Bangladesh vs. India 2014 ODI Series: India Player Ratings
India clinched the three-match one-day international series against Bangladesh 2-0 after the third game at Dhaka was washed out.
The Indians won the first two games with a relatively weakened squad compared to the one that took part in the Asia Cup, which was India's last outing in ODIs before this series.
Ahead of what is bound to be a gruelling five-Test tour of England, the Indian selectors gave a rest to regulars such as captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed.
The 15-man Indian squad in Bangladesh was led by 27-year-old Suresh Raina, who wasn't part of the Asia Cup camp, and only four members of the touring party also had their names on the flight to England.
There was much talk and debate surrounding India's second-string side ahead of the series, but the visitors hushed everyone by winning both matches where a result was possible.
Here is a report card of how each member of the squad who got a game performed:
Criteria and Explanation of Rankings
- Runs scored in difficult situations are valued more highly than those compiled when a team is well in front. The same with wickets taken and runs conceded for a bowler.
- The captain will be judged on his performance in the field leading his troops in addition to his other contributions with bat or ball.
- Moments of brilliance or game-changing performances are looked upon favourably.
- Performing to a high standard in conditions that don't suit a player's skill set boost a player's rating.
- Acts of poor judgement, rather than poor execution, significantly hurt a player's rating.
The number of runs scored and wickets and catches taken will largely determine a player's match rating. However, the following factors also play a significant role:
With the bat: 15*, 27, 25
With the ball: 1/24
Suresh Raina, the most experienced player picked for the series, was expectedly given the captain's armband and the 27-year-old impressed as he led his team to a 2-0 series victory.
In the first match, Raina came in to bat towards the end of India's chase when they had lost a couple of quick wickets and were chasing a reduced total. Along with Ambati Rayudu, Raina ensured that India crossed the line after a few nervy overs.
In the second ODI, Raina was the top-scorer with 27 in India's collapse of 105, but then he rallied his troops well as the visitors bowled Bangladesh out for just 58.
Raina scored 25 in the third game, in yet another batting collapse.
Although the nature of the pitch in the last two matches was difficult for batting, Raina could have done with a few more runs, but he performed reasonably well as a skipper.
With the bat: 50, 14, 5
Robin Uthappa was coming in on the back of an impressive domestic and Indian Premier League season, where he was part of title-winning Karnataka and Kolkata Knight Riders teams. The IPL's leading run-scorer had barged his way into this squad and was expected to carry forward his form.
Uthappa did not disappoint in the first match where he scored an entertaining 44-ball 50 that helped India win the match. However, he got out to loose shots in the next couple of games and botched his report card.
Looking to cement a place in the India squad, he would have expected better from himself.
With the bat: 64, 0, 3
Like his opening partner, Ajinkya Rahane thrived on the sluggish surface in the first ODI and scored an attractive half-century, but failed to survive when the pitch began to aid the bowlers in the next two games.
He was beaten by movement and bounce, and if he wants to make a mark for himself in the Indian team, especially with the upcoming tour to England where he will get to face a lot more difficult conditions, he will have to learn how to weather the storm.
With the bat: 0, 11, 27
This series was Cheteshwar Pujara's chance to prove that he was not just a Test-match specialist, but the 25-year-old failed to get a move on with his limited-overs career as he notched up just 38 runs in three matches.
After falling for a duck in the first game, Pujara got a few runs in the next two games, but at a miserly strike-rate. His 11 in the second ODI took him 34 balls, after which he laboured to a 63-ball 27 in the third.
Pujara still has a long way to go before he gains the confidence of the Indian selectors to pick him for limited-overs games.
With the bat: 16*, 1, 1
Ambati Rayudu has had a reasonably decent ODI career since his debut in 2013 against Zimbabwe. Prior to this series, in 10 matches he had scored two half-centuries after coming in to bat in the lower middle order, at an average hovering just above 30.
He had a good chance to make a mark in the selectors' notebook during the Bangladesh series, but flopped badly, managing just 18 runs in three games. He could be credited for holding his nerve and getting India over the line in the first match, but the Indians would have expected more from him in the next two games.
With the bat: 2
The perennial "what if" Indian cricketer, whose luck with injuries is worse than Samuel L Jackson's character in '"Unbreakable", was finally fit for this series. However, he got just one game in the tour and unfortunately could score just two runs on a nippy pitch.
His breakthrough moment continues to elude him.
With the bat: DNB, 5, 16
With the gloves: 6 dismissals
One of only three IPL centurions in the 2014 season, many had high expectations from Wriddhiman Saha's blade during this series, but the second-choice Indian wicketkeeper-batsman failed to deliver the goods with just 21 runs in two innings.
However, Saha was good behind the sticks and had six dismissals to his name in two innings, which earns him a couple of extra points.
With the ball: 2/60
With the bat: DNB
Off-spinning all-rounder Parvez Rasool finally became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to play an international match for India as he made his debut in the first ODI.
Rasool performed well as part of a three-pronged Indian spin attack and although his figures might suggest he was a bit expensive, he bowled well on an unresponsive surface and took two important wickets.
It was rather unfortunate that Rasool lost his place to Stuart Binny in the second match and did not play again in the series.
With the bat: 3, 25*
With the ball: 6/4, DNB
One of only four members of the Indian squad who would also be on the flight to England later this month, Stuart Binny would have been hoping for a good warm-up ahead of what is bound to be a challenging overseas tour.
However, even the biggest of optimists would not have expected what was to transpire.
After missing the first game, Binny came in for Rasool in the second match. He flopped with the bat in India's collapse of 105, but more than made up for it with the ball as his medium-paced seam bowling picked up six wickets for the loss of just four runs as the hosts were bowled out for 58.
Binny's six for four were the best bowling figures by an Indian in ODIs, eclipsing the illustrious Anil Kumble's six for 12.
In the next game, Binny brought out his batting abilities as he rescued India from a sub-100 total with an unbeaten 25.
Needless to say, he was declared the man of the series.
With the ball: 1/59, DNB, DNB
With the bat: DNB, 8, 1
Akshar Patel, 20, was one of the success stories of the 2014 IPL. The wiry slow left-arm orthodox bowler took 17 wickets in as many games for the finalists Kings XI Punjab, and he was rewarded for his efforts with the Best Emerging Player of the IPL award and a spot in the India squad.
Getting his first ODI cap in the very first match of the series, Patel did well to restrict the flow of runs and recorded one for 59 on a surface that provided no assistance to his spin. Unfortunately, after an impressive debut, he did not get to bowl in the next two games due to Binny's heroics and the rain playing spoilsport.
With the ball: 2/55, DNB
With the bat: DNB, 4
The leader of India's spin attack for this tour was his usual canny self in the first match, picking up two wickets with his flighted leg-spin. Like the two other spinners picked for that game, his economy rate wasn't impressive academically, but he had done well on the surface.
Mishra did not get to bowl in the second match and then lost his place to an extra batsman in the third.
With the ball: 3/48, 0/32, DNB
With the bat: DNB, 17, 0*
Express fast bowler Umesh Yadav was one of the surprise exclusions from India's squad for the England tour, but he had the Bangladesh series to prove why he should go to the UK.
Yadav was impressive in the first match as he cranked up the pace and got a good amount of away movement from the right-hander, which the Bangladeshi batsmen struggled against. His first-spell figures in that game read 4-0-16-2.
In Dhaka's sweltering heat, Yadav lost some of his steam as the match wore on and his final figures read three for 48.
In the second match, he was overshadowed by Binny and Mohit Sharma with the ball, but he managed to score 17 of India's 105 runs with the bat. He didn't get a chance to bowl in the third game.
With the ball: 0/23, 4/22, DNB
With the bat: DNB, 4*, 1
The 2014 IPL's leading wicket-taker struggled in the heat in the first ODI and was taken off before even bowling six overs, presumably with cramps.
However, as the conditions became overcast after that, he returned for the second match and recorded four for 22, only to be usurped by Binny's record-breaking performance.
Sharma's relentlessly accurate line and length, and decent amount of movement continues to deceive batsmen and he's slowly but steadily cementing a spot for himself in the Indian limited-overs team.