Virat Kohli emerged the highest run-getter for India in the five-match ODI series, scoring 329 runs from five innings © IANS
Virat Kohli emerged the highest run-getter for India in the five-match ODI series, scoring 329 runs from five innings © IANS

With India‘s resounding victory over Sri Lanka in the final encounter of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, the hosts completed a memorable 5-0 whitewash over the islanders. Shiamak Unwalla rates the Indian players according to their performances throughout the series.

1. Shikhar Dhawan: 9/10

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50

3

3

283

113

94.3

106.4

1

2

With one ton and two fifties, Dhawan was nigh unstoppable for the hosts. He hit 283 runs at an average of 94.3 and a strike rate of 106.4. Dhawan was rested from the last two games, but the numbers speak for themselves.

2. Ajinkya Rahane: 6/10

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5

5

180

111

36

86.53

1

0

Rahane got off to a tremendous start for India, hitting 111 in the first ODI. However, he did little of note after that, failing for the next four games. He averaged a meagre 36, and while he did get India off to a good start on a few occasions, he failed to build on his starts.

3. Rohit Sharma: 8/10

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2

2

273

264

136.5

147.56

1

0

Rohit played the innings of a lifetime, and statistically the best ODI knock of all time when he massacred the bowlers for 264 in the fourth ODI. He failed in the next game, though, going for an ugly hoick and being bowled.

4. Ambati Rayudu: 8/10

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5

5

250

121*

62.5

91.91

1

1

Rayudu was a bit of a revelation, as he thrived in the No. 3 position, and scored his maiden ODI ton. He scored a good half-century in the last match as well, and his partnership with Kohli was crucial in getting India over the line in the final game.

5. Virat Kohli: 9/10

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5

5

329

139*

82.25

104.11

1

2

Quite apart from the 329 runs he scored, and the average and strike rate at which he scored them, Kohli’s captaincy stood out for being aggressive and positive. His knock in the final match of the series was a special innings.

6. Suresh Raina: 6/10

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4

4

95

52

31.66

139.7

0

1

1

42

54

4.66

Given Raina’s usual high standards, he had a rather quiet series. Just 95 runs with one half-century in four matches is a rather lacklustre return for a player of Raina’s calibre. He bowled well though, giving away runs at a good economy rate.

7. Robin Uthappa: 6/10

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2

2

35

19

35

94.59

0

0

Uthappa did not have very much to do with the bat, coming in much lower than his usual position. However, in the fourth ODI he was involved in a mind-numbing 128-run stand with Rohit Sharma, of which he scored just 16. He kept wickets well though, and could find himself in the reckoning as a reserve wicketkeeper in ODIs.

8. Kedar Jadhav: 5/10

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100

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1

1

20

20

20

83.33

0

0

Jadhav got to play just one match, and scored only 20. However, what immediately stood out was the confidence he had in his abilities; he stepped out and knocked Ajantha Mendis for a single down the ground off the first delivery he faced in international cricket.

9. Stuart Binny: 5/10

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Bowl SR

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2

1

12

12

12

80

0

0

3

27.66

32

5.18

Binny opened the bowling in the last two games, and didn’t give a bad account of himself. Perhaps a touch expensive, Binny proved that he could move the ball on helpful tracks. He didn’t do much with the bat in the only innings he got to play.

10. Wriddhiman Saha: 6/10

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HS

Ave

SR

100

50

3

2

16

10*

88.9

0

0

Saha didn’t get much of a chance to bat, and remained unbeaten on both occasions he did. His ‘keeping was good without really standing out.

11. Ravindra Jadeja:  3/10

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1

1

1

1*

100

0

0

1

64

60

6.4

Jadeja just got one game to show his wares, and did not do much in it. His place was taken by Akshar Patel, who performed admirably.

12. Akshar Patel: 9/10

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50

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Bowl SR

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5

2

31

17*

172.2

0

0

11

18.09

24

4.61

Akshar played all five games, and performed admirably in each game. While he took a bit of stick on occasion, he nearly always ended up bowling an economical spell. His 11 wickets were the joint highest along with Umesh Yadav. He played a couple of useful cameos as well, and fielded brilliantly in the outfield.

13. Ravichandran Ashwin: 4/10

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Bowl SR

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4

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

33.33

39

5.12

Ashwin had an indifferent series with the ball, taking just six wickets in his four games without ever looking truly effective. He failed on the one occasion in which he got to bat.

14. Dhawal Kulkarni: 8/10

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Ave

SR

Econ

3

8

18.62

20.5

5.45

Kulkarni performed admirably given that he led a weak attack in the last couple of games. He took eight wickets at a superb average and strike rate, though he was a bit expensive.

15. Umesh Yadav: 9/10

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SR

Econ

4

10

16.9

20

5.07

Umesh was a revelation in this series, bowling with good pace and direction. He grabbed 10 wickets at a meagre average and strike rate, and kept the runs down as well. He invariably snared a wicket in his very first over.

16. Ishant Sharma: 6/10

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Ave

SR

Econ

3

4

26.5

33

4.81

Ishant bowled better than his figures would suggest, leading the attack with aplomb. All his wickets came in a single match, but he was decent in the other two games as well. His economy rate of just 4.81 was markedly under his career rate of 5.69.

17. Karn Sharma: 1/10

Karn got to play two games, but flopped on each occasion. He was taken apart by the batsmen in both games, even when other bowlers around him dominated. Unless he drastically improves his performance it is unlikely that he will get too many more ODIs.

18. Varun Aaron: 2/10

Aaron broke down after bowling just four overs, and was out of the series after that. His fitness remains a concern. However, he did bowl perhaps he fastest ball of the tournament, sending down one delivery at 152 kmph.

Note: Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, and Vinay Kumar did not play any games, and therefore cannot be rated.

(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)