Australia in India 2012-13 March 25, 2013

Dhoni, young brigade energise India

India's marks out of ten, for the Test series against Australia
83

8

M S Dhoni (326 runs at 81.50)

Produced the innings that snatched the first Test and with it, maybe Australia's belief away from the series. His captaincy re-energised, Dhoni led a flock of rookies with a firm, confident hand and chose a new animated, responsive tack in his captaincy style. His hold on the captaincy is restored and by responding to the 1-2 series defeat against England with an emphatic 4-0, makes him a hard man to beat.

M Vijay (430 runs at 61.42)

The opener who came in from the cold, turning his two successive failures in Chennai into a platform from where he launched the rescue of his India career. The only man to hit two centuries in the series, and the top scorer on either side with 430 runs, Vijay discovered another gear in his game that was between neutral and turbo. A central figure in two massive partnerships - 370 with Cheteshwar Pujara in Hyderabad and 289 with Dhawan in Mohali - gave India footholds in both matches.

Cheteshwar Pujara (419 runs at 83.80)

An assured No.3 who opened on the worst wicket in the series and produced two half-centuries. He was second-highest run-getter, a mere 11 runs behind Murali Vijay with a century and two fifties, and was involved in three of India's six century partnerships. Pujara's consistency across the series and runs scored at a brisk strike-rate morphed into a stunningly effortless 82 not on the Kotla beastie in the chase.

Shikhar Dhawan (187 runs)

Destiny gave Dhawan one chance in the series and he made it memorable. He stepped in as the replacement opener for Virender Sehwag in Mohali and produced the fastest century on a Test debut across history. It was an innings that was weightless in its composure and clear-sighted in its execution and it destroyed all Australian hopes of recovery. An injury put Dhawan out of a home Test but when he did turn up, he played his part and got the world to its feet.

Ravindra Jadeja (25 wickets at 17.45, 85 runs at 21.25)

India's trump card in the series, who had been fitted in as the fifth bowler and the third spinner but soon became an incisive threat. Jadeja's bowling - disciplined, tight stump-to-stump, consistently on line - suited the conditions and the wickets. He took five wickets in an innings only once but was India's second highest wicket-taker with 24 wickets, with a better average, economy rate and strike rate than the rest. His baffling hold on Australia's best batsman Michael Clarke was the stuff of mass amusement and his batting came into its own in his last two innings.

7.5
R Ashwin (29 wickets at 20.10)
Man of the series, with 29 wickets, now firmly established as India's premier spinner. Ashwin shook off the blues of England and returned to bowl with the new ball, the old ball, the deteriorating ball. His ability to put his much-celebrated tricks on the back seat to the fundamentals of the trade helped him become the frontline bowler India needed in the series. His scores with the bat - 3, 1, 4, 12, at crucial points in a truncated batting line-up though - nip half a point off his score.

6.5
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (6 wickets at 39.83)
Like Dhawan, a debutant in the series, Bhuvneshwar did what was asked of him - to bowl incisively with the new ball. He bowled 64 overs across eight innings, largely with the new ball and his three-wicket burst in Mohali cracked open the Australian second innings, yet again and set up the win. He was a more than capable No. 9, scoring 38, 10, 18, 14* and was involved in a ninth-wicket century partnership with MS Dhoni during the Chennai whirlwind. A cricketer of greater capabilities whose true quality must be extended overseas.

6
Virat Kohli (284 runs at 56.80)
The series should have been Kohli's breakout given the conditions in which he was playing and the opposition he had to tackle. Kohli began with a century in Chennai but couldn't cash in the rest of the games. What he did do was he became a support act in several key partnerships along the way, in two century stands and three fifty-plus partnerships.

5
Pragyan Ojha (7 wickets at 34.00)
The most successful bowler in the series against England, sat out two Tests but returned in Mohali, came in as the third spinner after the success of his rival Jadeja. Ashwin and Jadeja picked up 53 of the 80 Australian wickets in the series and Ojha was relegated to being a bit-part player. He bowled far fewer overs and lacked the confidence in home conditions that have given him 100 Test wickets.

4
Sachin Tendulkar (192 runs at 32.00)
In his first innings of the series, Tendulkar came with India at 12 for 2. His 81 in Chennai settled India's nerves opening the door for Dhoni's assault. After that though, Tendulkar didn't cross 40, with scores of 13 not out, 7, 37, 21, 32 and 1. His role with the bat in India's march to 4-0 was very limited: in Chennai and a first innings 32 on a devilish Kotla track. Of all the batsmen who played in all four Tests, Tendulkar's was the lowest aggregate total in the top six.

Ishant Sharma (7 wickets at 37.85)
Given more overs with the ball than his seam partner Bhuvneshwar, Ishant took one more wicket and played a bit parts. He had a burst in Mohali with the reversing old ball in Australia's first innings, but was not partnership-breaker as planned. Australia's lower-order got away with far too much. Rather than be a wicket-taker and tail-end destroyer like Zaheer Khan, when called, Ishant merely held one end up.

3
Ajinkya Rahane (8 runs at 4.00)
Finally got out of the Indian dressing-room and onto the batting crease after 12 months of substitute duty. To make a debut on the worst batting wicket of the series, is to be handed the rough end of the stick. Two poor dismissals in Delhi gave Rahane a debut that belongs to nightmares, not memories.

Harbhajan Singh (5 wickets at 40.80)
Brought into the side to be the nuisance factor, Harbhajan played the first two games, but was clearly Dhoni's second choice offspinner. In his 100th Test, Harbhajan was tight, tense and once Ashwin tore away from him in the wickets column, there were to be few comebacks. Far too many short spells and a lack of consistency in line became the hurdles Harbhajan couldn't vault over and he was dropped after two Tests.

2
Virender Sehwag (27 runs at 9.00)
Switched to wearing glasses for the series and had an awkward first innings, playing on to a charged-up Pattinson bowling at top pace in his opening spell. Rather than go on the attack, Sehwag did try to settle in, but in his next two innings, had scores of 2 and 6, and was out defending to Nathan Lyon and nicking to the keeper off Peter Siddle. It gave the selectors no options. Despite India going up 2-0, Sehwag was left out for Mohali and the team trimmed from 15 to 14.

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Nampally on March 27, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Many fans are hung up on points out of 10 given by Sharda. The bigger picture is to look beyond just points. India has opening batsmen, middle order batting & much improved bowling now. Not only that they are all taking their responsibility seriously & playing big innings. On a very difficult pitch, Pujara stood there & hammered 82* at a S/R of over 85. How reassuring that looked. From an impossible situation Dhoni hammered a double century aided by bowler B.Kumar in a support role! That is rising to the occasion. Vijay after failing in first Test simply fought back with 2 centuries to nail his spot. Jadeja, so far a part time bowler, rose to the top like cream, by taking 25 wkts. in the series next only to the specialist bowler Ashwin's 29. Ishant & B.Kumar chipped in with wkts. when badly needed. Dhawan in his solo appearance demolished the Aussies! Kohli played his role very well. These are all huge success stories. Forget the marks alloted. India has finally found its Feet- Great!.

  • insightfulcricketer on March 27, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Ok home series over.players like up Pujara and Vijay have beefed up batting averages.Time for them to show their bottle when every ball is chest high.Other than Sachin only Kohli has shown class we will see about them shortly.Pujara in 2011 series was a painful sight against Steyn and Vijay showed tendency to shut his eyes we will see if they are one trick pony or long course horses.

  • on March 27, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    It is unfair to dock 0.5 points off Ashwin coz of his batting. His 7 wickets in the first innings of the first test was a game changer and not many realised. Come to think of it that Aus scored 316/7 and Ashwin takes 6 of them. I would give 9 to Ashwin for his bowling in the series

  • vrkp on March 26, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    This ranking is a Big joke. How can Clarke and Dhoni gets same 8 points. One has lost 3 tests as a captain whereas the other one won the series 4-0 and contributed with wkt keeping also, effecting some excellent stumping.

    In my opinion,

    Jadeja, Pujara, Vijay and Ashwin should get 9.5 or at least 9.

    Dhoni - 8.5, Kohli - 7, Dhawan - 10

    SRT- 4.5, Bhuvi - 5.5, Ishant & Ohja - 4, Bhaji, Viru - 1.5, Rahane-1 (for fielding only),

  • shravanvallaban on March 26, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    virat kohli needs to be more consistent than now to hold his place in the national test team as it has become very tough for the youngsters to get into the team.If he doesn't maintain his consistency the india might have to replace him with rahane. India these days look for people who are consistent in their performances as there were talks to drop ashwin for the first test in chennai after his poor performance in the last series against england. In kotla india could have dropped either ishant or b.kumar and could have brought in harbhajan as the pitch was spinner's paradise right from the first session of the match.operating bhajji and ojha for spell and ashwin and jadeja for another spell would have been more effective. pujara deserves the maximum score of 9/10 and then followed by vijay and ashwin with 8.5/10 as pujara was consistent right from the first test match in chennai.dhoni deserves 8.5/10 for his sensational knock in chennai and for his genius in captaincy.

  • Nampally on March 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    While the whole team played as a unit for the first time, 5 guys stood out above all. The opener Vijay confounded all his critics including myself with a remarkable turn around after failing badly in the first test. He appears to have sealed his spot. Pujara once again showed that he is the Mr. Consistently Reliable. Following his 87 batting average Vs. England in 4 Tests, he followed it up with an average of 84 vs. the Aussies. This is a huge boost to finally find a sheet anchor in batting. Dhoni for the first time gave up his defensive plays. His magnificient double century won the First test for India. This was the turning point in his career after 1-11 Test drubbing. The fourth guy who rose to the occasion was Ashwin with his wkt. tally of 29. He is finally showing some consistency. But the biggest surprise of all was jadeja's super showing as a bowler. He will now be the specialist bowler who is an All rounder. He may have displaced Yuvraj in Tests. Hats off to India for 4-0 win.

  • Nutcutlet on March 26, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Sharda: your comments are balanced & clear-sighted: I enjoyed reading them. As I went down your list, however, I was wondering if you'd comment on the fielding skills of some of the individual players. There is not a single comment on that aspect of the game, yet the energy, commitment & athleticism that they brought to the side v Oz was an essential component of the 4-0 success. So, with your permission, may I add the following? Fielding marks: 9s for Jadeja & Kohli & Kumar; 8 for Pujara; SRT 3, Ishant 2. The rest are, I think, between the three nines -- & Ishant Sharma! Can I add that it seems that India, under the much-maligned Duncan Fletcher, is at last beginning to look like a modern professional outfit in the field? It has not often been a strength of the Indian Test side, but that is now changing, at long last!

  • akc5247 on March 26, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Sharda - you are being harsh on the Indian team. Performing consistently for 4 continuous tests and dominating the opposition means there should be atleast 2-3 players in that team deserving 9 out of 10, at a minimum. Sachin, Sehwag and Rahane deserve their marks/rankings, but the others should get at least 0.5 - 1.0 added to their tally.

    @gaurav6788 - Bryon gave marks for Aus; Sharda for India.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 26, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Before the series I posted that I thought that the key battle would be Ravi Ashwin the bowler against the Australian batting. If Australia managed to dominate him as England had, they would win the series. If he dominated them, India would win. In the end, his bowling was, for me, the single bigegst factor. You can score stacks of runs as many of the Indian batsmen did but, unless you can take 20 wickets, it is all for naught and Ravi Ashwin made sure that those 20 wickets were going down and that the efforts of the batsmen were rewarded with something more than a series of draws. Agreed that he didn't score any runs, but his runs were scarcely needed anyway.

  • gaurav6788 on March 26, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    it seems like sharda u have some confusion,,,,u had given clarke 9 marks....nd on the other hand u gave 8 marks to vijay nd pujara nd 7.5 to ashwin??wat a joke...!!wat more u want from vijay and pujara??10 centuries in a series??nd wat frm ashwin 60 wickets in a series??it seems like u have very limited knowledge of test cricket...plz clear your facts,,,,!!it seems like by your MARKS DISTRIBUTION .....dat u didnt like indian performances,,,,nd dis is nt a school exam,,,,dnt expect any player to be damn perfect in a 4 match series......pujara,vijay,ashwin deserves 9.5 ,dhoni ,jadeja 9,,,,kohli nd bhubhneshwar 7...nd sachin 5...!!

  • Nampally on March 27, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Many fans are hung up on points out of 10 given by Sharda. The bigger picture is to look beyond just points. India has opening batsmen, middle order batting & much improved bowling now. Not only that they are all taking their responsibility seriously & playing big innings. On a very difficult pitch, Pujara stood there & hammered 82* at a S/R of over 85. How reassuring that looked. From an impossible situation Dhoni hammered a double century aided by bowler B.Kumar in a support role! That is rising to the occasion. Vijay after failing in first Test simply fought back with 2 centuries to nail his spot. Jadeja, so far a part time bowler, rose to the top like cream, by taking 25 wkts. in the series next only to the specialist bowler Ashwin's 29. Ishant & B.Kumar chipped in with wkts. when badly needed. Dhawan in his solo appearance demolished the Aussies! Kohli played his role very well. These are all huge success stories. Forget the marks alloted. India has finally found its Feet- Great!.

  • insightfulcricketer on March 27, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    Ok home series over.players like up Pujara and Vijay have beefed up batting averages.Time for them to show their bottle when every ball is chest high.Other than Sachin only Kohli has shown class we will see about them shortly.Pujara in 2011 series was a painful sight against Steyn and Vijay showed tendency to shut his eyes we will see if they are one trick pony or long course horses.

  • on March 27, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    It is unfair to dock 0.5 points off Ashwin coz of his batting. His 7 wickets in the first innings of the first test was a game changer and not many realised. Come to think of it that Aus scored 316/7 and Ashwin takes 6 of them. I would give 9 to Ashwin for his bowling in the series

  • vrkp on March 26, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    This ranking is a Big joke. How can Clarke and Dhoni gets same 8 points. One has lost 3 tests as a captain whereas the other one won the series 4-0 and contributed with wkt keeping also, effecting some excellent stumping.

    In my opinion,

    Jadeja, Pujara, Vijay and Ashwin should get 9.5 or at least 9.

    Dhoni - 8.5, Kohli - 7, Dhawan - 10

    SRT- 4.5, Bhuvi - 5.5, Ishant & Ohja - 4, Bhaji, Viru - 1.5, Rahane-1 (for fielding only),

  • shravanvallaban on March 26, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    virat kohli needs to be more consistent than now to hold his place in the national test team as it has become very tough for the youngsters to get into the team.If he doesn't maintain his consistency the india might have to replace him with rahane. India these days look for people who are consistent in their performances as there were talks to drop ashwin for the first test in chennai after his poor performance in the last series against england. In kotla india could have dropped either ishant or b.kumar and could have brought in harbhajan as the pitch was spinner's paradise right from the first session of the match.operating bhajji and ojha for spell and ashwin and jadeja for another spell would have been more effective. pujara deserves the maximum score of 9/10 and then followed by vijay and ashwin with 8.5/10 as pujara was consistent right from the first test match in chennai.dhoni deserves 8.5/10 for his sensational knock in chennai and for his genius in captaincy.

  • Nampally on March 26, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    While the whole team played as a unit for the first time, 5 guys stood out above all. The opener Vijay confounded all his critics including myself with a remarkable turn around after failing badly in the first test. He appears to have sealed his spot. Pujara once again showed that he is the Mr. Consistently Reliable. Following his 87 batting average Vs. England in 4 Tests, he followed it up with an average of 84 vs. the Aussies. This is a huge boost to finally find a sheet anchor in batting. Dhoni for the first time gave up his defensive plays. His magnificient double century won the First test for India. This was the turning point in his career after 1-11 Test drubbing. The fourth guy who rose to the occasion was Ashwin with his wkt. tally of 29. He is finally showing some consistency. But the biggest surprise of all was jadeja's super showing as a bowler. He will now be the specialist bowler who is an All rounder. He may have displaced Yuvraj in Tests. Hats off to India for 4-0 win.

  • Nutcutlet on March 26, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Sharda: your comments are balanced & clear-sighted: I enjoyed reading them. As I went down your list, however, I was wondering if you'd comment on the fielding skills of some of the individual players. There is not a single comment on that aspect of the game, yet the energy, commitment & athleticism that they brought to the side v Oz was an essential component of the 4-0 success. So, with your permission, may I add the following? Fielding marks: 9s for Jadeja & Kohli & Kumar; 8 for Pujara; SRT 3, Ishant 2. The rest are, I think, between the three nines -- & Ishant Sharma! Can I add that it seems that India, under the much-maligned Duncan Fletcher, is at last beginning to look like a modern professional outfit in the field? It has not often been a strength of the Indian Test side, but that is now changing, at long last!

  • akc5247 on March 26, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    Sharda - you are being harsh on the Indian team. Performing consistently for 4 continuous tests and dominating the opposition means there should be atleast 2-3 players in that team deserving 9 out of 10, at a minimum. Sachin, Sehwag and Rahane deserve their marks/rankings, but the others should get at least 0.5 - 1.0 added to their tally.

    @gaurav6788 - Bryon gave marks for Aus; Sharda for India.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 26, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    Before the series I posted that I thought that the key battle would be Ravi Ashwin the bowler against the Australian batting. If Australia managed to dominate him as England had, they would win the series. If he dominated them, India would win. In the end, his bowling was, for me, the single bigegst factor. You can score stacks of runs as many of the Indian batsmen did but, unless you can take 20 wickets, it is all for naught and Ravi Ashwin made sure that those 20 wickets were going down and that the efforts of the batsmen were rewarded with something more than a series of draws. Agreed that he didn't score any runs, but his runs were scarcely needed anyway.

  • gaurav6788 on March 26, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    it seems like sharda u have some confusion,,,,u had given clarke 9 marks....nd on the other hand u gave 8 marks to vijay nd pujara nd 7.5 to ashwin??wat a joke...!!wat more u want from vijay and pujara??10 centuries in a series??nd wat frm ashwin 60 wickets in a series??it seems like u have very limited knowledge of test cricket...plz clear your facts,,,,!!it seems like by your MARKS DISTRIBUTION .....dat u didnt like indian performances,,,,nd dis is nt a school exam,,,,dnt expect any player to be damn perfect in a 4 match series......pujara,vijay,ashwin deserves 9.5 ,dhoni ,jadeja 9,,,,kohli nd bhubhneshwar 7...nd sachin 5...!!

  • on March 26, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Congrats to India from an England fan. Even in the England series they were always an interesting team to watch - watching an in-form Indian batsman play is like watching a highlights package! How impressive has Jadeja been, bowls incredibly tightly, incisive against Clarke, and a first-class batting average of 51 suggests his lower-order batting will only get better - looks like one to keep. He's certainly proved his doubters wrong, and Sharma showed some improvement on unhelpful tracks too. A bit odd though, a man like Kohli who averaged 57 only getting a 6?

  • hhillbumper on March 26, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    I think it is a damning inditement that Ashwin was the leading bowler seeing how poor he was in the previous series.I wonder how well he would do away from home?

  • on March 26, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    @madhan17 has a very valid point about 'doing what ever team asked him to do'... and GRVJPR's judjement is spot on

  • on March 26, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    do not nitpick. get the essence of these ratings. 5 last men in the rating are the ones with most experienced ones barring Rahane. rahane got 2 chances in ODI,s and failed miserably. ditto here. does that say something for his temperament. in delhi, he looked like a lamb who has been earmarked for slaughter. so nervous and jumpy. we know the mind block that comes to Tendulkar when india approach victory in a test. he has hardly ever carried on till end. the worst i saw from stands was when india were 256 for 6 or thereabout and needing just 17 runs, with centurian tendulkar holding one end and time no bar against pakistan in chennai. he decided to loft their best spinner for 6, was caught and india lost by 12 runs. that episode has clogged minds of many captains in that situation. dhoni plodding in Mohali was clearly the result of that memory as a boy.time for more new blood. and a long rope but of definite length to sachin. no blank cheques please.

  • sachin_vvsfan on March 26, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    I would give 8.5 for pujara(tad unlucky in third test) and 3 for Rahane? What has he done to get a rating above sehwag?

  • Webba84 on March 26, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    How come Rahane gets 3 while Johnson gets 0 despite both playing in 1 test and both coming away with nothing to show for it? At least Johnson bowled balls that could have got someone out.

  • JohnSM on March 26, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Sharda, you are a fantastic writer. Very precise and a lot of clarity in your prose. However, you seem to know very very little about the game. To be honest, 7.5 for Ashwin? Are you serious? The kid bowled his heart out, was very economical and kept taking wickets. If that doesn't earn him a 9 atleast, I don't know what does.

    MSD and Jadeja atleast deserve 8.5. MSD provided the spark for the whole series at Madras and Jadeja was incisive and took out Clarke multiple times. That is like taking out Kallis 5 times out of 6 in a south africa series. That is a wicket with a very huge prize.

    Vijay deserves a 9 easily. The value of openinig partnerships cannot be overestimated and he milked the Australian bowlers, spinners and seamers alike consistently. Something the Aussie openers failed to do against India. Surely that deserves much more value!!

  • big_al_81 on March 26, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Not sure why Dhoni is on the same as Vijay, Jadeja and Pujara. Perhaps for the extra elements of captaincy, otherwise, it seems a point too generous. Love the fact that Ashwin is slightly lower. Not sure why he got man of the series bit he did do well. I probably would have gone for Vijay or Jadeja. I'm quite surprised by Kumar's rating. That's a really modest average and wicket tally for a 4 test series. Probably just shows how bare India's seam cupboard is without Yadav playing who looks their only class pace bowler. India overall bounced back well from the England series, well done to them.

  • GRVJPR on March 26, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Here are the points that they really deserve - Sachin (-10/10 please retire soon), Sehwag (-8/10 good bye sehwag), harbhajan (2/10 need a captain with more faith), Rahane (3/10 Poor guy on debut on a very bad pitch but took a brilliant catch at short leg and saved many runs), Dhawan (10/10 absolutely crushed the self belief of aussies and any chances of comeback was nipped in bud with that knock), Vijay ( 9/10 Although the reverse sweep was poor but was looking to put pressure on lyon starightaway, gave india good confident starts), Pujara (10/10 better than wall and will average more than dravid in south africa, dravid avg in SA is 25.23), Jadeja (8/10 biggest difference make, lifted the spirits with his energy and wickets), Bhuvi (6/10 honest tryer on dead pitches), Ishant (5/10 wasn't given a new balls), ojha (2/10), dhoni (9.5/10), kohli (7/10) ( was left to play with lower order and ran out of partners hence didn't get second century but was agressive on field)

  • dailtire on March 26, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    i ll give pujara 8.5 ..he was unfortunate to be given out in third test on 1..definitely he would have become top scorer of series..

  • madhan17 on March 26, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    i will give 8.5 Cheteshwar Pujara & 8 for Ashwin,,, Pujara was brilliant he did what ever team asked him to do,, like open the bating & bating with a injured fingure total team man like "The Wall" Sir Rahul Dravid,,, Ishant was total waste he should give 2 marks only & india have take only 79 wicket's not 80,, Aus where dec in 2nd test for 237/9

  • Edassery on March 26, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    I would rate Dhoni (including captaincy) and Pujara at 8.5, Jadeja at 8, M.Vijay, Dhawan and Ashwin at 7.5, Kohli, Ojha, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar at 5.0 and forget about the rest including Sachin Tendulkar, Ishaant Sharma etc. They don't deserve to be rated for this series as they don't get pass marks despite their vast experience.

    Murali Vijay and Dhawan despite their high marks, are yet to prove their test match worthiness in varying conditions. Pujara is pretty much the same but has better temperament and technique so.

  • AncientAstronaut on March 26, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    For the first time, I'm disappointed with the Cricinfo's ratings. Only 8 for Pujara, Jadeja, and Vijay? Seriously? All three played brilliantly and deserve at least 9! And Tendulkar didn't have much of an impact to deserve even 4, and this is his fan speaking. Ditto for Rahane. 3! What did he do in the one game he played? The pitch was awful, but his shot selection was worse. And Ashwin deserves at least 8 for being India's most effective bowler.

  • on March 26, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    These marks are too low, I think Pujara deserves a 9.5/10, Vijay, Dhoni, Jadeja and Ashwin a 9/10 each, Virat kohli 7.5/10, I would give Rahane and Sehwag a 1/10

  • on March 26, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    On the same scale, I would have given Bhubanesh a 7.5 at least as he did exactly what was asked from him.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 26, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    only 6 for kohli ? he easily deserves a 7 in my opinion

  • DevilsCricket on March 26, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Marks given like a school teacher on a theoritical paper !!! Dhawan played 1 innings and makes 187 match winning runs and he is not a 10...Are you serious??? Are you taking 2 marks away from him for getting injured...

    After Dhawan 10, Ashwin, Dhoni, Pujara, Jadeja, Vijay - all get 9

  • gruntledemployer on March 26, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    MS Dhoni seems to have scored an 8 without taking into account his glovework. It must thus be raised to 9.

  • DEV_ME on March 26, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    The marking and the Comments below it, show the obsession of our country with 'higher' grades ! If we sit back and analyse all the matches, how much did India force a win and how much did the Australians collapsed (non-performance). Non-Performance should be a governing factor tied to the capability and expectation of the resource. Vijay and Pujara have been awarded an 8, but there has to be deduction for the attempted reverse sweep in Delhi and the chennai dismissal. Also with Pujara, playing with below par fitness and denying the numerous singles / doubles to his partner and effectively the team. Sehwag should not even figure in the points on that scale. How about also involiving the fielding performance - catches taken, catches dropped, relaibility in a particular position etc ? Change the outlook from personal performance to preformanc for team and the scores will change drastically !

  • ksarma on March 26, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Sachin should be given only 2 for his only one innings and that to on batting pitch. Somehow, I feel people are scared to talk truth about Sachin and they are still in Sachin's mania. He scored least runs in top 6 and more often that not, when he came into batting, team is in good position. His inability to bat in a position where team needs him is costing team. He should learn from Dravid and now Pujara on how to be selfless when it comes to team sport.

  • GHemrajani on March 26, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Tendulkar should get a 10. Without him, the large crowds would not have come to watch. The large crowds spurred India to win 4-0. Finding every possible reason to keep Tendulkar in the team so his test average goes below 50.

  • on March 26, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Zero for Rahane. 10 for Shikar. 9 for Pujara. 7.5 for Dhoni and Jadeja.

  • satishchandar on March 26, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    I would increase .5 points for every member as they all deserve it after all.. Ashwin deserved 9 actually. He was the most consistent performer throughout the series ahead of all the guys who are slated in 8. All those guys deserved 8 but Ashwin was the real star..

    Though people feel RJ should have scored more as he replaced VVS, i guess RJ added same value as VVS with his bowling. Let us assume VVS would have scored 400-500 runs in the series.. With 25 wickets, if you put an average score of 20 runs per wicket, it will make it 500 runs saved with his bowling and Clarke's wickets value in 100s actually on his form.. RJ made up for everything with his bowling.

  • TRAM on March 26, 2013, 1:25 GMT

    How is SRT's 13*, 7, 37, 21, 32 and 1 better than Sehwag's 2 & 6 ?? If Sehwag got 6 innings chance he would have made a super 38 (with 5 fours and a six ) !! Better than SRT. If I want one of these two to get their youth back in cricket, it would be Sehwag simply because of the scant respect he shows for the bowlers, in other words, I choose the more courageous. Not the one who defends the ball with fear written on his face. Also, an opener has got to be more skilled due to tougher conditions than middle order batsman who enjoy the old ball and tired bowlers. These stats dont show such aspects, neither would most commentators recognize (except Gavaskar).

  • Winfried on March 26, 2013, 0:11 GMT

    @Sharda - I know that you probably expect criticism; anyone who compiles ranks not based on exact statistics would get criticism. However, yours rankings appear particularly arbitrary. For instance, it's hard to see how Pujara or Dhawan could have done much better. What would someone have to do to achieve a 9 or a 10? Dhawan's century was compared (by the greats) to the greatest ever debut centuries. How do you beat that? Pujara's innings in the last test was better than anyone else's - by a long shot. And Ashvin's figures - 29 wickets at 20.10 - wow. What would he have to do to get an 8 or a 9? If perfection is a 10, then, in my book, these three would certainly get 9s.

  • on March 25, 2013, 23:59 GMT

    I think that Sachin deserved a 40 - out of a 100. Diwan - 10, Ashwin/Pujara/Jadeja/Dhoni - 8, Kohli - 7, Kumar/Ohja - 5, Sharma - 4, Sehwag - 2. Rahane - 1.5. I really don't think that Rahane is good against pace bowling - look at the Finn dismissals and then the lame dismissal against spin. Get Rohit/Chand/Tiwary/Prasool and other youngsters. Rohit plays pace attacks well and should be in the starting 11 against SA. Sachin should be enjoying highlights of his career back home when India tours SA.

  • on March 25, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    How can you give Clarke 8 for 281 at an average of 47 and captaining the team to three losses but give Kohli a 6 for 284 at an average of 56? That doesn't make any sense ....

  • on March 25, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    I think there's an error in Tendulkar's rating, It should be - 4 and not + 4

  • on March 25, 2013, 22:40 GMT

    Jadeja's strike rate & economy rate was better than Ashwin's. Because of Bhajji & Ojha, Dhoni used him a lot less. Otherwise he would have got as many, if not more wickets, than Ashwin. But in SA, India should have three seamers (except Cape Town) and one spinner batting at no 8, which would be a toss-up between Ashwin & Jadeja, because a no 6 batsman Jadeja isn't. One of Tiwary or Rohit Sharma should fit in, driving Dhoni back to 7. Hopefully both can play, if Sachin can be decently retired, so Kohli can move to 4. India will need 6 real batsmen for SA + Dhoni.

  • on March 25, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Im not much against Tendulkar, but in this series we saw the youngsters play incredibly well. we have young players like rahane and dhawan on the sidelines looking in. They should definitely be given a chance. these upcoming away series would be a perfect chance to develop their skills so we can win consistently.

  • Karthickk on March 25, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    I think the Marks out of 10 is a bit of unfair. For multiple reasons: Pujara getting 8 along with Vijay while the same 8 Marks are given to Clarke too. Kind of beats my expectation considering that Virat Kohli has much higher average than Clarke. Ashwin getting 7.5 in spite of getting Man of the Series award.

    Here are my marks out of 10. Pujara, Ashwin, Vijay and Jadeja - 9, Dhoni - 8.5 Dhawan - 8.0 Kohli - 7.5 Bhuvenesh - 7.0(Considering debut series and the pitches) Ojaha - 6.5 Ishanth - 6.0 Harbajan - 5.0 Sachin, Rahane - 3.5 Sehwag - 2.0

    Australia scores Clarke, Siddle, Pattison - 7 S Smith, Lyon - 6.5 Cowan, Haddin - 6 Henrique - 5 Huges, Wade, Maxwell - 4 Doherty, Watson - 2 Johnson - 1

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on March 25, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Seriously, why did you not give Dhawan a 10 ? He batted in one innings and scored 187 and the pace at which scored those runs gave India the win. What else could an opening batsman on debut coould do to get a 10 ? Score a double century in 150 balls ?

  • darsh127 on March 25, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    Totally don't agree with a lot of these... and especially after comparing to aussie marks... you gave way too less marks tbh... :/

  • on March 25, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @bharatratna, exactly my point. R Jadeja is the one replacing VVS Laxman. His first job is batting. He was selected when scored those triple hundreds. I would reduce one point for R Jadeja for that and increase one point for R Ashwin. Because of Jadeja, India could not extend the good work by the top order. India's low order did not bat well in this series. He was expected to bat with Ashwin, Bhuvi and others..

  • Trinity666 on March 25, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @Sharda The ratings are not rational, its more of an emotional one. Sachin does not get any better rating than Sehwag (may be bit better than him but not any other batsman). And players with just one match?come on, you are demotivating Rahane...

  • on March 25, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    This is ridiculous scoring Sharda - Jadeja must score 9, maybe 8.5 for his failure with the bat - but it is his bowling alone that secured the series for India. Sure Ashwin took wickets and he deserves his 8 score. Rahane scoring 3!! What in the world? You MUST be kidding.. -3 maybe, but 3 - I stopped reading after that

  • righthandbat on March 25, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    India's batting order looks pretty good all of a sudden, Pujara continued to show why he may be one of the greats - but the team as a whole needs to be tested overseas.

  • on March 25, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    I am waiting to se the score of Australian cricket team, ideally should be in fractions less than one, excepting for captaincy where they deserve 10 out of 10 afterall winning four out of four tosses was an amazing feat...

  • bharatratna on March 25, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Oh, I don't quite agree with this Sharda. Is this out of 10 or 8? If 10, what is even the reason for docking of Pujara's tally? He has enough match-winning runs in his kitty. For a 10, you do not want 100% success in all innings, surely?

    The expectation on Ashwin was unjustified too. He came in when the team was pretty well-set anyway, so perhaps his contribution would not have had a great value even if present. And then why don't you dock Jadeja's points - isn't he the real "all-rounder"? Pretty arbitrary rating, I'd say!

  • hhillbumper on March 25, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    sachin should have got a ten because that is about his average these days

  • on March 25, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    rahane finally got a chance and failed yet again but he should still be given couple more chances to prove himself how about trying new guys out like mandeep singh, manoj tiwari plz dont ever put rohit sharma back in the team i think ishant has had way to many chances plus tendulkar should retire after south africa and harbhajan should call it quits as well theyve had great careers

  • on March 25, 2013, 19:20 GMT

    Ridiculous that you've given 8 to Dhawan, who has played just 1 innings (albeit a match winning one) and just 7.5 to Ashwin , who has slogged it out in all 4 matches. Not fair to Vijay, Pujara & Jadeja as well, who've played in all the matches, that you have placed them in the same platter. Weird!

  • Darshi007 on March 25, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Ashwin and Kohli have got less marks than what they deserved. Dhawan and Dhoni got more marks than what they deserved. My scores: 9(Pujara, Ashwin, Jadeja): Pujara and Ashwin were faultless(can't held Ashwin's batting against him) Jadeja gets 0.5 marks more for making Clarke his bunny and his fielding) 8.5 (Dhoni, Vijay):I deducted 0.5 for Vijay as he played an irresponsible shot in the 2nd innings at Delhi.Deducted 0.5 for Dhoni because of his insipid batting display in the 2nd innings at Mohali. 8 (Dhawan) Even though it was a breathtaking innings,he just played only one innings in the entire series. 7.5 (Kohli, Bhuvneshwar): A 100 in Chennai, unbetean 67 in Mohali, Almost taking India home with scores of 34 and 41 in 2nd innings at Mohali and Delhi. I deducted 0.5 because of few dropped catches. BBSR was terrific and his 2 spells at Hyderabad and Mohali set up the games. 6.5 (Ojha) (average outings) 6 (Sachin,Ishant): Mediocre 5.5 (Bhajji) 4.5 (Rahane) tough pitch. 4 (Sehwag)

  • VickGower on March 25, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    @MuthuManju: "How about giving marks for the so called experts for trying to axe Dhoni- ? Ganguly -8, Amarnath: -6"

    Don't forget Aakash Chopra. He is still insisting that Dhoni should have been fired after the England loss. It is these experts who we expect to look beyond the numbers, at extenuating circumstances. It doesn't seem to matter to them that Dhoni and Fletcher have had to live through a transition from hell. Dhoni had to live through the 0-8 hell because he gave incredible space to the seniors such as Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Zaheer etc to reconcile by themselves with their use by date. Instead of admiring his incredible patience and respect for them (even as losses piled up) the so-called experts took all kinds of pot shots at him. He had players who were never much good at fielding, and who were now too old to bat or bowl. Yet Dhoni was criticized for it all. Now we see him prove them all wrong, and boy, with what a bang!!

  • Theochem on March 25, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    How can you put Dhoni in the same category as Pujara and Vijay! Just because of one innings (getting emotional ?). Common man! Pujara deserves 9, He performed superbly in the last test (as a opener) where Dhoni did not. Similarly apart from 230 and 44 Dhoni did not do anything charismatic.

  • on March 25, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    @Muthu Manju - the scorelines of Ind v/s Aus which read 0-4 when India visited down under and 4-0 when Aussies come over to India is only a reflection of how good each team is under their own conditions when they play against each other. And how bad they are in adapting to alien conditions.

    Just a couple of months ago, India were beaten in a test series by an able (not a great, just an able) English side at home. After 28 years. India were led by the same Dhoni, and he had substantially the same side which has thrashed Australia. If MSD has to get plaudits for the victory against Australia, by the same coin, MSD should also get the blame for what was a shameful defeat at home against Poms.

  • on March 25, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    I am sorry Sharda, but these scores are a farce. The players under the score of '8' should all be given a '9' and those with '7.5' should be given an '8' and then the rest should be '7.5'. No Indian player should have been given anything less than a '7 ' because collectively we were AWESOME as a team. Winning 4-0 is not a joke ! So please reconsider your scores Sharda.

  • Darshi007 on March 25, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Ashwin and Kohli have got less marks than what they deserved. Dhawan and Dhoni got more marks than what they deserved. My scores: 9(Pujara, Ashwin, Jadeja): Pujara and Ashwin were faultless(can't held Ashwin's batting against him) Jadeja gets 0.5 marks more for making Clarke his bunny and his fielding) 8.5 (Dhoni, Vijay):I deducted 0.5 for Vijay as he played an irresponsible shot in the 2nd innings at Delhi.Deducted 0.5 for Dhoni because of his insipid batting display in the 2nd innings at Mohali. 8 (Dhawan) Even though it was a breathtaking innings,he just played only one innings in the entire series. 7.5 (Kohli, Bhuvneshwar): A 100 in Chennai, unbetean 67 in Mohali, Almost taking India home with scores of 34 and 41 in 2nd innings at Mohali and Delhi. I deducted 0.5 because of few dropped catches. BBSR was terrific and his 2 spells at Hyderabad and Mohali set up the games. 6.5 (Ojha) (average outings) 6 (Sachin,Ishant): Mediocre 5.5 (Bhajji) 4.5 (Rahane) tough pitch. 4 (Sehwag)

  • vj3478 on March 25, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane (8 runs at 4.00) - 3 points Virender Sehwag (27 runs at 9.00) - 2 points

  • InsideHedge on March 25, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    @Muthu Manju lol, thanks for the laugh. If Ganguly had his way, Ashok Dinda would surely have played all the Tests since he's "India's best fast bowler". Never mind that he's not fast nor the best!

    Personally, I would refrain from rating Dhawan and Rahane, one Test does not qualify. Dhawan obv gets an honourable mention but if we were rating after just one Test, our very own Sachin would have scored higher.

  • NairUSA on March 25, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    Good performance scores. Nobody got a 9 or 10 probably because the series was played in India and the home advantage factor kicked in. However, all the Team India players deserve accolades as they had consistently put the opposition under pressure in all the matches. It was great to see the 4-0 margin that indicated dominance.

    A glaring 'weak' point for the Indian team was the seamers' inability to snuff out the australian tail end resistance. This inability to get the tail enders can cost the team in less favorable conditions. Maybe the inclusion of Umesh Yadav might help the team in this critical area.

  • bilalshak on March 25, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    kohli should get more marks as he was left to bat with the tail in the hyderabad and the mohali match and yet managed to score 40 and 60 respectively and then he showed his worth in the delhi test too.

  • Cric_Is_Fun on March 25, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Ridiculous grading! MSD - 326 runs @ 81.5 as a batsman, 9 ct + 5 st 14 dismissals as a wicketkeeper and 4-0 win as a captain. Seriously you think this performance is 8 out of 10? Ashwin - 29 wickets @ 20.1 average. This means he can bowl out the opposition for 201 runs. Is this 7.5/10?

  • SAboucher on March 25, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    how easily are we getting carried away by the 4-0 whitewash ..may fans reinstalled their worst hated people as gods!!!crap it is..but fact as well !!!

  • Jimmyrob83 on March 25, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    6.5 for Bhuvneshwar Kumar LOL. The guy is club standard.

  • on March 25, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Harsh on Ashwin, never did we expect the same responsibl\ility from Harbhajan, Kumble or even from any other bowler.. not talking about All rounders here..

  • on March 25, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    I've said this before, the marks for each team need to be calibrated with each other, so that we get an indication of the series as a whole. These marks are way too low compared to the Australian marks. How did Ashwin only get 7.5? And Pujara and Vijay deserved way more than Dhoni: his captaincy is still questionable, and that double century was only one innings...

  • SamRoy on March 25, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    I think Pujara deserves a 9! And Bhuvaneshwar deserves at the maximum 5.5. He bowled really well couple of times and bowled pretty badly twice. Rest are fine.

  • vsssarma on March 25, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    I have this computer programme that rates the test match players after a series. As per this programme, the ratings on a 0-1,000 scale are: Jadeja - 1,000 Dhawan 987 Ashwin 929 Vijay 861 Pujara 857 Dhoni 847 Kohli 811 Tendulkar 442 Harbhajan 429 Ojha 420 Kumar 386 Ishant 300 Sehwag 166 and Rahane 93. These ratings include batting, bowling and catching performances. These are on a 'per-match' basis ratings. Jadeja should have been the Man of the Series.

  • on March 25, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    You've seriously got to be kidding me with this scoring!And your low marks for Ashwin aren't even clearly justified. When he batted well against England you said that his job was to bowl and batting was only a bonus. Now a no.8 batsman is expected to bat well despite the order doing enough?! That's really unfair. I think Pujara, Jadeja, Vijay and Ashwin all should get 9 atleast.

  • on March 25, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I sometimes wonder who gives these people the authority to mark someone who is clearly more successful int he field and also holds more knowledge I thought only a teacher can mark the students.. These kind of articles are like hawk-eye... They are fun to see if you believe them with closed eyes, but you don't know how accurate it is...

  • Mr_Anonymous on March 25, 2013, 17:24 GMT

    Sharda, you can be pretty strict in your grading. Here are some disagreements: 1. Dhoni: Would give him a 9 mostly for turning around his "attitude" towards captaincy and the 224 knock. Dinging him a 1 for dropping a few tough chances. He gave you a fitting answer for the story below, yet you seem skeptical (maybe you are waiting for an overseas tour). http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/601084.html

    2. Dhawan: He played 1 innings, hit the highest score by an Indian batsman on debut, the fastest hundred by a debutant in Test cricket and his quick innings was important for getting a result in a 4-day Test at Mohali. Enough to get a 10.

    3. Virat Kohli: OK with the grading. However, need to mention that his slip catching needs lot of improvement. I am also disappointed by his verbal sparring and volatile behaviour. It does not befit someone who may be the next captain of India. How about channeling that aggression towards scoring more runs or a double/triple century?

  • kvik43 on March 25, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    DISAGREE !!

    9.5 Pujara and Dhawan

    9.0 Vijay : Great batting but bad shot in delhi could have cost india the game

    8.0 Jadeja - picked as allrounder but turned out to be a bowler.

    7.5 Ashwin - Lots of wickets from bad Australian batting ,too many bad sessions to be called great at this time. Dhoni - great 200, good captain

    6.0 Kolhi - struggled after that 100 - similar to Tendulkar

    Tendulkar - Good 81 in Chennai, struggling with organizing innings and in coming deliveries. Great enthusiasm still - let him be.

    Honorable mention - Bhuvneshwar kumar - however not test material.

  • Temuzin on March 25, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Just one correction. Ojha bowled as many overs as jadeja in the matches both played together. So why you are saying he got fewer overs?

  • on March 25, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    How about giving marks for the so called experts for trying to axe Dhoni- ? Ganguly -8, Amarnath -6

  • Vitara on March 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Our team need to learn how to cut the opposition tail...They are letting it wag too much and too many times. Fortunately it did not cost the match or series this time BUT I can surely remind you about England series....had you cut Prior and Bond partnership, things would have been different... Please don't sit on laurels of taking most wickets at home pitches but focus on the bowling out tailenders please.

  • kevivnajar on March 25, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Agreed that it was a home series and the so-called "strong-against-spin" batsmen were supposed to play well : But you need to give some credit to the batsmen for notching consistent scores and match-winning partnerships. Vijay, Pujara atleast deserved 9 and Jadeja 8.5.

    If I have a bowler who can take 30 wkts in a series @ 20 runs per wkt, I wouldn't mind even if he goes for duck. So, 7.5 is too low for Ash.

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    what kind of scoring is this, is this really for 10 or for 8, i clearly dont get it, put reasonable marks.

  • palla.avinash on March 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    I would give pujara and jedeja 10 marks and 9 to vijay as he throwed his wicket on delhi second innings and 9 for ashwin, 5 to ishant and and Michel Clarke 8,he doesn't deserve even 5 just 4 points to him.

  • sensible-indian-fan on March 25, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    What a comedy? Pujara, Vijay deserve much much more than Dhoni. Much more than 8. Jadeja too. And Ashwin - 7.5???? Are you kidding me? This is a total comedy.

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Sorry but these marks are wayyyyyy too low. 4-0 whitewash and 8 is the highest score? Pujara/Vijay/Ashwin/Jadeja deserved 9 points!!!

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    last time I checked cricket was a team game :)

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I dont agree..for no performance...somebody got average marks....and for exceptional performance,they got 8 and 7.5? At this parameters,not even amla,devilliers,vernon or steyn,ajmal,clarke will get 10 never.

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  • on March 25, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    I dont agree..for no performance...somebody got average marks....and for exceptional performance,they got 8 and 7.5? At this parameters,not even amla,devilliers,vernon or steyn,ajmal,clarke will get 10 never.

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    last time I checked cricket was a team game :)

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Sorry but these marks are wayyyyyy too low. 4-0 whitewash and 8 is the highest score? Pujara/Vijay/Ashwin/Jadeja deserved 9 points!!!

  • sensible-indian-fan on March 25, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    What a comedy? Pujara, Vijay deserve much much more than Dhoni. Much more than 8. Jadeja too. And Ashwin - 7.5???? Are you kidding me? This is a total comedy.

  • palla.avinash on March 25, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    I would give pujara and jedeja 10 marks and 9 to vijay as he throwed his wicket on delhi second innings and 9 for ashwin, 5 to ishant and and Michel Clarke 8,he doesn't deserve even 5 just 4 points to him.

  • on March 25, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    what kind of scoring is this, is this really for 10 or for 8, i clearly dont get it, put reasonable marks.

  • kevivnajar on March 25, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Agreed that it was a home series and the so-called "strong-against-spin" batsmen were supposed to play well : But you need to give some credit to the batsmen for notching consistent scores and match-winning partnerships. Vijay, Pujara atleast deserved 9 and Jadeja 8.5.

    If I have a bowler who can take 30 wkts in a series @ 20 runs per wkt, I wouldn't mind even if he goes for duck. So, 7.5 is too low for Ash.

  • Vitara on March 25, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    Our team need to learn how to cut the opposition tail...They are letting it wag too much and too many times. Fortunately it did not cost the match or series this time BUT I can surely remind you about England series....had you cut Prior and Bond partnership, things would have been different... Please don't sit on laurels of taking most wickets at home pitches but focus on the bowling out tailenders please.

  • on March 25, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    How about giving marks for the so called experts for trying to axe Dhoni- ? Ganguly -8, Amarnath -6

  • Temuzin on March 25, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Just one correction. Ojha bowled as many overs as jadeja in the matches both played together. So why you are saying he got fewer overs?