Team India's Caribbean Report Card
A makeshift Team India toured a West Indies side which has had its own share of problems in a battle to discover a post World Cup team combination. Both sides featured some young faces, waiting to get their hands on some glory. Here is the look at the players who passed and who just couldn't impress in a time where soaring cut-offs are making the headlines.
A depleted Team India played a West Indies side which had its own share of problems getting the right team combination. And while the Indian team has pocketed the series 3-2, not every player lived up to the expectations. Here is a look at the players who passed the Caribbean test and those who just couldn't impress in times when soaring cut-offs are making the headlines back home.
<b>Rohit Sharma</b><br><br> By far India's most successful batsman in the ODI series, Rohit Sharma scored 257 runs at an average of 128.50 runs. The importance of Rohit Sharma to the side can be calculated from the fact that in the 2 matches he got out, India ended up on the losing side.
<b>Suresh Raina</b><br><br> With most seniors opting out, the BCCI had handed over the captaincy to Suresh Raina, who did a decent job leading the side but could not live up to his usual job of a prolific middle order batsman. He managed just 82 runs off the 5 ODI matches with a highest score of 43.
<b>Amit Mishra</b><br><br> With 11 wickets from 5 matches, Amit Mishra was by far India's most successful bowler. Conceding about 3.98 runs an over, Mishra's bid to book a spot in the Indian side only got stronger.
<b>Ishant Sharma</b><br><br> Ishant Sharma can be stated as the biggest disappointment of the Windies ODI tour. Conceding at the rate of over 5 runs per over, he only managed a single wicket in the two matches he played.
<b>Virat Kohli</b><br><br> Touted as India's next big thing, Virat Kohli carried the expectations of stitching together the top and middle order on his young shoulders. A brilliant 94-run innings in the 5th ODI bettered his stats in the Caribbean, making him India's second best batsman on the tour.
<b>Subramaniam Badrinath</b><br><br> Badrinath had high hopes attached to his position in the middle order especially after the 43-run innings in the only T-20 against the West Indies. But he never really got going as he ended with just 40 runs in the series.
<b>Munaf Patel </b><br><br> With criticism from a Caribbean great at the back of his mind, Munaf Patel continued to focus more on accuracy than his pace. In a tour which saw an unlikely skipper, a depleted side and some surprisingly favourable results, Munaf Patel found an unlikely status of being a senior in the side; so much so, that he was rested in the last two ODIs.
<b>Vinay Kumar</b><br><br> Vinay Kumar could only find a place in the final ODI and made a good start as well but unfortunately the Kochi Tuskers Kerala paceman could not carry the momentum forward.
<b>Ravichandran Ashwin</b><br><br> Ravichandran Ashwin has performed exceedingly well for India and the Chennai Super Kings under Mahendra Singh Dhoni but with a changed captain, Ashwin's impact was not as significant. In the broader perspective, Ashwin did a good job containing the batsman which gives him just enough grace marks.
<b>Praveen Kumar</b><br><br> Injuries cost Praveen Kumar a position in the Indian side which went on to win the World Cup, so a comeback was well on the cards for the man from Uttar Pradesh. His bowling however contained the Windies batsman more than it troubled them, allowing him to pick up just 5 wickets in the 4 matches he played.
<b>Manoj Tiwary</b><br><br> His impressive showing in the IPL gave him a place in the Indian side but he could only get two matches under his belt. His juggle from opening the innings to being at the centre of the middle order did not help much as he ended with just 24 runs despite showing some promise.
<b>Harbhajan Singh</b><br><br> Harbhajan Singh has been quite a fiery personality but unfortunately for India the 'Turbanator' has been firing blanks of late. India's vice captain for the tour managed 4 wickets in the tournament but did a good job in limiting the scoring to just 3.56 runs an over to his credit. Harbhajan Singh also played a crucial role with the bat, as his 41-run innings in the 3rd ODI helped India clinch the series.
<b>Parthiv Patel</b><br><br> With the usual opening batsmen missing, Parthiv Patel got the golden opportunity of returning to the Indian side, 9 years after making his debut. He got off to some decent starts but with Mahendra Singh Dhoni around, a herculean performance was the need of the hour to announce any stake in Team India's future. <br>
<b>Shikhar Dhawan</b><br><br> Shikhar Dhawan's domestic performances never earned him a place in the side and the 'raring to go' attitude had to wait too much to have the necessary aggression. He started well with a fifty in the first ODI but only managed 18 runs in the next 3 matches he played.