India player ratings vs West Indies: Superb Hanuma Vihari gets a 9 but Cheteshwar Pujara disappoints

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A deserved maiden Test ton for Vihari.

A 257-run victory in second and final Test against West Indies at Kingston has brought to an end a highly successful 2019 tour of the Caribbean for India.

The visitors had previously captured the ODI and T20 series without losing a single game and their latest victory at Jamaica has added a 2-0 Test clean sweep to their tally.

Virat Kohli and his men have now bagged all 120 points on offer in what was their maiden assignment of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.

At the end of a comprehensive Test triumph for India in the Caribbean, we rate how the Indian players performed.

KL Rahul – 5/10

The opener got starts in both innings at Antigua without being able to convert them into fifties but he could only muster a match-haul of 19 runs at Jamaica. Another opportunity wasted for him to cement his place.

Mayank Agarwal – 5/10

The fellow India opener didn’t really do much better than Rahul either with just one-half century to show for along with three cheap dismissals. Still finding his feet at the international level.

Cheteshwar Pujara – 3/10

A horror Caribbean sojourn for Pujara.

A horror Caribbean sojourn for Pujara.

A horror tour for the India No3 who was outstanding for India in their maiden triumph in Australia earlier this year. His 27-run knock in the second innings at Jamaica was his best display.

Virat Kohli – 8/10

The India skipper made amends for his rash dismissal in the first innings at Antigua with a fine fifty in the second. He was looking good for a century in Jamaica before perishing for 76.

Ajinkya Rahane – 9/10

It was some return to form for the India deputy skipper who registered his first Test ton in over two years. A series aggregate of 271 runs for the right-hander who scored less than 50 runs only once in his four innings.

Rahane is back in form.

Rahane is back in form.

Hanuma Vihari – 9/10

The biggest positive for India from their entire tour was the emergence of Hanuma Vihari as a solid and reliable middle-order batsman. The right-hander’s scores in the series were 37, 93, 111 and 53 not out which tells you all you need to know about his impact.

Rishabh Pant – 5/10

A series to forget with the bat for the youngster but he did show improvement in his glovework behind the stumps and has now broken Dhoni’s India record for taking the least number of Tests (11) to complete 50 dismissals.

Ravindra Jadeja – 6/10

The all-rounder was given the nod ahead of Ravi Ashwin to operate as India’s sole spinner in the series and he did reasonably well with the ball as the pacers did bulk of the damage. Also registered a crucial fifty down the order in the first Test.

Ishant Sharma – 9/10

An excellent tour for the veteran pacer who picked up 11 wickets in total including a five-for at Antigua. His transformation from an inconsistent but talented pacer to reliable one who can perform in all conditions has been tremendous. Also registered his maiden Test fifty.

Jasprit Bumrah – 9/10

Bumrah writes himself into the record books.

Bumrah writes himself into the record books.

Some impact by Bumrah on his maiden Caribbean tour with 13 including two five-wickets hauls and a sensational hat-trick at Jamaica. The 25-year-old’s newly developed outswinger wreaked all kinds of havoc, drawing high praise former Windies greats such as Viv Richards, Andy Roberts and Ian Bishop.

Mohammed Shami – 8/10

Nine wickets for Shami across the two matches and his pace partnership with Ishant and Bumrah continues to go from strength to strength.

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