Freedom Series Player Ratings for India, Second Test
The Indian cricket team sit on top of the World Test Championship ranking as they wrapped up the second test match against South Africa in Pune. India dominated South Africa throughout the test and ended up winning by an innings and 137 runs. This is the eleventh consecutive home test series that India has won. Virat Kohli now sits comfortably at the top of India’s most successful test captains with 30 wins under his belt. Here is a look at the Freedom Series player ratings for each player on a scale of 0 to 10, for the second test.
Freedom Series Player Ratings: Second Test
Rohit Sharma (2/10)
After his back-to-back hundreds in the first test, Sharma came into the second test with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. However, he got out cheaply for 14. Sharma will be annoyed that he did not make the most of the conditions and get to another century.
Mayank Agarwal (10/10)
Agarwal followed his double hundred in the first test with a cracking hundred in the Pune test. Agarwal scored 108 and showed the selectors that he can be the number one opener for India in the long run.
Chesteshwar Pujara (7/10)
Pujara will be kicking himself for getting out on 58 and not staying in. Therefore, he couldn’t play the big innings that he is known for. Since India batted just once in this test match, Pujara did not get a second chance to redeem himself.
Virat Kohli (10/10)
Kohli played brilliantly and scored an unbeaten double hundred that literally took the game away from South Africa. The Indian captain got to his seventh test double century (254), which won him the Man of the Match award.
Ajinkya Rahane (6/10):
Rahane is yet another Indian batsman who got past fifty. However, he failed to kick on and get a big score. Rahane will be pleased with his half century as it takes some of the pressure off his back. But he knows that he missed out as opportunities to score a century against South Africa don’t come very easily.
Ravindra Jadeja (9/10)
Jadeja was given the chance to bat at number six and he once again delivered with the bat. Jadeja played freely in his partnership with Kohli and fell 9 runs short of a century. He bowled 36 overs in the first innings, but could only pick up one wicket. He bowled much better in the second innings. Jadeja took 3 wickets and proved that he can be a top all-rounder for India.
Wriddhiman Saha (8/10)
Saha has brought reliability back to the Indian team as his experience and composure is far superior to young Rishabh Pant. Saha did not get a chance to bat, but he had a good game behind the stumps and took some great catches down the leg side of Umesh Yadav.
Ravichandran Ashwin (8/10)
Ashwin was brought on late to bowl in the first innings. He delivered with the ball, taking 4 wickets that steamrolled the Proteas. He picked up 2 top order wickets in the second innings, which helped India quickly finish the match.
Mohammed Shami (6/10):
Shami picked up 2 wickets in the first innings and 1 in the second to once again show that he can get wickets on Indian pitches.
Umesh Yadav (6/10)
Yadav lost his place in the test side as Jasprit Bumrah, Shami and Ishant Sharma are the first three choices. He took 3 wickets in each innings and bowled his heart out to let the selectors know that he is also very keen on regaining his place in the test squad.
Ishant Sharma (2/10)
Sharma has had a rather quiet test series and picked up just 1 wicket in the match. Being the senior most bowler in the side, he will be happy with the team’s performance. But he knows he could have done better.