Team India's Lankan Report Card
India managed to draw the series after a win in the third Test match but they definitely did not look loike the top Test team in the world.
India managed to draw the series after a win in the third Test match but they definitely did not look like the top Test team in the world.<br><br> Although weakened by injury to front line bowlers, India still left a lot to be desired of in some departments.<br><br> CricketNDTV gives out it's own report card on the Team India's performance.
<b>Gautam Gambhir</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 1/10</b><br><br> Gautam Gambhir had a forgettable tour as he played only the first Test match and missed the other two due to a knee injury.<br><br> In the only match that he played, his scores were 0 and 2.
<b>Virender Sehwag</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 8/10</b><br><br> The 'Najafgarh ka Nawab' once again showed that he is the most bankable player even in the Test format as he scored 2 centuries and also picked up 7 wickets.<br><br> He ended the series with 348 runs from 5 innings at an average of 69.60 and was also adjudged the Man of the Series.
<b>Murali Vijay</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 5/10</b><br><br> Drafted into the team after Gambhir was ruled out, Vijay did a satisfactory job scoring a fifty in one of his three innings and also affected the crucial run out of Tillekaratne Dilshan in the third Test match.
<b>Rahul Dravid</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 2/10</b><br><br> For once the 'Wall' crumbled and it did not paint a pretty picture. Everything went wrong for Dravid while he was on the crease as the dependable No 3 could score only 95 runs from the 5 innings that he played with his highest being a modest 44.<br><br> A series to forget for sure.
<b>Sachin Tendulkar</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 8/10</b><br><br> This man continues to defy age and all other odds to break new ground. He was India's most prolific batsman in the series scoring 390 runs from 5 innings at a staggering average of 78.<br><br> He scored a gritty double century in the second Test match to grind out a draw for India and then played two fluent knocks in the both the innings of the last Test match to enable his team to draw the series.
<b>VVS Laxman</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 7/10</b><br><br> Laxman too came to the party in the last Test and his unbeaten 103 in the second innings guided India home.<br><br> Had a good series with the bat scoring a century and 2 half-centuries with an aggregate of 279 runs from 5 innings at an average of 52.44
<b>Suresh Raina</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 7/10</b><br><br> Raina has been by far the biggest find of the tour as he stunned everyone with his mature display in the longer format of the game.<br><br> Been in the sidelines for long as a one-day specialist, the southpaw made most of his opportunity in the second Test as he became the 12th Indian to post a century on debut.<br><br> A fine fifty in the first innings of the third Test and a late cameo in the second helped Raina star in the Indian victory as he finished the series with 223 runs from 3 innings with a magnificent average of 111.50.
<b>Yuvraj Singh</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 4/10</b><br><br> Yuvraj scored a fifty in the first innings of the first Test but then flopped in the second as India lost the match. A fever kept him out of the second Test and Raina's heroics meant that he lost his place for the final Test.
<b>Harbhajan Singh</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 2/10</b><br><br> The man who was expected to lead the Indian attack disappointed the most. After a wicket-less first Test, Harbhajan managed to pick 2 wickets in the second match which were of no great significance.<br><br> Sat out the last Test due to injury on a surface which might have helped him.
<b>Pragyan Ojha</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 6/10</b><br><br> The left-arm spinner came into his own in the third Test after two lacklusture performances.<br><br> Led the Indian charge with 7 wickets in the match which helped India restrict Sri Lanka. Has shown promise but still a lot to do.
<b>Amit Mishra</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 5/10</b><br><br> Replaced Harbhajan in the last Test but could not make an impact in the first innings. Helped the Indian cause in the second innings by picking up 3 wickets.<br><br> Chipped in with the bat too with a crucial 40 late in the first innings.Needs to get more opportunities.
<b>Ishant Sharma</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 5/10</b><br><br> Ishant Sharma was toothless in the first Test but then his bursts in the next 2 Test showed that he is capable of a lot more on surfaces with some help for seamers.<br><br> Showed some grit with the bat too but needs to pick up more wickets up front.
<b>Abhimanyu Mithun</b><br><br> <b>Rating: 5/10</b><br><br> A late addition to the squad after Sreesanth pulled out due to injury, Mithun did impress with his performances.<br><br> Picked up 6 wickets in the series and 4 in the second Test, but more than his bowling it was his batting which created an impact. His two innings of forty plus came at important times and he finished the series with a batsman like average of 49.