Sri Lanka vs India 2017 – Test Series – Indian Player Ratings
It didn’t take long on the third day to wrap up the formalities as a helpless Sri Lankan outfit chose to meekly surrender to the brute force of India.
For India and Virat Kohli especially, this series will go down as historic, as it marks India’s first ever instance of whitewashing an opposition away from home. For Sri Lanka though, this is the second time they have been whitewashed at home, after the 0-3 drubbing by Australia in 2004.
For the visitors, there were only positives, as the side excelled with every passing outing. Be it come back man Shikhar Dhawan or the ever reliable Cheteshwar Pujara, everyone had formidable outings in the middle throughout the series.
Hence, for the Test series, below we have a look at the player ratings for the Indian players.
- Shikhar Dhawan – 4.5/5:
Everyone thought that Dhawan’s Test career was over for good before an injury to regular opener M. Vijay provided an insight for the southpaw. There was absolutely no looking back for the Delhi dasher, as he began the series with a rapid knock of 190, which just set the tone for the rest of the game. His ton in the third Test was once again devastating for Sri Lanka, as he stamped his authority over the team. Dhawan in all probability has given his Test career a new lease of life with this series.
- KL Rahul – 3.5/5:
Despite missing the first Test due to the flu, KL Rahul was right in the groove at Colombo, as his half-century was elegant. At Kandy too, Rahul followed it up with a decent half-century and looked set for a big one, before throwing it away. With seven consecutive 50+ scores in as many innings and had equalled the world record, it’s time for Rahul now to score the big tons.
- Cheteshwar Pujara – 4.5/5:
Pujara has etched himself among in the all time greats when it comes to batting in Asia. With a batting average of over 65 in Asia, Pujara has mastered the art of scoring some huge runs in the subcontinent. With two colossal tons in the series, Pujara has ensured that Sri Lanka is his happy hunting ground.
- Virat Kohli – 3.5/5:
With the bat, Kohli might not have had a perfect series, but his captaincy was simply stellar, to say the least. With a century at Galle in the second innings, Kohli ensured that his stats remained decent despite missing out in two innings. Captaincy wise though, Kohli deserves full marks for handling his resources and coordinating the field.
- Ajinkya Rahane – 4/5:
Apart from being a consistent run scorer, Rahane is rapidly evolving himself as the best catcher in modern day cricket. His ton at Colombo was a top notch, as he rotated the strike with great efficiency and paced his innings at a smooth rate. As a batsman, Rahane is among the finest batsmen around and this series was just an instance of that.
- R. Ashwin – 4/5:
With 17 wickets and 132 runs, Ashwin ensured that this was another outstanding Test series for him personally. With the ball, he once again portrayed his brilliance, as the tall offie spun a web around the Sri Lankan batsmen, just like he did in 2015. With the bat, he scored one half-century, but mainly it was his skilful bowling which did the job for India.
- Wriddhiman Saha – 3.5/5:
Behind the stumps, Saha has been so crisp and perfect, that pundits around the globe have already termed him as the best Test wicketkeeper at present. With the bat, Saha scored a half-century at Colombo but it was mainly his precise glovework, which stood out in the series.
- Hardik Pandya – 4/5:
Hardik Pandya definitely couldn’t have asked for a better debut series than the one he had in Sri Lanka. Beginning his career with a fine half-century, Pandya took his destructive batting to the very next level with a record breaking ton at Kandy. With the ball, Pandya delivered each time he was handed the ball and with four wickets, he had a productive outing. His main Test lies now in the round of overseas tours, where he will be used more often.
- Kuldeep Yadav – 3.5/5:
One cannot ask more from this Chinaman, as he packed a punch yet again with a fine outing at Kandy. Following his eye catching Test debut at Dharamsala, Kuldeep bowled another stunning spell in the first innings to pick up a four wicket haul.
- Mohammad Shami – 4/5:
With 10 wickets in the series at a mere average of just 17.70, Shami was mesmerizing with the red new ball. In every innings, Shami struck right at the top, making the new ball count and proved that why he was rated so highly among the world’s leading Pacers. Picking a wicket every six overs, Shami simply defined what precise accuracy meant.
- Umesh Yadav – 3.5/5:
Stats again might not suggest how good Umesh Yadav was in the series, but fact remains that his contribution made a vital difference to the side. Picking up a wicket in every inning, Yadav’s primary role was to rattle the Sri Lankan batsmen with his pace, which is what he exactly did.
- Abhinav Mukund – 3/5:
With intense competition in the side, Mukund missed out from the last two Tests, after doing moderately well at Galle. His knock of 81 in the second innings at Galle was quite attractive, as it included an array of eye pleasing strokes.
- Ravindra Jadeja – 4/5:
With 13 wickets in just four innings, Ravindra Jadeja had a ball on the Sri Lankan shores. It was a shameful sight to see him not being a part of the third Test at Kandy, else chances were high of him being named the Man of the Series. He continues to rise as a Test cricketer with every outing and further impressive outings await him.
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