India launched their World T20 campaign with a defeat at the hand of New Zealand and ended it with a defeat at the hands of West Indies in the semifinal. In between India have won matches against Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Australia.
Here are the ratings of India players :
MS Dhoni: Indian captain throughout the series stuck with his stubborn captaincy. He got a life against Bangladesh, and Virat Kohli made everything look easy against Australia and Pakistan. But, his captaincy cost India the first match against New Zealand. However, he masterminded a brilliant display against Bangladesh. In the match against new Zealand, he was outclassed by Kane Willaimson.
With the bat, he contributed 89 runs through the series. He batted at No. 6 mostly so he got fewer deliveries and utilized it for maximum runs. He is very fit and ran quick singles and twos.
Virat Kohli: Cricket got a living legend in Kohli. This Indian star brought India in the semifinal against West Indies alone. He played some of the best innings of T20 cricket. He helped India chase down 118 against Pakistan in 16 over and 161 against Australia with five balls remaining. India was overdependent on him that affected India’s chance in the semifinal as other batsman failed to back in the groove.
He scored 278 runs at an average of 135.5 and a strike rate of 147.7. Cricket fraternity gave him a standing ovation. Kohli era resembles Sachin Tendulkar’s era where other batsmen failed to fire and India lost crucial matches.
Rohit Sharma: This opener failed to fire throughout the series. His inability to give India a good start created constant pressure on Virat Kohli and middle order. Before the semifinal, he scored 45 runs. But in the semifinal, he played 47 run innings. It proved that Rohit Sharma can bat only on a flat wicket and tricky pitches will always trouble him if he doesn’t improve his footwork.
Shikhar Dhawan: He was dropped from the semifinal match after his series of failure since the Asia Cup T20 final. This southpaw scored 43 runs in four matches. He and Rohit Sharma could not give India a good start and zero fifty run partnership in this World T20 speaks volumes about the pair. India finally got a 62 run partnership in the semifinal between Ajinkya Rahne and Rohit Sharma.
Suresh Raina: His inconsistency made the middle order shaky. However, he played a hard-fought innings against Bangladesh. His total contribution in the last four matches in 41. He couldn’t get to bat in the semi-final as India lost only three wickets. Raina, though, took two wickets against Pakistan and Bangladesh. But, he was picked for his battings skills which he failed to justify. There are some batsmen who come up with immense talents but never blooms, Raina is one of them. His problem with short pitch ball never gets rectified.
Yuvraj Singh: He is a batting great for many. But, this World T20 probably his last and the star of 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup will raise the curtain on his international career. He didn’t disappoint in this tournament. He contributed against Pakistan and Australia. He gave Virat Kohli much needed confidence building partnership against Pakistan and Australia as India lost three wickets quickly. But Yuvraj Singh couldn’t rise beyond this. He played second fiddle. He suffered an ankle injury while batting against Australia that ruled him out of the World T20. His total contribution to the team is 51 runs and the wicket of Steve Smith. He could have taken a few more wickets if MS Dhoni had thrown the ball to him against Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Hardik Pandya: He has had a flamboyant presence on the ground. He has become a hero after defending two runs against Bangladesh in three balls. He took two wickets but on another day, he became villain against West Indies as he overstepped that deprived India from taking a wicket in a crunch situation. However, Pandey is highest wicket taker of India with five-wicket in the entire tournament. He got a chance to bat only in one match against Bangladesh where he scored 15.
Ravindra Jadeja: Throughout the series, he took only four wickets and conceded 110 runs. he has conceded 62 runs in four matches and 48 against West Indies at the flat Wankhede pitch. With the bat, he has made a contribution of 12 runs against Bangladesh. In the semifinal, he could have become a hero but he touched the rope while taking a beautiful catch at a crucial time.
Ravichandran Ashwin: India’s prime spinner conceded 95 and took only three wickets in the tournament. His only remarkable performance came against Bangladesh as he took two wickets. But when your main spinner fails to take wickets then it reveals how opposition approaches the spinners. Ashwin bowled his quota four overs in two matches against Bangladesh and New Zealand. But, Dhoni kept him away against West Indies, Australia, and Pakistan.
Jasprit Bumrah: This young 22-year-old bowler has impressed cricket fraternity with his ability to bowl a deadly yorker and a slower delivery. He took four wickets in this World T20, the second highest by an Indian bowler after Pandya. In the semifinal the way he silenced Chris Gayle was a stunning moment for every cricket fan. This was his first world T20 since he made his debut against Australia in January. If he nurtures well then he can be a leather fast bowler from India.
Ashish Nehra: Old is really gold. 36-year-old bowler Ashish Nehra proved that. He was the pillar of strength of Indian bowling department in this World T20. He completed his quota four overs in all four matches, except the first match against New Zealand. He didn’t concede 30 runs in none of the matches. He took one wicket in each of the five matches. He is the highest wicket-taker for India jointly with Hardik Pandya. In the match against West Indies when every Indian bowler was battered by West Indies batsmen, Nehra kept Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell on their toes.
Ajinkya Rahane: He was benched throughout the series but was called upon to open in a semifinal, as Yuvraj Singh’s injury and Shikhar Dhawan’s off form gave him an opportunity. He played a second fiddle when Rohit Sharma started battering West Indies bowlers. Rahane scored 40 off 35 balls. In 2014 World T20 he also played the semifinal replacing Shikhar Dhawan.
Ratings: 2.5/5 (Match ratings)
Manish Pandey: He replaced injured Yuvraj Singh who was ruled out from the tournament after suffering an ankle injury against Australia.
Harbhajan Singh:The off-spinner has spent the series watching India’s campaign from the dugout.
Mohammad Shami: N/A
Pawan Negi: There was a rumor that Negi would play the semifinal but as the match was played on a flat pitch Manish Pandey got a chance to play the match.