The emphatic run chase in the one off T20I at Colombo brought the end to an extremely successful tour for the men in blue. On paper, India’s tour of Sri Lanka goes down as the most comprehensive tour for any cricketing side, as they whitewashed the hosts in all formats of the game, and a score line of 9-0 across the three forms is just an indication of India’s ruthlessness.
The limited overs were set to test India as the management was keen to check its bench strength, in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup. Well, after 5 ODI’s and a sole T20I, they did get their answers and are now fully prepared to take on Australia.
Below, we have a look at the Indian player ratings for the limited overs assignment in Sri Lanka.
- Rohit Sharma – 4/5:
Making his comeback to international cricket since that ill fated ICC Champions Trophy final, Sharma was exceptional in the ODI series. With 302 runs and 2 mighty impressive centuries, the opener not just rectified his previously shambolic record in Sri Lanka, but also made a hard hitting statement.
- Shikhar Dhawan – 3.5/5:
Dhawan was unfortunate to miss out on the last ODI and the one off T20I, owing to his return to India for personal reasons. But he had a great time in the first four games, as his blistering 132 not out in the first game just set the tone for the Indians in the rest of the series.
- Virat Kohli –(c) – 4.5/5:
Captain marvellous, Virat Kohli has built this Indian team into a side full of ruthless demons, waiting to be unleashed upon the opposition. The highest run getter of the series, Kohli scored 330 in all across the five games, including back to back tons in the last two games. Not to forget, his delightful 82 in the T20I was just a treat to the eyes.
- KL Rahul – 1.5/5:
If there was one individual messing up the ODI series, and his career prospects, it had to be KL Rahul. Being entrusted with the number four job ahead of the experienced and senior Manish Pandey, Rahul was all at sea against the slower bowlers. With just 28 runs in the three innings, he batted in the ODI’s, it’s safe to say that he would well be dropped for the series against Australia.
- Manish Pandey – 3.5/5:
Pandey was the exact opposite of Rahul in this series, as despite getting just limited chances, he made each and every chance count. Beginning the tour with a fine half century in the latter half of India’s innings in the fourth ODI, he ended the tour with another half century, in a run chase in the T20I. Fair to say, he should be India’s number four against Australia.
- Kedar Jadhav – 3/5:
Had it not been for his solid half century in the final ODI at Colombo, this would have been a disastrous outing for the Maharashtra batsman. However, a fine half century saw it Jadhav once again displaying his zeal and talent. Not to forget, picking up three wickets in the ODI series, he presented a more than reliable part time bowling option.
- MS Dhoni – (wk) – 4/5:
This tour was set to define Dhoni’s future in the Indian side, and now it can be said with clarity, that he is here to stay. Across five innings on the tour, including the T20I, Dhoni wasn’t even dismissed once and in the ODI series, scored a total of 162 runs, including a best of 67 not out in the third ODI.
- Hardik Pandya – 2.5/5:
Personally, for Hardik Pandya, a lot more was expected from him in the limited overs, after his ever impressive maiden Test series. With the bat in the four games, he scored just 19 runs and was dismissed twice. With the ball in his hand though, he fared much better, picking up four games. From the batting front though, the Baroda all rounder will have to improve at the earliest.
- Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 3.5/5:
Being wicketless in his first three games of the tour, Kumar was certain to have a disastrous tour had he remained wicketless in the last game too. However, he made amends for that, picking up his maiden five wicket haul in the final ODI. Not to forget, he was also the Man of the Match in the second ODI for his match winning half century in a tense run chase.
- Jasprit Bumrah – 5/5:
Creating a world record across the five ODI’s by picking up the most number of wickets for a pacer in a bilateral series with 15, Bumrah just proved his epitome of class. Time and again picking up wickets whenever he was handed the ball, the pacer can now look to just build on an ever promising career.
- Shardul Thakur – 2/5:
The Mumbai pacer commenced his ODI career in some fine style in the fourth ODI by picking up a wicket and being miserly. However, in the last ODI, Thakur was plundered for plenty and stood wicketless.
- Axar Patel – 3.5/5:
Patel continues to impress in national colours every time he is backed to do well. The series saw him impressing to a great extent, as he picked up 6 wickets in 4 ODI’s. The best part about his performance though was his economy rate, as he gave less than 4 runs per over.
- Kuldeep Yadav – 3.5/5:
It wasn’t pleasing to see India’s best bowler in their previous ODI series being benched for the first three games. Making his comeback for the final two games of the series, Kuldeep picked up three wickets in all and was extremely economical throughout. He had a decent outing in the T20I as well, picking up two wickets.
- Yuzvendra Chahal – 3.5/5:
Chahal impressed quite a bit in the ODI’s and the one off T20I, picking up 5 and 3 wickets respectively in the different formats. Being a wrist spinner, Chahal offers quite a bit to the scheme of things and remains a genuine wicket taker.
- Ajinkya Rahane – 1/5:
One cannot criticize Rahane, as the Mumbai batsman got just one game to prove his class in the limited overs arena. Playing the fifth ODI, he was dismissed for just 5 and didn’t get too many chances to show what he had to offer.