Warwickshire off-spinner Jeetan Patel has moved into second place in the Professional Cricketers’ Association Most Valuable Player Rankings.
The former New Zealand Test player, who won the PCA MVP two years ago, took his 1,000th wicket in senior cricket in Warwickshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against Surrey at Edgbaston.
Patel took seven wickets in the match to earn 42 PCA MVP but they were not enough to save Warwickshire from a heavy defeat. He was in the wickets again on Wednesday when he took three for 32 to help Warwickshire beat Essex in the Royal London One Day Cup quarter-final at Edgbaston.
Patel netted 17 PCA MVP points from that performance which helped him overtake his county team-mate Rikki Clarke and Worcestershire all-rounder Joe Leach to move into second place in the overall PCA MVP on 415 points, 40 adrift of leader Liam Dawson of Hampshire.
Clarke is now in fourth place on 387 points with all-rounder Keith Barker further back in 18th place on 327 points.
But Barker remains the leader of the Specsavers County Championship PCA MVP with 303 points with Patel second in that rankings table with 254 points.
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.