WI vs India 2019: Jasprit Bumrah, Hanuma Vihari, and Ajinkya Rahane, the stand-out players in our Test series report card.
After ODIs and T20Is, Team India complete another dominant performance in the Test series by defeating the West Indies 2-0. While it was expected that India would defeat the WI, but defeating them so convincingly was surprising.
Nevertheless, it was a series which once again belonged to the bowlers; specially Indian bowlers, who yet again took all of opposition’s 40 wickets.
But, how did all the players perform, and what rating do they get? Let’s look at their overall performance in our WI vs India Test series report card.
Batting: As always, we have analyzed the batting performances basis the performance rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as runs scored, consistency, relative % of Team runs, and the number of match-winning knocks.
Bowling: We have analyzed the bowling performances basis the performance rating calculated from the overall aspect of the game such as wickets taken, consistency, relative % of Team wickets, and the number of match-winning spells.
Right then, let’s look at the report card for India vs WI 2019 Test series.
#5: Jason Holder
Inns: 4 | Runs: 104 | Avg: 26 | Hs: 39
It may surprise you, but the West Indies captain, Jason Holder was West Indies’s best batsman of the series.
It is shocking to see that a player whose primary role is a bowler is the leading run-getter for WI in this series. Such has been the mediocrity of West Indies batting that even Ishant Sharma has more runs than all the batsmen except Holder.
Jason Holder played some decent cameos down the order with the highest score of 39, but these were not enough to remove WI our of the adversity.
Overall, he had decent numbers with 104 runs at an average of 26, but far from being good. Hence, Jason Holder gets a rating for 2 for his decent cameos down the order.
#4: KL Rahul
Inns: 4 | Runs: 101 | Avg: 25.25 | Hs: 44
Another series that would go down as a disappointment for KL Rahul, who had got a perfect platform to boost his drowning Test career.
A meager 101 runs at an average of 25.25 won’t make him feel good at all. To be honest, it is not that he isn’t trying hard, it is just the mindset that is playing in his mind that is acting as a deterrent.
Anyway, with his position now at stake for the South Africa series, KL Rahul gets a rating of 2.1 for his performance.
#3: Virat Kohli
Inns: 4 | Runs: 136 | Avg: 34 | Hs: 76
Two fifties and two failures including a golden duck is what Virat Kohli could manage in his series.
Overall, Kohli scored only 136 runs from 4 innings at an average of 34. While his knock of 76 in the first Test match was a good one, we expected more from the world number 1.
For his twin fifties, Virat Kohli gets a rating of 3.6 for his performance.
#2: Ajinkya Rahane
Inns: 4 | Runs: 271 | Avg: 90.33| Hs: 102
After a disappointing few years in Test Cricket, Ajinkya Rahane finally got back to the track by smashing his first century in the last two years.
A total of 271 runs from 4 innings at an average of 90.33 with 1 century and 2 fifties would do wonders to Rahane’s confidence going forward.
With just 1 failure and 3 good knocks, Rahane gets a rating of 7.6 for his performance.
#1: Hanuma Vihari
Inns: 4 | Runs: 289 | Avg: 96.33 | Hs: 111
Probably the player of series for me, Hanuma Vihari did wonders with the bat in this series.
Three great performances, and 1 decent knock comprised Vihari’s batting who is also the leading run scorer in this series with a total of 289 runs at an average of 96.33.
Vihari’s solid technique, and his ability to play to his strengths separate him from the rest. I wish he had scored more in the first innings of the first Test.
Nevertheless, Hanuma Vihari gets a rating of 8.1 for his performance.
Among other batsmen, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant did nothing good with the bat, while Mayank Agarwal had a solo fifty to his name.
West Indies batsmen, on the other hand, looked clueless against a strong bowling line-up of India. Hence, their performance isn’t worth mentioning.
#5: Roston Chase
Inns: 4 | Wkts: 6 | Avg: 42.83 | BBI: 4/132
A total of 6 wickets from 3 innings at an average of 42.83, Roston Chase bowled well in 2 of the 3 innings.
Roston Chase was West Indies’ prime spinner, but could only impress once when he bowled a spell of 4/132 in the second innings of the first Test match.
So, Roston Chase gets a rating of 5.3 for his performance.
#4: Kemar Roach
Inns: 4 | Wkts: 9 | Avg: 22.22 | BBI: 4/66
West Indies’ best bowler, Roach was the only West Indies bowler who looked lethal throughout the series.
Roach managed to take a total of 9 wickets from 4 innings at an average of 22.22 with best bowling figures of 4/66. His spell of 3/28 where he got Kohli for a golden duck, and almost got Rahane out on the hat-trick ball was a stunning display of fast bowling.
A little more support from the other end, Kemar Roach would have looked more lethal. Anyway, for being the aggressive pacer of the lot, Kemar Roach gets a rating of 6 for his performance.
#3: Mohammed Shami
Inns: 4 | Wkts: 9 | Avg: 17.77 | BBI: 3/65
While Mohammed Shami didn’t lead the pace attack, he played a brilliant supporting role to Bumrah and Ishant by taking wickets at regular intervals.
He is the only bowler to have taken 2 or more wickets in every innings of the Test match. Just goes on to show his consistent performance.
Overall, Shami took 9 wickets from 4 innings at an average of 17.77 with best bowling figures of 3/65. Hence, for his consistent performance with the ball, Mohammed Shami gets a rating of 6.2.
#2: Ishant Sharma
Inns: 4 | Wkts: 11 | Avg: 12.27 | BBI: 5/43
The second-highest wicket-taker of the tournament, Ishant Sharma is aging like wine. All the hard work, persistence, and dedication has been paying off for Ishant in the last few tours as him along with Shami and Bumrah form the most lethal trio in the world.
Ishant managed to take 11 wickets from 4 innings at an average of just 12.27. His spell of 5/43 in the first innings of the first Test match when Jasprit Bumrah didn’t look in rhythm had all class written over it.
Except for his spell in the second innings of the first Test match, Ishant has looked good. Hence, he gets a rating of 7.3 for his performance.
#1: Jasprit Bumrah
Inns: 4 | Wkts: 13 | Avg: 9.23 | BBI: 6/27
The more we see Jasprit Bumrah play, the better he gets, and in this series, he looked a class apart. With two nerve-wracking spells, Jasprit Bumrah has been the best bowler of this series.
He had two 5-wicket hauls, and a hat-trick to his name. Out of these two 5-wicket hauls, the spell of 5/7 where he literally ripped apart the West Indies’s batsmen with deadly unplayable inswingers and outswingers is the most economical spell by an Indian bowler.
Except for the first innings of the first Test match, Jasprit Bumrah has looked lethal throughout the tour. Overall, he has accounted for 13 wickets from 4 innings at an average of just 9.23. So, for his unplayable spells, Jasprit Bumrah gets a rating of 8.2.
Apart from these, Ravindra Jadeja gets a rating of 5.2, while Jason Holder gets a rating of 4.78.
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