Perhaps, India missed an in-form Rohit Sharma in the ODI series © Getty Images
Perhaps, India missed an in-form Rohit Sharma in the ODI series © Getty Images

India put up yet another disappointing performance during the recent triangular series featuring the Men-in-blue alongside England and hosts Australia, failing to win a single match. Amit Banerjee analyses and rates the performances of the members of the Indian squad who played in the tri-series.

India did not do much to change their reputation of being a weak overseas team, especially when playing in countries such as Australia, failing to win a single game till the end of the triangular series. Many fans had harboured a lot of hopes from the Indian team to at least prosper in the one-dayers after their 3-1 series win in England in the summer of 2014. What disappointed the Indian fans the most in the One-Day Internationals (ODIs)  was the batting, which never produced enough runs to take the pressure off the bowling attack.

Following are the marks out of ten for the Indian players in the triangular series:

MS Dhoni 3/10: The Indian skipper scored 70 runs in three innings in a forgettable series that saw him not adding any value to his career graph. Dhoni excelling in the middle-order has usually helped India reach a desired total when batting first, which unfortunately could not materialise in the series in which India were dismissed for 200 and below in twice in three completed innings.

Shikhar Dhawan 2/10: The dashing southpaw from Delhi has had a terrible season so far and risks being shown the exit in the near future, having scored a mere 49 runs in four innings at an average of a little over 12. While it might have led to an immediate sacking of most other players, the selectors might give him a final chance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which would be a do-or-die situation for Dhawan.

Virat Kohli 1/10: Kohli turned out to be the biggest disappointment in the ODI leg of the Australia tour. The new-age prodigy, who amassed 692 runs in the Test series at an impeccable average of 86.50, including four centuries, scored a mere 24 runs in four innings. It was the failure of key batsmen such as Kohli that could be the reason behind India’s miserable totals.

Rohit Sharma 9/10: Rohit managed to silence his critics when he hit 138 in India’s first game of the series, burying the belief that he cannot score runs in Australia and other such conditions. Though his century went in vain in that game, he managed to earn the respect of his team-mates, selectors and fans and would have sealed his spot in the side for quite some time now. He could not play any other match in the series as he sustained a hamstring injury.

Ajinkya Rahane 7/10: Rahane was among the few impressive Indian cricketers in the tri-series, scoring 146 runs in four innings at an average of nearly 37, including a hard-fought 73 at the WACA in Perth against a bowling attack that consisted of Chris Woakes and Steven Finn, both of whom were in impressive form.

Suresh Raina 5/10: Raina was in good touch in the India’s first game against Australia at the MCG, scoring 51 runs off 63 deliveries and sharing a 126-run partnership with Rohit Sharma. The left-handed batsman however, failed to rediscover that touch in the remaining two innings that he played, scoring a solitary run in each of them.

Ambati Rayudu 4/10: Rayudu could not utilise his potential as a batsman to the fullest in the series, scoring 58 runs in the three innings that he played. Rayudu showed he was vulnerable bouncy Australian tracks, which bowlers such as Steven Finn utilised to their advantage.

Ravindra Jadeja 1/10: ‘Jaddu’, as he is affectionately known amongst his team-mates and fans, did not make much of a difference in India’s final game of the series as well as his only appearance in the tri-series, which was against England at Perth. He was dismissed for just five after mistiming a pull off a short delivery by Stuart Broad. The batting blip was followed by a dull spell with the ball, in which he conceded 62 runs in 9.5 overs without taking a wicket.

Ravichandran Ashwin 3/10: Ashwin played only one match and remained unbeaten on 14 from 20 deliveries at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) against Australia, making it tough to judge whether he could have gone on to script a memorable innings in a longer stay at the crease. He is known to put his bat to good use on many an occasion (has a Test average of nearly 36 in as many innings). With the ball, Ashwin could do little to stop the Australians from chasing the target down with an over to spare, as he conceded 54 runs in nine overs, dismissing opposition skipper George Bailey in the process.

Stuart Binny 6/10: Binny managed to impress in the tri-series with his all-round abilities, especially his haul of three for 33 in the game against England at Perth, as well as top-scoring in India’s batting disaster in the encounter against the same opponents at Brisbane. Binny re-established his role as a lower-order batsman, and more importantly, an all-rounder in the Indian squad.

Akshar Patel 4/10: While Akshar may not have had a great series, if one is to go by statistics purely, the rookie spinner bowled an interesting spell in India’s final game against England at Perth, where he managed to utilise the bouncy track to his advantage and trouble a batsman of Eoin Morgan’s calibre with it. A disappointing moment for the youngster was getting out on a duck during the ODI against England in Brisbane.

Mohammed Shami 5/10: The right-arm pacer was disciplined during the Perth ODI against England, in which he bowled nine overs and conceded only 31 runs at an economy of a little over three.  His cameo with the bat in the same ODI, scoring 25 runs off 18 deliveries, helped India add 35 runs for the last wicket in order to reach the 200-run mark.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/10: Bhuvneshwar, who will be one of the key figures in India’s bowling attack in India’s World Cup campaign, did not justify that tag in the recently-concluded series. While he had an average outing in the Melbourne ODI against Australia, conceding 44 runs while taking a wicket, he was terrible in the Brisbane ODI against England, where he gave away 18 runs in two overs before being pulled out of the attack.

Mohit Sharma 6/10: Mohit took two wickets in the Perth ODI against England, taking two wickets for 36 runs, including the important wicket of Ian Bell early in the England innings that helped mount the pressure on the Englishmen. One may assume he was under-utilised in the series and that he should have been given another shot. Mohit’s exclusion from the final 15-member squad for the World Cup could have limited his opportunities in the tri-series.

Umesh Yadav 3/10: Umesh took two wickets for 55 runs in the Melbourne ODI against Australia, which was not much of a hindrance in Australia’s march towards the 268-run target that India had set. He had a worse spell against England in the subsequent match, conceding 42 runs from six overs at an economy of seven.

(Amit Banerjee, a reporter at CricketCountry, takes keen interest in photography, travelling, technology, automobiles, food and, of course, cricket. He can be followed on Twitter via his handle @akb287)