India won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017 by beating Australia 2-1 in the four match Test series. India won the deciding Test at Dharamshala by 8 wickets and completed an unbeaten home season that saw them rising out of the ashes of the Pune Test drubbing. Every player played his part and contributed to India's win in the end.
Here are the player ratings for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2017:
Virat Kohli 4/10
Indian captain for the first three Tests, Virat Kohli had a forgettable series with the bat with just 40 odd runs in the series. He missed the last Test at Dharamshala due to a shoulder injury sustained in Ranchi. He showed immense leadership character in Bengaluru, after the drubbing India got at Pune and won the Test in grand style to equal the series. But with the bat, it was a series Kohli might want to forget real soon.
Ajinkya Rahane 5/10
India’s vice-captain and captain for the Dharamshala Test, Ajinkya Rahane also had a lukewarm series with the bat. But he played a crucial knock at Bengaluru and put on a vital century partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara and set the stage for an Indian victory. His debut as Indian captain resulted in one of the best Tests in recent times and his decision to bring in Kuldeep Yadav paid rich dividends.
Murali Vijay 5/10
India’s no.1 Test opener Murali Vijay managed just one fifty in the four Tests series, where he missed a Test due to injury. His 82 at Ranchi was an innings of character and kept India in the game. Vijay found himself stuck on the crease a lot and Australian bowlers took advantage of that fact.
KL Rahul 7/10
KL Rahul proved why Indian team management persisted with him. He provided India with good starts, made half centuries (6 of them), but will rue that he failed to convert any of them into centuries. Rahul played with an injured shoulder, which limited his movements and he was forced to play more grounded shots enabling him play well and not throw his wicket.
Cheteshwar Pujara 9/10
Cheteshwar Pujara had a brilliant series against Australia with over 400 runs, including a match saving double hundred in Ranchi. He had set India up for success in the first innings of Dharamshala Test and he provided a sense of calm for Indians to bat around him in the series.
Karun Nair 3/10
Karun Nair got his long term chance in the series, but some poor technique and lack of application meant that he was unable to make runs. India went it with an extra batsman, but Nair failed to provide that support to the batting lineup.
Abhinav Mukund 1/10
Abhinav Mukund got a chance to play a Test after 6 years for India in Bengaluru and he was dismissed for 0 and 16. He failed to grab onto the opportunity he got and looks like he will have to wait for another chance at the top order with Vijay and Rahul doing well.
Wriddhiman Saha 8/10
Wriddhiman Saha has now filled the shoes of MS Dhoni completely in the Test arena. His keeping has always been top notch, but his brilliant 117, in partnership with Pujara in Ranchi Test proved to all critics that he could hold his own when it comes to playing under pressure. His brilliant catches in this series has provided India with a keeper that can claim to be the best keeper in the world.
Ravichandran Ashwin 7/10
Ravichandran Ashwin has had a dream run in the India’s home Test season with record 82 wickets. He took 21 wickets in the series, including the match winning 6 wickets in the Bengaluru Test, where India defended 188 runs. Ashwin couldn’t do much in the Ranchi and Dharamshala Tests in terms of wickets, but provided valuable support to Jadeja and the duo demolished Australians in Dharamshala.
Ravindra Jadeja 10/10
Ravindra Jadeja emerged as the most valuable player in the series. He has completely changed his image as a bowler, who can take wickets and lead the bowling attack on any wicket. He was amazing with the bat as well and his 63 in the Dharamshala Test proved vital for Indian win in the series. He signed off with 71 wickets and over 500 runs in the season. He bagged the Man of the series award for his series winning effort against Australia.
Kuldeep Yadav 6/10
Kuldeep Yadav truly surprised the Australian batsmen in Dharamshala on a pitch that assisted fast bowlers. The left arm Chinaman bamboozled the Aussies into submission and picked up 4 wickets on his first day in Test cricket. He is a find for Indian cricket and could find himself assisting Jadeja and Ashwin on regular basis in coming tours overseas.
Jayant Yadav 2/10
Jayant Yadav played just one Test against Australia in Pune and picked 2 wickets, as Australia thrashed India badly. He was dropped from the team in favor of a batsman and Yadav will hope to get another chance, despite Kuldeep making an impressive debut. Jayant’s batting prowess may prove to tilt the balance in his favor.
Umesh Yadav 8/10
Umesh Yadav made the Australian batsmen hop and duck and weave on almost flat Indian tracks. He bowled fast and he bowled long spells without dropping his pace. He picked up 17 wickets in the series and his brilliant bouncers and well timed yorkers made Australian batsmen uncomfortable after a long time.
Ishant Sharma 4/10
Ishant Sharma had a lackluster series with just 3 wickets in the series. He showed immense character in the Bengaluru Test where the tempers were running high and he bowled one of the best spells in the series in Australian second innings. With Shami fit again and Bhuvaneshwar picking up wickets, it will be interesting to see, if he makes to the Test squad later this year.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 5/10
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will hope that his good bowling performance in Dharamshala Test will pave way for a regular place in the Indian Test team. His swing and increased pace will help India a lot overseas and his batting has always been a plus for the Indian team.