As we finish two legs of the tournament (10 games each at Tarouba and Queen's Park Oval), the haze around who might qualify for the knockouts has become clear, and that’s also reflective of who features in our Top 10 MVP list. Our Proprietary algorithm finds the top performers of CPL 2020 so far. Is your favourite cricketer in this list? Read to find out.
Our CPL Most Valuable Player (MVP) until the first 10 matches are as follows. The MVP score is accorded to rate performances relative to other players. It takes into consideration strength of the opposition into account and to find the impact of performance in boosting a team’s chances of victory. The Criclytics MVP goes deeper in finding the impact of a performance and aims to show fans the real picture. The factors that go into the MVP calculation include some of the following parameters.
Batting: Runs scored, Batting strike rate
Bowling: Bowling Strike Rate, Dot Balls, Economy Rate
Mohammad Nabi, Jason Holder, Roston Chase occupy the top 3 slots in terms of points gained, and their all-round skills have largely got to do with them occupying the pole positions. Sunil Narine misses out after his team Trinbago Knight Riders opted to rest him after 3 matches, at which point he was one of our top performer at the end of the first leg of the tournament (First 10 Matches at Tarouba)
Some of the other allrounders who have done well and come into the top 10 MVP list this time are Rashid Khan, Mitchell Santner and Kyle Mayers. Along with Holder these 3 players have been the pillar around which Barbados Tridents have rallied, though the other members in the team mostly have disappointed them.
Mid Season- Top 5 Batsmen
The top batsmen so far (by batting rating) have largely been openers who have had different styles to get to the pole position. The batsmen’s batting strike rates have got lesser as the tournament has progressed. They are looking to play deep,anchor the innings till the middle overs, and then cut loose at the death as seen in the case of Glenn Phillips, Johnson Charles and Darren Bravo.
Mid Season- Top 5 Bowlers
This year’s CPL bowling top lists by our MVP points are serenaded by 4 spinners from countries that don’t play much international cricket (Afghanistan and Nepal), and that talks highly about how important tournaments like the CPL is for bowlers from Afghanistan/Nepal to show their wares and skill themselves up. Afghanistan’s contingent at the CPL makes you wonder, if they are going to be the next T20 superstar team like Sammy’s men from 2012 and 2016, having T20 specialists.
St Lucia Zouks and Barbados Tridents dominating the Top 10 MVPs
Two sides have contributed 6 out of 10 players in the MVP list. St Lucia Zouks have rode on the impact that Nabi and Chase have created and been ably supported by Kesrick Williams, Scot Kuggeleijn.
Barbados Tridents have had 4 stellar players in the top 10 MVP but the rest of the side has not quite been supporting these 4 and they have had a very indifferent season winning only 2 games. They lost 2 games that they had in the bag for 80% of the time, by bowling and batting poorly vs TKR and Zouks respectively. Interestingly if you dig into the MVP ranks 11-20, you will also find Ashley Nurse and Charles in that list, which makes it 6 players in the MVP 1-20. The Tridents have been losing largely due to the other 5 who keep weighing them down.
The Top 3 MVPs of CPL 2020 (First 20 Matches)
Nabi and Chase have been the standout performers for the Zouks, forming a key alliance in their tournament resurgence this year. They have been able to keep run-scoring quiet and also been able to take wickets (Nabi had a 5-fer against SKNP). Holder on the other hand has been able to bowl great spells in the powerplays (including delivering maidens) and being able to create opportunities by way of false shots early on in the powerplay
Nabi’s role has largely been to come and deliver 2 overs in the powerplay, and Chase bowls 2 overs in the middle overs, and both have been excellent with the amount of dot-ball pressure they create to take wickets.
Looking at their batting, one marvels at the ability of these batsmen to find their mojo on tracks that have been tough to score.
With the bat, Chase has been holding fort by playing out the innings and batting long, while Nabi and Holder have provided their sides with impetus at the end, toying with bowling attacks having strike rates in excess of 135 each. Nabi and Holder have not exactly been at the top of the run-making lists, but the strike rate, and the impact their knocks have had on the match have been high, propelling them to the top of the Cricket.com MVP table.
While Holder has had a great season, and he plays this season defending the crown, our gut feel is that the race for the 4th spot in the semi-final is between last year's finalists Barbados Tridents and Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Tridents, if you remember did not have a great start to the season last year too, so there is all to play for still at the CPL this year for them. Will Holder lead them to a second title?
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