New Zealand vs. India: Ranking All 29 Players Who Played in the 2014 ODI Series

Chris BradshawFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

New Zealand vs. India: Ranking All 29 Players Who Played in the 2014 ODI Series

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    New Zealand have again displayed their impressive one-day international credentials by handing out a 4-0 drubbing to India.

    MS Dhoni's men looked well off the pace and have lost their number one spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

    The Kiwis dominated with both bat and ball, a fact recognised in the Bleacher Report player rankings.

    Here's the verdict on all 29 players that took part in the series.

29. Stuart Binny

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    • 1 match
    • Did not bat
    • 0 wickets; 8.0 economy rate; 0-8 BBl

    Stuart Binny's ODI debut was very nearly a fresh air game. So much so that the photographers didn't even get his picture.

    The all rounder did not bat and bowled a single, wicketless over in his sole appearance in the series in Hamilton.

28. Ajinkya Rahane

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    • 5 Matches
    • 51 Runs; 10.2 average; 36 highest score

    The disappointing Ajinkya Rahane did little to cement his place in the Indian middle order, reaching double figures just once during the series.

27: Ishant Sharma

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    • 2 matches
    • 6 runs; 6 average; 5 highest score
    • 2 wickets; 59 average; 7.86 economy rate; 1-46 BBl

    In his two appearances Ishant Sharma offered neither the threat of wickets nor run stifling control.

    He looks a shadow of the bowler that took 33 ODI wickets last year.

26. Shikhar Dhawan

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    • 4 matches
    • 81 runs; 20.25 average; 32 highest score

    Struggles against the short ball resulted in Shikhar Dhawan being one of the biggest disappointments of the series.

    The opener never really got going at any stage and he'll be hoping for better in the Test series.

25. Adam Milne

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    • 1 matches
    • did not bat
    • 1 wicket; 40 average; 5.33 economy rate; 1-40 BBl

    A side strain brought a premature end to Adam Milne's series. The fast bowler had made a decent start in the opening match in Napier, taking 1 for 40 from his 7.3 overs.

24. Jesse Ryder

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    • 5 matches
    • 94 runs; 18.80 average; 20 highest score

    Jesse Ryder's aggressive style is hit and miss by its very nature and there were more misses than hits this time out.

    The opener was the only batsman in the New Zealand top order not to pass 50.

23. Varun Aaron

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    • 3 matches
    • 2 runs; 2 average; 2* highest score
    • 4 wickets; 40.75 average; 7.03 economy rate; 2-60 BBl

    India's quickest bowler, Varun Aaron, showed flashes of potential in his three appearances. Control remains a problem though, as an economy rate of over seven runs per over shows.

22. James Neesham

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    • 2 matches
    • 34 runs;  - average; 34 not out highest score
    • 1 wicket; 104 average; 7.6 economy rate; 1-45 BBl

    A swashbuckling 34 not out from just 19 balls in the final match in Wellington showed just what the selectors like about James Neesham.

    His medium pace remains a work in progress though.

21. Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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    • 5 matches
    • 41 runs; 10.25 average; 20 highest score
    • 4 wickets; 59.75 average; 5.43 economy rate; 1-38 BBl

    On the plus side, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling was tidy throughout the series, going at less than a run a ball in all five games.

    His medium pacers offered control rather than penetration though.

     

20. Mitchell McClenaghan

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    • 4 matches
    • 3 runs; 3 average; 3 highest score
    • 5 wickets; 46.8 average; 6.15 economy rate; 4-68 BBl

    Left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan may not have the pace of his namesake from across the Tasman Sea but is turning into a canny ODI bowler.

    The 27-year-old bagged his second four-wicket haul of 2014 in the 24-run win in Napier.

19. Ambati Rayudu

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    • 2 matches
    • 57 runs; 28.50 average; 37 highest score
    • 0 wickets;  - average; 7.66 economy rate

    Ambati Rayudu's series will be remembered for a spectacular dropped catch rather than for a pair of unspectacular performances with the bat.

18. Hamish Bennett

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    • 2 matches
    • 3 runs; - average; 3* highest score
    • 3 wickets; 36 average; 5.68 economy rate; 2-41 BBl

    There were a couple of solid outings for Hamish Bennett. The right-arm seamer survived the carnage in the tied match in Auckland and rarely lets his side down.

17. Suresh Raina

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    • 3 matches
    • 84 runs; 28 average; 35 highest score
    • 1 wickets; 44 average; 5.5 economy rate; 1-18 BBl

    It was a disappointing series for Suresh Raina, who reached double figures in each of his three innings but failed to pass 35.

    His spin was tidy enough but lacked bite.

16. Ravichandran Ashwin

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    • 5 matches
    • 94 runs; 18.8 average; 65 highest score
    • 1 wickets; 227 average; 5.15 economy rate; 1-47 BBl

    While the seamers were leaking runs, Ravichandran Ashwin at least managed to keep things tidy at one end with his neat, if unthreatening, off-breaks.

    A dashing 65 from just 46 balls in Auckland showed his serious potential with the bat.

15. Nathan McCullum

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    • 5 matches
    • 4 runs; 1.33 average; 2 highest score
    • 2 wickets; 105 average; 4.56 economy rate; 1-33 BBl

    What he lacked in wickets, Nathan McCullum made up for with control.

    The off-spinner wasn't a threat but bowled with great economy, going at just over 4.5 runs per over.

14. Rohit Sharma

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    • 5 matches
    • 145 runs; 29.00 average; 79 highest score

    It was a frustrating series for Rohit Sharma who got a start in three of his five innings at the top of the order.

    He only passed fifty once in the series though.

13. Matt Henry

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    • 1 match
    • did not bat
    • 4 wickets; 9.50 average; 3.80 economy rate; 4-38 BBl

    It was a highly promising ODI debut for Matt Henry who picked up four wickets in his maiden international outing.

    The 22-year-old seamer is certainly one to keep an eye on ahead of next year's World Cup.

12. Luke Ronchi

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    • 5 matches
    • 97 runs; 48.50 average; 38 highest score

    New Zealand 'keeper Luke Ronchi provided some useful late innings runs. He certainly doesn't mess about at the crease, scoring at better than a run a ball in his four visits to the middle.

11. Mohammed Shami

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    • 5 matches
    • 24 runs; 24 average; 14 not out highest score
    • 11 wickets; average 28.72; 7.18 economy rate; 4-55 BBl

    It was mixed bag from Mohammed Shami. The Indian seamer was the leading wicket taker in the series with 11.

    He often lacked control though with his runs going at an eye-popping 7.18 runs per over.

10. Brendon McCullum

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    • 5 matches
    • 102 runs; 25.50 average; highest score 49 not out

    As we've come to expect, New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum led his side with flair and imagination as well as weighing in with some lusty middle order blows.

    His 36-ball 49* helped steer the Black Caps home in the seven-wicket win in Hamilton.

9. Tim Southee

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    • 4 matches
    • 30 runs; 30 average; 27 highest score
    • 8 wickets, 28.12 average; 5.81 economy rate; 4-72 BBl

    He may have gone round the park in Hamilton and Auckland but Tim Southee also had a happy knack of taking wickets at crucial times throughout the series.

    The 25-year-old showed he can be a dangerous lower order hitter with a breezy 27 at Eden Park.

8. Ravindra Jadeja

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    • 5 matches
    • 145 runs; 48.33 average; 66 not out highest score
    • 4 wickets, 60.25 average; 5.23 economy rate; 2-47 BBl

    With a pair of rapid-fire half-centuries, Ravindra Jadeja showed just what a dangerous customer he can be when given license in the lower order.

    His slow left arm bowling offered control without being particularly threatening.

7. Kyle Mills

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    • 3 matches
    • 2 runs; 2 average; 2 not out highest score
    • 4 wickets; 31.75 average; 4.37 economy rate; 2-35 BBl

    Veteran seamer Kyle Mills showed that he still has plenty to offer this New Zealand side.

    The 34-year-old's bowling went at just 4.37 runs per over.

6. Martin Guptill

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    • 5 matches
    • 214 runs; average 42.80; 111 highest score

    A fifth ODI century capped a solid series for Martin Guptill.

    The 27-year-old provided a solid platform for the big hitters lower down the order.

5. M.S. Dhoni

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    • 5 matches
    • 272 runs; 68 average; 79 not out highest score

    The skipper looked in great touch with the bat, passing 50 three times during the series.

    M.S. Dhoni's captaincy was hamstrung by a lack of control from his bowlers though, especially the profligate pacemen.

4. Corey Anderson

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    • 3 matches
    • 120 runs; 60 average; 68 not out highest score
    • 10 wickets; 18.1 average; 6.58 economy rate; 5-63 BBl

    The game certainly moves on at pace when Corey Anderson is involved. The all-rounder scored his runs at a strike rate of 193 and was the leading wicket taker in the series for the Black Caps with 10 dismissals.

3. Virat Kohli

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    • 5 matches
    • 291 runs; average 58.20; 123 highest score
    • 1 wicket; 61 average; 5.08 economy; 1-36 BBl

    The only tourist to reach three figures during the series, Virat Kohli was the one shining light in an otherwise hugely disappointing Indian top order.

2. Kane Williamson

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    • 5 matches
    • 361 runs; 72.20 average; 88 highest score
    • 4 wickets; 17.75 average; 6.76 economy rate; 2-19 BBl

    Kane Williamson was the leading run scorer in the series, passing fifty in all five matches. All that was missing was a century.

    His occasional off-breaks proved handy too, chipping in with four cheap wickets.

1. Ross Taylor

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    • 5 matches
    • 343 runs; 85.75 average; 112 not out highest score
    • did not bowl

    With two centuries and two fifties Ross Taylor showed why he is still New Zealand's best all-round batsman.

    Mixing power and precision, Taylor was more than a match for anything the Indians had to offer.