With the curtains down on the T20 series, it’s time to reflect on how the team fared in the series. India lost the series to the Proteas 2-0 and if rain had not played spoilsport in Kolkata who knows how things might have turned out.
The team did not perform as a cohesive unit and serious changes are needed to turn the tables in the ODI series.
So in the light of the upcoming ODI exam lets see how the players have performed in the T20 class test.
Securing the highest marks in a class of sorry performers are Rohit Sharma and R. Ashwin. Both Sharma and Ashwin stood out in the dismal show of cricket by the Indian team and shined in their respective areas. Sharma wowed everyone with his 128 runs in the series that included a delightful ton and Ashwin bowled brilliant spells at an economy rate of 6.25 securing a total of 4 South African scalps. If the match at Eden Gardens wouldn’t have been abandoned, these two would have been pivotal in winning the match for India.
This category includes the players who everyone sees as the game changers and who possess immense talent but did not create an impact on this series. These players have always effortlessly passed with flying colours and make cricket look easy. They are regarded highly by all teams and strategies are made on how to tackle the threat these players pose. But unfortunately in this test they were superceded by their counterparts in the opponents team. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Shikar Dhawan and Harbhajan Singh have failed to impress in this series despite the hoards of talent and experience they possess. With the ODI series right around the corner and to boost India’s chances, they have to rise up to their potential.
These are the players who have failed to impress whatsoever. Their performance in the series was beyond dismal to say the least. Bagging the least marks and ruling the bottom part of the report card are Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Sreenath Aravind, Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma. These players essentially represent a newer and younger brand of cricketers whose rise to the Indian team depends heavily on their performances in the IPL and domestic arena. But their performances in the series question their talent and thus their selection. The band of bowlers had no wickets to boast of and the batsman in this category did not do much too much to add to the team score. The only decent performer in this group would be Axar Patel who scored more runs than Rayudu and saved face as a bowler by taking at least 1 wicket in his 2 matches.
SCORE: 0.5/10 (Axar Patel:3/10)
THE DECLINING MONITOR
Mahendra Singh Dhoni maybe one of the best cricket captain in the recent era but his performance in the T20 matches seem to be a sign of dwindling fortunes and point to a much-needed change. Dhoni’s T20 series story has been marked by 25 runs and poor captaining. In a big way, Dhoni’s inability to lead the team from the front has cost India the series.
Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny and Amit Mishra were the three players who didn’t get to prove their worth in this series. The one opportunity that came their way was also washed out in the rain at the Eden Gardens. But if you are a fan of these players, all hope’s not lost. With introspection being the major agenda of the Shastri management and with changes on the cards they might just get a chance to play in the ODI series. But the question still remains; will their infusion in the team reap benefits?
SCORE: NOT APPLICABLE