Freedom Series: Indian Player Ratings For First Test At Visakhapatnam
India sit on top of the ICC Test Rankings with 115 points. New Zealand sits in second place with 109 points. India continue their impressive run in test cricket, notching up a convincing win over South Africa in the first test match of the Freedom series.
India ended up winning by 203 runs on the fifth day after they put up an impressive performance with both bat and ball. We take a look at the playing eleven and rate their performance, based on a scale of 0 to 10.
Freedom Series Player Rating: First Test Against South Africa
Rohit Sharma – (10/ 10): has the opportunity to open in test matches and grabbed it with both hands. He scored back-to-back centuries which earned him the Man of the Match award. Sharma hit 176 in the first innings and followed it up with 127 in the second innings. He also had an impressive strike rate in both innings.
Mayank Agarwal (10/ 10): Put together a 300-run partnership with Sharma in the first innings and also hit his first century and double hundred. Agarwal scored 215 in the first innings and strengthened his hold as India’s first choice opener.
Chetseshwar Pujara (6/ 10): also failed in the first innings after getting out for 6 and got bogged down in the second innings when India needed to score quickly. Sharma gave him an earful in the second innings which got him going and helped him score 81.
Virat Kohli (8/ 10): also missed out in the first innings after being caught and bowled for 20. He remained unbeaten in the second innings on 31 scoring at a strike rate of 124 as India pushed for quick runs. His captaincy in this game with bowler rotation and field placement was impressive.
Ajinkya Rahane (6/ 10): Rahane also missed out in the first innings and got out for 15. He joined Kohli in the second innings and also played freely remaining unbeaten on 27 with a strike rate of 158.
Hanuma Vihari (4/ 10): He was another batsman who also missed out in the first innings, getting out for 10. He did not have any role to play in the second innings and was also unable to pick up any wickets in the 9 overs that he bowled in the first innings.
Wriddhiman Saha (7/ 10): India made the choice to drop Rishabh Pant and give the experienced Saha the opportunity to reclaim his spot which he lost to Pant due to injury. Saha has always been solid behind the stumps and had a good test match with the gloves. He scored a useful 21 in the first innings at a strike rate of 131.
Ravichandran Ashwin (9/ 10): showed why he is the number 1 test spinner in India by dismantling South Africa in the first innings. The off-spinner picked up 7 wickets in the first innings and took 1 in the second innings, also continuing a great spin bowling partnership with R Jadeja.
Ravindra Jadeja (9/ 10): also has the responsibility of batting up the order and higher than R Ashwin. Jadeja is enjoying the responsibility. He scored an unbeaten 30 in the first innings and 40 in the second innings batting at number 4. He bowled 40 overs in the first innings and took 2 wickets. Jadeja then followed it up with 4 wickets in the second innings.
Mohammed Shami (7/ 10): also did not pick up any wickets in the first innings, but bowled a great spell in the second innings and picked up 5 wickets. Shami stepped up in the absence of J Bumrah and showed why Kohli continues to have faith in him.
Ishant Sharma (3/ 10): Sent down a total of 23 overs in the match and picked up just 1 wicket in the first innings.