With the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) entering its final phase and group stage fixtures done and dusted, it is now time to take stock and reflect on what has transpired over the course of last 44 days and 56 matches. From leading batsmen to the best bowlers, batting strike-rate to bowling economy, relevant parameters will be set and players’ performance must be scrutinised. One recognition that will be right up there in the minds of fans is which player ends up as the Most Valuable Player in IPL 2018.
Every season, different benchmarks are set to zero in on IPL Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the story is no different for MVP IPL 2018. The IPL 2018 Most valuable player rankings, for that matter, are being calculated on the basis of most number of points collected in the Most Valued Player Index (MVPI). This MVPI rating is done on three basic factors which are mentioned below:
Batting: Runs scored, number of fours and sixes and strike rate.
Bowling: Wickets taken, runs conceded and economy rate.
Fielding: Catches taken and runs saved in the field.
Keeping the above factors and benchmarks in mind, let us now discuss the top 3 players who have been better than the rest and are contenders for the Most Valuable Player in IPL 2018 (MVP IPL 2018) award:
1. Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) – 344 Points
Sunil Narine has certainly rolled back the years and been a real revelation this season. Although he was expected to continue his big-hitting stint at the top of the order as an opener for Kolkata Knight Riders, what has been surprising is his bowling. We have started to see the old Narine which we saw between 2012 and 2014. In 14 group stage matches, he has taken 16 wickets at a good economy of 7.62.
Foxing batsman with his variations, Narine is the player with most points in the IPL 2018 Most valuable player and certainly the favorite to win this prize. He has also scored 327 runs at a staggering strike rate if 190 this season. With Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul now out of the tournament, Sunil Narine will win the IPL Most Valuable Player award at the end of this campaign.
2. Rishabh Pant (Delhi Daredevils) – 314.5 Points
One player who has stood up and shown his mettle amidst the ruins for Delhi Daredevils this season has been young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Such has been the level of Pant’s consistency with the bat that he is currently the Orange cap holder, ending the campaign with 684 runs. Kane Williamson and Ambati Rayudu will, in all likelihood’ overtake the 20-year-old as the season’s highest run-getter but the authority, maturity and class displayed by him will stay continue to hold a place in our memories for a long time.
Fans of Indian cricket team and the national selectors are bound to have been impressed by Pant’s fearless approach which might have just edged him ahead of the likes of Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan in the national scheme of things. Rishabh Pant, with 314.5 rating points, is second on the list of Most Valuable Player in IPL 2018 (MVP IPL 2018).
3. KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) – 304.5 Points
Like Pant, another wicketkeeper who has enjoyed a dream season is Kings XI Punjab’s KL Rahul, who will perhaps go down as the best signing of IPL 2018. Rahul has been among the runs scoring 659 at an average of almost 55 and has been the lone pillar of strength for his team in recent weeks. One must bear in mind that Rahul has been opening the innings and getting a chance to bat in the power-play overs, meaning he has the license to hit boundaries and amass more points like Sunil Narine in the IPL Most Valuable Player race.
Further, Rahul’s ability to keep wickets has been a big contributor in him ending up with 304.5 points in the MVP IPL 2018 table. The 23-year-old has been touted as the future of India’s batting for some time but has been marred with inconsistent performances. Rahul has, in the last few weeks, shown that he can perform at the highest level without going through any real lean patches in between.
Most Valuable Player in IPL 2018 – Top 10 Contenders for MVP IPL 2018
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