Although rain has denied India's victory in Sydney, they did not stop the 71-year-old drought in Australia because they won the four-match Test series 2-1. Cheteshwar Pujara and Jaspreet Bumrah emerged as the flag-bearers, but almost everyone helped in bringing down the history of India in some way. Cricketnext Report card of Indian players winning the historic series:
KL Rahul – Rating: 2, Decision: Bad
Match 3 Run 57 Avg 11.40
It was in Australia where Rahul made his Test debut in December 2014. The 26-year-old has already seen considerable ups and downs in his career, but if he was able to overcome the failure in the tour, then it would be right to some extent. story. Only once he found a score of two points, a temporary yet entertaining 44 hits in Adelaide. He was caught behind in both innings of the first test and then knocked twice in the second. The opener was forced out of the third Test and India was forced to join the new inaugural combination of Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari. After Rohit Sharma returned home, Rahul was given another chance in Sydney, but a right-handed player from Karnataka once again disappointed. His Karnataka player, Agarwal played two Test matches, in which he would return after injuries to Prithvi Shaw. The immediate future does not look bright for Rahul and he will have to come up with some special demonstrations to regain the confidence of the Indian team management, the main word special – the talent that Rahul has.
Fife Vijay – Rating: 2, Decision: The Poor
Match 2 | Run 49 Avg 12.25
After a terrible tour of England, this victory was once again an opportunity to make its place in the Indian Test team. The 34-year-old was featured in the first two Tests, but he could manage all the 11, 18, 0 and 20 before he was kept out of the playing XI for the remaining two matches. It was their patience and ability that they helped to make 482 runs during the 2014-15 tour of India and at this time their lack of time. He used to strike on such deliveries that were out and paid the price for it. What looked the best was in the second innings of the second Test where he was able to survive on 67 balls, but he was clearly not enough to keep his place in the team. Unlike Rahul, the age of victory does not seem low and it will not be surprising if we do not show any international performance to him.
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Mayank Agarwal – Rating: 7.5, Decision: Very Good
Match 2 | Run 195 Average 65
The 27-year-old player scored many runs in the domestic circuit, and finally when Rahul and Vijay scored some runs in the first two matches, they were called for the third Test. Agarwal easily looked in the first innings and scored 76 runs and scored 44 runs in the second essay. Then he scored 77 runs in the final test and added more than 100 runs with Pujara. The way they attacked Lyon in both the games, it was probably the biggest attraction of the series. He used to start changing at least one of them to a hundred, but a person like him who had to wait so long for this opportunity, would take these 195 runs with both hands. India is not playing any Test cricket till the World Cup, but it seems that the team will move ahead with the initial combination of Agarwal and Shaw in the future.
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Cheteshwar Pujara – Rating: 9.5, Decision: Excellent
Match 4 Run 521 | Avg 74.41
521 runs 1258 delivery Scores like 123, 71, 106 and 193. What else can you expect for your number 3?
He was not supposed to talk about the city, but when the series ended, Pujara had a name in everyone's lips. Pujara disappointed Australian bowlers to a point where Nathan Lyon had to ask them: "Are not you bored yet?" In the first test, India got reduced to 41 for 41 and it was due to its 123, they were successful in posting 250. In the only match where they did not contribute, India lost by 146 runs. In MCG, he easily blamed the Australian attack and ensured that he did not get a chance to level the series. Pujara batted and batted, and other batsmen played around them only. Virat Kohli said that "the best man" he will not be seen in the international arena till the World Cup and he will spend the next few months playing first-class cricket in India and England. Finally a worthy player of the series!
Virat Kohli – Rating: 7.5, Decision: Very Good
Match 4 Run 282. Avg 40.28
If someone had told Australia that Kohli would work only on an average of more than 40 in this series, then he happily took it. And if he had said this to Kohli, then he would win the series by adding India, he would have taken it with both hands also. The Indian captain did nothing more than the superb 123 in Perth – which had knocked him in the MCG – and 82, but stinging in it. His intensity did not decline once in this series, and he also did a commendable work. In the form of captain He ensured that all his fast bowlers were fit and bowled in short spell. His field placement also took some wickets. The only big wrong call he had made was going on without a spinner in Perth. He used to play some more runs with his bat but … becoming the first Indian and Asian captain to win the down-down series.
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Ajinkya Rahane – Rating: 5, Decision: Average
Match 4 Run 217. Averaging 31
13, 70, 51, 30, 34, 1 and 18. Indian vice-captain continued his good form, but Pujara did not change it in big scores. His 70 runs in the second innings of the first Test helped India achieve a solid goal. Pujara made the Daddy make a century, making Rahane's 30 and 50s a lot easier. The 30-year-old was always seen providing input to the captain and bowlers and was also excellent on the field. Rahane has been India's best foreign batsman and he must have liked some runs in his name, but to say that he failed to contribute in this victory, it would be wrong. However, Rahane will be frustrated by playing the rash shot once he gets out once or twice.
Hanuma Vihari – Rating: 6, Decision: Average
Match 3 Run 111 Wicket 2
Vihari played his first match of the series in Perth, scored 20 and 28, and also took wickets of Marcus Harris and Shaun Marsh. Then they were asked to open in MCG, where they achieved success in only 8 in the first innings but batted an hour and 20 minutes, so that the middle order did not face the new cherry. After that he was used in number 6 in Sydney, where he looked comfortable and scored 42. As they say, the number does not always reveal the real story. Even Kohli, acknowledging his contribution, said that Vihari survived 66 births in MCG because others were making scores of 50 and 100.
Rohit Sharma – Rating: 5.5, Verdict: Average
Match 2 | Run 106 Avg 35.33
Having played his first Test since January 2018, Rohit was looking good during the first innings of the Adelaide Test, until he played a useless shot and got out to Nathan Lyon. He had to face defeat in the second Test due to slight tone, and then came back to playing XI and scored a score of 63 * in Melbourne. The Mumbai batsman did a good job in limited opportunities before returning home for the birth of his first child.
Rishabh Pant – Rating: 7.5, Decision: Very Good
Match 4 Run 350 Avg 58.33
25, 28, 36, 30, 39, 33, and then THAT 159 * came in Sydney. Pant started in all his shifts but it was in the final test where he actually counted it. The left-hander made his second Test century and took the game away from Australia's reach. It is important to not ignore those 20 and 30s in the context of the series. If Pujara and Kohli were achieving those big scores, then it was Pant's nose who was pushing India one step ahead of every innings. He occasionally slipped behind the stumps but still claimed to take 20 catches in the series.
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Ravindra Jadeja – Rating: 7, Decision: Good
Match 2 | Run 90 Wicket 7
India always decides to start the tour without Jadeja and by this end, anyone can see the effect in the last one or two matches, which forced everyone to think that he did not play all the matches. And it was no different in Australia. R Ashwin played his first Test, while India opted not to play any frontline spinner in the second encounter. Jadeja finally got a game in Melbourne where he took five wickets and gave great support to the pacers. He scored 81 runs in the last Test and added 214 runs for the seventh wicket with Pant and two wickets.
Ishant Sharma – Rating: 8.5, Decision: Very Good
Match 3 Wicket 11 Avg 23.81
Ishant's bowling average in Australia was higher than the 62.15 series, but the big pacer worked around 23.81 in three test matches, which shows how far he has extended everyone in the last few years. Shami or Bumrah did not give Ishant the wicket, but his control was just outstanding. It all started with the killing of Aaron Finch in the first test and then the tempo never dropped. Of the 11 wickets, seven were from Australia's top-six batsmen. He continued to bowl those long mantras and hardly gave anything. In Perth, he claimed 4 out of 41 – his best figures in Australia. He did not play the last test because of a slight nozzle.
Mohamed Shami – Rating: 8.5, Decision: Very Good
Match 4 Wicket 16 Avg 26.18
Shami remained unbeaten on some occasions and could easily finish the series by taking 20 wickets. The right-handed fast bowler did well at the pace and consistently troubled Australian batsmen with their seam movement and well-guided bouncers. He took five wickets in the first match and then scored best career figures in Perth. Take 6 wickets for 56 runs. He scored five more scores in his team in the last two matches. Shami finished with 45 wickets in the overseas Test in 2018 – by an Indian bowler.
Jaspreet Bumrah – Rating: 9, Decision: Excellent
Match 4 Wicket 21 Average 17
Bumrah finished the series with Lyon as the leading wicket taker. Right-arm fast bowler took 11 wickets in the first two Tests but it was in MCG where he completely destroyed Australia with nine wickets in the match. The way he betrayed Shaun Marsh with a slow yorker, it was unprecedented. She was fast. He was smart. That was accurate. And it was fatal. Every time Kohli needed a wicket, he looked towards Bumrahah. He also became the first bowler in the subcontinent taking five wickets in South Africa, England and Australia that year. The 25-year-old has earned praise from all over the world and it was only his first year – in which he hit 48 wickets in the record.
* R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav played each test, but made a serious impact. Ashwin took six wickets in India's victory in Adelaide, while Kuldeep took five wickets in his second Test in the final match. Meanwhile, Umesh Yadav took two wickets in the only Test, which he played.
* Parthiv Patel, Prithvi Shaw (injury), Bhubaneswar Kumar and Hardik Pandya did not get any game.
* Rating Chart: Very poor 0-1, 2-4, average 5-6, good 7, very good 8-9, excellent 10.
First published: January 7, 2019, 9:05 PM IST