England vs India: 1st ODI- India Player Ratings
Rohit and Kuldeep stood out in their respective departments.
Published - Jul 13, 2018 12:39 am | Updated - Jul 13, 2018 12:39 am
The pitch at Trent Bridge in Nottingham didn’t spew venom, but Kuldeep Yadav’s magical spell of bowling turned out to be too hot to handle for the English batsmen. The home team started on an impressive note courtesy of a half-century stand between Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow. Thereafter, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes’ partnership rescued England to propel them to 268 in 49.5 overs.
The run chase turned out to be one-sided as India’s top order tracked down the runs with 59 balls to spare and won the match by eight wickets. The hosts’ bowlers tried their hearts out, but to their dismay, every tactic they put forth was neutralised by the Indian batsmen.
In our article, we rate the Indian players.
Rohit Sharma- 9
Rohit carried over his form from the T20I series into the ODIs and racked up his 18th century in the format. He didn’t look flustered by any stretch of the imagination and kept milking the bowling without dropping any sweat to see his team home past the finish line. The right-hander scored 137 runs in 114 balls with 15 boundaries and four massive blows over the ropes. He got a lifeline in the 29th over.
Shikhar Dhawan- 7
Dhawan, after a lacklustre T20I series, came to his own and blazed away from the outset. The left-hander scored 40 runs in a partnership of 59 runs with Rohit. He was dismissed by Moeen Ali in the eighth over when he attempted to heave the ball over the leg side only to hole out to Adil Rashid. His knock, carved with eight boundaries, came at a strike-rate of 148.14.
Virat Kohli- 8
Kohli built a magnificent partnership worth 167 runs along with Rohit Sharma. He accomplished his half-century and looked settled to notch yet another century in the 50-overs format. However, that wasn’t the case and Adil Rashid picked him up at a score of 75 runs from 82 balls. Kohli tried to dance down the track only to be stumped by Jos Buttler.
KL Rahul- 5
After all the speculations and analysis surrounding Rahul’s batting position, he was slotted at number four after Virat Kohli. He came to bat in the 33rd over with India requiring 43 runs. He took his time and made sure that he didn’t throw his wicket away. He saw off 18 balls for nine runs even as Rohit scored the chunk of the runs in their stand of 43 runs in as many deliveries.
Suresh Raina- 6
Raina played his first ODI after a gap of almost three years. Unfortunately, he didn’t the opportunity to bat. However, he didn’t falter in his actions on the field. He was introduced as a part-time option and he churned out a spell of 3-1-8-0. He was the only bowler in the team to bowl a maiden over. In the field, he took Morgan’s catch and also inflicted a run-out of Plunkett with an accurate throw from point.
MS Dhoni (wk)- 5
Dhoni didn’t get to bat but made sure that he enacted the role of the wicketkeeper with precision. The veteran took a sharp catch to dismiss Jos Buttler. Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery was down the leg side and the catch wasn’t an easy one even for the likes of MS Dhoni. Later in the innings, he also affected the run out of Liam Plunkett in the penultimate delivery of the 50th over.
Hardik Pandya- 2
Hardik didn’t have much to cheer in the match. He ended with bowling figures of 7-0-47-0 and the English batters creamed him without much fuss. His only contribution came in the form a catch at deep cover to get rid of Adil Rashid off Umesh Yadav’s bowling.
Siddarth Kaul- 4
In Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence, Siddarth Kaul made his ODI debut but didn’t quite find his rhythm. He finished with a spell of 10-0-62-0 and was one of India’s most expensive bowlers. The fast-bowler bowled 25 dot deliveries. In the outfield, Kaul took a stupendous catch at backward point to dismiss Ben Stokes after the left-hander notched up his half-century.
Kuldeep Yadav- 9.5
Kuldeep became the first left-arm bowler with a six-for in ODI cricket. His spell of 10-0-25-6 ripped the heart out of England’s batting lineup. He picked up his first wicket in the form of Jason Roy and then pinned Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession. He dismissed the ominous looking Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. His sixth wicket came in the form of David Willey. Moreover, he bowled 38 dot balls.
Umesh Yadav- 6
Umesh wasn’t able to keep the runs down inside the mandatory field restrictions. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow laid on to him with some lusty blows. He picked up a couple of wickets in his last spell when he dismissed Moeen Ali and also Adil Rashid, who made a quick-fire 22 runs from 16 balls in the dying stages of the English innings.
Yuzvendra Chahal- 6
Chahal didn’t have the best of days and turned up with a spell of 10-0-51-1. He bowled 23 dot deliveries, but the English batsmen were pretty comfortable against him. His only wicket came in the form of skipper Eoin Morgan when the left-hander mistimed a stroke off a full-length delivery for Suresh Raina to take a decent catch at mid-wicket.