India won series by 2-1    AFP
India won series by 2-1 AFP

India beat New Zealand 2-1 in three-ODI series. Virat Kohli was awarded Player of the Series for scoring 263 runs at a staggering average of 87.6. Let us rate him and his comrades on a scale of 1 to 10.

Rohit Sharma 7/10 (174 runs at 58):

Rohit had said that he will be cautious against Trent Boult, and would play strokes according to the merit of the ball. He instead played a rash shot, giving away his wicket to Boult for the third time in five matches. He then followed it with another lazy shot in Pune. However, he made amends in the third and final ODI, scoring 147 off 138. In the process he became only the second Indian, after MS Dhoni, to hit 150 sixes in the format. However, he took 27 fewer innings than Dhoni did.

Shikhar Dhawan 4/10 (91 runs at 31.33):

It was his fifty in the second ODI that helped India level the series. He could have converted it to a three-figure mark, but he mistimed one straight to extra-cover. That being said, he repeated the same mistake in the final match. This time he holed one out to mid-off. He loses points for throwing his wicket at the wrong juncture.

Virat Kohli 9/10 (263 runs at 87.66):

Kohli started off the series with his 31st hundred, going past Ricky Ponting s tally and placing himself at the second spot in the list of most ODI hundreds (needless to say who aces it). India lost the Mumbai ODI despite Kohli s heroics. Kohli made 29 runs in Pune. He did not mind, as his team won the match anyway.

At Kanpur, Kohli played second fiddle to Rohit. He knew his opener was in an ominous touch.

He meanwhile did what he is best at, and eventually reached his 32nd hundred without anyone noticing. He loses a point for not using Kedar Jadhav s part-time off-spinners in the first ODI, given Tom Latham and Ross Taylor were seen struggling to sweep against Jadhav s slow and low spin.

Dinesh Karthik (105 runs at 105):

He may not yet have ended India s hunt for No. 4 batsman, but Kohli agreed that Karthik knows the tricks to bat at any middle-order position. Playing in his first ODI at home in 7 years, Karthik added vital 37 runs when India were in a spot of bother. He followed it up with 64* and 4* at Pune and Kanpur respectively. He also took a brilliant catch running forward.

MS Dhoni 4/10 (68 runs at 25, 3 catches):

Dhoni had an ordinary series by his standards. Had he not blasted 25 off 18 in the final, the marks would have scaled down further. India need to ponder on his batting position if they are to get the best out of him.

Kedar Jadhav 4/10 (30 runs at 15, 85 runs in 16 overs):

The batting average suggests that he should get lesser marks than Dhoni did. However, his 7-over stint in Pune slowed down New Zealand s innings. His loses marks for throwing it away in Mumbai, especially given the fact that India needed him to spend more time at the crease. Temperament is something he needs to work on.

Hardik Pandya 6/10 (54 runs at 18, 2 wickets at 58):

Pandya hit those colossal sixes when India promoted him up the order. Although he would have liked more runs, he did what was asked of him. With the ball, he conceded 6.1 RPO and took 2 wickets.

Kuldeep Yadav 3/10 (1 wicket at 64 runs):

It would be unfair to judge him on one match. After going for plenty in the series opener, India replaced Kuldeep with Akshar Patel. On Mumbai s turning track, Kuldeep squandered bowling too full.

Yuzvendra Chahal 8/10 (4 wickets at 33.5):

Had Chahal not removed Colin Munro and Kane Williamson at Kanpur, the result would have been otherwise. Had Chahal not given a mere 5 runs in the 46th over at Kanpur, the result would have been otherwise. It was his spell that sucked away momentum from New Zealand and placed India on the doorstep of victory.

Jasprit Bumrah 10/10 (6 wickets at 23.5):

There is a reason he is the highest wicket-taker in death overs in the format this year. When New Zealand bowlers reduced Bhuvneshwar Kumar to nothingness, Bumrah conceded a mere 19 runs off first 6 overs. He returned in the death overs and choked New Zealand with his array of variations.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7/10 (5 wickets at 38.6):

If you leave out Bhuvi s spell in the last match, he was brilliant. However, the yorker he bowled to Henry Nicholls changed the course of the match, denting New Zealand s confidence.

Akshar Patel 3/10 (1 wicket at 94):

Akshar bowled under 6 RPO, but he remained ineffective in the wicket column. Nonetheless, the only solitary wicket he took was of the in-form Tom Latham. He gets an extra point for that.