Asia Cup Report Card: India's Bowling Excellent, Top Order Very Good, Middle Order Average




There have been ups and downs in a few encounters, together with the ultimate, however that did not cease India from bagging the Asia Cup trophy for a document seventh time. The Rohit Sharma-led facet acquired an amazing battle from Bangladesh within the ultimate on Friday however the Males in Blue held their nerves to seal a three-wicket victory within the match that went all the way down to the final supply.India regarded a bit rusty towards Hong Kong of their opening recreation however showcased their supremacy towards Pakistan (twice) and Bangladesh. They have been then concerned in an exciting tie towards Afghanistan of their final Tremendous 4 conflict earlier than in some way surviving towards Bangladesh within the title match. The highest-order was once more amongst runs whereas the bowling unit remained constant all through the event.

Allow us to take a look at how Rohit and his males faired out within the occasion as we attempt to price their efficiency individually:

Rohit Sharma – Score: 9, Verdict: Very Good

Everybody was effectively conscious of Rohit’s resume when he was named the stand-in skipper within the absence of Virat Kohli. The 31-year-old earned a number of accolades for his astute captainship and led his staff from the entrance smashing 317 runs in 5 video games at a median of 105.66. Not as soon as within the competitors he fell with out contributing to the staff’s trigger. He has typically struggled towards left-arm pacers, however this time round, he regarded fairly snug towards the likes of Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi and Mustafizur Rahman. He scored 52 and 111* within the two video games towards Pakistan, aside from his unbeaten 83 and 48 towards Bangladesh within the Tremendous 4 and ultimate respectively. He, alongside together with his partner-in-crime Shikhar Dhawan, supplied India strong begins in nearly each encounter.

Shikhar Dhawan – Score: 8.5, Verdict: Very Good

Dhawan managed to place behind his struggles within the Check collection towards England and emerged as event’s highest run-getter. Dhawan is thought to attain huge in main occasions and this was no totally different. The flamboyant left-hander amassed 342 runs in 5 matches, together with two centuries, at 68.40. He scored centuries towards Hong Kong and Pakistan and in addition made a few 40s. When the ball shouldn’t be transferring, Dhawan appears a very totally different batsman. Aside from these flashy drives, muscular pulls and efficacious flicks, Dhawan additionally ran brilliantly between the wickets. Sure, there are doubts over his future in Check cricket however there is not any stopping Dhawan in white-ball cricket.

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Ambati Rayudu – Score: 6.5, Verdict: Good

Whereas Rohit and Dhawan did a lot of the scoring, Rayudu pounced on no matter was left to assemble. Coming in at No. 3, the 33-year-old did not set the stage on fireplace however gave India that much-required stability. The 33-year-old ended the event with 175 runs at 43.75. He scored two fifties however could not convert it into huge scores. As soon as Kohli comes again, Rayudu must quit on the No. Three spot and transfer down the order. What’s going to work towards him is his profession strike price of 76.82. India have already got MS Dhoni who can play a kind of comparable function but when the staff administration sticks with the plan of taking part in Dhoni at No. 5, Rayudu is somebody who can match into that No. Four spot.

Dinesh Karthik – Score: 6, Verdict: Common

The Tamil Nadu batsman regarded good in patches, scoring 146 runs in 5 innings at 48.66. He regarded in first rate contact all through the occasion however failed to complete video games, though he was unfortunate to obtain a harsh lbw name within the tie towards Afghanistan. He had scores of 33, 31*, 1* 44 and 37 however would have preferred to transform it into one thing extra substantial. The World Cup is hardly eight months away and with the likes of Manish Pandey, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer ready within the wings, it is vital that Karthik get huge runs if he desires to maintain his place within the Indian staff.

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MS Dhoni – Score: 6, Verdict: Common

A median of 19.25 within the occasion would not utterly mirror what Dhoni dropped at the desk. He was excellent behind the stumps together with his glovework and in addition helped Rohit with captaincy and area placements. He saved on throwing options to the bowlers, and with him being round, there have been no DRS blunders. There is a purpose they name it Dhoni Evaluation System, proper? Nevertheless, India will want Dhoni to contribute extra with the bat and take the opposite middle-order batsmen together with him.

Kedar Jadhav – Score: 7.5, Verdict: Very Good

India missed the companies of Jadhav in England. Greater than his batting, it is Jadhav’s low-arm slingy off-breaks that helped India. The innocuous off-spinner offers India that vital sixth bowling choice. For a part-time spinner to finish the occasion with a tally of six wickets at an economic system price of three.97 exhibits why the staff administration desires Jadhav to be match and taking part in. His Three for 23 and a pair of for 41 towards Pakistan and Bangladesh (within the ultimate) respectively helped India create added strain. Jadhav hardly bought any likelihood to bat, however when he did within the ultimate, he hit an unbeaten 23 to assist India survive an upset within the ultimate. If he managed to maintain himself match, Jadhav will most likely discover himself within the flight to England subsequent yr.

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Ravindra Jadeja – Score: 7, Verdict: Good

The 29-year-old all-rounder confirmed everybody why he ought to at the very least be part of India’s ODI squad. Introduced in as Hardik Pandya’s alternative after the second match, Jadeja straightaway made an impression by choosing up a four-wicket haul towards Bangladesh. The left-arm spinner scalped seven wickets in complete and in addition chipped in with a few helpful cameos at No. 7. He’s pure gold on the sector and his run out of Mohammad Mithun final night time is a proof of it. India will not play three spinners in England but when wanted Jadeja might be the person who can chip in all three sides of the sport.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Score: 7, Verdict: Good

Coming back from a again damage, Bhuvneshwar regarded a bit rusty towards Hong Kong however began to get into the groove because the event went alongside. The best-arm seamer picked up six wickets at 29.33, together with his Three for 15 towards Pakistan being his finest efficiency. Aside from that 22-run over towards Pakistan, Bhuvneshwar additionally did a commendable job in loss of life overs. Within the ultimate, it was his 21-run knock that took India nearer to the goal earlier than Jadhav put the of completion.

Kuldeep Yadav – Score: 8, Verdict: Very Good

The left-arm wrist-spinner was all the time going to be a power to be reckoned with on the tracks of UAE and Kuldeep did no hurt to his repute. The 23-year-old took 10 wickets within the occasion to emerge as one of many event’s highest wicket-takers, together with Rashid Khan and Mustafizur. Within the matches towards Hong Kong and Bangladesh the place the openers bought off to good begins, it was Kuldeep who put the breaks on and introduced India again on observe. He performed a key function in all of the three encounters.

Yuzvendra Chahal – Score: 6.5, Verdict: Good

Chahal wasn’t all the time amongst wickets however he did bowl some robust overs. Chahal bowled within the Energy Play 1 in addition to within the loss of life overs. His finest efficiency of three for 46 got here towards Hong Kong after they’d bought off to a strong begin. Each Chahal and Kuldeep can be vital to India’s trigger within the 2019 World Cup.

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Jasprit Bumrah – Score: 8.5, Verdict: Very Good

If there’s one man aside from Virat Kohli who has the tag of India’s all-format participant, it is Bumrah. The 24-year-old has arguably been India’s finest bowler within the limited-overs format within the final two years. On this competitors, Bumrah supplied India early breakthroughs and was improbable within the loss of life overs.

Here is a reality that may let you know how good Bumrah was within the ultimate overs: The best-arm pacer did not get hit for a single boundary within the 59 balls he bowled within the loss of life overs on the Asia Cup.

Khaleel Ahmed – Score: 7, Verdict: Good

Indian staff administration has been fairly vocal concerning the requirement of a left-arm pacer within the ODI setup. They gave Khaleel an opportunity and within the two video games that he performed, the 20-year-old regarded spectacular. He took 4 wickets, together with a three-wicket haul towards Hong Kong. He nonetheless has a protracted strategy to go however Khaleel has completed greater than a good job to maintain his place within the facet for the house collection towards Windies subsequent month.

*The likes of KL Rahul, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul and Manish Pandey solely featured in a single match and that was a dead-rubber towards Afghanistan. Whereas Chahar, Kaul and Pandey failed in that match, Rahul scored a trendy 66-ball 60 preserve himself within the competition. In the meantime, Shardul Thakur and Pandya suffered accidents and needed to return to India after taking part in only one match

*Score chart: Very poor 0-1, Poor 2-4, Common 5-6, Good 7, Excellent 8-9, Wonderful 10.




First Revealed: September 29, 2018, 3:16 PM IST


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