IPL 2020: 5 players who can be the ‘Most Valuable Player’
An all-rounder has the highest probability of getting this award.
Updated - Mar 18, 2020 7:17 pm
The ‘Most Valuable Player of Tournament’ award in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is given to the player who makes the highest impact throughout the tourney. In 2013, a player rating system was introduced to find the ‘Player of the Tournament’. The point rating system is:
An all-rounder has the highest probability of getting this award because he can contribute with the bat as well as the ball. Out of 12 seasons, there have been eight instances of an all-rounder bagging this award.
There has been one such instance when the player with the highest points was not announced as the MVP of the tournament. The incident happened in 2017 when Ben Stokes was presented with the MVP award. Sunil Narine finished the tournament with 298 points whereas Stokes with 270 points. The reason could be the number of matches: Narine played 16 matches while Stokes just 12.
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League is currently delayed due to the Corona Virus threat. The IPL was scheduled to commence from 29 March, however, the tournament has been postponed till April 15 now. The pandemic is spreading rapidly and the BCCI is in no hurry to start the tournament, which can affect the health of the players as well as the public. If the IPL happens, it will mostly be behind the closed doors.
In the article, let’s take a look at five players who can be the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the IPL 2020:
1. Andre Russell
Andre Russell, the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the last IPL season, is one of the top contenders to achieve the same feat again. Russell has been the ‘Player of the Tournament’ twice, joint highest with Shane Watson and Sunil Narine. Since 2015, he has been among the top-ten point-scorer in every IPL edition he has featured in.
His batting style is the best suited for the shortest format of the game. The right-handed batsman came up with an excellent exhibition of brute power-hitting in the IPL 2019. Since IPL 2018, the big man has the best batting strike rate (196.67) and is the top six-hitter (83), among the players who have scored at least 30 runs. Russell has scored 83.54% of his runs through boundaries including 60.29% through sixes, in this duration in the IPL.
The Jamaican all-rounder is a very good player of spin as well as pace. Thus, by hitting boundaries, Dre Russ can earn many points. As far as bowling is concerned, the 31-year-old is a pretty good support bowler, and can bowl two-three overs. Even though he is expensive at times, he can provide breakthroughs to the team. Thus, it also allows him to earn points with the ball too.
Russell is one of the best T20 players and the best T20 all-rounder in the world at the moment. If Russell remains fit throughout the tourney and is used well, he can be the ‘Most Valuable Player’ yet again.