India vs South Africa: Rating the performances of the Indian team after emphatic series win

Adithya Sundar 22:32 22/10/2019
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India completed a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series against South Africa after their biggest ever win over the Proteas in Ranchi. There were many standout performers for the hosts, with almost everyone proving their worth during the course of the series.

Here are the individual player ratings at the end of the successful series.

Rohit Sharma – 10/10

He set records ablaze in his maiden series as an opener with twin tons and a double century in the first and third Test respectively.

Mayank Agarwal – 8/10

The rookie opener played perfect foil for Rohit Sharma at the top of the order amassing 340 runs in four innings.

Cheteshwar Pujara 7/10
He was the only Indian top-order batsman to score a duck in the series. He helped himself to some fifties though.

Virat Kohli – 9/10
He moved within one point of Steve Smith in the ICC rankings with a spectacular double century in Pune. His captaincy was spot on, making the opponent follow on twice and even had lady luck on his side as he won the toss three times in the series.

This is the sixth time India have won all their games in a Test series under the captaincy of Kohli.

Ajinkya Rahane – 8/10
The vice-captain completely justified his skipper’s decision to play an extra bowler with a timely century. He was sharp while fielding at slip as well.

Ravindra Jadeja – 9/10
He is India’s most versatile cricketer currently. He picked up 13 wickets and scored two half-centuries.

Ravichandran Ashwin – 8/10
He was India’s most successful bowler, picking up 15 wickets. Ashwin worked tirelessly bowling 138 overs in the series.

Wriddhiman Saha – 8/10

The Bengal keeper repaid his captain’s faith in him with some stellar glove work. He effected 12 dismissals – 11 catches and one stumping – in 3 Tests.

Mohammed Shami – 9/10
The 29-year-old was unplayable at times. He hit the perfect lengths and troubled the batsmen throughout. He claimed 13 wickets in the series and became the first Indian bowler to pick up a five wicket haul in the fourth innings this millennium.

Pacers torment Proteas once again. Image - BCCI/Twitter.

Pacers torment Proteas once again. Image – BCCI/Twitter.

Umesh Yadav – 8/10
He became the first Indian pace bowler to pick three or more wickets in five consecutive innings at home. He complimented Shami from the other end and allowed no respite for the batsmen.

Ishant Sharma – 6/10
His colleagues took all the plaudits but Sharma, the senior pro in the attack, was steady with his bowling in the two games he played.

Shahbaz Nadeem – 7/10
The left-arm spinner who has been a consistent performer in the domestic circuit had a neat debut at his home stadium, picking up four wickets.

Hanuma Vihari – N/A
He was deemed surplus to requirements after the first Test and had to make way for Umesh Yadav.

Shubhman Gill – N/A
The youngster couldn’t get a game with openers Sharma and Agarwal scoring as they did in the series.

Rishabh Pant – N/A
The dashing keeper had a brief substitute appearance when Saha was struck on the thumb during the third Test.

Kuldeep Yadav – N/A
The left-arm spinner didn’t manage to get a game.

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