Top five Indian batsman in 2015
Indian team yet to back in winning track in the sub-continent conditions. The shocking series defeat against Bangladesh put Indian team under the scanner. After the series defeat against Bangladesh, a second string Indian team led by Ajinkya Rahane toured Zimbabwe for three-match ODI series and two matches T20 series. India has won the ODI series, but Zimbabwe drew the T20 series.
But, now India’s reputation at home has also been dipping, as well prepared South Africa lead by AB de Villiers look confident to brush aside India after winning the first ODI at Green Park. The common question is that why Indian team are failing to back their mojo? The reason team is not Indian team is not playing as a unit. India currently has several match winner batsmen, but bowling is still a key area of concern for the captain. With R. Ashwin ruled out from the series after getting injured in the first ODI, Indian bowling department has become weaker than before. Mohammad Shami, who has been extremely consistent last year and in the World Cup earlier this year, yet to recover from his injury. He last played in the World Cup semifinal against Australia.
Have a look at the performances of India’s top 5 batsmen in this year so far.
The opener has been the best opening batsman in the world in the last two years. He played 13 innings this year and scored 710 runs at an average of 59.16, the highest by an Indian batsman. He scored three hundred in this year. Two of his hundred has gone in vain. His 138 has gone in vain at MCG against Australia. The next hundred came against Bangladesh in the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal match at the same venue, that match India have won by 109 runs. He played another big innings against South Africa in the first ODI at Green Park, Kanpur. But, his hundred has gone in vain once again as South Africa defeated India by 5 runs. When India toured Bangladesh in May-June, Rohit played 63 run innings in the first ODI, that also has gone in vain. In the next match, he fell for zero. In the final match, he scored 29 that came for the winning cause.
He is the second highest run scorer for India. He scored 642 runs in 16 innings at an average of 40.12. The left-handed batsman’s flip flop performances have made him sometimes the star of the match. He has been in good shape in the Bangladesh tour. But, he has the tendency to throw his wicket when he settled down. Take an example, in the World Cup semi-final against Australia he was looking ominous for Australia. But, he tried to play over the mid off, the ball was not connected well to his bat, as a result he was caught at the mid-off boundary by Steve Smith. His wicket which followed by Virat Kohli’s wicket dismantled India’s chase. In the first ODI against South Africa, he was trapped LBW only for 23 by Morne Morkel as he tried to play the ball across the line. He has to convert his innings into big. He has the ability. The example is 137 against South Africa in Melbourne in the World Cup. In Bangladesh, he scored two consecutive fifty.
Indian captain MS Dhoni once alleged that Ajinkya Rahane does not possess the ability to rotate the strike in the middle over. So, Rahane was dropped from three matches ODI series in Bangladesh. Indian team is finding difficult to find a place for him in the team. Dhoni is unwilling to keep Rahne in the team. Rahane was too slow in the World Cup semifinal. So, Dhoni decided to drop him. But, the captain was forced to select Rahane for the first ODI against South Africa after Team Director Ravi Shastri urged Dhoni to select the Mumbaikar. Rahane is the third highest run scorer for India in this year. The right-handed batsman scored 535 runs in 16 innings. His average is 38.21 and the strike rate is 73.69. He scored 4 half centuries in this period. His best performance came against South Africa in the World Cup.
Nowadays nobody cares about MS Dhoni’s performance. The captain is the fourth highest run accumulator for India. He tried to salvage India’s hope in the World Cup semifinal. But came under pressure he was run out by Glenn Maxwell. He scored 65 balls 65. His performance in Bangladesh was not too bad but was forgettable. He failed in the first match against Bangladesh, then played 69 run innings that failed to salvage India’s fortune. But, his unbeaten 85 run innings against Zimbabwe while chasing 288 runs target proved he is still the best finisher of the world.
He is the fifth highest run-scorer for India. He scored 452 runs in 13 innings at an average of 37. 66. His strike rate is 100.89, the best among Indian batsmen. His match-winning unbeaten 110 against Zimbabwe at Eden Park, Auckland made sure India finished as group topper. India lost their first 4 wickets inside 92 runs. But a 196 runs partnership with captain MS Dhoni ensured India’s victory against Zimbabwe. In the last ODI against South Africa, he fell chiefly off Imran Tahir that affected India’s chase.
*Stats are updated till 13th October 2015