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India vs Australia ODI Series Player Ratings



Last Updated on 5 years by Charbel Coorey

India vs Australia ODI Series Player Ratings. IND vs AUS ODI Series Player Ratings

Can you believe it? I still can’t.

Australia came back from 2-0 down to win a series in India. Could you imagine if you tweeted Australia would win the series 3-2 after defeat in Nagpur? You might have been asked what you were drinking. Or if you were trolling.

It is that kind of result.

In a World Cup year, Australia have put in excellent performances in just about every ODI they have played. 2019 began with the sight of Cheteshwar Pujara all day. Tim Paine may still have Pujara’s backside etched in his memory, but that now seems a distant memory for the rest of us. Australia came back to win an ODI series from 2-0 down for the first time in their history, and it was in arguably world cricket’s toughest road trip. Special.

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For India, this is a bad one to let slip. Like a Shikhar Dhawan catching opportunity, a win seemed certain, but it slipped out and no one can point out how. As mentioned in thefifth ODI Preview, they will still remain contenders for this year’s World Cup, but faith in the team may have reduced a little. England had their slip in West Indies, and now India had theirs, failing to chase a gettable 273 in Delhi. If England’s “Total Cricket” died, this India team’s “Poor Cricket” was born.

In this article, each player in the series will be put under the spotlight and rated out of 10.

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Rohit Sharma: 5 matches, 202 runs, average 40.40, SR: 75.65

Two fifties in the series for Rohit. However, he was not at his best. A key to Australia winning was getting the better of the openers for the most part. Still, 202 runs at 40.40 can never be considered a bad return. 6.5

Shikhar Dhawan: 5 matches, 177 runs, average 35.40, SR: 104.11

If you were to set up a fielding clinic, you wouldn’t running to the BCCI asking for Shikhar Dhawan as the ambassador. He dropped Usman Khawaja on 17 in Ranchi. Khawaja went on to get 104 and the man of the match. Then, Dhawan dropped the easiest catch you’ll ever see to let Ashton Turner off the hook in Mohali. We all know what happened after that. Dhawan’s 145 was the highlight, but you have to say it was an underwhelming series. 5

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Virat Kolhi: 5 matches, 310 runs, average 62.00, SR: 107.63

Two top class centuries from a top class player. Reached the 40 centuries mark in the process. If he plays the same number of matches as the great Sachin Tendulkar, and scores hundreds at the same rate, he’d finish with approximately 81. Mind boggling. In regards to his captaincy, there were perhaps some interesting decisions, but all in all, there is no doubt he is the right man to lead India. 8.5

Rishabh Pant: 2 matches, 52 runs, average 26.00, SR: 130.00

Showed promise with the bat in the fourth ODI after coming in for MS Dhoni. His mistakes with the gloves proved costly, but he is a 21-year old kid. He could leave the ball on middle stump to get bowled, but that still wouldn’t be as disgraceful as fans shouting Dhoni’s name that does the kid no good. 4

Vijay Shankar: 5 matches, 120 runs, average 30.00, SR: 112.14. 2 wickets, average: 55.00, econ: 6.28

Vijay looked a million bucks in the second ODI. India then should have given him the remaining games at number four. In a series where finding the right combinations was key, India tried seemingly every man and his dog at four, but not Vijay Shankar. Why? You felt he was wasted down the order, but I don’t think the Australians minded. Delivered a crucial final over to win the second ODI. 6.5

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Kedar Jadhav: 5 matches, 173 runs, average: 43.00, SR: 83.09. 2 wickets, average: 74.00, econ: 6.43

Australia were having none of Kedar Jadhav’s “right arm horizontal to the ground” bowling. It took them three games, but they finally took the attack to him, with even Aaron Finch hitting sixes. Jadhav’s batting, on the other hand, was quite impressive, highlighted by a superb 81* in the first ODI. 6.5

Ravindra Jadeja: 4 matches, 45 runs, average: 15.00, SR: 60.81. 3 wickets, average: 63.33, econ: 4.75

Yuzvendra Chahal is being left out of the side. The above stats is what his rival produced. Jadeja’s inclusion was not an attacking option, and it also showed in his batting, striking at 60. He took just three wickets in the series, with two on a turning Delhi track. Will teams be keen to see Ravindra Jadeja line up for India in the World Cup? Virat Kohli certainly thinks Jadeja is the man. 3

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 2 matches, 47 runs, average: 23.50. 4 wickets, average: 28.75, econ: 6.05

Glimpses of his best. However, Bhuvi’s death bowling was a let down when Ashton Turner was going big guns in the fourth ODI. Can he play the role India want Jadeja to play better than Jadeja? 5

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Mohammed Shami: 4 matches, 5 wickets, average: 42.60, econ: 5.46

Were Usman Khawaja’s pads hungry? Because Shami kept feeding them. India’s opening bowler bowled too straight too often to Khawaja, which saw him not quite reach the heights of the Australia and New Zealand tours. Still had his moments, which continues to make him an important part of India’s World Cup plans. 4

Kuldeep Yadav: 5 matches, 10 wickets, average: 30.20, econ: 6.04

Australia made a conscious effort to go after Kuldeep Yadav. It was a strategy that was great to see from an Australian perspective. However, for India, they have a problem. As series go on, Kuldeep often takes less and less wickets, which is something he has to rectify by World Cup time. Not quite his best series. 6

Jasprit Bumrah: 5 matches, 7 wickets, average: 34.86, econ: 4.99

Bowled better than his seven wickets suggests. Again, though, credit to the Australians for keeping an excellent bowler largely at bay. If you told me that the above would be Bumrah’s stats for the series, I’d say thank you very much. 6

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MS Dhoni: 3 matches, 85 runs, average: 42.50, SR: 73.91

MS Dhoni’s wicket keeping is superhuman. Sections of the Mohali crowd reminded us of that. With his batting solid enough, do India play MS at four? Excellent innings to steady a shaky chase in the first ODI. 7

KL Rahul: 1 match, 26 runs, average: 26.00, SR: 83.87

“Yo, KL. We think you could be someone who can play at four for us. We will give you a game, but won’t even play you at four. Or as a reserve opener. Good luck.” For his game, KL gets a five. Couldn’t quite get going. 5

Ambati Rayudu: 3 matches, 33 runs, average: 11.00, SR: 55.93

Ambati Rayu… won’t be playing in the World Cup. 1

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Yuzvendra Chahal: 1 match, 1 wicket, average: 80.00, econ: 8.00

An expensive outing for Chahal, but that he got just the one game is incredible. He is the third-wheel of the Virat Kohli-Ravindra Jadeja love story! 2

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Aaron Finch: 5 matches, 157 runs, average: 31.40, SR: 78.50

Australia has changed Prime Ministers over the last few years more often we change our minds about Australia’s World Cup XI. However, if Finch isn’t careful, we could be going changing captains for the World Cup. Scored a crucial 93 in Ranchi, with his nemesis Bhuvneshwar Kumar returning in the next game. Involved in some fine partnerships with Usman Khawaja, but Finch needs a big series in the UAE vs Pakistan. Led the team well in India. 6

Usman Khawaja: 5 matches, 383 runs, average: 76.60, SR: 88.86

Speaking of Prime Ministers, Australia has its Federal Election coming up. Usman Khawaja has my vote. Leading run scorer and has given Australian selectors more headaches than any commentary from Sanjay Manjrekar can. 10

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Peter Handscomb: 5 matches, 236 runs, average: 47.20, SR: 92.18

Peter Handscomb’s performance in the first ODI against India back in January was mighty impressive. Here, you can take note of his strike rate. He is the kind of player Australia needs to keep things ticking in the middle, and he did it superbly in the last two games. What the hell do Australia do when Smith and Warner come back?! 8

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Glenn Maxwell: 5 matches, 115 runs, average: 23.00, SR: 99.13. 1 wicket, average: 170.00, econ: 5.86

Lit up the T20I series. The flame then went out in the ODIs. Maxi will always remain a key man for Australia, but Langer is after more consistent displays. His shot in the final ODI was not the nicest of sights. 5

Marcus Stoinis: 4 matches, 140 runs, average: 46.66, SR: 81.87. 2 wickets, average: 67.00, econ: 6.59

When Australians say they love Stonis, they really mean it. He was ruled fit to play in the final ODI, which forced Australia to leave out Shaun Marsh, their best ODI batsman in the past 12 months. Stoinis’ batting was steady but unspectacular. His bowling less so, but took the huge wicket of Virat Kohli in Delhi to put India’s middle order under as much pressure as RCB’s top order in an IPL match. 6

Ashton Turner: 3 matches, 125 runs, average: 62.50, SR: 145.34

Talk about pressure. Ashton Turner heaped plenty of it onto India. His innings in the fourth ODI was one for the ages, leaving Australia helpless when thinking of leaving him out for the final match. He is now definitely in the World Cup radar. 8

Alex Carey: 5 matches, 103 runs, average: 34.33, SR: 100.98

Another conundrum. Australia might ask to play with 13 in their side in the World Cup. Where does Alex Carey fit? He failed at the top vs India at home earlier this year. Here, he showed he is not quite the finisher Australia need. Let’s face it, would you be worried as an opposition fan with Alex Carey batting against you in the death overs? 6

Jhye Richardson: 3 matches, 29 runs, average: 29.00, SR: 138.09. 8 wickets, average: 21.12, econ: 6.03

A look-a-like to England’s Steven Finn. The key difference though is that Jhye Richardson is beginning to show his potential consistently. A superb series from Richardson, where it is no coincidence that Australia won each game after he came into the side. 7.5

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Pat Cummins: 5 matches, 15 runs, average: 7.50, SR: 150.00. 14 wickets, average: 15.71, econ: 4.64

After the first ODI, Pat Cummins’ career figures vs India in ODIs read 4/318. Four games later, he took a further 14 wickets at an incredible economy rate and average. This guy is an incredible cricketer. We are all secretly in love with Pat Cummins. I certainly am. 9

Adam Zampa: 5 matches, 11 wickets, average: 25.81, econ: 5.68

Pack your bags, grab your ticket and take a seat on the plane to England. It is a must that Adam Zampa is Australia’s first-choice spinner for the World Cup. Finally getting a run of games, and did well, even dismissing Virat Kohli a few times on this tour. 7.5

Nathan Lyon: 3 matches, 3 wickets, average: 43.33, econ: 4.43

Steady. As to be expected. However, with batting conditions expected to be good in the World Cup, there is little reason Lyon should get in over Zampa given his lack of variation. 6

Other squad members:

Shaun Marsh: 3 matches, 29 runs, average: 9.66, SR: 59.18

Australia’s best ODI batsman from the past 12 months paid the price for a poor series. Marsh has to get a chance in the UAE to stake his claim for a starting spot in Australia’s first XI at the World Cup. 1

Nathan Coulter-Nile: 2 matches, 32 runs, average: 16.00, SR: 103.22. 3 wickets, average: 32.66, econ: 5.65

Flew home for the birth of his second child during the series. Showed promise in his performance, especially in the first ODI. However, how does he get in the side when Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood still to return? 5

So, there we have it.

I am still in shock (happy shock) as Australia move onto the UAE to face Pakistan and as India prepare for the IPL.

It is now confirmed. Australia are well and truly contenders at this year’s World Cup.

Thanks for reading!

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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
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