The busiest home season of India ever comes to a successful end by winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The series has given Indian Team lots of lessons and success to India. After getting defeated in the first match, Team Kohli turns back to level the series. We have got a new team with new sensations.
KL Rahul should come up on the top in the list of India’s best players of the series. No hundred, but 6 half-centuries made a fine figure including scores of 90, 51, 67 and 60. The comeback win in his home city of Bangalore could not have been possible without that 90 and 51, for which Rahul was awarded the Man of the Match title.
After Rahul comes the leading wicket-taker of the series, Ravindra Jadeja. He played in all 4 matches, delivered 213.1 Overs, Wickets 25 with Average of 18.56 and the best figure is 6/63. Whenever Ashwin struggled, Jadeja got his back with his left-arm spin. In Ranchi, he took 9 Wickets. Following that 9-wicket haul, Jadeja joined Ashwin as the No 1 Test bowler.
Jadeja’s batting was not so impressive throughout the series. However, his best, 63 came in the last match, when India was trying to get Australia’s 300. With Saha, he got the team into the lead. A match winning innings so far.
Umesh Yadav delivered 129 Overs, took 17 Wickets with Average of 23.41 and best figure is 4/32. The series performance will enhance his reputation as India’s most developed, and subsequently the best, fast bowler. The pace, line, length everything was exceptionally good. The most impressive part of his bowling is the ability to break partnerships and, as best highlighted on the third afternoon in Dharamsala, the hostility.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 405 Runs in 4 matches with 57.85 Average and Highest score is 202. The 2nd highest run-scorer of the series after Steven Smith (499). He has become the top-ranked Indian in the ICC Test batsmen rankings. He rose up where Kohli struggled, and that really was the defining feature of India’s series win.
R Ashwin delivered 225.2 Overs, taken 21 Wickets with 27.38 Average and the best figure of 6/41. Ashwin is the most reliable Indian bowler now. He didn’t have a smooth series but yet he managed to bring the victory for the team.
Kuldeep Yadav played only 1 match where he took 4 Wickets with best bowling figure 4/68. The Dharamsala debutant surprised Australia with his left-arm chinaman deliveries. The deliveries to bowl out Hanscomb and Maxwell were beauties, and his control and ability to hurry the batsmen with the wrong one were excellent.
The series has given India a mature Ravindra Jadeja, confident KL Rahul, a reliable keeper in Wriddhiman Saha, dependable speedster in Umesh Yadav and obviously a precious asset like Kuldeep Yadav.