The Indian cricket team ended its campaign in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup after losing to Australia by 95 runs in the tournament. Throughout the last 40 days, the team played exceedingly well to reach the semis as one of the unbeaten sides in the tournament. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami and Umesh Yadav did well consistently while Ajinkya Rahane failed to turn up for the tournament. Ravindra Jadeja is the one who can be termed as the flop from the Indian side. Let us take a look at the ratings for each and every player from the Indian team. 

Shikhar Dhawan:

Dhawan’s form with the bat before the start of the tournament was a big worry as he struggled in the Test series and in the Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series. But when the World Cup started, Dhawan looked completely confident as he stroked his way to a classy 73 in the Opener against Pakistan followed by a match-winning ton against the Proteas at the MCG. He added 1 more century to his name, this time against Ireland at Hamilton. In the Semi-Finals against Australia, Dhawan set the tone for chasing 329 in 50 overs as he blazed away to a 41 ball 45 and took India to 76-0 in 12.4 overs before holing out to Glenn Maxwell at cover point off Josh Hazlewood that started a top-order collapse which eventually saw India getting knocked out of the World Cup.

Dhawan is the leading run-scorer for India in the tournament as he has amazed 412 runs in 8 innings art an average of 51.50 with a strike-rate of over 90. His 137 against South Africa at The G is his highest in the tournament.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma had a fine tournament

Ratings out of 10: 8.5

Rohit Sharma:

Rohit started off the preparation for the World Cup with a gritty 138 at the MCG against Australia in the first match of the Carlton-Mid ODI series before getting injured that put his participation in the World Cup in a spot of bother. But he got recovered in time for the World Cup and failed in the initial matches. He scored 2 fifties going into the knockouts and scored a brilliant match winning 100 in the Quarter-Finals against Bangladesh. He looked in fine tough against the Aussies in the Semi-Finals before he was castled by Mitchell Johnson. But his scores were not praised enough because it came against the minnows.

Rohit is the second highest run-scorer for India in the tournament as he scored 330 runs in 8 innings at an average of 47.14 and a strike-rate of over 90. His match winning 137 against Bangladesh is his personal best in the World Cup.

Ratings out of 10: 7

Virat Kohli:

A lot was expected from India’s Mr. Dependable Virat Kohli for the World Cup but he failed to turn out in his true colour as he failed to score big apart from his ton against Pakistan in the first match at Adelaide. Since that innings, Virat has got off to a start but failed to convert it into big scores. When the entire nation was expecting him to do what he does the best (chasing a huge total successfully) in the Semi-Finals against Australia, he dashed all the hopes as he was caught behind for just 1 off his long-time nemesis Mitchell Johnson.

Virat has had a below par tournament according to his standards which is set high by the fans. HE has 303 runs in 8 innings at an average of just over 50.

Ratings out of 10: 7

Ajinkya Rahane:

Rahane announced his arrival to the World Cup with some brilliant performances in the Test Series against Australia. After his knock of 79 against South Africa at the MCG, he hardly turned up with the bat in the later stages of the tournament. In the Semi-Finals, while batting with MS Dhoni, Rahane failed to rotate the strike on a consistent basis which rocketed the Required Run Rate in the middle overs. He is the only batsman who failed with the bat for India apart from the one-odd knock against the Proteas.

Just 208 runs from 8 innings with an average of 34 speaks about his performances in the World Cup.

Ratings out of 10: 3.5

Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane had a poor tournament

Suresh Raina:

Suresh Raina was the reason behind India’s success in batting powerplay throughout the tournament as India manages to bat through those five overs without losing a wicket. Raina was the one who batted through the period in most of the occasions and helped the team to increase the run rate. After scoring a fifty against Pakistan in the opening encounter, Rahit didn’t not get that many chances in the next few games and when he got one in the match against Zimbabwe at Auckland, he along with the skipper helped India from being down at 92-4 to chase down 290. He remained unbeaten with a 110 and in the next match i.e. the quarter-finals against Bangladesh Raina and Rohit helped India to reach 300 in 50 overs.

Raina can be hailed unsung batting hero as he has accounted for 284 runs in 6 innings at an average over 56 and strike-rate of 110.

Ratings out of 10: 8

MS Dhoni:

The skipper, who stood up when the team wanted him the most has done a tremendous job with the bat, behind the stumps and while leading his side on the field with some crucial bowling changes and field positions. He helped India to win in two matches one against West Indies and the other against Zimbabwe. He also put in a great fight in the semis and the result could have been different if someone had stayed with him till the end.

The skipper averages over 59 with a strike-rate of 100 plus in the 6 innings in which he has scored 237 runs.

Ratings out of 10: 8.5

Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni- India’s most consistent batsmen in the World Cup

Ravindra Jadeja:

Jadeja, who came in to the World Cup with a lot of expectations from the fans has failed miserably in the tournament. He can be termed as a “Flop” for his poor performances in the tournament.

With the bat, he averages just 14 with 57 runs in 5 innings and with the ball, he has picked 9 wickets at an average of nearly 40 and an economy of over 5, the highest among Indian bowlers.

Ratings out of 10: 3.5

R Ashwin:

Ashwin has really been the biggest positive for the Indian team from the World Cup. Being an offie and bowling in the conditions that does not suit him and with the field restrictions that are considered as the disadvantage for the bowlers, Ashwin has scalped 13 wickets at an average of 25 with an extraordinary economy of 4.28. He kept the teams under check in the middle overs and even in the Semis, he was the only bowler who rose to the occasion with figures of 1-42 in his ten overs.

Ratings out of 10: 9

The Find of the tournament for Team India- R Ashwin

Mohammad Shami

The spearhead of Indian bowling is the fourth highest wicket taker in the World Cup with 17 wickets to his name. He put the opposition on the back-foot in all the matches except the semis. He swung the new ball both the ways early on in the innings and used to keep the batsmen under check in the batting power play and in the slog overs.

Shami has accounted for 17 wickets in the 7 innings at an average of 17.29 with a very good economy of 4.81.

Ratings out of 10: 8.5

Umesh Yadav

The other half of India’s deadly new ball bowlers, Umesh Yadav complemented Shami well throughout the tournament and gave India an early breakthrough in almost all the matches. HE is the leading wicket taker for India, just 1 more than Shami, who formed the nucleus of the bowling unit that took 70 wickets in 7 matches going into the semis. Hr brought Australia’s total in the semis to 328 from a potential 360 plus courtesy a 4 wicket haul in his 9 overs. He is also second in the list of most number of catches taken by a fielder with 8 catches.

Umesh has dismissed 18 batsmen in the World Cup in the 8 innings with an average of 17.83 and an economy of 4.98.

Ratings out of 10: 8.5

India’s pace battery ran through each and every team in the tournament

Mohit Sharma

The late addition to the squad, who replaced Ishant Sharma just before the World Cup due to an injury has did an exceptional job as the third seamer in the team. He backed Shami and Umesh well in the tournament and was a live wire in the field.

Mohit has did a decent job with 13 wickets in 8 matches with an average and economy of 24.15 and 4.98 respectively.

Ratings out of 10: 7

These are the players who took part in all the games in the World Cup. Tgehe likes of Akshar Patel, Stuart Binny and Ambati Rayudu did not play a single match in the World Cup while Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaced injured pacer Mohammad Shami in the game against UAE and bowled just 5 overs.


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