Champions of The ICC Champions Trophy - India, Players Marks out of 10
A Terrific finish do the Tournament and Champions Trophy in their cabinet, there is nothing more Team India could have asked for.
The performances in the field was jubilant and fielding was all up for praise. Batting created high standards wherein at the beginning were termed as underdogs. Bowlers were exceptional too, over all a brilliant performance by Team India.
Even though he hardly got to bat due to top order success, his captaincy and wicketkeeping skills on the field was a joy to watch. Most importantly he got the Champion Trophy Cup under his belt, the only missing trophy under his captaincy for Team India. Dhoni deserved the points.
Virat Kohli:- 9.5/10
Batting at No.3 a very crucial position for any Team, Virat Kohli once again lived way above everyone's expectation. His catches were fantastic, his performance with the bat was overwhelming. He played the most important knock in the finals, where wickets kept falling after Dhawan and Virat Kohli stood tall among all till the end. Scoring 43 in just 34 balls in finals with 4 fours and a six he helped India with a good total along with Dhawan and Jadeja that scripted an Indian victory.
Even 10/10 would not be enough for this young lad who has already made a mark for himself in International Cricket. Scoring 2 hundreds and 1 fifties in the tournament and a terrific 31 in the rain shortened finals even 10/10 would not be enough for the youngster as he deserved more on it. He laid solid foundation on the top and hence the middle lower order did not have to do much at the end. Well played Dhawan. Won the player of the series award.
Rohit Sharma:- 7.5/10
It was considered as a boon to Rohit for coming in as a full time opener in the series. He played a second fiddle to Dhawan and both laid solid opening partnerships in most of the matches. His scores of 65,52 and 33 speaks well for him and if he can carry on his form he can be a success for the team.
Ravindra Jadeja:- 10/10
Brilliant all round performance by Jadeja helped India at every stage of the tournament. His 5 wicket haul, 47 not out, 33 not out in the finals and wickets in at all the matches he played made him the most valuable player of the team. 10/10 is what he deserves.
Forced his way into the playing 11 as he could not be kept out after strong performances in domestic cricket, IPL and 2 hundreds in warm up matches in the tournament, made a 51 at a good time and rest was not needed much of him as top order did the job. His energy in the field was a treat to watch. He has made a successful come back into the team.
Suresh Raina:- 6/10
Many may be surprised that he did not even reach double digit in the series but the actual fact was he did not even get an opportunity to bat and when he did there was nothing much he could do about. Even though he got a chance in finals and did not perform, his presence in the team was enough to give a boost to the middle order. He fielded well and bowled well when needed.
Being known as the most economical bowler he lived upto his reputation. His 2/19 against Pakistan, 1/18 against Sri Lanka and 0/19 in the finals were eye catching ones and he bowled tidy spells in every match. Batsmen found it difficult to read his balls and he was very successful throughout.
3/48 being his best, he spun the game away from the opposition. His balls were hard to read and he gave breakthroughs at various stages. He bowled well and his performance deserved a pat at the back.
Ishant Sharma:- 7/10
His pacy spells was hard to play but at times became expensive too. Took wickets quite often and bowled well with confidence. He needs to be consistent but when he performed it was worth a watch.
Umesh Yadav:- 5/10
High expectation was expected out of him but he could not live upto his expectations as his most expensive spell was 2/75, even then he bowled well. He had the back up of the captain and team hence proved to be a tight economical bowler in the end of the tournament.