The one off Test between Bangladesh and India might have ended in a draw, but it wasn’t a game marred by boring cricket. Rather, it turned out to be a game which was dampened by inclement weather throughout the course. The Indians dominated the game and it was skipper Virat Kohli’s aggressive captaincy which stole the show. Despite rain constantly hampering the proceedings, Kohli went for the kill and tried to get the 10 Bangladeshi wickets within the last session. However, that wasn’t to be and the game eventually ended in a draw.
With the series coming to an end, it is time to assess the overall performance of the Indians and prepare a report card, which thoroughly analyzes their respective performances.
1. Shikhar Dhawan (9/10):
Dhawan made the most of the opportunity he got as first choice opener KL Rahul was ruled out with an illness. The Delhi dynamite was at his best as he toyed away with the helpless Bangladeshi bowlers. He was extremely lucky though, as he was dropped twice before his ton. With Dhawan making 173, he surely has cemented his place in the side for the Sri Lanka series.
2. M. Vijay (9/10):
Like his opening partner, Vijay too gets a 9 on 10 in his report card. The Tamil Nadu opener was calm and composed throughout, which allowed Dhawan to play his natural game. Vijay has now excelled in every possible condition and with him in the side; the Indians are assured of a solid start.
3. Rohit Sharma (1.5/10):
Virat Kohli grabbed eyeballs at the toss when he persisted with Rohit Sharma over Cheteshwar Pujara. Sharma however, didn’t please his captain one bit as he was dismissed for just 6 off a lazy shot. Had Sharma made it large, he could have surely cemented his place in the playing XI. With a failure to his name, it would be no surprise if Pujara replaces him in the next Test India play in Sri Lanka.
4. Virat Kohli (4/10):
Kohli might not have had a productive outing with the bat, but his captaincy was spot on. With the bat, he was extremely unlucky to be castled as the ball rolled back on to the stumps. His captaincy though, was the brightest spot for India in the game. He was eager to win and that hunger was visible in his eyes. Under Kohli’s captaincy, the Indians are sure to achieve a lot of success in the years to come.
5. Ajinkya Rahane (8/10):
Rahane was simply fantastic for his knock of 98 off 103. He was profusely unlucky though, to miss out on a well deserved ton. But the way Rahane batted, he made it crystal clear that the team cause is way ahead than personal milestones. It was the courtesy of his quick knock, that Kohli could declare quickly and have a go at the Bangladeshis.
6. Wriddhiman Saha (4.5/10):
Like Rohit Sharma, Saha too wasted an ideal opportunity. Saha was dismissed for 6 by wrist spinner Jubair Hossain. However, his wicketkeeping skills were reassuring and he was steady behind the stumps. He had one catch and two stumpings to his name. Nonetheless, Saha would have to improve on his batting, if he is to excel further.
7. R. Ashwin (8.5/10):
Ashwin surely spun a web around the Bangladeshi batting. The tall offie was simply at his best and some of his deliveries were too good to counter. He bowled with a big heart and generated great turn and bounce. In the due course of the game, Ashwin took a well deserved five for and formed a great rapport with fellow off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
8. Harbhajan Singh (7/10):
Bhajji might not have set the stage on fire like Ashwin, but he was handful as well. Initially, the veteran off spinner looked uncomfortable, but once he settled in, he bowled beautifully. He struck thrice and flighted the ball well. His partnership with Ashwin was terrific and the two can surely complement each other in the test matches to come. Harbhajan unquestionably deserves another crack at test cricket.
9. Ishant Sharma (2.5/10):
Even though Ishant didn’t bowl too many overs, he looked pretty pale on a pitch which had very little assistance for medium pacers. Sharma was completely off color and definitely didn’t bowl like a bowler who is supposed to lead the bowling attack. Ishant’s biggest problem has been inconsistency, which hurts him. The Bangladeshi batsmen had no issues against Ishant and looked comfortable.
10. Umesh Yadav (2/10):
Like Ishant, Umesh too had a forgettable outing. Yadav was once again expensive and leaked runs. However, early on he went past the edge of the bat and troubled Kayes to a certain extent. Nevertheless, Umesh surely needs to bowl better than this as a lot of expectations are pinned on him.
11. Varun Aaron (4/10):
Aaron didn’t bowl too many overs but looked well once he found his rhythm. Aaron bowled with a lot of pace and troubled the batsmen with his rare short pitched deliveries. He got the wicket of Soumya Sarkar after setting him up. But like the other two pacers, he too needs to improve big time.