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Marsh (Jr) the Sha~~u~~n of Kings XI Punjab

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: He is the chip off the old block. He is yet to make international debut. He joined Kings XI Punjab lineup as late purchase following the recommendation of the Mohali coach and his mentor at Western Australia Tom Moody. His $ 32,000-deal was one of the lowest for overseas players.

A middle-order batsman for Western Australia was asked to open innings after Katich left for Windies tour and he did it with elan. He is boringly consistent. He picked no less than five Man-of-the-Match awards and that too in just 10 games. His blistering 58-ball 100 against Royals pushed his run-tally to 593 at an awesome 74.12. That's Shaun Marsh, a potent weapon of Kings XI Punjab, for you.

This 24-year-old has an insatiable appetite for runs and is evident from the sequence that reads: 84(62), 40(32), 39(34), 58(38), 74(51), 2(5), 81(56), 60(46), 40(31), 115(69)...

Shaun, son of former Aussie opener Geoff Marsh, certainly a chip off the old block, with a wide range of shots, putting his head down, showing the full face of the bat and playing each delivery on merit.

The Marsh (Jr) scored most of his runs with proper cricketing shots. Sheer timing and Sehwag-like hand-eye co-ordination is his forte.

A survey on Player Valuable Index (PV Index), published in an Indian English daily, lists the foreign players in terms of 'value for money - what each run costs on the basis of what they are being paid.

On this index, Shaun Marsh, playing for a relatively paltry fee, is at the head of the list, on $86 per run, with Watson, playing for a fee of $133,000, on $159 per run.

On the other hand Herschelle Gibbs, who had a pretty dismal tournament with the bat, leads the chart from bottom. Gibbs, whose fee of $613,000 means that each run he has made for the poorly performing Hyderabad Deccan Chargers has cost $17,692.

Parting note: Marshs seem to have a special liking for India. Geoff Marsh scored a bucketful of runs in Australia's successful World Cup campaign in 1987 and now his son Shaun making merry on wickets alien to him.

IPL Run Machines


Rank Player
M Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50 4s 6s
1 Shaun Marsh 10
10 2 593 115 74.12 424 139.85 1 5 56 25
2 Gautam Gambhir 13 13 1 523 86 43.58 364 143.68 0 5
67 8
3 Sanath Jayasuriya 14 14 2 514 114* 42.83 309 166.34 1 2 57 31
4 Adam Gilchrist 14
14 1 436 109* 33.54 318 137.11 1 3 51 19
5 Graeme Smith 10 10 2 416 91 52 341 121.99 0
3 49 8
6 Rohit Sharma 13
12 1
404 76* 36.73 273 147.99 0 4 38 19
7 Virender Sehwag 13 13 2 403 94* 36.64 216 186.57 0 3 46 21
8 Shaun Watson 13 13 5 392 76* 49.00
263 149.04 0 3 39 16
9 MS Dhoni 14 13 3 385
65
38.50
293 131.40 0
2 37 13
10 Rahul Dravid
14
14
1 371 75* 28.53 298 124.50 0 2 35 11
Rank Player
M Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100s 50 4s 6s

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