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In 5 matches, MS Dhoni scored 192 at 38.40 IANS

Barring the 4-1 drubbing against Australia, India have had a successful year across the formats. That is how they kick-started 2016 on a losing note. All the same, what followed was a journey full of howling success. They beat Australia 3-0 in the shortest format, later on winning the Asia Cup T20 2016 as well. And before the recently concluded India-New Zealand series, they beat Zimbabwe in ODIs as well as T20Is. Amidst all this, the only team who could get the better of the rampant Indians in limited-overs was West Indies semi-final of ICC World T20 and 2-T20I series in Florida. Full Cricket Scorecard, India vs New Zealand, 5th ODI

MS Dhoni, for that matter, had a relatively successful year. However, the last time he won a bilateral series in India was two years ago against West Indies. Ever since, he has had a topsy-turvy journey. India lost to Bangladesh 1-2 and South Africa 2-3. Of course, his captaincy was under scrutiny, for there was Virat Kohli making headlines with his leadership in Tests. As a result, India’s 3-2 victory against New Zealand must have been as a short respite for Dhoni. Let’s walk through how the captain and his troops performed in the 5-match series:

Virat Kohli (10/10): Do we even need to rate him? If truth be told, let us not even articulate his genius and cut the chase to his numbers this series. In 5 matches, he plundered 358 runs at 119.33, with a strike rate of 100.84, including 2 half-centuries and a hundred.

Amit Mishra (9.5/10): With Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja rested, the onus was on the 33-year-old leg-spinner to lead the spin attack, which comprised of all-rounder Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav (for only a match) and Kedar Jadhav (part-timer).

Mishra did whatever was asked of him: take wickets on consistent basis. Let alone consistency, he took crucial wickets in every match. And slowly and steadily, he became the leading wicket-taker, with 15 wickets at 14.33 (mark the average). Eventually, for obvious reasons, he was awarded Man of the Series for his extraordinary performance.

Kedar Jadhav (8.5): He was selected as a specialist batsman, given India already have Dhoni to keep wickets. However, he grabbed attention with his off-spinners. He took as many as 6 wickets and at crucial intervals. Well, his average reads 12.16. Is it not enough to earn an 8.5-pointer?

In addition, he scored 90 runs at 45.00, including a crucial 39-run knock in the series-decider.

MS Dhoni (8/10): India captain promoted himself at No. 4, taking charge of middle-order and leaving the job of adding finishing touches to Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav.

In 5 matches, he scored 192 at 38.40, including a match-winning 80 while chasing. Nonetheless, it was spectacular to see Dhoni flaunting his batsmanship with Kohli at the other end, for the two are considered swashbuckling show-stoppers.

Umesh Yadav (7.5): He ended as the second-highest wicket-taker of the series with 8 wickets at 29.50 against a batting-heavy team such as New Zealand. What commendable was he dismissed Martin Guptill thrice: twice clean-bowled and once lbw.

He is known for this wayward, inconsistent bowling. But this series saw a disciplined Umesh on tracks that offered very little for the pacers.

Akshar Patel (7.0/10): The lanky southpaw might be left out once Ashwin and Jadeja are drafted in. But that should not take away the fact that Akshar displayed an impressive performance this series with both bat and ball.

He picked up 4 wickets, which also includes Kane Williamson’s wicket in the final contest. Moreover, he added 79 runs at 26.33 in pressure situations.

Jasprit Bumrah (7.0): His international career is only 10-month old and is already feared by the opposition. Yes, his sling-shot action helps him baffle the batsmen, but it is his accuracy that makes him more lethal among the modern-day pacers.

In 4 matches, he picked up 6 wickets at 22.

Ajinkya Rahane (5/10): He may be class-apart but failed miserably to emulate his style and vigour this series. Given Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out due to injury, the Mumbaikar had a golden opportunity to cement his place at the top with Rohit. However, he ended the series as third-highest run-scorer for India, with 143 runs at 28.6.

Hardik Pandya (5/10): He was added into the squad for strengthening the lower-middle order. But all he could score was 45 runs at 22.5. Barring his crucial 36 in the Delhi ODI, he failed to provide the much-needed impetus. On the other hand, he took 4 wickets at 35.25.

Rohit Sharma (4.5/10): Before the fifth ODI, his average read 12. All the same, he is big match player and does not fail to shine when it matters the most. His magnificent 70 in the final match laid the solid found for Kohli and co., and take India to 269 for 6.

In 5 matches, he scored 123 runs at 24.6.

Jayant Yadav (3/10): It would be unfair to others if we rate Jayant more than 3, as he donned India’s jersey in only one match. Nonetheless, he managed to get his maiden international wicket and scored a runs as well off the only only ball he faced.

Dhawan Kulkarni (3/10): He played in place of the injured Bumrah in the fourth ODI. As a matter of fact, he played in a non-dead rubber match. As a result, he was taken to the cleaners, conceding as many as 59 runs off 8 overs. However, he scored 25 runs at a strike rate of 96.16. Given this and also that he played in an all-important match, does he not deserve a 3-pointer?

Manish Pandey (1/10): Scoring 76 runs at 19 for a batsman who scored a hundred in a 300-plus-run chase against Australia sounds mediocre, does it not? We have seen him play extraordinary knocks in IPL and none of it could he emulate in this series. In fact, it was an ideal opportunity for Pandey, for it was his first series on home soil, the conditions he is well accustomed.

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @kaumedy_)