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India vs NZ 2019: ODI Bowling Performance Rating (Report Card)

India vs NZ 2019: Trent Boult, the stand-out performer as we look at the ODI bowling performance analysis.

In the last two tours to New Zealand, Team India were given pitches that were more suited to batting, and that was the major reason for their success in usually pace-friendly conditions. This time around, however, pitches were more suited to bowling, however, unlike tours before 2009, India gave a dominating performance as they defeated the Kiwis by 4-1.

Right then, after seeing some amazing bowling performances, let’s try to analyze the ODI bowling performance in the series.  


To leave out the biases and perceptions, we have kept things simple with our methodology by comparing the performance points of different innings. Right then, let’s analyze India vs NZ 2019 bowling performance of the top six bowlers of the series.

Trent Boult:

Trent Boult was actually the bowler of the tournament. He swung the ball, bowled with extreme pace, took wickets upfront, and bowled brilliantly in the death overs. Overall, Trent Boult took 12 wickets from 5 games at a scintillating average of 15 and a brilliant economy rate of 3.92.

His spell in Hamilton was probably one of the best seen in recent times. Such was his impact that India were tottering at 33 for 5 as Boult took three of those five wickets. Eventually, India were bundled out for a ‘not-so-pleasing’ score of 92 with Boult taking a five-for, and all his wickets coming from batsmen and all-rounders. Except for match one, Boult was exceptional in all the remaining matches.

Trent Boult gets a rating of 9.13 for his performance. 

Mohammed Shami:

Mohammed Shami’s performance was like a breath of fresh air for India as their conundrum for the third pacer was finally solved. With two Player of the Match awards and a Player of the Series award, Mohammed Shami gave exceptional returns as he took a total of 9 wickets from 4 games at an awesome average of 15.33 and an economy rate of 4.75.

Mohammed Shami took wickets in all the matches he played, but his best bowling performance was in the first match as he removed the top order in successive overs, and finishing the match with a spell of 6-2-19-3.

Mohammed Shami gets a performance rating of 8.04 and has accumulated a total of 483 performance points in four games.

Yuzvendra Chahal:

Yuzvendra Chahal, the first spin twin for India had a good outing in the series as he took a total of 9 wickets in 5 innings at an average of 24.22 and an economy rate of 5.34. The best thing about Chahal’s performance was how he kept things tight in the middle with crucial breakthroughs. His performance in the last match was exceptional as the batsmen failed to read his wrong ones, and he ended his spell with impressive figures of 10-0-41-3.

Yuzvendra Chahal gets a rating of 6.32 for his performance.

Kuldeep Yadav:

Kuldeep Yadav, the second spin twin for India had a superb tournament as he took two four-wicket hauls in the four matches he played for India. Overall, Kuldeep Yadav took a total of 8 wickets in 4 innings at an average of 15.62 and an economy rate of 4.31.

His performance in the first two matches was the key moment for him as the batsmen failed to read his slow floaters, as he ended both the innings with four-wicket hauls. Usually, we talk about the batting partnerships, but it has been his partnership with Yuzvendra Chahal that has steadied the middle-overs phase for India while bowling.

Kuldeep Yadav gets a rating of 7.85 for his performance. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar:

Unlike his last series against Australia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a below-par series with the ball for India. Overall, he did manage to put up a decent performance as he ended the series with 7 wickets from 5 innings at an average of 24.42 and an economy rate of 5.

The problem was how ineffective was his performance in bowling friendly conditions when other bowlers like Boult, Shami, and others were breathing fire. His best performance came in the losing cause in the fourth ODI as he took two important wickets at the top, and ending his spell at 5-1-25-2.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets a rating of 7.85 for his performance.

Matt Henry:

Apart from Trent Boult, Matt Henry was the only bowler who looked like troubling the Indian batsmen. He played only two matches, but took 4 crucial wickets at an average of 16.25 and an economy rate of 3.61. He kept things tight in the two matches he played, and his spell in the final ODI was commendable.

Matt Henry gets a rating of 7.54 for his performance. 

The performance points for other key bowlers are as follows

  • Hardik Pandya: 187 Points in three innings
  • Colin de Grandhomme 168 Points in three innings
  • Kedar Jadhav: 97 points in four innings
  • Lockie Ferguson: 105 points in three innings
  • James Nesham: 50 points in two innings

The performance ratings for other key bowlers are as follows

  • Hardik Pandya: 4.16
  • Colin de Grandhomme 3.73
  • Kedar Jadhav: 1.62
  • Lockie Ferguson: 2.33
  • James Nesham: 3.33

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