Thakor climbs into PCA MVP rankings top 10

Friday 1st July 2016
& News
Written by Danny Painter

Derbyshire batsman Shiv Thakor has climbed into joint fifth place in the Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) Most Valuable Player Rankings.

Thakor marked his return to action after recovering from injury by scoring 123 in this week’s drawn Specsavers County Championship match against Kent at Canterbury.

Thakor contributed 21 per cent of Derbyshire’s first innings 574 which helped him earn 15 PCA MVP points towards his match haul of 17.

The 22-year-old now has 220 PCA MVP points this season, the same as Durham batsman Keaton Jennings. Thakor is the first Derbyshire player to top 200 points in this season’s overall PCA MVP Rankings.

The PCA MVP was introduced in 2007 and is designed by the players to find the cricketers who really win matches by combining all aspects of a player’s performance to give a ranking in relation to his peers.

The revised MVP formula gives full credit to those players whose performances improve their team’s chances of winning.  Points are accrued for all runs scored and wickets taken; these are then adjusted within the context of the match to take into account strike rates and economy rates.

Runs gain more points if they are scored quickly or in low-scoring contests.  Top order wickets taken at the start of the innings are judged more valuable than those that fall later, and bowlers who bowl their overs cheaply (in the context of the match) are given due reward for doing so.

The weightings in the revised formula have been scaled so as to provide continuity with previous seasons, ensuring that the value of an MVP point this year is equivalent to those allocated under previous formulae.

The PCA MVP leader board can be viewed HERE.

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