India vs SA 2019: Virat Kohli, the leader of the pack as we calculate the player performance report card for the second Test Match.
After a disappointing show in the second innings of the first Test match, South Africa’s performance in the second Test match looked even more lacklustre. It turned out to be a rather easy affair for the Hosts as they defeated South Africa by an innings and 137 runs.
Reviewing the performance of the players, the second Test match was all about ‘King Kohli’, and his dominance in the longest format of the game. After a lull of century-less knocks, Virat Kohli was back to his prime best as he smashed his seventh double-hundred of his career.
Mayank Agarwal with a superb century, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, and Cheteshwar Pujara with brilliant half-centuries supported Virat Kohli brilliantly. While Ashwin, Umesh, and Jadeja picked up wickets at crucial encounters.
For South Africa, Kagiso Rabada was the pick of the players, who picked up 3 key wickets, but lacked support from all the bowlers at the other end. While except for South Africa’s lower-order, almost all batsmen had a rather off Test match with no intention of fighting.
Anyway, let’s have a look at what ratings do the players get in our India vs SA 2019 Second Test Report Card.
#7: Vernon Philander
Inns: 2 | Runs: 81 | Avg: 40. 5 | Hs: 44 | Rating: 4
Such miserable has been the performance from the South African top-order that Vernon Philander has looked the second best Batsman for them. He did decent in both the innings scoring 44 & 37 respectively. For his vital contributions, Vernon Philander gets a rating of 4.
#6: Keshav Maharaj
Inns: 2 | Runs: 94 | Avg: 47 | Hs: 72 | Rating: 4.9
The player who was supposed to be their best bowler is supposedly their best Batsman of the match. Keshav Maharaj played a vital knock on the first innings, and a decent 22 in the second innings. For holding the Lower-order, Keshav Maharaj gets a rating of 4.9.
#5: Cheteshwar Pujara
Inns: 1 | Runs: 58 | Rating: 5.91
After losing Rohit Sharma early on in the innings, Cheteshwar Pujara partnered brilliantly with Mayank Agarwal to keep India in the driving seat. While he couldn’t get a big one, his contribution of 58 runs was vital for the team considering the situation. Cheteshwar Pujara gets a rating of 5.91 for his performance.
#4: Ajinkya Rahane
Inns: 1 | Runs: 59 | Rating: 5.99
With India playing with only 6 batsmen, Ajinkya Rahane’s role became very crucial for Team India. Just like Cheteshwar Pujara, Rahane too played a sensible knock when Team India were 3 down for 198. He stuck a valuable partnership with Virat Kohli, and made a solid 59. Ajinkya Rahane gets a rating of 5.99 for his performance.
#3: Ravindra Jadeja
Inns: 1 | Runs: 91 | Rating: 9.65
The need for quick runs saw Ravindra Jadeja being utilized more as a batsman than as a bowler. He didn’t disappoint a bit as he once again had a stunning outing with the bar smashing a superb 91(104). He did miss out once again on a well deserved hundred, but Jadeja won’t be too much disappointed as he contributed well for the team. Ravindra Jadeja gets a rating of 9.65 for his performance.
#2: Mayank Agarwal
Inns: 1 | Runs: 108 | Rating: 10
After a stunning display of batting in the first Test match, Mayank once again looked ominous in the second Test match. While he didn’t get a double-hundred this time around, his knock of 108 had class written all over it. The way he dominated Anrich Nortje with some glorious hitting was a treat to watch. He gets a perfect rating of 10 for his performance.
#1: Virat Kohli
Inns: 1 | Runs: 254 | Rating: 10
The master, the King was back to his usual best as he smashed his highest score in Test Cricket. Virat looked ominous right throughout his knock with imperious cover-drives, flick shots, etc. He scored a monumental 254*(336) in the first innings, and thus gets a rating of a perfect 10 for his performance.
Apart from these seven, Faf du Plessis gets 3.81, Dean Elgar gets 2.01, Temba Bavuma gets 1.69, and Rohit Sharma gets 0.91.
#4: Ravindra Jadeja
Inns: 2 | Wkts: 4 | Avg: 33. 1| BBI: 3/52 | Rating: 4.98
Ravindra Jadeja once again played a crucial role in the second innings accounting for a 3-wicket haul. He didn’t do well in the first innings accounting for just 1 wicket. Overall, Ravindra Jadeja gets a rating of 4.98
#3: Ravichandran Ashwin
Inns: 2 | Wkts: 6 | Avg: 19.16 | BBI: 4/69 | Rating: 8.31
A 4-wicket haul in the first innings, and 2 wickets in the second innings, Ravichandran Ashwin was once again among the wickets in the second Test match. His ability to take crucial wickets was once again visible, and that was one of the prime reasons for India dominating the second Test match. So, R Ashwin gets a rating of 8.31 for his performance.
#2: Kagiso Rabada
Inns: 1 | Wkts: 3 | Avg: 31 | BBI: 3/93 | Rating: 8.5
After a disappointing show in the first Test match, Kagiso Rabada looked lethal early on in the first innings. He created a lot of pressure due to his 3 crucial wickets, but lacked support at the other end, and because of which India were able to dominate the South African bowling. Nevertheless, Kagiso Rabada gets a rating of 8.5 for his performance.
#1: Umesh Yadav
Inns: 2 | Wkts: 6 | Avg: 9.9 | BBI: 3/22 | Rating: 8.81
Came in as a replacement for the injured Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav has looked a far better bowler than Ishant Sharma, and the best bowler or the match. He took twin 3-wicket haul, and gave away just 59 runs. Umesh Yadav gets a rating of 8.81 for his performance.
Apart from these, Mohammed Shami gets 3.64, Senuran Mutthuswamy gets 1.94 , Ishant Sharma gets 1.74, and Keshav Maharaj gets 1.89.
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Adesh Kothari is the founder of AK4Tsay1 Cricalytics.
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