Virat Kohli not in Top 10: FICA T20 Player Performance Index

Team India captain Virat Kohli, who has been busy the past couple of season setting new milestones in world cricket and breaking them with great consistency. The batting great is currently No. 1 cricketer in ODI cricket rankings, No. 2 in Test, and No. 3 in T20 cricket rankings. However, in a rather surprising move, in the Player Performance Index report of the Federation of International Cricket Association (FICA), Kohli could not even make it to the Top 10 T20 players, as he was ranked 13.

The Player Performance Index report for the top T20 players was released by FICA for the first time in it’s history, which saw Australia cricketer Glenn Maxwell placed at No. 1, in Top 10 T20 cricketers.

Why is not finding Kohli in Top 10 T20 cricketers surprising?

It is worth noting that Virat Kohli has been scoring runs with the quickest speed in world cricket currently, as he recently became the fastest cricketer to score 17,000 international cricket runs. Keeping aside all the other numerous records that the India skipper has been setting, the 29-year-old was also the most expensive player in IPL 2018 auctions, as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him for a whopping INR 17 crore, making him the most expensive player in IPL history.

(READ: 5 World Cricket records that Virat Kohli broke recently.)

T20 Player Performance Index by FICA

The T20 Player Performance Index by FICA is the first ever system in cricket to evaluate cricketers’ performance, based on both domestic and international cricket.

Glenn Maxwell, who is ranked No. 1 in the T20 Player Performance Index, currently has 786 points. The Aussie dasher will soon have another opportunity in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL 2018), to overpower his ratings, before moving on to the Indian Premier League 2018 which will start from April 7.

IPL 2018 to cause major shifts in T20 Player Performance Index

The T20 Player Performance Index was developed after 18 months of work between FICA and The Cricketer Publishing Limited (TCPL) – owner of The Cricketer Magazine (the world’s best-selling cricket publication) and CricketArchive (the world’s largest single-sport sport database). It was done in tandem with world’s leading cricket statisticians, data scientists as well as player representatives, to determine a world standing for every player representing their performance in the formats – domestic cricket, international cricket, and for franchises.

The Indian Premier League 2018 season will bring about major changes in T20 Player Performance Index, as 58 of the top 100 cricketers in the list are to take part in the cash-rich Indian T20 league.

How is the T20 Player Performance Index Calculated?

BATTING

Batting strike rate: Runs scored divided by balls faced, adjusted to ensure incremental gain for the highest strike rates

Batting aggregate: Based on batting average across all innings

Percentage of total team runs scored: Runs scored by the batter as a percentage of the total runs scored in all games in which he played; contributes to normalising the effect of the pitch or conditions.

Boundary strike rate: The percentage of balls faced hit for 4 or 6

Activity rate: The percentage of balls faced where at least one run is scored

BOWLING

Economy rate: Runs conceded divided by overs bowled. This is also split by the stage of the innings (powerplay, middle overs and death overs) to allow for varied expected values.

Indexed economy rate: Measures a player’s economy rate vs the average economy rate in matches played (again dependent on the stages of match in which the overs are bowled). A better economy rate than average scores positive points, a worse economy rate than average will score negative points. Contributes to normalising the effect of the conditions.

Bowling aggregate: Based on wickets taken vs balls bowled and runs conceded

Wickets as a percentage of possible maximum: Wickets taken as a percentage of the total possible in all matches bowled (i.e. matches bowled x 10 wickets)

Percentage of sixes conceded: The percentage of balls bowled which are hit for six

Dot ball percentage: The percentage of balls bowled where no run is scored

FIELDING

Fielding dismissals per match: Successful catches, run outs and stumpings all contribute to a player’s points

Byes conceded: Wicketkeepers only; measured vs the overall average

After the base metrics are analysed, the Index algorithm takes into account other weighting factors – such as match context, opposition strength and tournament calibre – are thrown into the mix before final scores are attributed.