Shreyas Iyer, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal among the stand-out performers as we look at the player performance report card for the 2020 India vs NZ ODI series.
Lost the T20I series 5-0, but the Kiwis came back stronger and harder at Team India in the ODI series to secure a 3-0 whitewash; Team India’s first whitewash in the last 31 years, and their first against New Zealand.
Not that India played bad cricket in the Tournament. In fact, the top 3 players of series belong to Team India in the form of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Yuzvendra Chahal. However, the top-order failure combined with indisciplined bowling led to a win-less series.
New Zealand saw a well all-round performance from their players. After getting a beating in the T20I series, New Zealand bowlers were right on the money in the ODI series. The top-order of New Zealand too saw a consistent performance from the likes of Guptill, Nichols, Taylor, etc.
So, analyzing the overall performance of the players, what ratings do they get? Let’s have look at our India vs NZ 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 NZ ODI series.
*Please note: The player who has played at least two innings is considered for the evaluation.
#5: Martin Guptill (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Runs: 177 || Avg: 59 || SR: 106.6
Martin Guptill looked at this ominous best in the 3-match ODI series. He scored fluently in 2 of the three matches with the highest score of 79. The third match saw him blasting the Indian bowlers including the great, Jasprit Bumrah. So, for providing aggressive starts at the top, Martin Guptill gets a rating of 8.1.
#4: KL Rahul (IND)
Inns: 3 || Runs: 204 || Avg: 102 || SR: 110.3
Another series; another wonderful performance for the man in form, KL Rahul. Except for the second ODI, where he looked dejected after being dismissed, KL Rahul played two outstanding knocks.
His aggression in the first match helped India reach a massive 347, and his constructive century in the third ODI was simply outstanding after losing Virat Kohl early. Thus, for yet another stunning series, KL Rahul gets a rating of 9.
#3: Ross Taylor (NZ)
Inns: 3 | Runs: 194 || Avg: 194 || SR: 110.2
Two outstanding match-winning knocks highlight Ross Taylor’s performance in the series as a batsman. His century in the first match could well be the contender for one of the best knocks of the year.
While he missed out in the third match, the knocks in the first two matches more or less compensate for it. Thus, for being New Zealand’s second-best batsman, Ross Taylor gets a rating of 9.
#2: Henry Nicholls (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Runs: 199 || Avg: 66.3 || SR: 81.6
Three innings, and three consistent performances from Henry Nichols at the top. He played a perfect second-fiddle to Martin Guptill, and gave New Zealand solid starts in all the matches. If not for his strike rate, Henry Nichols would have got a perfect rating of 10. Nevertheless, for being consistent at the top, Henry Nichols gets a rating of 9.1.
#1: Shreyas Iyer (IND)
Inns: 3 || Runs: 217 || Avg: 72.3 || SR: 95.6
All this while, Team India were facing a number 4 conundrum, but in Shreyas Iyer, India seem to have finally found reliable number 4 batsman. With a consistency of 100%, Shreyas Iyer has been the best batsman of the series.
He raked in 3 solid performances including a hundred in his 217 runs from 3 innings at an average of 72.3, and a strike rate of 95.6. His scores in the series read 103, 62, and 52. Thus, for stabilizing the middle-order perfectly, Shreyas Iyer gets a rating of 9.6 for his performance.
The other key batsmen, and their ratings are as follows
- Tom Latham || 5.7
- Prithvi Shaw || 4.2
- Virat Kohli || 3.2
- Mayank Agarwal || 1.8
#5: Tim Southee (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 4 || Avg: 46.3 || ER: 6.4
After a horrendous performance in the T20I series, Tim Southee returned with decent figures in the ODI series. In the 3 matches he played, Southee picked 4 wickets at an average of 46.3, and an economy rate of 6.4. His spell of 2-41 in the second ODI was commendable. Overall, Tim Southee’s economy rate was slightly on the higher side, but still deserves a rating of 6.4 for his overall performance.
#4: Colin de Grandhomme (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 3 || Avg: 35 || ER: 5
Bowled with tighter line and length, and accounted for crucial wickets in the middle overs, Colin de Grandhomme has done a brilliant job as a part-time bowler in this series. When the average economy rate of the series was around 6, Colin de Grandhomme bowled with an economy rate of 5 while accounting for 3 wickets in 3 outings. Thus, Colin de Grandhomme gets a rating of 6.8 for his performance.
#3: Hamish Bennett (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 6 || Avg: 33.2 || ER: 6.9
Not the most economical bowler, but Hamish Bennett was a wicket-taker in the series. He produced 6 wickets from 3 outings at an average of 33.3, and consistency of 66.7%. He produced the best spell of the tournament when he took 4-64 in the third ODI, which helped New Zealand whitewash India in the series. So, for being the joint leading wicket-taker, Hamish Bennett gets a rating of 7.7 for his performance.
#2: Kyle Jamieson (NZ)
Inns: 2 || Wkts: 3 || Avg: 31.7 || ER: 4.8
Missed the first match, but easily looked the best bowler for New Zealand in the series. He bowled with extreme discipline in both the matches he played giving away very less loose balls. His economy rate of 4.75 was the least in the series. Overall, for being an economical wicket-taker, Kyle Jamieson gets a rating of 9.5.
#1: Yuzvendra Chahal (IND)
Inns: 2 || Wkts: 6 || Avg: 17.5 || ER: 5.3
Quite surprised that the best bowler and the best batsman of the series belonged to Team India, still they lost the series. Yuzvendra Chahal missed the first match due to captain’s gaffe, but bowled two brilliant spells in the second and third ODI to finish as the joint leading wicket-taker of the series alongside Hamish Bennett. Thus, for consistent performance with the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal gets a perfect 10.
The other key bowlers, and their ratings are as follows
- Ravindra Jadeja || 6.4
- Shardul Thakur || 5.3
- Jasprit Bumrah || 4
- Navdeep Saini || 1.8
Thanks for reading! Which player impressed you the most from our India vs NZ ODI series report card? Kindly, let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.
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