The recently concluded Test series between India and Australia will be remembered for India’s terrific comeback after their loss in the opening Test match. The Pune’s debacle had kept every Indian on their nerves; as whether the hosts could win the series from there or not. However, Kohli’s Army came back with a bang as they clinched the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a 2-1 victory. Today, we are here with Indian Players’ Ratings according to their performance in the Border-Gavaskar trophy:
Murali Vijay: 4/10
M- 3, Runs- 113, Avg- 22.60, HS- 82
Murali Vijay is undoubtedly India’s one of the most consistent openers these days in Test cricket. However, this time, he had a disappointing series against Australia. After his failure in the Pune Test, he did not play the second match due to the shoulder injury. Skipper Virat Kohli brought back him for the 3rd Test where he showed his class by scoring 82. He had an excellent opportunity to continue his fine form in the 4th Test, but the right-hander failed miserably in both the innings of the final Test.
KL Rahul: 8.5/10
M- 4, Runs- 394, Avg- 65.66, HS- 90
When nobody fired, KL Rahul stepped up and did it for his team. The young Indian opener hit six half-centuries in the series with an average of 65.66. Several people criticised him for not converting his start into a big hundred, but one should not forget his contribution at some crucial stages of the series where every other batsman failed. One of them is the Pune Test which Indian team would want to forget at the earliest. Here, the 24-year old showed his class in the first innings by scoring 64. His highest score in the series was 90 which he scored in front of his home crowd at Bengaluru.
Cheteshwar Pujara: 9/10
M- 4, Runs- 405, Avg- 57.85, HS- 202
Apart from the Pune Test where every Indian batsman suffered, Saurashtra’s Cheteshwar Pujara was up for every challenge in the series. He played a crucial role in taking India to a victory in the 2nd Test by scoring 92. However, his one of the best performances in Test cricket came in the 3rd Test when he scored 202 at Ranchi. The innings was a mixture of perfect balance and solid technique. The 29-year old did not stop here as he went on to score another half century in the 4th Test.
Virat Kohli: 5/10
M- 3, Runs- 46, Avg- 9.2, HS- 15
Virat Kohli is indubitably the finest batsman of this generation. His consistency and conversion rate always keeps him ahead of other greats. The recent series between India and Australia did not go in favour of the Indian skipper as he managed to score only 46 runs in 3 Tests. However, he had a big hand in the series as a captain, which gave him an average rating. The Indian run machine was out of action in the 4th Test because of the shoulder injury, which opened the gate for Ajinkya Rahane to captain the side. Kohli’s lack of runs against the Aussies is not the end of his terrific form as the fighter is surely going to rule in the upcoming tournament.
Ajinkya Rahane: 7/10
M- 4, Runs-198, Avg- 33, HS- 52
It is always important to have a calm and composed nature on the field especially in the longer formats of the game, and Ajinkya Rahane has this quality. The Mumbaikar was brilliant with his captaincy skills in the 4th Test. The right-handed batsman might not be able to score runs in the series, but his little contributions were enough to give him a good rating. Rahane’s highest score in the series was 52 which he scored in the Bengaluru Test. His unbeaten 38 off 27 deliveries in the last Test while chasing, was an excellent effort.
Karun Nair: 2/10
M- 3, Runs- 54, Avg- 13.50, HS-26
Karun Nair would be proud of being a part of this squad, but on the other hand, he would surely be unhappy because of his poor performance in the series. He made a comeback to the side after being left out just after his triple century. However, the right-hander could not take advantage and just managed to score 54 runs in the 3 matches he played.
Ravichandran Ashwin: 8/10
M- 4, Overs-225.2, Wkts- 21, Avg- 27.38, SR- 64.3, BB- 6/41
Ravi Ashwin started this battle from where he left against Bangladesh. The off-spinner was too good for the Kangaroos as he took 21 wickets with an average of around 27 and a strike rate of 64. The 30-year old might have given a tough challenge to every Aussie batsman, but there was David Warner who would surely be getting nightmares of him. Now, at the end of the series, Ashwin has 275 Test wickets to his name in just 49 Tests.
Ravindra Jadeja: 9.5/10
M- 4, Overs- 213.1, Wkts-25, Avg- 18.56, SR- 51.1, BB- 6/63
Without any doubt, Ravindra Jadeja was the best player of the series. He took 25 wickets at an excellent average of around 18. Because of his remarkable all-round performance, Sir Jadeja was awarded as the Man of the Series. Apart from this, the left-arm spinner too bagged the Man of the Match award in the 4th Test. Once again, his sword celebration was one of the most delightful moments of this series.
Wriddhiman Saha: 7.5/10
M- 4, Runs- 174, Avg- 34.80, HS- 117, Ct- 13, St- 1
One cannot replace MS Dhoni, but this man has the capability to become a great wicket-keeper of India. Saha was in exceptional form throughout the series as the wicket-keeper batsman took 13 catches and scored 174 runs including a solid 117 in the 3rd Test at Ranchi. Despite Parthiv Patel’s successful comeback in his absence, the selectors kept him ahead of Patel where he did not disappoint.
Umesh Yadav: 8.5/10
M- 4, Overs- 129, Wkts- 17, Avg- 23.41, SR- 45.5, BB- 4/32
Fast Bowler like Umesh Yadav taking 17 wickets in the series is an incredible performance on the spinning tracks of India. He is undoubtedly India’s most improved cricketer in the last 1 or 2 years. The right-arm fast bowler made good use of the old ball while he was continuously bowling reverse-swinging deliveries. His terrific show in the series is an excellent sign for India for the future overseas tours.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 6/10
M- 1, Overs- 19.3, Wkts-2, Avg- 34, SR- 58.5, BB- 1/27
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was impressive in his only game he played in the series. His genuine swinging deliveries were creating pressure for the Aussie batsmen, but Bhuvi could call himself unlucky not to pick up more wickets. He might have finished the match with only 2 wickets, but the wicket of Steve Smith early in the innings proved to be a positive point for the team.
Ishant Sharma: 3/10
M- 3, Overs- 78, Wkts- 3, Avg- 69.66, SR-156.0, BB- 1/28
Hitting the deck hard is not the only weapon of the fast bowler, and Ishant Sharma was doing the same. He tried to keep the Australian quite with his bouncers and extra pace, but the opposition did not face any difficulty against him. For him, the series will be remembered for his hilarious show against Steve Smith which became quite popular among everyone.