Samit Patel Takes the Lead in the Final Stretch for the FTI MVP Title – 16/09/13
Samit Patel leads Moeen Ali by a solitary point in the FTI MVP Rankings with just a fortnight remaining of the domestic season. Ali has led for the last month, but it’s advantage Patel by virtue of the fact he has two LV=County Championship (LV=CC) matches and the Yorkshire Bank 40 (YB40) final still to play compared to the Worcestershire man’s one LV=CC match. The table below shows how similar their campaigns have been, with consistency across all three forms of the game, the key. Ali’s numbers are at first glance more impressive, but remember he loses 20% of his LV=CC MVP points because they are acquired in division two.
Ali has scored 550 runs more than Patel in Championship cricket this season. Ali has 1,331 LV=CC runs including four hundreds and eight fifties; whereas Patel has three hundreds and, unusually, no fifties. Patel shades the bowling stats, having taken eight more wickets and also has the better numbers in the YB40 where he is ranked second. Ali had the better T20 campaign, however, scoring more runs and out-performing Patel in terms of strike rate and economy rate. The career ranking and average points ranking – bearing in mind the inception of the MVP Rankings was in 2007 – suggests that, while Ali is a top county performer, he’s still got a little way to go to match the domestic career of Patel who has been the most successful player since the Rankings began.
In the LV=CC FTI MVP Rankings, Graham Onions has moved on to the shoulder of leader Jeetan Patel after taking nine wickets in Durham’s win over Derbyshire (4-62, 5-23). Durham are now odds on to take the Championship Pennant and Onions has been the spearhead of their potent attack. He’s now taken 60 Championship wickets and has the highest points-per-game average (30.21) of any player that has played three games or more. Interestingly, the top five players in the LV=CC FTI MVP Rankings, using the ‘average-points-per-game’ criteria, are all in the Ashes squad. Joe Root (48.53) is top, Kevin Pietersen (whose unbeaten 177 at Headingley earned 42.48 points) is second, with Stuart Broad slightly ahead of Onions in third (32.46 points) and Graeme Swann in fifth with 28.09 points per game. Onion’s England colleagues have each only played a couple of Championship games.
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