The Indian Cricket Team displayed a poor performance in the series against England. They were completely outplayed by England in the 5-match test series where they lost by a margin of 3-1. Notably, 2 of the 3 defeats were by a margin of an innings or more. Also, none of the Indian batsmen did not possess a batting average of over 45 in the series. Now, after the conclusion of the series, Sportzwiki brings you the Report CARD of the Indian team based on their performances.
1. Murali Vijay: 7.5/10 : This Indian opener did play some fine knocks in the series and he also struck a vital century in the first match of the series. But he failed in the last two tests. Overall, his performance was quite good.
2. Gautam Gambhir: 0/10 : The Captain of the IPL Champions failed considerably in the series. He was picked up in the first XI for the first time in the 4th test and he did not manage to make a mark. His batting average is near to 6 and did not make any contribution to the team. He deserves the Golden Duck.
3. Shikhar Dhawan: 3/10 : He was the opener for the first 3 tests and in most of the times, he did manage to get starts but failed to convert them into huge ones. Also he failed to make some good opening partnerships with Vijay and thus he stands with 3 points.
4. Cheteshwar Pujara: 4/10 : This person was exposed to the new ball for most of the times in the series and thus he failed to deliver in most of the times. He managed to score a single half century which gives him these points. He scored a total of 222 runs in 10 innings.
5. Virat Kohli: 1/10 : Mr. Consistent of Indian Team did prove to be Mr. Inconsistent for them in the series. With 134 runs in 10 innings at an average of nearly 13, this man has disappointed with his performance terribly. But it will be too early to question his position in the Indian team. Bad times do come and he will surely comeback with a bang.
6. Ajinkya Rahane: 6/10 : This man played well in quite a few occasions and did score a century at Lord’s. But he failed considerably in the 4th and the final test which made him to loose points.
7. MS Dhoni: 8.5/10 : Some might seem surprised by this kind of rating. But it was a fact that he stood the lone warrior for the team in the series and he was the only person to score half centuries in the final two tests for India. Arguably, this might be his best overseas performances till date with respect to batting. But he did make some mistakes in his captaincy which made him to loose a point.
8. Ravindra Jadeja: 5/10 : His blistering innings at Lord’s was surely a match winning one. Apart from that, he did not make much of a contribution for the team’s good. His bowling was quite ordinary and also he failed with the bat as a whole.
9. Stuart Binny: 4/10: He played 3 tests in the series and his innings of 75 runs was surely a match saving one. Apart from that, he did not manage to make much of a contribution with the bat and with the ball he remained poor.
10. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar: 8/10 : He was the priceless all-rounder for India and was also the prime performer for them. His 3 half centuries in the series were of sheer importance. Also, he was brilliant with the ball. He took 19 wickets in the series and scored 247 runs. He was over-used in the series and bowled 173 overs.
11. Pankaj Singh: 0/10: He was picked up in the squad as a replacement of Ishant Sharma in the third and fourth test of the series but he was disappointing. He did not maintain a good line and length and batsmen scored runs off him quite freely.
12. Ishant Sharma: 6/10: He was the performer for India in the second test and due to his great spell in the second innings at Lords’, India managed to seal victory. He took 7 wickets and led India to the path of victory. But due to an injury, he did not play in the next two tests and he disappointed in the final test.
13. Mohammad Shami: 0/10 : Prior to the series, he was considered as the prime bowler and India relied heavily upon him but he did not come up with expectations and put up a more than ordinary performance.
14. Varun Aaron : 3/10 : He was included in the squad in the third test and he performed averagely. Despite of his drought from taking wickets, he impressed many with his pace. His bouncers were indeed fiery. And these are still early days of his career and he is sure to improve later.
15. Ravichandran Ashwin: 4/10: He was included in the squad for the first time in the fourth test of the series. He rescued the team by building a great partnership with the skipper but he failed to impress with the ball. He did take a few wickets but never was able to build pressure on the batsmen.