So India finally managed to get a consolation victory for themselves as they defeated Bangladesh in the 3rd ODI of the series by 77 runs. It was a match where finally everything went right for team India. Their batsmen scored, their bowlers took wickets and above all skipper Dhoni looked like the captain we have always known him to be. Although this victory did not affect the result of the series which went in the favour of Bangladesh, still it should act as a moral boost for India.
In this short tour in Bangladesh, India played one test match which resulted in a draw and three ODIs which the hosts won 2-1. In the test match, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay scored their individual centuries accompanied by Rahane’s breezy knock which helped India to score a huge total as captain Kohli had to declare due to lack of time. After that some classic spin bowling from the spinning duo of Ravi Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, who scalped 8 wickets amongst themselves, forced Bangladesh to follow-on. It could not add to India’s advantage as the match ended in a draw due to shortage of time as much of the match was marred by rain.
Speaking of the ODI series, especially in the first two matches, India’s batting was hugely disappointing and bowling attack looked petty average. These two combined factors led to the downfall of India, which led to their first ever series defeat in the hands of Bangladesh. In the third ODI, India did a turn around of the events and were finally able to end the tour on a winning note.
Lets take a look at the Player ratings of all the 20 Indian players who featured in this Bangladesh tour:
1) Shikhar Dhawan(9/10)
Shikhar struck a century in the Test match and two half centuries in the ODI series. He was in a fine touch throughout the matches and never missed an opportunity to score runs as he is the highest run getter in this tour although he has to compete with KL Rahul for the opening spot in the Test squad.
2) Murali Vijay(8/10)
He only featured in the one-off Test match and did not disappoint the Indian fans as he struck a century and along with his opening partner Dhawan helped India to impose a huge total in the Test match.
3) Rohit Sharma(6/10)
Test skipper Kohli chose to go with Rohit instead of Test regular Cheteshwar Pujara for the number three spot but the decision simply backfired as Rohit could not contribute to the score. In the ODIs, he got a half-century in the first match and in the rest two, he did have a good start but failed to carry forward his innings.
4) Virat Kohli(3/10)
The Indian Test skipper was lauded for his aggressive captaincy in the one-off Test match but his batting form remained a head-ache for his team. Both in the Test and the ODIs, Kohli could not contribute any substantial innings, which affected the team, especially in the ODI series. He clearly looked out of touch and his weaknesses were taken advantage by the rival bowlers.
5) Ajinkya Rahane(6/10)
The technically strong Rahane missed out his century in the Test match just by two runs. He strike rate in the Test was near to 100 which amazed a lot of people. He played in the 1st ODI but was unable to score runs and was later dropped from the team for the remaining ODI’s which raised a question on captain Dhoni’s decision.
6) Ambati Rayudu(5/10)
Rayudu was chosen over Rahane by ODI skipper Dhoni for the last two ODI matches of the series. Rayudu failed to open his account in the decisive 2nd match which cost India the series but in the final match, he did score and built partnership but was unlucky to have missed out his half-century due to an erroneous decision from the umpire.
7) Mahendra Singh Dhoni(6/10)
The ODI skipper of India did look a bit rusty in the first two matches of the series. His captaincy was under fire after India lost his the series to Bangladesh. A number of decisions taken by him during the matches did not work as planned and he was so heavily criticised that he offered to step down from the his position. Although Dhoni promoted himself to the number four in the batting order and scored runs for the team, he could not possibly prevent the downfall of his team.
8) Wriddhiman Saha(4/10)
Saha featured in the one-off Test match and both his batting and bowling performances were bot up to the mark. He could not score much while batting and he missed stumpings and slipped catches. If he has to retain his spot in the Test squad, he has to deliver more than that.
9) Suresh Raina(9/10)
Raina has now become one of the key players for India in the limited overs format. He bats down the order, has to take the responsibility to score runs if the batting order fails and also has to contribute with his bowling. In this series he was called to bowl when other bowlers were being hammered to check runs and he got some vital wickets with his off-spin. His batting performance was not that impressive as it was expected to be but still one can’t deny that his all-round abilities are priceless to India.
10) Ravindra Jadeja(2/10)
He is considered to be a bowling all-rounder in the Indian team but in the two matches he played in this series he could not impress either with his bowling or batting. His left arm spin looked quite bleak and his batting was never his plus point. He was replaced by Stuart Binny in the last ODI and its a matter of time to see how long he manages to keep his position in the team.
11) Axar Patel(4.5/10)
Axar is the main competitor of Jadeja for a place in the Indian squad. Both of them are known for their left arm spin and their batting abilities are still questionable. He was used in for two matches in the series and but his all-round performance was average. He has to work on his cricketing skills if he wants to cement his place in the Indian team.
12) Stuart Binny(5.5/10)
Binny was given a chance in the final ODI in the place of Jadeja. He started the bowling attack with his medium pace for India, mainly because he created mayhem in the last tour in Bangladesh where he took his career best 6/4. He came to bat in the final few overs did well to get some quick runs and his bowling was satisfactory.
13) Ravichandran Ashwin(9.5/10)
This 28 year old off-spinner has been the pick of the Indian bowlers throughout the tour. He spun a web around the opposition batsmen with his off-spin and has been the most economical as well as successful bowler for India. His off-break and carrom ball has been troubling the Bangladeshi batsmen on a regular basis.
14) Harbhajan Singh(8/10)
The veteran off-spinner made his comeback to the Indian Test side with a bang. Although Ashwin did most of the damage in the Test match, Bhajji accompanied his spinning partner equally, scalping three wickets and marked his return on the pitch.
15) Umesh Yadav(1.5/10)
He is considered to be the fastest of the Indian pacers but his bowling performance in this particular series was absolutely disheartening. His dismissals were few, he constantly lost his line and length in order to bowl quick, as a result he hardly threatened the opposition batsmen. Both in the Test and the ODIs he leaked too many runs as a result he was used less. His excessive use of short pitched deliveries are no more working on the batsmen as they are getting used to it.
16) Bhuvneshwar Kumar(2/10)
Early swing, good line and length and lethal yorkers towards the end are what makes Bhuvi such a dangerous bowler. But unfortunately we hardly saw him in action in the ODI matches against Bangladesh. The rival batsmen were hardly troubled by him which only happens in very rare occasions. He clearly seemed to be out of form which is a major concern for India.
17) Mohit Sharma(1.5/10)
Mohit was only played in the starting ODI match and was later dropped in the series. His slower deliveries seemed to be ineffective against the Bangladesh and on the more he proved to be costly also.
18) Dhawal Kulkarni(7/10)
A worthy replacement for Bhuvi, Kulkarni did a fine job with his accurate bowling and swing. He doesn’t have the pace like Umesh but bowling with good line and length did have a positive impact and he was successful in containing the batsmen. If all goes well, he has the ability to become a regular bowler in the Indian team.
19) Ishant Sharma(2/10)
He featured in the one-off Test match in Fatullah and was seen as a hugely impact-less pacer throughout the course of the match. Neither could he generate speed, nor could he disturb the batsmen with any swing. Its just a matter of time when he loses his place in the pace bowling department of India.
20) Varun Aaron(5.5/10)
Aaron became the sole pacer to take the sole wicket by a pacer as the entire match which was widely spin dominated. He is fast bowler who is tailor made for Test bowling, someone who can bowl long spells at considerable pace and creates chances for wickets.