India vs NZ 2019: Ambati Rayudu, the stand-out performer as we look at the batting performance analysis.
As the recently concluded ODI series came to end, India, the favorites going into the tournament thrashed New Zealand 4-1.
ODIs have recently been a batting affair as teams have been mounting runs after runs. Even England and Australia have been providing batting-friendly pitches.
The same was expected from the India vs New Zealand series, but except for one game, the remaining four games have been a low score affair. So, let’s try to analyze the ODI batting performance in the series.
As always, we have analyzed the batting performances basis the performance rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, consistency, acceleration bonus (1), number of fours, number of sixes, and the match-winning knocks.
To leave out the biases and perception, we have kept things simple by comparing the overall performance rating of all the batsmen to find out the top batsmen of the tour.
Ambati Rayudu has had an excellent tour having scored three valuable innings for India as he managed to score a total of 190 runs from 5 innings at an average of 63.33 and a strike rate of 82.25. His best was reserved for the last as he drafted India out of a miserable position after being reduced to 18/4.
His innings started tentatively, but once his eye was in, he looked flawless. In the end, he may have failed to score a century, but his match-winning 90 was full of grit and patience. Apart from these, Rayudu scored two valuable knocks of 47 and 40* in second and third ODI respectively.
Ambati Rayudu gets a rating of 8.63 for his performance.
The standing captain for the last two ODI’s in absence of Virat Kohli has had a mixed tour just like his partner, Shikhar Dhawan as he managed to score a total of 169 runs from five innings at an average of 33.8 and a strike rate of 71.61.
These are not encouraging numbers for the second-ranked batsman in the ICC ODI batting rankings. This was also the first time in the last 11 series that he couldn’t manage to score a century, however, his two match-winning knocks of 87 and 62 were the key moments for him in the series.
Rohit Sharma gets a rating of 5.84 for his performance.
Shikhar Dhawan has had a mixed tour as he managed to score two important fifties, but failed in the remaining three ODI’s. Overall, Shikhar Dhawan managed to score a total of 188 runs from five innings at an average of 47 and a decent strike rate of 81.73.
He scored two valuable match-winning knocks of 75* and 66 in first and second ODI, however, he failed to make any impression in the remaining three ODIs as he managed only 47 runs in three innings.
Shikhar Dhawan gets a rating of 5.26 for his performance.
Ross Taylor came into the tour after having a sensational record in the past few years. His consistency has been only second best to Virat Kohli in the last five years.
Coming into the series, not all was rosy for Ross Taylor and New Zealand batsmen as he managed to score a decent 177 runs from 5 innings at an average of 44.25 and a strike rate of 88.05.
Although these are decent numbers, Taylor managed to score only one fifty and a decent 37* in those five innings. He did hit the highest score of the series in the form of his 93 of 106 balls, but that went in vain as India comfortably chased the target of 244 in 43 overs.
Ross Taylor gets a rating of 4.98 for his performance.
ODI Batting Performance Rating- India Tour of New Zealand 2019
The world number one player played for only the first three ODIs, and in that he got a start in all the three innings, but didn’t manage to convert that into a big one.
Overall, Virat Kohli managed to score a total of 148 runs in three innings at an average of 49.33, and a strike rate of 83.44. While, these are good numbers, just like Rohit Sharma, he was not at his peak in this series. Moreover, his 60 off 74 balls were his best innings in the series.
Virat Kohli gets a rating of 7.97 for his performance.
Disappointing is the word for the performance of Kane Williamson in the series. A sole fifty in five innings and zero match-winning knock doesn’t do justice to the potential of Kane Williamson.
In five innings he played, he managed to score a meager 162 runs at a horrible average of 32.4, and a poor strike rate of 70.12.
Not that he didn’t get a start in these five innings, but the fact that he threw his wicket most of the time was frustrating. You don’t expect a player like Kane Williamson to play so uncharacteristically, but unfortunately, he did.
Kane Williamson gets a rating of 4.12 for his performance.
The other batsmen who did decently are MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, and Tom Latham.
Thanks for reading! Whose performance did you like the most? Please, let’s know in the comments.
Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
Cricket to him is like what ‘Football is to Lionel Messi’, ‘Singing is to Lata Mangeshkar’, ‘Dancing is to Michael Jackson’, and what ‘Acting is to Clint Eastwood’.
Besides his effervescent love for Cricket, Adesh is an MBA by qualification.