India whitewashes Sri Lanka 2-0: Player Ratings from Rohit Sharma’s maiden Test series win as captain

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Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after picking up a wicket against Sri Lanka

The Indian side registered their second win on home soil this season, as the hosts thrashed the Sri Lankan side 2-0 in the two-game test series to get a fresh start after a miserable tour of South Africa. Rohit Sharma was leading the side for the first time after being appointed as the regular skipper for the national side in red-ball cricket. Let’s take a look at the player performances from the series.

Openers 

Mayank Agarwal (3/10): The opening pair struggled for India against the visitors in the series. Agarwal scored just 59 runs in three innings with an average under twenty. The batter had a sub-par performance and will look to perform up to his standards in the upcoming series.

Rohit Sharma (4/10): While the new Indian skipper had a great start to his season as a captain, his batting performances might sting him a little, Sharma scored just ninety runs in the series with a decent average of thirty per innings, while this might work out for any other players, fans expect a lot from a player of Rohit Sharma’s caliber.

Top Order

Hanuma Vihari (6/10): While fans and the management were a tad worried about the absence of regular number one Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari perfectly fits the bill. The batter scored 124 runs in the three innings with a half-century in the first test. Vihari has shown great performance in the series and could be the answer to India’s worries at the No.3 spot.

Virat Kohl (3.5/10)i: King Kohli played his 100th test against Sri Lanka and was somewhat out of his usual colors in the entire series, apart from the first game where Kohli scored 45 runs, the former Indian skipper had somewhat of a disappointing series.

Middle Order

Rishabh Pant changed the pace of the game with his explosiveness yet again

Rishabh Pant changed the pace of the game with his explosiveness yet again

Rishabh Pant (9/10): The explosive youngster has consolidated his spot amongst the best wicket-keepers in the world at the moment. Pant scored 185 runs in the series with a best of 96 in the first match and was awarded the Player of the Series for his efforts.

Shreyas Iyer (8.5/10): Shreyas Iyer had an equally amazing series just like his former Delhi Capitals teammate, the batter scored 186 runs in the series and was the Player of the Match in the second game for his two brilliant half-centuries in both innings.

Ravindra Jadeja (8.5/10): Ravindra Jadeja had a groundbreaking series for the national side this series, the southpaw smashed the Sri Lankan bowlers in the first test and scored his career-best of 175 runs. The player was the top scorer of the series with a total of 201 runs to his name, he also picked up a total of ten wickets in the series with nine out of ten in the first game.

Lower Middle Order

Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed Kapil Dev to become India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests

Ravichandran Ashwin surpassed Kapil Dev to become India’s second-highest wicket-taker in Tests

Ravichandran Ashwin (8/10): Ashwin has been rock solid for the Indian side in the red-ball format and once again proved his worth for the side, the veteran scored a total of 87 runs in the three innings with a half-century to his name. The spinner also had twelve wickets to his name and played a key part in India’s triumph over the visitors.

Jayant Yadav (1/10): Jayant might be a little dissatisfied with how the series turned out for him, the player scored just two runs to his name and had no wickets to back his selection which resulted in him being dropped out from the playing eleven to make room for Axar Patel.

Axar Patel (3.5/10): Axar was brought into the second game after a poor showing from Jayant, while the player did not perform too well with the bat and had just eighteen runs to his name, he somewhat managed to recover from where Jayant failed as he managed to scrap three wickets in the second test.

Bowlers

Mohammed Shami (3/10): Mohammed Shami had an average outing against the Sri Lankan side in the four innings as the bowler could only manage five wickets in the series. While the spinners dominated the first test, Shami failed to capitalize on the haven for the quicks in the second test and had just two wickets to his name in the match.

Jasprit Bumrah raises the ball after taking a five-ferJaspreet Bumrah (8/10): Jaspreet Bumrah was yet again lethal with the ball and it seems like he has no plans to stop anytime soon. While the player had just two wickets to his name in the first match, he bounced back strong in the second test with a five-wicket haul in the first innings followed by three wickets in the second innings.

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