Federation of International Cricket Association's (FICA) has just released their list of Top 10 T20 players in accordance to their new Player Performance Index.
However, this list misses a very big name in Indian captain Virat Kohli. Kohli is presently the No. 1 ranked batsman in ICC ODI rankings, No. 2 in Test rankings and No. 3 in T20 rankings. He became only the second man in cricket history, who’s Test and ODI rating exceeded 900 simultaneously.
Virat Kohli's exclusion from the FICA’s top 10 T20 players list is surprising as he is also the most expensive player in IPL, as RCB retained him for Rs 17.5 crores for IPL 2018. The FICA released list had Glenn Maxwell at the top and West Indian spinner Sunil Narine behind him.
The T20 Player Performance Index is the first system to evaluate players’ performance based on both domestic and international cricket. Maxwell currently holds the top spot with 786 points and will look to gain points in the Pakistan Super League. However, the list will see major changes when IPL 2018 begins on April 7, as 58 of the top 100 players are scheduled to take part in the league.
The T20 Player Performance Index is the product of 18 months’ work between FICA and The Cricketer Publishing Limited (TCPL) – owner of The Cricketer Magazine and Cricket Archive.
Following are the base metrics which determine the PPI (Courtesy of timesnownew.com):
Batting strike rate: Runs scored divided by balls faced, adjusted to ensure incremental gain for the highest strike rates.
Batting aggregate: Based on batting average across all innings
Percentage of total team runs scored: Runs scored by the batter as a percentage of the total runs scored in all games in which he played; contributes to normalising the effect of the pitch or conditions.
Boundary strike rate: The percentage of balls faced hit for 4 or 6
Activity rate: The percentage of balls faced where at least one run is scored
Economy rate: Runs conceded divided by overs bowled. This is also split by the stage of the innings (powerplay, middle overs and death overs) to allow for varied expected values.
Indexed economy rate: Measures a player’s economy rate vs the average economy rate in matches played (again dependent on the stages of match in which the overs are bowled). A better economy rate than average scores positive points, a worse economy rate than average will score negative points. Contributes to normalising the effect of the conditions.
Bowling aggregate: Based on wickets taken vs balls bowled and runs conceded
Wickets as a percentage of possible maximum: Wickets taken as a percentage of the total possible in all matches bowled (i.e. matches bowled x 10 wickets)
Percentage of sixes conceded: The percentage of balls bowled which are hit for six
Dot ball percentage: The percentage of balls bowled where no run is scored
Fielding dismissals per match: Successful catches, run outs and stumpings all contribute to a player’s points
Byes conceded: Wicketkeepers only; measured vs the overall average
Here are the top 20 cricketers in T20 format, which sees Virat Kohli placed at no.13 spot: