Shakib Al Hasan, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mitchell Starc in the race for the Most Valuable Player for World Cup 2019.
Officially, Kane Williamson was named as the player of the series for World Cup 2019.
I feel, It is slightly debatable because he was measured on an intangible aspect of Captaincy, which he was no doubt absolutely brilliant at. He also leads the World Cup 2019 Team of the Tournament for most of the Cricketing guru.
But, is Kane actually the Most Valuable Player of World Cup 2019?, or Shakib Al Hasan, Jasprit Bumrah, or Mitchell Starc dethrone him to become the MVP of World Cup 2019?.
Let’s find out in our Most Valuable Player report card for World Cup 2019.
According to us, the most valuable player is someone who has excelled in his role perfectly.
So, a batsman has to maximize his value in batting and fielding departments. A bowler has to maximize his value in bowling and fielding departments. While an all-rounder has to maximize his value in all the three departments.
To calculate the Most Valuable Player points, we have considered the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, wickets taken, acceleration bonus, economy rate bonus, consistency, number of catches taken, number of stumpings done, number of fours & sixes hit, and the number of match-winning performances.
To leave out the biases and perceptions, we have kept things simple by comparing the overall MVP Points to calculate the Most Valuable Players of World Cup 2019.
So, let’s look in detail at the top 5 most valuable players of World Cup 2019.
#5: JASPRIT BUMRAH (IND)
PLAYER ROLE: BOWLER | MVP POINTS: 1364.9
INNS: 9 | WKTS: 18 | AVG: 20.6 | ER: 4.4 | CATCHES: 1
Mr. Dependable, Jasprit Bumrah is at number 5 in the list of Most Valuable Players of World Cup 2019.
The speedster has been a sensation in recent times, and actually the most reliable bowler Team India have ever got. He has been a ‘go-to’ bowler for Virat Kohli in pressure situations, and he has delivered almost every time.
Such has been his impact that batsmen have often just tried to ‘play his overs’, and target the other bowlers. Even after that, he managed to take 18 wickets from 9 outings at an awesome average of 20.6 and an economy rate of 4.4; the least in the tournament with bowlers taking 10 wickets or more.
He is also the most consistent bowler of the tournament with a consistency of 88.89%, and he also has 9 maidens to his name; the most in the tournament.
Overall, for being the most reliable bowler of the tournament, Jasprit Bumrah gets a total of 1364.9 MVP points.
#4: BEN STOKES (ENG)
PLAYER ROLE: ALL-ROUNDER | MVP POINTS: 1453.1
INNS: 10 | RUNS: 465 | AVG: 66.4 | SR: 93.2
INNS: 11 | WKTS: 7 | AVG: 35.1 | ER: 4.83 | CATCHES: 3
The Man who stole the show with his match-winning knock in the finals, and helped England win their Maiden World Cup title, Ben Stokes is fourth on the list of Most Valuable Players of World Cup 2019.
In the 10 innings he played, Ben Stokes has given 3 match-winning knocks, and almost a fourth one against Australia before Mitchell Starc cleaned him up with a terrific yorker.
Overall, batting at 5 or lower, Ben Stokes managed to score a terrific 465 runs from 10 outings at an average of 66.4 and a strike rate of 93.2.
More of a batting all-rounder, Stokes hasn’t been a bad bowler either. He managed to scalp 7 wickets from 11 outings at an economy rate of 4.83, which is good.
Overall, for being the player of pressure situations, and a handy bowler, Ben Stokes gets a total of 1453.1 MVP points.
#3: JOFRA ARCHER (ENG)
PLAYER ROLE: BOWLER | MVP POINTS: 1470.4
INNS: 11 | WKTS: 20 | AVG: 23.1 | ECO: 4.57 | CATCHES: 2
The Prophet, the Time Traveler, the Twitter God, Jofra Archer is the third Most Valuable Player of World Cup 2019.
It has been a fabulous turn-around of events for Archer, who wasn’t even a part of the original England squad. But, thanks to the England team, who realized Archer’s talent, and made him their first choice bowler of the tournament.
Archer didn’t disappoint at all as he managed to scalp a total of 20 wickets from 11 outings at an average of 23.1 and an economy rate of just 4.57.
He played a crucial role in Team England’s victorious campaign, and his tally of 20 wickets is the most any England bowler has taken in a World Cup.
Overall, for being the most disciplined bowler of the tournament, Jofra Archer gets a total of 1470.4 MVP points.
#2: MITCHELL STARC (AUS)
PLAYER ROLE: BOWLER | MVP POINTS: 1475.1
INNS: 10 | WKTS: 27 | AVG: 18.6 | ECO: 5.4 | CATCHES: 3
The only Australian to feature in the top 10, Mitchell Starc is the second Most Valuable Player of World Cup 2019. The leading wicket-taker of the tournament, Mitchell Starc has taken an astonishing 2.7 wickets per innings with two 4-fers and two 5-fers; the most in the tournament.
He has been one bowler who has been asked to bowl in any situation of the game, and he delivered almost every time. Be it in power play, middle-overs, death overs, pressure situations, etc., he has delivered.
Mitchell Starc has also been a handy pinch hitter down the order as has a decent 68 runs under his name at a Strike Rate of 89.5.
Overall, for being the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, and a pinch hitter down the order, Mitchell Starc gets a total of 1475.1 MVP points.
#1: SHAKIB AL HASAN (BAN)
PLAYER ROLE: ALL-ROUNDER | MVP POINTS: 1804.4
INNS: 8 | RUNS: 606 | AVG: 86.6 | SR: 96.0
INNS: 8 | WKTS: 11 | AVG: 36.3 | ECO: 5.4 | CATCHES: 3
Without a doubt, Shakib Al Hasan gets the tag of the Most Valuable Player of World Cup 2019. The best all-rounder of the tournament managed to score a stunning 606 runs from just 8 innings at a strike rate of 96 and an average of 86.57; the highest in the tournament.
Shakib has been a one-man army for Bangladesh, accounting for 29% of the team’s runs. He has single-handedly won few matches for Bangladesh, and his 124*(99) against West Indies is the best knock of the tournament in a chase. He is also the most consistent batsman of the tournament with a consistency of 100%, with his lowest score being 41.
As a bowler too he has been good accounting for a total of 11 wickets from 8 outings at an average of 36.27 and an economy rate of 5.39.
Overall, for being the most complete player of the tournament, Shakib Al Hasan gets a total of 1804.4 MVP points.
So, these were the top 5 Most Valuable Players for World Cup 2019.
Rohit Sharma, who doesn’t feature in the top 5 has been an outstanding batsman this World Cup. He probably missed out due to his failure in the semis. Else, he was right up there with Shakib Al Hasan.
Apart from these five, the other players who have been equally good are,
- CHRIS WOAKES (ENG): 1362.4
- ROHIT SHARMA (IND): 1251.8
- TRENT BOULT (NZ): 1244.5
- LOCKIE FERGUSON (NZ): 1223.9
- KANE WILLIAMSON (NZ): 1159.9
Reference: ICC World Cup 2019 Stats
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