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Heroes humbled in Australia



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<b>VIRENDER SEHWAG </b><br><br>Has become an easy target because of his poor run of form and is being branded the 'villain' of the triseries. Did nothing to douse rumours of a rift with MS Dhoni and to make things more ugly, took potshots at the skipper too. His bat, however, did not do the talking, and he has lost his place in the ODI squad for the Asia Cup in controversial circumstances. Did not put a price on his wicket. <b><br><br>M: 5, Runs: 65, HS: 30, Avg: 13. 00, SR: 112. 06, 50: 0, 100: 0 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 1/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


VIRENDER SEHWAG

Has become an easy target because of his poor run of form and is being branded the 'villain' of the triseries. Did nothing to douse rumours of a rift with MS Dhoni and to make things more ugly, took potshots at the skipper too. His bat, however, did not do the talking, and he has lost his place in the ODI squad for the Asia Cup in controversial circumstances. Did not put a price on his wicket.

M: 5, Runs: 65, HS: 30, Avg: 13. 00, SR: 112. 06, 50: 0, 100: 0


TOI RATING 1/10

<b>SACHIN TENDULKAR </b><br><br>Sachin endured the worst Australia tour of his career. He had an ordinary Test series and a below- triseries. Forget the elusive 100th ton, there wasn't even a half-century off the maestro's bat. The rotation policy seemed to affect his rhythm, but that still doesn't explain why he failed to capitalise on starts. 143 runs in seven innings meant that people are now beginning to question Tendulkar's place in the ODI team. <b><br><br>M: 7, Runs: 143, HS: 48, Avg: 20. 42, SR: 82. 65, 50: 0, 100: 0 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 1. 5/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


SACHIN TENDULKAR

Sachin endured the worst Australia tour of his career. He had an ordinary Test series and a below- triseries. Forget the elusive 100th ton, there wasn't even a half-century off the maestro's bat. The rotation policy seemed to affect his rhythm, but that still doesn't explain why he failed to capitalise on starts. 143 runs in seven innings meant that people are now beginning to question Tendulkar's place in the ODI team.

M: 7, Runs: 143, HS: 48, Avg: 20. 42, SR: 82. 65, 50: 0, 100: 0


TOI RATING 1. 5/10

<b>GAUTAM GAMBHIR </b><br><br>Was the best among the top order, but more was needed. At Adelaide, he joined the 'rift party, 'slyly commenting that the skipper should have finished off the match earlier. Was at his best in Adelaide, where he was unlucky to miss out on a hundred both times, scoring 92 and 91. Against the Aussies, though, the Delhi Dasher looked vulnerable early on, particularly against the moving ball outside the off stump. <b><br><br>M: 7, Runs: 308, HS: 92, Avg: 44. 00, SR: 81. 91, 50: 3, 100: 0 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 5. 5/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


GAUTAM GAMBHIR

Was the best among the top order, but more was needed. At Adelaide, he joined the 'rift party, 'slyly commenting that the skipper should have finished off the match earlier. Was at his best in Adelaide, where he was unlucky to miss out on a hundred both times, scoring 92 and 91. Against the Aussies, though, the Delhi Dasher looked vulnerable early on, particularly against the moving ball outside the off stump.

M: 7, Runs: 308, HS: 92, Avg: 44. 00, SR: 81. 91, 50: 3, 100: 0


TOI RATING 5. 5/10

<b>MS DHONI </b><br><br>Dhoni the batsman played the finisher's role to perfection in a couple of games, but 'Captain Cool'looked flustered right through the tournament. Introduced a 'rotation policy' which backfired badly on the team, and didn't help matters by openly saying that playing the senior batsmen meant going with slowpokes on the field. The failure of his 'trusted aides'made Dhoni's critics gun for him <b><br><br>M: 7, Runs: 205, HS: 58*, Avg: 51. 25, SR: 67. 65, 50: 2, 100: 0 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 5/10 </b><br><br>

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MS DHONI

Dhoni the batsman played the finisher's role to perfection in a couple of games, but 'Captain Cool'looked flustered right through the tournament. Introduced a 'rotation policy' which backfired badly on the team, and didn't help matters by openly saying that playing the senior batsmen meant going with slowpokes on the field. The failure of his 'trusted aides'made Dhoni's critics gun for him

M: 7, Runs: 205, HS: 58*, Avg: 51. 25, SR: 67. 65, 50: 2, 100: 0


TOI RATING 5/10

<b>VIRAT KOHLI </b><br><br>His knock in the 'must-win' game against Sri Lanka at Hobart was so exceptional that former Australian batsman Dean Jones compared it to Viv Richards' then record 189 against England at Old Trafford in 1984. The 23-year-old was immediately rewarded with the vice-captaincy. Still, there were just a couple of fifties in eight innings besides this brilliant, unbeaten 133, which means Kohli could have been more consistent. <b><br><br>M: 8, Runs: 373, HS: 133*, Avg: 53. 28, SR: 92. 78, 50: 2, 100: 1 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 8. 5/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


VIRAT KOHLI

His knock in the 'must-win' game against Sri Lanka at Hobart was so exceptional that former Australian batsman Dean Jones compared it to Viv Richards' then record 189 against England at Old Trafford in 1984. The 23-year-old was immediately rewarded with the vice-captaincy. Still, there were just a couple of fifties in eight innings besides this brilliant, unbeaten 133, which means Kohli could have been more consistent.

M: 8, Runs: 373, HS: 133*, Avg: 53. 28, SR: 92. 78, 50: 2, 100: 1


TOI RATING 8. 5/10

<b>SURESH RAINA </b><br><br>This tournament has done serious damage to his claim for a berth in the 2015 World Cup team. Raina arrived with a question mark against his technique on bouncy pitches, and left the country convincing everyone that he wasn't cut out for these conditions. While batting at No. 5, a crucial position in the middle order, he managed just 182 runs in 8 innings. <b><br><br>M: 8, Runs: 182, HS: 40*, Avg: 26. 00, SR: 85. 84, 50: 0, 100: 0 Wickets: 1, Best Bowling: 1-10, Avg: 75. 00, Econ: 5. 35 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 3/10 </b><br><br>

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March 10, 2012


SURESH RAINA

This tournament has done serious damage to his claim for a berth in the 2015 World Cup team. Raina arrived with a question mark against his technique on bouncy pitches, and left the country convincing everyone that he wasn't cut out for these conditions. While batting at No. 5, a crucial position in the middle order, he managed just 182 runs in 8 innings.

M: 8, Runs: 182, HS: 40*, Avg: 26. 00, SR: 85. 84, 50: 0, 100: 0 Wickets: 1, Best Bowling: 1-10, Avg: 75. 00, Econ: 5. 35


TOI RATING 3/10

<b>ROHIT SHARMA </b><br><br>Clearly, not getting a chance in the long Test series led him to losing his form. His slump eventually cost <b><br><br>TOI RATING 1/10 </b><br><br>him his place in the XI. Appeared too laid back at times, playing careless strokes too early in his innings. Hasn't been helped by the fact that the skipper clearly prefers Raina to him. Like Raina, Rohit too has a few questions to answer about batting on bouncy wickets. <b><br><br>M: 5, Runs: 79, HS: 33, Avg: 15. 80, SR: 71. 17, 50: 0, 100: 0 </b><br><br>

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ROHIT SHARMA

Clearly, not getting a chance in the long Test series led him to losing his form. His slump eventually cost

TOI RATING 1/10


him his place in the XI. Appeared too laid back at times, playing careless strokes too early in his innings. Hasn't been helped by the fact that the skipper clearly prefers Raina to him. Like Raina, Rohit too has a few questions to answer about batting on bouncy wickets.

M: 5, Runs: 79, HS: 33, Avg: 15. 80, SR: 71. 17, 50: 0, 100: 0


<b>RAVINDRA JADEJA </b><br><br>No one is quite sure whether the Saurashtra allrounder is a bowler or a batsman - he was a big failure as both. His bowling average was 109 and batting 16. 83. Jadeja fielded well and won India a game with R Ashwin at Perth, but hardly did anything else. On Aussie wickets, his kind of bowling was easy meat. <b><br><br>M: 8, Runs: 101, HS: 24*, Avg: 16. 83, SR: 70. 13, 100: 0, 50: 0 Wickets: 3, Best Bowling: 1-41, Avg: 109. 00, Econ: 5. 30 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 2/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


RAVINDRA JADEJA

No one is quite sure whether the Saurashtra allrounder is a bowler or a batsman - he was a big failure as both. His bowling average was 109 and batting 16. 83. Jadeja fielded well and won India a game with R Ashwin at Perth, but hardly did anything else. On Aussie wickets, his kind of bowling was easy meat.

M: 8, Runs: 101, HS: 24*, Avg: 16. 83, SR: 70. 13, 100: 0, 50: 0 Wickets: 3, Best Bowling: 1-41, Avg: 109. 00, Econ: 5. 30


TOI RATING 2/10

<b>IRFAN PATHAN </b><br><br>Returning to the team after a long gap, the allrounder made a decent impression. His six at Adelaide against Sri Lanka was crucial to India managing to tie the game. The pace might be down but bowling looked impressive none the less. The younger Pathan needs to bring down his economy rate. <b><br><br>M: 4, Runs: 96, HS: 47, Avg: 24. 00, SR: 109. 09, 50: 0, 100: 0 Wickets: 6, Best Bowling: 3-61, Avg: 30. 16, Econ: 5. 32 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 3/10 </b><br><br>

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March 10, 2012


IRFAN PATHAN

Returning to the team after a long gap, the allrounder made a decent impression. His six at Adelaide against Sri Lanka was crucial to India managing to tie the game. The pace might be down but bowling looked impressive none the less. The younger Pathan needs to bring down his economy rate.

M: 4, Runs: 96, HS: 47, Avg: 24. 00, SR: 109. 09, 50: 0, 100: 0 Wickets: 6, Best Bowling: 3-61, Avg: 30. 16, Econ: 5. 32


TOI RATING 3/10

<b>VINAY KUMAR </b><br><br>Started off well then tapered off. Vinay Kumar looked good with the new ball, but owing to lack of pace appeared totally vulnerable at the death, an example being the way Daniel Christian tore into him in Brisbane. His brightest moment came in the first ODI in Brisbane but he failed to produce the same effectiveness throughout the triseries. <b><br><br>M: 6, Wickets: 9, Best Bowling: 3-21, Avg: 32. 11, Econ: 5. 25 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 2/10 </b><br><br>

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March 10, 2012


VINAY KUMAR

Started off well then tapered off. Vinay Kumar looked good with the new ball, but owing to lack of pace appeared totally vulnerable at the death, an example being the way Daniel Christian tore into him in Brisbane. His brightest moment came in the first ODI in Brisbane but he failed to produce the same effectiveness throughout the triseries.

M: 6, Wickets: 9, Best Bowling: 3-21, Avg: 32. 11, Econ: 5. 25


TOI RATING 2/10

<b>PRAVEEN KUMAR </b><br><br>After a few indifferent performances, 'PK' lost the confidence of his skipper. Praveen played just four games in the event, only coming back in the final stages. His slide has been puzzling considering the fact that he was the pick of the fast bowlers during India's 4-0 thrashing by England in the Test series earlier in the year. <b><br><br>M: 4, Wickets: 3, Best Bowling: 2-37, Avg: 63. 33, Econ: 5. 27 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 2/10 </b><br><br>

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PRAVEEN KUMAR

After a few indifferent performances, 'PK' lost the confidence of his skipper. Praveen played just four games in the event, only coming back in the final stages. His slide has been puzzling considering the fact that he was the pick of the fast bowlers during India's 4-0 thrashing by England in the Test series earlier in the year.

M: 4, Wickets: 3, Best Bowling: 2-37, Avg: 63. 33, Econ: 5. 27


TOI RATING 2/10

<b>UMESH YADAV </b><br><br>The Vidarbha seamer, delivering some searing pace, made teammate Gambhir boast that "we finally have a bowler who can give others a taste of their own medicine". Yadav, though, wouldn't be happy about an economy rate of 6. 22 and a bowling average of 59. 80 on pitches that suited his trade. In the slog overs, the youngster appeared to struggle for ideas. <b><br><br>M: 6, Wickets: 5, Best Bowling: 2-39, Avg: 59. 80, Econ: 6. 22 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 3/10 </b><br><br>

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UMESH YADAV

The Vidarbha seamer, delivering some searing pace, made teammate Gambhir boast that "we finally have a bowler who can give others a taste of their own medicine". Yadav, though, wouldn't be happy about an economy rate of 6. 22 and a bowling average of 59. 80 on pitches that suited his trade. In the slog overs, the youngster appeared to struggle for ideas.

M: 6, Wickets: 5, Best Bowling: 2-39, Avg: 59. 80, Econ: 6. 22


TOI RATING 3/10

<b>R ASHWIN </b><br><br>Except for one game at Perth, where he took 3/32 against Sri Lanka, and won India a tight game by sharing a critical partnership with Jadeja, the off-spinner didn't have a particularly good time. His economy rate took a beating against both Australia and Sri Lanka, while batting failed to inspire confidence. <b><br><br>M: 7, Wickets: 7, Best Bowling: 3-32, Avg: 43. 42, Econ: 4. 82 Runs: 81, HS: 30*, SR: 81. 81 </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 3/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


R ASHWIN

Except for one game at Perth, where he took 3/32 against Sri Lanka, and won India a tight game by sharing a critical partnership with Jadeja, the off-spinner didn't have a particularly good time. His economy rate took a beating against both Australia and Sri Lanka, while batting failed to inspire confidence.

M: 7, Wickets: 7, Best Bowling: 3-32, Avg: 43. 42, Econ: 4. 82 Runs: 81, HS: 30*, SR: 81. 81


TOI RATING 3/10

<b>ZAHEER KHAN </b><br><br>The left-arm seamer wasn't at his fittest, managing to play just four games. In one game in Brisbane against Australia, Zaheer cramped up and thus had to finish off his overs before the slog. Clearly, there are doubts over his longevity. <b><br><br>M: 4, Wickets: 5, Best Bowling: 2-44, Avg: 39. 40, Econ: 5. 05 (* Rahul Sharma and Parthiv Patel, who played just one game, and Manoj Tiwary, who didn't play, were not assessed) </b><br><br><b>TOI RATING 3/10 </b><br><br>

Heroes humbled in Australia

March 10, 2012


ZAHEER KHAN

The left-arm seamer wasn't at his fittest, managing to play just four games. In one game in Brisbane against Australia, Zaheer cramped up and thus had to finish off his overs before the slog. Clearly, there are doubts over his longevity.

M: 4, Wickets: 5, Best Bowling: 2-44, Avg: 39. 40, Econ: 5. 05 (* Rahul Sharma and Parthiv Patel, who played just one game, and Manoj Tiwary, who didn't play, were not assessed)


TOI RATING 3/10

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