West Indies A v India A, 3rd unofficial Test, Gros Islet, 4th day June 19, 2012

Bowlers, Powell set up series win for hosts

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West Indies A 336 (Powell 139, Saxena 3-55) and 97 for 0 (Powell 56*) beat India A 230 (Saxena 61, Bishoo 3-40) & 202 (Tiwary 62, McClean 5-57) by ten wickets
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West Indies A thrashed India A by ten wickets in the third unofficial Test in St Lucia to take the series 2-1. Fast bowler Kevin McClean wrapped up the Indian tail to finish with 5 for 57, his third first-class five-wicket haul.

India A began the fourth and final day on 181 for 7, a lead of 75. With the injured Robin Bist not batting, their only hope was Wriddhiman Saha, unbeaten on 48. But McClean did not take too long to end the innings, trapping Saha lbw for 52 and having Parvinder Awana caught for a duck. India A managed 202 and set West Indies A a target of just 97.

Kieran Powell, the first-innings centurion, cracked an unbeaten 56 from 50 deliveries while Kraigg Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 36 as the hosts cantered to victory in the 18th over. Powell was named the Man of the Match while left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson, who took 17 wickets in the three games, was named the Man of the Series.

Hendy Springer, the West Indies A coach, praised his team for fighting back after losing the first game of the series. "If you look at where we came from, before the first match a lot people put their money on India A to beat us, but we played with quality and common sense to win two matches by significant margins," he said. "We lost by two wickets in the first match but we saw the signs of progress and we progressed nicely.

"The bowlers were brilliant throughout the entire series and worked overtime for us. India has a very strong batting line-up and they failed to reach 300 runs in six innings, a sign that we were well prepared and very disciplined as a bowling group."

Springer was pleased that his team had taken advantage of winning positions and shown the ability to complete the job. He said the results were part of the ongoing process to develop the A team players for international cricket.

"[Delorn] Johnson got us an early breakthrough in every innings and that put pressure on the other batsmen. He was always 'at them' with the new ball and the old ball and asked questions of them every time. [Jonathan] Carter was a revelation. He is a middle-order batsman and part-time wicketkeeper who was asked to do a job with the ball and he did it manfully. His 10 wickets were a huge bonus."

West Indies A and India A will now travel to Trinidad for two Twenty20 matches on the weekend.

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  • on June 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    its good to see the opening pair doing so well....im pretty sure they batted against india with a smile..after facing the aussies n england...thats what experience will do to you..keep up the good work guys....bless

  • Naresh28 on June 21, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    INDIA needs a Yuvraj type player to open. That world cup victory had Yuvraj written all over it. Gambhir also did well. When it comes to test cricket Gambhir fails.

  • Mayfield on June 21, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung If WI bowlers are third rate and the Indian batsmen who have scored triple centuries in India could not even make a century against them. What class are those Indian bowlers who those centuries were scord against? Sixth rate?

  • mensan on June 21, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Certainly a great series win by WI. It should have been 3-0.

  • PACERONE on June 20, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India has all the good players.They were so good in England the last time.Powell is a young man and shows lots of potential when playing strokes.He has to learn which balls to leave alone and chose the right strokes.He will punish bowlers.His cricket is improving..witness the catch he took.The way Johnson was bowling maybe he will take over for the W.I captain.

  • delboy on June 20, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    It's encouraging to see some discipline in a WI team , where EXTRAs are no longer one quarter of the oppositions score.

  • on June 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    this is disappointing by all means , i still have faith in these players but at the end of the tour we look back , rohit played 1 good innings and pujara played 1-2 good knocks . When the selector sit down to pick the team for the test series in August they will have these two as replacement for Dravid and replacement batsman which was expected and rahane will be the reserve opener (he was horrible but the rest two were worse ) ,the bowling was decent Lets hope for better performance in the A tour against the Kiwis following the main teams series vs them at home . I am not convinced with the same team playing the limited overs leg of the tour ,lets see what happens .

  • smbhayi on June 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Why Mohammed Kaif continuously ignored? He is the best test player! Also he do well in domestic league! Atleast he deserve a chance! His last test score is 148 not out! I think he ignored bcoz of team politics.

  • sony_sr on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    lets not read too much into the scoreline or match results. our main aim was to find 2 replacements for dravid and lakshman. we got 1 in pujara. I hope he is surety against newzealand at no3. shami ahmed is also a good find. he was consistent through out. am 100% sure most of the guys in this A team are good enough to be international quality players. just a matter of being patient and giving them enough chances to prove themselves.

  • on June 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    The big question who is there to nurture pujara and tiwari to test match cricket. There is a huge gap between limited overs cricket and test cricket not to speak of Ranji trophy and international cricket. How does the board take these youngsters to the next level and ad naseum the quality of piches in domestic cricket. Amen

  • on June 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    its good to see the opening pair doing so well....im pretty sure they batted against india with a smile..after facing the aussies n england...thats what experience will do to you..keep up the good work guys....bless

  • Naresh28 on June 21, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    INDIA needs a Yuvraj type player to open. That world cup victory had Yuvraj written all over it. Gambhir also did well. When it comes to test cricket Gambhir fails.

  • Mayfield on June 21, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung If WI bowlers are third rate and the Indian batsmen who have scored triple centuries in India could not even make a century against them. What class are those Indian bowlers who those centuries were scord against? Sixth rate?

  • mensan on June 21, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Certainly a great series win by WI. It should have been 3-0.

  • PACERONE on June 20, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India has all the good players.They were so good in England the last time.Powell is a young man and shows lots of potential when playing strokes.He has to learn which balls to leave alone and chose the right strokes.He will punish bowlers.His cricket is improving..witness the catch he took.The way Johnson was bowling maybe he will take over for the W.I captain.

  • delboy on June 20, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    It's encouraging to see some discipline in a WI team , where EXTRAs are no longer one quarter of the oppositions score.

  • on June 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    this is disappointing by all means , i still have faith in these players but at the end of the tour we look back , rohit played 1 good innings and pujara played 1-2 good knocks . When the selector sit down to pick the team for the test series in August they will have these two as replacement for Dravid and replacement batsman which was expected and rahane will be the reserve opener (he was horrible but the rest two were worse ) ,the bowling was decent Lets hope for better performance in the A tour against the Kiwis following the main teams series vs them at home . I am not convinced with the same team playing the limited overs leg of the tour ,lets see what happens .

  • smbhayi on June 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Why Mohammed Kaif continuously ignored? He is the best test player! Also he do well in domestic league! Atleast he deserve a chance! His last test score is 148 not out! I think he ignored bcoz of team politics.

  • sony_sr on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    lets not read too much into the scoreline or match results. our main aim was to find 2 replacements for dravid and lakshman. we got 1 in pujara. I hope he is surety against newzealand at no3. shami ahmed is also a good find. he was consistent through out. am 100% sure most of the guys in this A team are good enough to be international quality players. just a matter of being patient and giving them enough chances to prove themselves.

  • on June 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    The big question who is there to nurture pujara and tiwari to test match cricket. There is a huge gap between limited overs cricket and test cricket not to speak of Ranji trophy and international cricket. How does the board take these youngsters to the next level and ad naseum the quality of piches in domestic cricket. Amen

  • on June 20, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Choosing Bisla instead of Saha ????? Saha has a first class average of nearly 43. Bisla's is 29.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 20, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Randy B, I agree with you, some good comments. Johnson, Holder and Partners will hopefully become household names soon enough.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 20, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Prasad Gune,

    Powell is still a young man, and although his technique against the moving ball needs improvement, he may well develop into a good test player. Don't simply state that the guy is a failure on the back of a few innings against arguably the world's best attack, in the most alien conditions possible and away from home. Youngsters need a chance to develop.

  • on June 20, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Shocked by India's performance but more disappointed to see people criticizing RAHANE. Let me tell all of you , KOHLI failed in 10 innings (6 in WI & 4 in Australia) before scoring a fighting 44 & 75 in Australia. Even in their recent WI tour, most of the australian batsmen struggled on slow & low bounce WI pitches. So please show some patience with RAHANE, he was India's 2nd best batsman in India-England ODI series in England.

  • Naresh28 on June 20, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Instead of Saha we need a batsman who can keep - someone like Bisla? Although his achievement is in T20. Expose these guys and see where they stand. Could be a handy opener.

  • on June 20, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    cont.. on the part of the bcci they didn't organize a camp even though majority of the players in the A team were warming the benches in the IPL. why can't they organize a coaching camp. while majority of teams playing Odis and t20s before tests on their tours so that the players may get acclimatized and get an idea of the pitches, we follow the old method of playing tests and then remaining odis and t20s. BCCI please change this. regarding players i am most disappointed with ajinkya rahane and rohit sharma. even though this is their first A tour and 1st first class match on bouncy tracks,it would be satisfactory even if they showed little bit of resilience and character in the middle eventhough runs are hard to comeby. we need a player with character for no.3 right now and we have got pujara. its hard to say he is a replacement for dravid from single tour but atleast he showed some character and an avg of 50.5 on these tracks won't lie. hoping for another player from nz A tour.cheers

  • Ashwintej on June 20, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Well what is the use of talent...when u r not applying...Talent without application is mere waste... I think hugely talented Rohit should be given strict warning from the board.. OUr players lack Dedication and will power... One more thing guys...Why Ambati Rayudu is given rough treatment inspite decent performance??? Enough is enough... Rayudu is better than some over rated players.. bring in Rayudu...

  • Naresh28 on June 20, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Failure could actually make these players examine their game. Try Mandeep Singh and Manish Pandey for next tour. Biggest disappointment is Rohit Sharma - I feel he has the talent, but is a lazy player. Graft is not something he can do. Many comments come up about pace bowlers - BCCI do something about this. Badrinath is a grafter and could have done better then the other bats on this tour.

  • on June 20, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @cricket fans please stop saying that the future of indian cricket is bleak based on single A tour. @all those saying that these are going to replace the seniors. yes if they perform well in future tours they will replace them. meanwhile nobody is expecting them to be next dravid, sachin or laxman. its not impossible but even 60% of these legends would be enough. we are going through transition and it is not possible to build a team in just few days. it may take 1 or 2 years or even more to build a successful test team. look at england they had been at the bottom of rankings 10 years before.they had one horrid westindies tour too. but they started building a team that is yielding bonus now.@ other team fans please concentrate on your team problems first bcoz its not an indian team tour. its our juniors so please stop bashing them. meanwhile BCCI never learns from its mistake. can anybody tell me what is the preparation for this tour. contd...

  • i_witnessed_2011 on June 20, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Very poor series for India... WI can held head high... Indias batting was strong... Few Intl. Players and also these players are scored heavily on domestic games. (50+ Avg). There were no Steyn or Anderson and WI itches are not like Eng or SA or Aus. Still Indias batting failed in big time... There is no big +ve to look for in bowling too. Rahul Sharma also failed.Only Shami Ahmed played consistently. For WI, heir bowling looked good. (may be indias poor batting also the reason). Batting came to party in third test. Powell is promising.

  • on June 20, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Having seen him against England, Powell is not a test batsman. That he scored 100 and 50 against India A means that they are not particularly test class bowlers. So that's the future to look forward to, sub-test class players purporting to be playing "test" cricket. Awesome!

  • mrgupta on June 20, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Extremely disappointing result. Batting looked in pretty bad shape. How in the world will they replace Sachin, Dravid, Lax and Ganguly? Apart from Pujara all the others need a lot of hard work specially Rohit Sharma. I am now tired of hearing how much talented he is but nothing seems to be coming out of all the support he is getting. I also had high expectations from Rahane and Tewari but they both played really badly. If not for a Pujara special in the first test we would have lost by 3-0!

  • on June 20, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    IPL heroes a big flop. bleak future ahead for indian test cricket.

  • on June 20, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Well at least we beat somebody, albeit India's juniors. Should've won 3-0 but we duplicated the Seniors in the first match by not being able to run through the tail and leave Pujara at one end. Anyhow, fans will settle for this series win.

    Our cupboard is not bare by any stretch of the imagination. I like the new bal pair of Holder & Johnson (sounds like a Law firm, right?). Also Braf is batting well again. Carter seems to be a budding all-rounder. Mc Clean possesses genuine pace and uses it well. Good to see Thomas get some useful scores. Hope he puts some pressure on the long underperforming Ramdin. The team seems to have bonded much which augurs well for the future.

    Funds permitting, would like to see more 'A' teams series especially on foreign soil to allow for skills sharpening in different conditions. Congratulations to captain Permaul as well as the entire team.

    Well done, gentlemen. Perhaps the 'A' squad will be made our Test team now!!

  • ravis123 on June 20, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Many of the youngsters that we have are NOT serious about cricket at the Test level, what with the T 20's ensuring they get their pay packet and make tons of money on the side.. There is no enthusiasm left in them to undertake the 5 day grind... Gone are the days when Test cricket was cherished and held in high esteem - the current brand of cricket has only produced lazy, non committed and greedy youngsters, aiming to replace the likes of Sachin, Rahul, VVS, who are known for their dedication and strong values... Rohit, Rahul, Dinda, Tiwari, Mukund, etc all seem to have gone more on a holiday trip rather than playing any serious cricket...

  • aravabalaji on June 20, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    When it comes to Indian middle order, Badrinath must be the first choice. The fighter he is, he always comes good when cornered, a quality which is a rarity in the current crop. Please stop witch-hunting and give the man his due. Many of these guys would have frittered away if they have undergone the ordeal that Badri has gone through. Let us not carried away by the clamour for youngsters. Age is just a number. Badri is performing season after season and is mentally and physically fitter than many of the youngsters.

  • dheerajshetty on June 20, 2012, 3:41 GMT

    satish619chandar I doubt that Saha is of international quality.

  • satish619chandar on June 20, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    A bad tour from batters perspective.. From the tour, only two deserves a discussion in the selection meeting.. Pujara and Saha.. Rohit and Tiwary waited for long time for vacancy in the team and now when they get it, they are not ready to grab th chance by neck! Pity it. Saha showed the hunger which missed in most of the batsmen.. Saha WILL replace Dhoni anytime possible.. But he is in best of form and why miss a guy in such a form? Yes we already lack experience of Dravid and going to lose VVS and Sachin sooner than later.. Is the replacement of experienced Dhoni with new Saha a welcome change? May be!! We need to preserve Viru only for tests.. Get him out of the ODI squad and have a specialist sort of team for tests with Viru, Gambhir, Pujara, Sachin, VVS, Kohli, Saha/Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Zak, Umesh..

  • dheerajshetty on June 20, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    Poor display by the indians, Rohit Sharma looksed out of sort, only bright part of the series was pujara. Perhaps in the next India A outing Mandeep singh, Surya Kumar Yadav, Iqbal Abdulla should be included. Perhaps Manish Pandey should be given another chance because he has been one of the best in the domestic format for India. Maybe Varun Aaron must also be given a chance if they don't plan him to include in the senior side.

  • on June 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    If this is the performance of our future prospect than certainly indian cricket future looks dark. There is no century and five wicket haul in three test series.Vary poor performance. Domastic cricket needs overhauling.

  • Mr_Anonymous on June 20, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    My recommendation that for the next India "A" series to NZ: Persist with Pujara, Saha, Jalaj Saxena, Manoj Tiwari, Shami Ahmed and Darekar. B. Kumar and Awana did not do too poorly in the 1 chance they got and deserve more.

    Drop Mukund, Dhawan and perhaps take Suryakumar Yadav and Mandeep Singh instead as openers. U-19 World Cup might have completed by then so perhaps we will know more about Unmukt Chand and Vijay Zol (although they may need a rest).

    I am on the fence about Rahane and Robin Bist (he got only 1 innings which is not enough).

    In bowling dept, drop Rahul Sharma and Dinda. My choices for replacement would be Piyush Chawla (23, played 2 tests so far) and Varun Aaron (22, played 1 test) although Pankaj Singh and maybe Harshal Patel are also perhaps in contention.

    Rohit Sharma (and maybe even Manoj Tiwari) might not be available (India "A" series clashes with T20 World Cup). I would think about Ambati Rayudu as 1 potential replacement.

  • buntyj on June 20, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    thank you ipl for the new standards of indian cricket

  • on June 20, 2012, 1:53 GMT

    It is an eye opener for Indian Cricket. Our young batesmen may be talented but unless they play on more sporting wickets at the domestic level, the going will be tough in the next decade. It is wrong to compare these youngsters with Sachin, Dravid and Lakshman , they are a class apart

  • Mr_Anonymous on June 20, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    The batting was indeed very disappointing. I think Pujara, Saha and Jalaj Saxena did OK and Manoj Tiwari and Rohit Sharma were disappointing with only 1 50+ score but Dhawan, Mukund and Rahane were even more disappointing and Robin Bist did not impress in the only innings he got.

    Its really sad. Rohit Sharma was unhappy not being picked in the Aus Test series but based on this series can say that it probably wouldn't have mattered. There is no doubt about his talent but the application required for the long format is missing. It would be a pity if he remained a limited overs specialist. Hope he can learn from this series and get better.

    In the bowling dept, Rahul Sharma and Dinda let their fans down. Awana and B Kumar got only 1 match where they did not do too poorly. Darekar had 1 good innings as a bowler. Rohit Sharma surprisingly bowled OK.

    Shami Ahmed was perhaps the best Indian performer of the tour.

  • Wacco on June 20, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Indian fans should be worried - really worried about their future. They will win few at home...but they will struggle even against Bangladesh/Zim overseas. They dont have technique to play good bowling - neither spin nor pace. Period.

  • Lmaotsetung on June 19, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    So this is the next generation of star Indian batsmen? They can't even handle a 3rd rate WI attack?

  • on June 19, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    And these Indian batsmen are supposed to be the replacements for Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Lakshman. India's test future looks extremely bleak.

  • on June 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies A for the terrific win! A team performance, with both batsmen and bowlers performing excellently, especially the bowlers. Top class work! As for India A, a very poor and shameful performance. Neither did the bowlers work, nor the batsmen. They only managed to play the first Test relatively well but the next 2 Tests showed a very poor performance. Was not expecting this at all, especially from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Well tried by Pujara, he's the only contender right now capable of replacing Dravid in the Indian Team. The only bowlers which were impressive were Shami Ahmed and Akshay Darekar. If they continue to play like that, then they could be included in the Indian Team one day. Right now the Indian Team doesn't really require batsmen, as they have excellent players like Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Looking forward to seeing both team's performances in the upcoming T20s and ODIs. All the best to India A and West Indies A!

  • on June 19, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    awana bowled really well 3 wickets debut

  • on June 19, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Congrats well done WI"A" team. A bright future is ahead. Keep up the good work.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Just one word - Shame! Only Pujara emerged as a worthy contender to take Dravid's place in the seniors team. Where are our bowlers? Shame! This loss is no big deal. We couldn't find at least two batsmen and two bowlers. That's what I'm worried about.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 19, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Well done WI 'A'. Something to cheer about for us Windies cricket fans. Johnson looks special, and Holder, McLean and Bishoo will add depth to the bowling resources for many years to come. Grounsmen take note, we need some hard and bouncy tracks for the Kiwis series. Not just for Roach and co, but for exciting cricket all around.

  • on June 19, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    future looks bleak..... :[ then again may be too early to say!

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  • on June 19, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    future looks bleak..... :[ then again may be too early to say!

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 19, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Well done WI 'A'. Something to cheer about for us Windies cricket fans. Johnson looks special, and Holder, McLean and Bishoo will add depth to the bowling resources for many years to come. Grounsmen take note, we need some hard and bouncy tracks for the Kiwis series. Not just for Roach and co, but for exciting cricket all around.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on June 19, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Just one word - Shame! Only Pujara emerged as a worthy contender to take Dravid's place in the seniors team. Where are our bowlers? Shame! This loss is no big deal. We couldn't find at least two batsmen and two bowlers. That's what I'm worried about.

  • on June 19, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Congrats well done WI"A" team. A bright future is ahead. Keep up the good work.

  • on June 19, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    awana bowled really well 3 wickets debut

  • on June 19, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies A for the terrific win! A team performance, with both batsmen and bowlers performing excellently, especially the bowlers. Top class work! As for India A, a very poor and shameful performance. Neither did the bowlers work, nor the batsmen. They only managed to play the first Test relatively well but the next 2 Tests showed a very poor performance. Was not expecting this at all, especially from Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. Well tried by Pujara, he's the only contender right now capable of replacing Dravid in the Indian Team. The only bowlers which were impressive were Shami Ahmed and Akshay Darekar. If they continue to play like that, then they could be included in the Indian Team one day. Right now the Indian Team doesn't really require batsmen, as they have excellent players like Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Looking forward to seeing both team's performances in the upcoming T20s and ODIs. All the best to India A and West Indies A!

  • on June 19, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    And these Indian batsmen are supposed to be the replacements for Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Lakshman. India's test future looks extremely bleak.

  • Lmaotsetung on June 19, 2012, 23:15 GMT

    So this is the next generation of star Indian batsmen? They can't even handle a 3rd rate WI attack?

  • Wacco on June 20, 2012, 1:04 GMT

    Indian fans should be worried - really worried about their future. They will win few at home...but they will struggle even against Bangladesh/Zim overseas. They dont have technique to play good bowling - neither spin nor pace. Period.

  • Mr_Anonymous on June 20, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    The batting was indeed very disappointing. I think Pujara, Saha and Jalaj Saxena did OK and Manoj Tiwari and Rohit Sharma were disappointing with only 1 50+ score but Dhawan, Mukund and Rahane were even more disappointing and Robin Bist did not impress in the only innings he got.

    Its really sad. Rohit Sharma was unhappy not being picked in the Aus Test series but based on this series can say that it probably wouldn't have mattered. There is no doubt about his talent but the application required for the long format is missing. It would be a pity if he remained a limited overs specialist. Hope he can learn from this series and get better.

    In the bowling dept, Rahul Sharma and Dinda let their fans down. Awana and B Kumar got only 1 match where they did not do too poorly. Darekar had 1 good innings as a bowler. Rohit Sharma surprisingly bowled OK.

    Shami Ahmed was perhaps the best Indian performer of the tour.