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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 - 7:55am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna
How do you rate Indian players, who flattered to deceive without as much as semblance of a fight against England? Taus Rizvi has a number to reflect their miserable performances

Mahendra Singh Dhoni 1/10 (Captaincy) & 6/10
Despite lack of technique, the Indian skipper showed guts against a top class English attack with the bat. He was the lone Indian batsman who fought till the end. However, he struggled as captain and lacked new ideas. Not only that, he struggled behind the wickets too.

M  I   Runs HS Ave   SR    100 50 Ct  St
5 10  349  82 34.90 49.22 0     4 17   -

Murali Vijay 5/10
The Tamil Nadu opener, who is a treat to watch when in form, showed his class in the first two matches scoring a ton and a couple of half centuries that were instrumental in India's victory at Lord's. However, he could not carry on the momentum till the end.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
5 10 402 146 40.20 38.14 1 2 2

Shikhar Dhawan 1/10
A lot was expected from this aggressive Delhi batsman, who impressed in the swinging conditions of New Zealand. But the southpaw was a big failure and was seen struggling against the moving deliveries. Cracking starts were followed by tame dismissals.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
3 6 122 37 20.33 57.81 0 0 5

Gautam Gambhir 0/10
Gambhir was picked owing to his vast experience. The Delhi opener played only two Tests, but he let both the opportunities slip easily. He looked ill-at-ease and scratchy against class of Anderson and Broad. The man is now way past his prime.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
2 4 25 18 6.25 31.25 0 0 0

Virat Kohli 1/10
India depended heavily on Virat Kohli. He was the man marked by English bowlers before the series. Surprisingly, the Delhi batsman was one of the biggest failures, completely clueless against swing. Presence of his girl friend actor Anushka Sharma made more news than the batsman.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
5 10 134 39 13.40 46.52 0 0 1

Cheteshwar Pujara 3/10
'The New Wall' was supposed to be the barrier for India against the English attack. Initially, he showed signs of his strength and even got the starts, but his concentration was wavering and he threw away his wickets ending the series on a disappointing note.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
5 10 222 55 22.20 43.52 0 1 5

Ajinkya Rahane 4/10
The Mumbai bastman showed discpline and dedication. He came good initially sticking to the basics. His discipline fetched him a ton at Lords and gave India a victory. However, his form faded in the long series and was seen struggling in the end.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
5 10 299 103 33.22 50.67 1 2 2

Rohit Sharma 0/10
The Mumbai Indians captain lost his place after his performances in South Africa and New Zealand. He got one opportunity when Dhoni chose to play an extra batsman after all-rounder Stuart Binny disappointed at Lord's. Sharma played some loose shots and that was it.

M I Runs HS Avg SR 100s 50s Ct
1 2 34 28 17.00 38.20 0 0 0

Ravindra Jadeja 2/10
Not many know Jadeja's role in the team. Is he batsman? A bowler? Or an all-rounder? And the mystery continued in the series. Jadeja was ordinary with the ball and his batting too was pathetic. He showed his aggressive side with a 57-ball 68 at Lord's, That's it.

M I Runs HS Avg Wkts BBI SR Ct
4 8 177 68 22.12 9 3/52 104.0 2

R Ashwin 2/10
Okay, Ashwin cannot win you matches outside India. Period. England's Moeen Ali looked more impressive than Ashwin, who can turn the ball square only in Indian conditions. The argument could be, he got less matches, but two games are enough to prove your worth.

M I Runs HS Avg Wkts BBI SR Ct
2 4 106 46* 35.33 3 3/71 71.0 1

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7/10
Bhuvi has been sincere and hard working . First he bowled well with the new ball despite lack of inexperience of the conditions. He then he made a mark with the bat as well. He walked away with the man of the series award for India.

M I Runs HS Avg Wkts BBI SR Ct
5 10 247 63* 27.44 19 6/82 54.5 0

Stuart Binny 3/10
Many were surprised with his selection and few raised eyebrows as his father is a selector. But the youngster rubbished the talk with a brilliant 78 in Nottingham. However, he was of not much use to Dhoni with the ball. The batsman in Binny struggled in later stages.

M I Runs HS Avg Wkts BBI SR Ct
3 6 118 78 23.60 0 - - 1

Ishant Sharma 6/10
In the absence of Zaheer Khan, Sharma led an inexperienced attack. He did well guiding India to a win with a match-winning spell at Lord's. He, however, injured his leg and sat out of two Tests before returning in the final Test where he took four wickets.

M I Overs Wkts BBI Avg SR 5WI Ct
3 4 115 14 7/74 27.21 49.2 1 0

Mohammad Shami 2/10
A lot was expected of this seamer who has both pace and bounce. But Shami wasted the opportunities he got. He hit the deck hard and bowled short, instead of bowling full and often gave room outside the off stump and was thrashed. He was later dropped like a hot potato.

M I Overs Wkts BBI Avg SR 5WI Ct
3 5 96 5 2/128 73.20 115.2 - 0

Varun Aaron 3/10
The fast bowler from Jharkhand Varun Aaron got his opportunity after injury to Ishant. The express bowler impressed in whatever chance he got. He showed promise with his pace and swing and also threatened batsmen with some awkward deliveries – ask Moeen Ali.

M I Overs Wkts BBI Avg SR 5WI Ct
2 2 55 5 9/97 50.00 66.0 - 1

Pankaj Singh 2/10
He waited patiently for a chance even after performing well in domestic cricket. He then waited for his maiden Test wicket. He was unlucky in his first Test not to get a wicket but he did get one in the second. He lacked aggression of a fast bowler and was dropped.

M I Overs Wkts BBI Avg SR 5WI Ct
2 3 75 2 2/113 146.00 225.0 - 2

Duncan Fletcher 0/10
What is Dunchan Fletcher's role in the Indian team? Does he work on young batsmen's weaknesses or guide bowlers and improve fielding? Does he help Dhoni work out the strategies? Under Fletcher, India has done badly and continues to do so. Can we find a solution for this?




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