Team India Player Report Card After First India v Bangladesh Test
India were the clear betting favourites in the first Test match against Bangladesh. They did not disappoint their fans or bettors who backed them. Team India have been dominant at home in recent times (only one Test match defeat in the 32 that they have played since 2013). It was no surprise to see them comprehensively defeat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in Indore.
We take a look at the Indian playing XI and rate each player on a 0 to 10 score.
BATSMEN: TOP ORDER
Mayank Agarwal (10/10): won the man of the match award for scoring another double century. He played beautifully and showed the selectors that he has both the temperament and the shots to make the opening position his own. He scored 243 of 330 balls at an impressive strike rate of 73.
Rohit Sharma (1/10): knows he should have capitalized and made another big score to further cement his place as an opener for the side in Test cricket. He is a key player for Team India and an opposition such as Bangladesh presents an opportunity for big runs.
Cheteshwar Pujara (6/10): played a little more aggressively, as has been noticed in recent times, and ended up scoring 54 of 72 balls. He looked solid at the crease and should have capitalised on his start and notched up another hundred.
BATSMEN: MIDDLE ORDER
Virat Kohli (5/10): scored a duck and missed out with the bat. It was a rare failure for the No. 2-ranked Test batsman on the ICC player rankings. However, he made up for it with his captaincy on the field, rotated his bowlers well and his aggression ensured Bangladesh were not let off the hook.
Ajinkya Rahane (7/10): the Indian vice-captain has managed to get himself back into form. He played slowly and anchored the middle of the innings before falling for 86 of 172 balls. Rahane knows the importance of big scores and a small error in judgement prevented him from reaching another century.
Wriddhiman Saha (7/10): has established himself as the number one Test keeper in the side and backed it up with a solid performance behind the stumps. With the bat, he showed intent, scoring a couple of boundaries, but was dismissed for 12. Saha, 35, will know that he needs to start making bigger contributions as a batsman lest he feel the pressure from the likes of 25-year-old Sanju Samson and 22-year-old Rishabh Pant.
Ravindra Jadeja (5/10): has turned himself into an all-rounder which has given Team India a lot of flexibility. He is in fact the second-best all rounder in Tests in the ICC player rankings. Jadeja fired with the bat (an unbeaten 60 of 76 balls) to push the innings along thereby allowing Kohli make a declaration. However, he wasn’t very effective with the ball and finished wicketless.
R Ashwin (6/10): delivered despite the wicket being more seamer friendly than spinner friendly. He sent down 16 overs in the first innings and took two wickets and bowled another 14.2 overs in the second innings taking three wickets and finishing off the tail.
Mohammed Shami (9/10): was brilliant in both innings and was the best bowler on display from both sides. Shami sent down 13 overs in the first innings and took three wickets to help restrict Bangladesh to just 150. He followed that up in the second innings by taking four wickets and bowled India to victory.
Umesh Yadav (6/10): bowled with pace and consistency in both innings to pick up four wickets in the match. He also played a cameo with the bat, scoring 25 of just 10 balls.
Ishant Sharma (5/10): opened the bowling for Team India in both innings and did a good job. He picked up two wickets in the first innings and one in the second to make his presence felt in the side.
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