A last-wicket loss in the first game and a last-ball defeat in the second saw India lose the series on their first ODI visit to Bangladesh in seven years, before a thumping 227-run win proved to be a soothing consolation.
Here are player ratings for India after their 2-1 series loss:
Ishan Kishan – 10/10
210 runs @ 210.00, HS: 210
A perfect performance. Brought in after two months, as a forced replacement, Ishan Kishan put on a clinic, smashing the fastest ODI double century – 210, at a strike rate of 160 – among a plethora of other records. His second hundred took a mere 41 balls. Less than a year ahead of the World Cup, it has split open India’s opening debate once again.
Rohit Sharma – 7.5/10
78 runs @ 78.00, HS: 51*
He began steadily in the first game before running into a game-changing Shakib Al Hasan spell. In the second match, an injury prevented him from opening, but he bravely came out at No.9, nearly seeing India through with a gutsy fifty. A series defeat on their first visit in seven years won’t be easy to digest.
Shikhar Dhawan – 2/10
18 runs @ 6.00, HS: 8
A pale shadow of his old self. Dhawan came and went, barely troubling the scorers. He now has one fifty in his last 10 innings, and four single-digit scores in the last five. With Kishan doing what he did, it puts a serious question mark on Dhawan’s future.
Virat Kohli – 6.5/10
127 runs @ 42.33, HS: 113
Kohli finally found runs in the third match, ending a three-year-long century-less drought and a streak of seven sub-20 innings. In Chattogram, he unfurled some classic Kohli strokes, driving and flicking while enjoying a slice of luck and giving Kishan a supporting hand. The overall ratings is lower owing to his lack of runs in the first two games.
Shreyas Iyer – 7/10
109 runs @ 36.33, HS: 73
Iyer might have secured the No.4 spot. Among cricketers from ICC Full Members, Iyer has the most runs in the format this year. A quality player of spin, Iyer looked settled well on Bangladesh’s pitches, scoring a pressure-soaking 82 in the second ODI, although he could not develop on his starts in the other two games.
KL Rahul – 6/10
95 runs @ 31.66, HS: 73
Rahul had several roles to fulfil: batting in the middle order, keeping wicket and also leading the side in the final game. With the bat, he did not quite flourish, although a resilient fifty in the second match fetched him much needed runs. His glovework still needs fine-tuning, and crucial lapses such as the dropped catch in the first game might not be forgotten easily.
Washington Sundar – 7.5/10
6 wickets @ 9.33, BBI: 3-37; 67 runs @ 22.33, HS: 37
Back in the mix with R Ashwin not around, Sundar had useful numbers, ending with the joint-most wickets for India as well as the best economy rate. With the bat, he did well in parts. In the first game, he departing early from No.4 was a missed opportunity, but he helped India finish with a flourish in the third, with a 27-ball 37. With competition among spinners hotting up, Sundar would be reasonably happy with his outings.
Axar Patel – 6/10
2 wickets @ 31, BBI: 2-22; 76 runs @ 38.00, HS: 56
Another side of the finger-spin battle, Axar stood up with the bat in the second ODI, ably supporting Iyer through their 97-run stand that revived the chase for India. In the third game, he chipped in with a brief cameo. With the ball, he was a tad expensive. Await an interesting face-off once Ravindra Jadeja returns.
Shardul Thakur – 5/10
4 wickets @ 24.50, BBI: 3-30
In a rapidly changing bowling lineup, Thakur has been a constant, and has more ODI wickets than any other Indian bowler since 2020. However, he was flat in patches, especially in the first two one-dayers, struggling to seek out a breakthrough when required. The batting is not as dependable as it was once assumed to be.
Mohammed Siraj – 7/10
6 wickets @ 22.00, BBI: 3-32
Tied with Sundar with six wickets in this series, Siraj now has more ODI scalps than any Indian bowler in 2022. He rattled Bangladesh with early breakthroughs, but was unable to sustain the pressure as the innings went further. In the first ODI, he could not break Bangladesh’s last-wicket stand, and finished with an expensive 2-73 in the second game.
Deepak Chahar – 2/10
1 wicket @ 44.00, BBI: 1-32
The series began in fine fashion with a trademark Chahar wicket off the first ball. From there on, things did not quite go his way. A hamstring issue in the second game limited his involvement to just three overs, after which he hobbled out, not to return in the series.
Umran Malik – 6/10
4 wickets @ 25.25, BBI: 2-43
The pace was there on display. Drafted in for the second game, he had the Bangladesh batters all tied up with his steep, on-the-body bouncers. He even exceeded 150kph at times. These are still early days, and there is plenty to still work on, but Umran is developing rapidly.
Kuldeep Sen – 4/10
2 wickets @ 18.50, BBI: 2-37
In his debut series, Sen earned a couple of breakthroughs, and looked set for a prominent role across the three games. However, a stiff back stalled his progress, ruling him out of the series. Hopefully, better opportunities await.
Shahbaz Ahmed – 2/10
A passing presence. Playing ahead of Axar in the first game, he sent down nine wicketless overs, and fell for a four-ball duck.
Kuldeep Yadav – 4/10
1 wicket @ 53.00, BBI: 1-53
A late entrant, Kuldeep was brought in for the third game. He showing sparks of his usual brilliance in the middle overs. However, the economy was a touch on the higher side.