India player ratings v West Indies: Virat Kohli steals the show yet again

Adithya Sundar 13:27 12/12/2019
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India out-muscled West Indies in a hard-fought T20I series. The hosts won the series 2-1 after a comprehensive victory in the decider at the Wankhede.

Here is how we rated the Indian players for their individual performances in this series:

Rohit Sharma – 3/5

The opener started the series with a couple of failures but delivered big in the decider. The start he provided set up India for the mammoth total at the Wankhede.

KL Rahul  – 4/5

The opener who has been maddeningly inconsistent in other formats has certainly established himself as a mainstay in T20Is. He was in fine form, stroking two half-centuries much to the delight of everyone. Everyone except Sanju Samson, possibly.

Virat Kohli – 5/5

Two unbeaten match-winning knocks from the skipper. He was the highest run-getter in the series and was named the Player of the Series. He now has 100 international half-centuries and became the first batsman to score 1000 T20I runs in India. All hail the King!

Shreyas Iyer – 1/5

A quiet series for the rookie after a good showing against Bangladesh. He faced a mere 17 deliveries and made 14 runs. He dropped a catch in the second T20I and took a brilliant catch in the third.

Shivam Dube – 3/5

The all-rounder made use of the one opportunity he got at the top of the order by scoring an aggressive half-century. Though he did leak runs whilst bowling, he does have a good yorker in his arsenal.

Rishabh Pant – 1/5

The keeper-batsman didn’t do much with the bat. He remained unbeaten in the second T20I but couldn’t quite provide the flourish at the end. He took one catch, completed one stumping and dropped a catch.

Washington Sundar – 1/5

The off-spinner had a quiet series. He bowled eight overs and picked up two wickets. He crucially dropped Lendl Simmons at Thiruvananthapuram, in the power play after which the opener led his team to series-levelling victory.

Ravindra Jadeja – 1/5

India is still struggling to find a spot for their left-arm spinner. Jadeja hardly gets a chance to bat and only seldom completes his entire quota of overs. He bowled six overs in the two games and picked up two wickets.

Deepak Chahar – 1/5

The medium pacer had a poor start to the series as he bowled one of the most expensive T20I spells by an Indian. He improved as the series progressed and had a fine outing in the final game.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 1/5

Bhuvi

The pacer had an underwhelming return to the international cricket. He was accurate in the power play but ended up conceding quite a few in the death overs.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 1/5

The leg-spinner picked up two wickets in the series but he was taken to cleaners by the Caribbean batsmen. He conceded 72 runs from seven overs in two games.

Kuldeep Yadav – 2/5

He played in his first ever T20I since February 2019 at the Wankhede.  He was a bit rusty and was tonked for five maximums in his four-over spell.

Mohammed Shami – 3/5

His terrific year continues. Playing in his first T20I in over two years, the pacer delivered a superb spell.  He hurried the batsmen up with his pace and bowled with aggression.

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