Mohammed Shami and Steve Smith, the stand-out performers as we look at the player performance report card for the 2020 India vs Australia (Aus) ODI series.
After being 0-1 down against Australia in their home turf, Team India rocked back in the series on account of some disciplined performance in both the departments to win the three-match ODI series by 2-1. With second series victory in 2020, India have now begun their T20I and ODI campaign with a bang.
For Australia, it was Aaron Finch and David Warner in the first ODI, and Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne in the second and third ODI to have given a consistent performance with the bat. The bowling looked slightly under-par with Adam Zampa and surprisingly dropped, Kane Richardson being the pick of the bowlers.
India, on the other hand, saw some inspirational individual brilliance from Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and KL Rahul. The bowling was superb too with Mohammed Shami as the highest wicket-taker, and him being equally supported by the other bowlers.
So, analyzing the overall performance, what ratings do the players get? Let’s have look at our India vs Aus ODI series player performance report Card.
Batting: As always, we have analyzed the batting performances basis the batting rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, consistency, relative % of team runs, and the number of match-winning and good knocks.
Bowling: We have analyzed the bowling performances basis the bowling rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as wickets taken, consistency, relative % of team wickets, and the number of match-winning and good spells.
Right then, let’s look at the player ratings (report card) of the top players during the 2020 India vs Aus ODI series.
*Please note: The player who has played at least two innings is considered for the evaluation.
#5: KL Rahul
Inns: 3 || Runs: 146 || Avg: 48.7 || SR: 104.3
Batted at number 3 in the first ODI, number 5 in the second, and played as an opener in the third, KL Rahul did everything his captain asked him to do. Even then, he had a good series with the bat as he managed to score a total of 146 runs at an average of 48.7, and a strike rate of 104.3.
His atrocious knock of 80(52) in the second ODI was the prime reason why India won the match, and leveled the series. While he did fail in the third ODI, he still did good overall. Thus, KL Rahul gets a rating of 6.8 for his performance.
#4: Rohit Sharma
Inns: 3 | Runs: 171 || Avg: 57 || SR: 91.4
The class of Rohit Sharma kept increasing game by game in the 3-match series. He had a poor outing in the first ODI, but showed glimpses of his form in the second ODI, and then scored a match-winning century in the final ODI to help India win the series 2-1.
Overall, he managed to maintain his terrific record against Australia with a total of 171 runs at an average of 57, and a strike rate of 91.4. So, for being a match-winner, Rohit Sharma gets a rating of 7.4 for his performance.
#3: Virat Kohli
Inns: 3 || Runs: 183 || Avg: 61 || SR: 101.1
After a failure in the first innings, the Captain had solid returns in the second and third ODI. He stuck wonderful fifties in the last two ODIs, and was one of the key players in Team India’s series win. Unfortunately, he couldn’t convert his fifty into a hundred in the third ODI, but still, for scoring a total of 183 runs at an average of 61, and a strike rate of 101, Virat Kohli gets a rating of 7.8.
#2: Shikhar Dhawan
Inns: 2 || Runs: 170 || Avg: 85 || SR: 93.9
Returning from the injury, Shikhar Dhawan had decent returns in the T20Is against Sri Lanka, but in his favorite format, Shikhar Dhawan showed his class once again. He scored heavily in both the innings. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get to bat in the third ODI due to another injury, but for his stunning performance, Shikhar Dhawan gets a rating of a perfect 10.
#1: Steve Smith
Inns: 2 || Runs: 229 || Avg: 114.5 || SR: 97.9
Two innings; one hundred and a 98, Steve Smith has had an amazing tournament with the bat. He held the innings in both the ODIs after the fall of openers, and helped Australia give a tough fight to India. He couldn’t help his side to a series win, but for his being the best batsman in the series, Steve Smith gets a rating of a perfect 10 for his consistent performance in the series.
The other key batsmen, and their ratings are as follows
- David Warner || 6.7
- Marnus Labuschagne || 6.7
- Aaron Finch || 5.5
- Alex Carey || 3.7
#5: Jasprit Bumrah
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 1 || Avg: 120 || ER: 4.6
Not quite a start that Bumrah would have liked in the first ODI, but Jasprit Bumrah was back to his economical best in the second and third ODI. His performance was a classic case of how even after being dry in the wickets column, Jasprit Burmah was impactful. Overall, Bumrah managed just 1 wicket, but an economy rate of 4.6 gets him a rating of 5.1.
#4: Ravindra Jadeja
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 4 || Avg: 35.8 || ER: 5.1
Ravindra Jadeja didn’t have an outstanding tournament, but he kept things tight in the middle, while also accounting for wickets. He managed to take a total of 4 wickets from 3 innings at an average of 35.8, and an economy rate of 5.1. These are decent returns, and thus, Ravindra Jadeja gets a rating of 6.9 for his performance.
#3: Adam Zampa
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 5 || Avg: 29.4 || ER: 4.9
In the pace heavy Aussie bowling line-up, Adam Zampa looked the only bowler to have troubled the Indians in the series. He was the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with a total of 5 wickets. He troubled Virat Kohli with his loopy wrong-ones, and almost looked like taking his wicket in the decider ODI. Overall, for taking 5 wickets at an average of 29.4, and an economy rate of 4.9, Adam Zampa gets a rating of 7.1.
#2: Kane Richardson
Inns: 2 || Wkts: 4 || Avg: 29 || ER: 6.1
Quite surprising that Kane Richardson was dropped from the squad in the third ODI when in fact, he was the best pacer for Australia in the first two ODIs. In two high-scoring encounters, Kane’s economy rate of 6.1 wasn’t bad if we see he has taken wickets in both the matches. Thus, for producing a decent performance overall, Kane Richardson gets a rating of 7.8.
#1: Mohammed Shami
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 7 || Avg: 28.9 || ER: 7.2
The death-overs bowler of the tournament, Mohammed Shami got 6 of his 7 wickets in the death overs. While Shami was a wicket-taker, it is his economy rate that was an issue. However, he complemented Bumrah really well as Bumrah created pressure, and Shami took the wickets. Overall, for taking 7 wickets in 3 innings, Shami gets a rating of 7.9 for his performance.
The other key bowlers, and their ratings are as follows
- Navdeep Saini || 4.9
- Mitchell Starc || 4.5
- Pat Cummins || 4.1
- Kuldeep Yadav || 4.1
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