Team India ended a drawn T20I series versus Australia on Friday    AFP
Team India ended a drawn T20I series versus Australia on Friday AFP

The third and final T20I between India and Australia ended without a ball being bowled. This meant that both sides shared honours and ended the series at 1-1. While rain made appearance for more than once, there were some decent performances by players from both camps. Let us walk through Team India’s report card for the T20Is.

Rohit Sharma (3/10; 19 runs): For a player of Rohit’s stature, his fans would rather be disappointed with his failures. While he couldn’t have done anything extraordinary in pursuit of 48 from 6 overs at Ranchi, the vice-captain failed on a two-paced wicket at Guwahati. However, the right-hander was in good flow, scoring 4 boundaries in 19 runs. He just couldn’t get going.

Shikhar Dhawan (2/10; 18 runs): Rohit’s partner, Dhawan, also amassed only 18 runs in the two matches. He remained unbeaten on 15 at Ranchi, and faltered in Guwahati. The track was doing a bit before Dhawan miscued a shot. He would have wanted to make up for his flaws in the series finale, also his home ground in IPL, but rain played spoilsport.

Virat Kohli (3.5/10; 22 runs): These marks are rare in case of India’ famed top order. But a few low scores in limited outings led to this. Kohli was India’s finisher in the first match, but registered his first duck (also, first for any skipper in the format) in the next game. He also took a wrong DRS review in Australia’s chase. For his finishing act, two catches and a run-out, Kohli ends with 3.5 marks.

Manish Pandey (1/10; 6 runs): Pandey had a chance to rescue India after their precarious start at Guwahati. Nonetheless, nothing of that sort happened as he fell to Jason Behrendorff’s heroics. For a dismal show (albeit on a tough surface), he gets a solitary point.

Kedar Jadhav (3/10; 27 runs): Jadhav looked in ominous touch at Guwahati. He was set to take India out of troubled waters by timing his strokes. However, he fell against the run of play. For his promising cameo, he attains 3 points.

MS Dhoni (1/10; 13 runs): Dhoni was nicely set up by Adam Zampa in the second T20I. Before that, he added 43 runs with Jadhav. He had no catches or stumping. There was one tough chance, but he couldn’t sight it properly.

Hardik Pandya (3.5/10; 25 runs and 1 wicket): India’s in-form all-rounder tried his hand in anchoring the innings at Guwahati, but fell for 25. He cannot be criticised much as the main guns fell way too early. With the ball, Pandya dismissed Travis Head at Ranchi.

Kuldeep Yadav (5.5/10; 2 wickets, 1 MoM): Kuldeep troubled Aussies in the series opener. His spell of 4-0-16-2 accounted for two vital scalps: Aaron Finch and Moises Henriques. He was rightly adjudged Man of the Match. But like they say, cricket is a great leveller. He got a taste of his own medicine in Guwahati. He leaked 46 runs while defending 119 runs. He resorted to flighted deliveries but lacked control, and was hammered by Henriques and Head.

He gets 5 points for one-hit-and-a-miss kind of series. The half point is for his 19-ball 16 when the main batters flopped in Guwahati.

Yuzvendra Chahal (3.5/10; 1 wicket): Chahal continued to dominate Glenn Maxwell, Australia’s game-changer in the format. Maxwell became Chahal’s bunny in this trip, and even fell to him on a ball asking to be smashed in the series opener. Nonetheless, apart from Maxwell, Chahal remained at bay. He finished at an economy rate of 6.93 in 7.3 overs, showing more control.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4.5/10; 2 wickets): Bhuvneshwar was the most economical bowler for India. At 5.55, Bhuvneshwar jolted Australia’s chase in the second match. However, there was nothing much he could do when the top brunch disappointed. Overall, he ended with 2 scalps.

Jasprit Bumrah (5/10; 3 wickets): Bumrah was India’s highest wicket-taker at 7 runs per over. He ended with 2 for 17 in the opener, and followed it up with 1 for 25 at Guwahati (in 6 overs). He earns one extra point for leading India’s charge with the ball.

The 15-man squad also contained the likes of Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, Akshar Patel and KL Rahul. Since India played the same line-up in both the matches, none of them got a chance.