value for money so far in the second season of the Indian Premier League [Images]. We must note, however, that a couple of good knocks or good spells can quickly change numbers. It turns out that South African captain Smith is indeed currently the least paisa vasool.


Player Team From Runs Strike Rate W Eco M MVPI Money ($) PVI Age
Graeme Smith RR AUS 19 50.0 0 -- 3 -6 475000 -23442 28
Ajit Agarkar [Images] KKR IND 8 200.0 0 15.5 2 -5 330000 -16971 31
Zaheer Khan [Images] MI IND 6 66.7 0 8.3 2 6 450000 14400 30
VVS Laxman DC IND 15 71.4 0 -- 3 8 375000 10369 34
Manoj Tiwary DD IND 9 69.2 0 11.0 2 13 675000 10189 23
Tyron Henderson RR SA 11 73.3 1 7.5 1 18 650000 8650 34
Moises Henriques KKR AUS 6 75.0 1 9.1 2 10 300000 7526 22
Gautam Gambhir [Images] DD IND 31 93.9 0 -- 3 21 725000 7487 27
Murali Kartik [Images] KKR IND 10 100.0 0 6.0 2 19 425000 5752 32
MS Dhoni [Images] CSK IND 57 121.3 0 -- 3 75 1500000 5447 27
B McCullum KKR NZ 25 89.3 0 -- 2 38 700000 4737 27
Jacques Kallis [Images] BRC SA 101 126.3 1 12.3 4 69 900000 4505 33
K Pietersen BRC ENG 80 109.6 3 6.8 5 128 1550000 4316 28
Jacob Oram [Images] CSK NZ 8 133.3 1 7.5 1 39 675000 4258 30
Albie Morkel CSK SA 18 105.9 2 8.8 2 41 650000 4102 27
A Flintoff CSK ENG 62 117.0 2 9.5 3 81 1550000 4088 31
Robin Uthappa BRC IND 38 71.7 0 -- 5 40 450000 3993 23



It is no coincidence that most of the names come from teams that have not started well: Bangalore Royal Challengers [Images] (BRC), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Kolkata Knight Riders [Images] (KKR) and Chennai Super Kings [Images] (CSK).


Who are the best batsmen so far in IPL 2?
Although IPL's orange cap is awarded to the batsman scoring the largest number of runs, it really makes more sense to look at a batsman who has scored the largest number of runs and at the highest strike rate.


The table below lists the top batsmen. Matthew Hayden [Images] tops the list based on this dual criterion.


Player Team From Runs Balls Strike Rate Bat Pts M MVPI Money ($) PVI Age
M Hayden CSK AUS 166 97 171.1 210.8 3 223 375000 457 37
AB de Villiers [Images] DD SA 126 77 163.6 155.8 3 179 300000 360 25
Rahul Dravid [Images] BRC IND 144 106 135.8 155.5 4 175 1035000 2034 36
Adam Gilchrist [Images] DC AUS 119 76 156.6 143.0 3 179 700000 840 37
Tillakaratne Dilshan [Images] DD SL 117 74 158.1 141.5 3 154 250000 349 32
Ravi Bopara [Images] KXI ENG 132 105 125.7 132.8 4 142 450000 907 24
K Sangakkara KXI SL 120 104 115.4 110.0 4 122 700000 1639 31
Jacques Kallis BRC SA 101 80 126.3 102.0 4 69 900000 4505 33
Chris Gayle [Images] KKR WI 95 71 133.8 101.3 3 110 800000 1970 29
Yuvraj Singh [Images] KXI IND 86 59 145.8 98.3 4 103 1063750 2958 27
Sachin Tendulkar [Images] MI IND 95 76 125.0 95.0 2 99 1121250 2265 36
Irfan Pathan [Images] KXI IND 77 57 135.1 82.8 4 151 925000 1753 24
Herschelle Gibbs [Images] DC SA 71 51 139.2 78.3 3 90 575000 1365 35
Virat Kohli [Images] BRC IND 88 80 110.0 76.0 5 98 300000 1093 20
Suresh Raina [Images] CSK IND 77 65 118.5 72.8 3 84 650000 2094 22
K Pietersen BRC ENG 80 73 109.6 68.8 5 128 1550000 4316 28
Rohit Sharma [Images] DC IND 55 35 157.1 66.3 3 89 750000 1811 22


Who are the best bowlers so far in IPL2?

IPL's purple cap, awarded to the bowler who takes the largest number of wickets, too should really be given to the bowler with most wickets and lowest economy rate.


It turns out that Deccan Chargers pacer RP Singh still tops the list based on this dual criterion.


Player Team From Bb Rc W Eco Bowl Pts M MVPI Money offered ($) PVI Age
RP Singh DC IND 70 66 8 5.7 141.5 3 145 875000 1298 23
Anil Kumble [Images] BRC IND 115 111 6 5.8 122.8 5 134 500000 1338 38
Pragyan Ojha [Images] DC IND 72 62 6 5.2 118.0 3 116 30000 56 22
Lasith Malinga [Images] MI SL 48 34 6 4.3 116.0 2 116 350000 603 25
Kamran Khan RR IND 66 54 5 4.9 103.5 3 119 30000 69 18
Yusuf Abdulla KXI SA 66 91 7 8.3 96.5 4 97 30000 89 26
Daniel Vettori [Images] DD NZ 66 79 6 7.2 93.5 3 109 625000 1234 30
L Balaji [Images] CSK IND 38 37 5 5.8 85.5 2 90 30000 86 27
D Mascarenhas [Images] RR ENG 72 78 4 6.5 72.0 3 95 100000 285 31
Scott Styris DC NZ 48 64 5 8.0 71.0 2 89 175000 393 33
Praveen Kumar BRC IND 90 117 5 7.8 70.5 4 112 300000 918 22
Shane Warne RR AUS 72 80 4 6.7 70.0 3 97 450000 1259 39
Irfan Pathan KXI IND 72 97 5 8.1 68.0 4 151 925000 1753 24
Piyush Chawla [Images] KXI IND 65 61 3 5.6 65.3 4 68 400000 1675 20
Munaf Patel [Images] RR IND 60 85 5 8.5 65.0 3 71 275000 1059 25
Fidel Edwards [Images] DC WI 72 72 3 6.0 63.0 3 65 150000 496 27
M Muralitharan [Images] CSK SL 42 37 3 5.3 60.5 2 59 600000 2604 37



Finally, another curious facet of IPL second season so far has been that teams have generally chosen to play with the same playing eleven in most of the matches -- although they have shuffled the odd foreign player.


Hence, there are a large number of expensive passengers that all teams are carrying. Perhaps that is why they are choosing to offload a few excess players. But why must these always be Indian players?
Based on the detailed IPL1 analysis carried out by Purnendu Maji in 2008. The paisa vasool index uses a model developed by M J Manohar Rao and Rajeeva L Karandikar.
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