India triumphs England 2-1: Player Ratings from India’s emphatic T20I series win over the Englishmen 

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The road to the T20 World Cup is on!

India repeats their 2018 prowess against mighty England in the shortest format of cricket. The Indian team registered an emphatic series win by 2-1 which also marked their consecutive bilateral T20I series triumph on English soil. Rohit Sharma and company are thriving on the road to the T20 World Cup hence let’s take a look at the player ratings and detailed performances report of the Indian team from this series.

Top Order

Rohit Sharma (6/10): It was a challenge for the Indian skipper to lead the team against Englishmen at their home ground and Hitman Sharma has succeeded in it. The defeat in the final game at Trent Bridge may have broken his winning streak of 13 consecutive T20Is matches but it also came with a learning lesson which will help him to get the right core for the T20 World Cup saga. As a captain, he did an exceptional job but unfortunately couldn’t replicate it with the bat. 

Rohit got a good start in each and every game but could fetch only 66 runs from the three innings of the Vitality T20I trophy. His quickfire 24 from 14 balls in the first game and 31 from 20 balls in the second one gave a strong base for the Indian batting unit to build further. Although the team management must have expected more fireworks from the captain who will be aiming to fill the void in the upcoming ODI series. 

Rishabh Pant (5/10): It was a surprising decision for everyone when Pant walked out on the pitch to open the Indian innings along with Rohit in the Edgbaston fixture. He gave a good start for Men in Blue by scoring 26 off 15 balls but could not replicate it in the final game as he got out very early. Pant has got a huge from the gaffer Rahul Dravid, especially after his heroics in Whites and it’s high time that he must step up and take his competition with Dinesh Karthik seriously.

Ishan Kishan (3/10): Ishan was given a nod in the first T20I at Southampton as the other members of the Indian squad were rested. Although the dynamic wicketkeeping batter couldn’t deliver in the only opportunity and left the battlefield on a minimal score of 8 from 10 balls. Kishan was expelled from the Playing Eleven in the following two fixtures as Rishabh Pant was preferred for opening the innings along with Rohit Sharma ahead of him. 

Virat Kohli (2/10): Indian fans had a lot of expectations from the Modern Master in this series but what they got in return was nothing but disappointment. After taking a rest in the first game, Kohli returned to the action in the second T20I but unfortunately failed in both games. His dreaded run in International cricket continues as he could contribute only 12 runs from two innings of the Vitality T20I trophy. 

Middle Order

A memorable show at Trent Bridge

A memorable show at Trent Bridge 

Suryakumar Yadav (9/10): The kind of form he is in right now, it seems like even the sky is not a limit for our very own Suryakumar Yadav. The 31-year-old stylish stroke maker had a forgettable recent campaign against Ireland but returned to his form very soon after facing a bigger opponent. Surya kick-started the T20I series by scoring a 39-run knock which helped the Men in Blue to set the big total of 198 in the first innings. 

He could score only 15 in the second game but the final fixture was the one where Surya turned on the beast mode and almost chased down the humongous target of 216. Surya played an incredible knock of 117 runs from 55 balls which will go down as one of the greatest T20I innings of all time. He became the fifth Indian to score a century in the shortest format of international cricket but unfortunately couldn’t save the day for his nation. 

Deepak Hooda (7/10): When Deepak scored that marvellous century against Ireland a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like the batting all-rounder will now get a long run with the Indian Cricket Team. But the team management decided to drop him from Playing Eleven even after his impressive 33-run knock with an astonishing strike rate of 194.12 in the first game. Hooda will be returning to India as he is not part of the ODI squad against England and will be having preparations for the upcoming West Indies tour under Shikhar Dhawan’s captaincy. 

Shreyas Iyer (6/10): After sitting out on the bench for the first two games, the KKR captain finally barged into the Indian Playing Eleven for the final fixture. He came out bat amidst the top-order crisis of the Men in Blue and went on to have a 119-run partnership with Suryakumar Yadav for the third wicket. The 27-year-old Mumbaikar batter had his eyes set on the ball but got out when his team needed him to accelerate by contributing an individual tally of 28 from 23 balls. 

Dinesh Karthik (3/10): After a promising performance against Ireland, the veteran wicketkeeper batter and a special T20 finisher went on to captain the Indians in practice games against Derbyshire and Northamptonshire. Although this didn’t go in the way he must have planned and was off the point in each fixture. He finished the T20I campaign with 29 runs which is the lowest tally among the players who played all three games in this series. 

All-rounders

Hardik Pandya (8/10): Hardik is having a form of his life and turning everything into gold with just a touch. Indian Premier League triumph with Gujarat Titans in his debut season and T20I series win against Ireland on his International captaincy debut is now followed by a memorable series on English soil. The most important outcome from the series is that Junior Pandya is bowling rhythmically and now is able to fetch wickets consistently.  

Hardik was honoured with the Player of the Match award for scoring a fifty (51) and four-wicket haul (4/33) in the same game. His victims of that game were Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingston and Sam Curran which itself is an achievement for an all-rounder. The Gujarat Titans skipper played only two games in the series and still finished among the Top 5 of run-scoring and wicket-taking charts with 63 runs and 5 wickets. 

Ravindra Jadeja (6/10): Jadeja replaced Axar in the Playing Eleven from the second T20I onwards and delivered an impressive performance in his first appearance itself. His crucial knock of 46 not out from 29 balls saved India from the crisis and took them to the defendable total of 170 as his individual tally also made him the highest scorer of that innings. Jadeja couldn’t sustain the great start further and had pretty expensive bowling figures in both games while also failing to carry out the chase in the third T20I. 

Axar Patel (4/10): Axar was named into Indian Playing Eleven as the fellow all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was given rest for the first game. In that game, Axar came on to bat in the 12th over and held one end until the 17th over while smashing three boundaries to contribute 12 runs to the team total. Although when it came to defending the total, Axar went for expensive figures of 0/23 in two overs as his economy rate of 11.50 was the highest among Indian bowlers. 

Bowlers

A consecutive Player of the T20I Series awards bagged by the talismanic pacer

A consecutive Player of the T20I Series awards bagged by the talismanic pacer

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10/10): Watching Bhuvi on the England pitches is always a treat to watch due to his incredible capabilities of swinging the balls in English conditions. Now the Uttar Pradesh pacer’s role in the team is not only limited to bowler but also a mentor for the grooming pool of India’s future pace sensations. His fifth delivery of the opening over of the first T20I made global headlines as it swung so huge that sent the English skipper Jos Buttler for the Golden Duck. 

The pressure was on Bhuvi’s shoulder during the second innings of Edgbaston T20I where the Indian team had to defend 170 and the swing-king gave a great start by striking on the first ball of the innings. He had the best economy rate and the average among the players who played more than one game in the series. Bhuvi’s diligent efforts of 3/15 in three overs earned him Player of the Match honour while he was also honoured with Player of the Series later on. 

Jasprit Bumrah (9/10): The pace sensation who captained the Indian team in the 5th Test match against the same opponent only played a single game in the T20I series. He joined the Indian roster after the first game and was rested in the final fixture to stay fresh for the upcoming ODI series. In the only game he played, Bumrah bowled three overs and picked two wickets with an economy rate of 3.3 per over. 

Yuzvendra Chahal (8/10): After a purple cap-winning season with Rajasthan Royals, the star leg-spinner has announced his grand comeback in International cricket. Chahal has proved that now he is back where he belongs, leading the spin department of India and rattling the giant opponents in their own backyard. He made two appearances for the Men in Blue in this series and fetched four wickets including the dismissals of Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali and the youngster Harry Brook two times. 

Ravi Bishnoi (7/10): The Indian team is grooming the Rajasthan youngster as the successor of Yuzvendra Chahal. Hence Chahal was replaced by the 21-year-old leg-spinner in the Third T20I when the Men in Blue had already ensured their claim on the Vitality trophy. Bishnoi remained the most economical bowler in the final fixture where others went for big runs, he only spent 7.5 runs per over and also picked the important wickets of Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali. 

Arshdeep Singh (7/10): After warming the Indian bench for a long period, Arshdeep finally got his debut Blue cap in the opening game of the series. It was a surprise inclusion as the Punjabi pacer was sidelined from Playing Eleven against Ireland hence his selection wasn’t a speculated one. Arshdeep kick-started his International with a maiden over in the debut game and also picked the wickets of the last two batters but still couldn’t retain himself in the Indian lineup. 

Harshal Patel (5/10): Harshal is the only bowler from the Blues camp who featured in all three fixtures of the Vitality T20I series. He picked four wickets from three appearances but remained a costlier option throughout the series. The 31-year-old right-arm pacer needs to work on his economy in order to strengthen the chances for a spot for India’s T20 World Cup side as a third pacer.

Avesh Khan (3/10): The rising star of the Indian Premier League is yet to perform in International cricket according to his domestic reputation. The Madhya Pradesh pacer was introduced against England in the dead-rubber fixture at Trent Bridge. Where Avesh opened the bowling innings while conceding only 6 runs from the first two overs including the dismissal of English big fish Jos Buttler but went for big hits in the rest of the spell to finish the bowling quota on the figures of 1/43. Umran Malik (2/10): The biggest taking for the Jammu Express from this series is that the youngster still needs to work on his variations and control over run spending. Umran may have topped the speed charts but miserably failed to face the wrath of English batters and ended up conceding 56 in his only appearances in the T20I series. His only wicket from this series was Jason Roy who he caught out with the help of wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.

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