The T20 series has just ended where it all began. History has been made by both the men and women in blue. This was the first time where an Indian team won an ODI series and a T20 series in South Africa. This is a feat which could not be achieved by Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid but has been achieved by the vibrant India of Virat Kohli and Harmanpreet Kaur. In this post, I will give the players points out of 10 based on their perfomance in the series.
J.P Duminy – 9/10
He batted well in all the three matches and even picked up a few wickets. He captained the side well in the absence of stalwarts like A.B De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis and Quinton De Kock. The only department where he lacked was his strike rate. He scored quite slowly and that might have cost South Africa the game.
Junior Dala – 10/10
If there’s anyone who deserves a perfect score in the series, it’s the debutant from the Rainbow Nation. He was the joint highest wicket taker with 7 scalps to his name. To perform as well as he has on a debut series just goes to show his character, grit and determination. I think that he deserved Man Of The Series but the officials didn’t allow that. He also hit the wickets directly from the boundary to send back Shikhar Dhawan and that is not something that you see everyday.
Rohit Sharma – 6/10
Rohit’s performance in this series has just been disappointing..Except for the 115 at Port Elizabeth, he averages just 10.87 and has two ducks to his name. His average in the T20 series is even worse and the only appealing thing about him was his captaincy in the last T20.
Shikhar Dhawan – 9.5/10
This was one of the best series for Dhawan. He performed consistently whenever he got the chance and made up for Rohit’s run of poor form. The fielding has also been top-notch and he held some difficult catches.
David Miller – 5/10
Dave has not been able to stand up to his expectations at all. He was the only stalwart batsman for South Africa and the whole batting lineup functioned around him. As he was not able to fire, the batting fell apart. The highest score by him is just 24 and it is much less than what was expected of him.
Hardik Pandya – 7/10
Hardik’s performance this series has been quite average compared to his usual heroics. His bowling has definitely improved and is now being viewed as a wicket-taking option. His batting was not the usual blitz of fireworks but he was still scoring runs.
Suresh Raina – 9.5/10
On a comeback series, Raina had a point to prove and he did prove that point. That he was fit enough to play for India. He got starts in every match and chose to hit out rather than score slowly. This new image of Raina will do him good as he could be the solution to India’s No.4 problems.