KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and Kane Williamson, the stand-out performers as we look at the player performance report card for the 2020 India vs NZ T20I series.
‘5-0’, A complete whitewash! Yes, you read that right. Team India created history as they became the first team in the history of T20I cricket to whitewash a 5-match bilateral series. It may not be a complete domination by Team India because every time New Zealand had the match in control, they found a way to succumb to pressure. Interestingly, the series also saw two super overs being played with New Zealand on the receiving end of both the super overs.
For Team India, KL Rahul dominating the batting charts once again. He seems to be in the form of his life milking runs consistently. He was equally supported by good cameos from Rohit, Iyer, and Pandey. In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah looked his economical best, while Chahal, Saini, Shardul, and Shami looked impressive in a few outings.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would be cursing their luck. They weren’t outperformed in any of the matches, but had no luck going their way. Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Guptill, Taylor, and Seifert, all looked good with the bat. While Bennett, Kuggeleijn, Sodi, and Santner were equally good with the ball.
So, analyzing the overall performance of the players, what ratings do they get? Let’s have look at our India vs NZ T20I 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 T20I series.
*Please note: The player who has played at least three innings is considered for the evaluation.
#5: Shreyas Iyer (IND)
Inns: 5 || Runs: 153 || Avg: 51 || SR: 131.9
Started with a match-winning knock in the first T20I, Shreyas Iyer couldn’t continue his form for the rest of the tournament. After his stunning 58*(29), his scores read 44(33), 33(31), 1(7), and 17(16). Not quite convincing, but good enough to get India ticking in the middle-overs.
Overall, Shreyas Iyer managed to score a total of 153 runs from 5 innings at a strike rate of 131.9. Thus, Shreyas Iyer gets a rating of 5.5 for hs performance.
#4: Manish Pandey (IND)
Inns: 4 || Runs: 89 || Avg: – || SR: 153.3
Team India’s new finisher, Manish Pandey didn’t disappoint at all with his performance. In fact, he remained not-out on all the four occasions he played for Team India.
His match-winning fifty in the fourth T20I was the highlight of his performance. Overall, Pandey scored a total of 89 runs at a strike rate of 153.3, which gets him a rating of 6.5.
#3: Rohit Sharma (IND)
Inns: 4 | Runs: 140 || Avg: 46.7 || SR: 150.3
Began the series with 2 failures, but made a stunning comeback in the next T20Is he played by scoring back to back fifties. Overall, Rohit managed to score a total of 140 runs from 4 innings at a strike rate of 150.3.
He played at number 3 in the final T20I, and looked set to score a big knock before a calf injury ruled him out of the rest of the match. Nevertheless, Rohit gets a rating of 6.8 for his performance.
#2: KL Rahul (IND)
Inns: 5 || Runs: 224 || Avg: 56 || SR: 144.5
The leading run-scorer of the series, and the player with most runs in a T20I bilateral series for India, KL Rahul completed yet another stunning series with the bat for Team India. He played 5 innings, and got good runs in all the innings.
While he didn’t have a big score, he got 2 fifties in 5 innings, and helped India win 1 match on his own. So, for being the leading run-scorer of the tournament, KL Rahul gets a rating of 7.7.
#1: Kane Williamson (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Runs: 160 || Avg: 53.3 || SR: 170.9
Played for just 3 innings due to injury, but easily looked the best batsman of the series. His 95(48) in the second T20I was the best knock of the series even though it ended on the losing side. Overall, for scoring 160 runs in 3 innings at a strike rate of 170.9, Kane Williamson gets a rating of 9.4.
The other key batsmen, and their ratings are as follows
- Colin Munro || 5.4
- Tim Seifert || 5.1
- Ross Taylor || 4.9
- Virat Kohli || 3.9
#5: Scott Kuggleijn (NZ)
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 3 || Avg: 24.7 || ER: 7.4
Scott Kuggleijn played only 3 matches having missed the first two matches, but looked the most impressive pacer for New Zealand. It was his spell in the fifth T20I that restricted India to a below-par score, which New Zealand choked while chasing. While not entirely impressive, Scott Kuggleijn gets a rating of 5.2 for his performance.
#4: Shardul Thakur (IND)
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 4 || Avg: 35.8 || ER: 5.1
Didn’t start well in the first two T20Is leaking 65 in his 5 overs, but came back stronger to give 92 in his next 11 overs, and picking up 6 wickets in three innings. He was the player of the match in the fourth T20I for his all-round performance, but almost gave us a heartbreaking moment when Ish Sodhi hit him for a couple of sixes in the final over of the fifth T20I. Overall, Shardul gets a rating of 6.4 for his performance.
#3: Ish Sodhi
Inns: 5 || Wkts: 6 || Avg: 24.3 || ER: 7.3
New Zealand’s best bowler of the series, Ish Sodhi took timely wickets in the middle overs. He managed to take 6 wickets from 5 innings at a decent economy rate of 7.3. His spell of 3-26 in the fourth T20I almost turned the match in New Zealand’s favor. Overall, Ish Sodhi gets a rating of 6.8 for his performance.
#2: Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
Inns: 3 || Wkts: 4 || Avg: 14.8 || ER: 5.9
The second-best and the most economical bowler of the series, Ravindra Jadeja has had a fantastic tournament with the ball. He didn’t play all the matches, but was superb in the first three matches taking 4 wickets at an economy rate of 5.9.
He kept things tight in the middle overs while accounting for crucial wickets. Given the short boundaries of New Zealand, Ravindra Jadeja did an excellent job. Thus, Ravindra Jadeja gets a rating of 7.1 for his performance.
#1: Jasprit Bumrah
Inns: 5 || Wkts: 6 || Avg: 21.5 || ER: 6.5
The magician of death bowling, Jasprit Bumrah felt unplayable on almost all the occasions except for the third T20I. The entire off-field drama for Jasprit Bumrah was his knack of bowling economical spells at the death, and producing next to none hittable balls.
His spell of 3-12 in the final T20I could well be the best spell of the series. Jasprit Bumrah didn’t take as many wickets as would have liked due to conservative mindset of the batsmen against him, but still did well overall to get a rating of 7.5 for his performance.
The other key bowlers, and their ratings are as follows
- Navdeep Saini || 6 (Played only 2 T20Is)
- Hamish Bennett || 5
- Mohammed Shami || 4.2
- Yuzvendra Chahal || 3.3
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