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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Rating the Indian players after T20I series

Srihari
Indian openers set the perfect platform
Indian openers set the perfect platformFor the second in the history of T20Is,

India managed to whitewash a side in a bilateral series of three matches or more. Following the 3-0 win over Australia in 2016, India managed to register their first T20I whitewash on home soil (min 3 matches) as they beat Sri Lanka in the third T20I at Mumbai.

Rohit Sharma's maiden stint as T20I captain was a massive hit as India comfortably got over the line in Cuttack, Indore and Mumbai. There were plenty of top performers for the hosts. Here's the report card for the Indian players after the T20I series:

KL Rahul - 9.5

After being overlooked for the ODI and T20I series against Australia and New Zealand, KL Rahul sent a strong message to the selectors by scoring back-to-back fifties in the first T20Is against Sri Lanka.

The right-hander was the top-scorer for India in the first T20I, where he set the perfect platform and helped India off to a winning start. While he was outdone by Rohit in the second T20I, he still scored a 49-ball 89 and put on 165 for the first wicket.

Rohit Sharma - 9

Courtesy of his century in the second T20I, Rohit enjoyed a brilliant start to captaincy in T20Is as well. The joint-fastest century in T20Is wasn't just the only record he broke during his whirlwind knock. His century helped India seal the series and the opener impressed as captain as well.

He finished as the highest run-scorer in the series with 162 runs at an average of 54 and strike rate in excess of 200.

Middle-order

Manish Pandey essayed his role perfectly
Manish Pandey essayed his role perfectly

Manish Pandey - 8

In the first T20I at Cuttack, Manish Pandey provided India with just the kind of finish they were looking for as she scored a brilliant 18-ball 32 and set India on their way to their biggest win. While he didn't get a chance to shine in the second T20I, he scored a composed 32 in the final T20I that helped India seal a whitewash.

Shreyas Iyer - 6

In a high-scoring series, Shreyas Iyer didn't have the kind of impact that he would have wanted to. Instead, he finished it with an average of 18 and a strike rate of just over 100. In the first and the final game of the series, he was solid but not spectacular but he failed in the quest for quick runs in the second T20I.

Dinesh Karthik

Karthik's flexibility and the platform set by the Indian openers throughout the series meant that he only faced 14 balls in the entire series. He didn't get a chance to get in on the action in the first T20I but he remained not out throughout the series and made his mark whenever he got a chance, finishing with a strike rate of over 160, the second-best of any batsman who faced over 10 balls in the series.

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MS Dhoni - 9

While many might question if the light can still shine so bright, MS Dhoni once again did that he does best. He proved his detractors wrong as he continued to show that he is still one of the best finishers in the world.

In the first T20I, acceleration was the name of the game and he handled that role as expertly as he did, the role of seeing India home while chasing a modest total. His batting continues to impress while there can be little doubt about the fact that he is still the world's best wicketkeeper in the world.

Hardik Pandya - 8.5

The all-rounder might not have flourished with the bat but he more than made up for it with his exploits with the ball. He finished as the second-leading wicket-taker in the series with six scalps. The impressive aspect about his bowling was not only the fact that he took wickets but did so at an economy rate much lower than his career economy rate.

Spinners

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Yuzvendra Chahal - 10

Despite playing just the first two T20Is, Yuzvendra Chahal finished as the leading wicket-taker in the T20I series. The leg spinner finished with a four-wicket haul in the first and second T20I and ended 2017 as the leading wicket-taker in T20Is in 2017, with 23 wickets from just 11 matches. He continued his incredible ability to pick up wickets at crucial intervals, even if he was slightly expensive.

Kuldeep Yadav - 9

Wrist spinners continue to be in demand and Kuldeep Yadav continues to show why. He finished as the second-leading wicket-taker in the series, with six scalps and continued his impressive start to his international career.

Washington Sundar - 8

After making his debut in the ODI series against Sri Lanka, Washington Sundar made his T20I debut in the third T20I. An incredibly economical spell and his maiden T20I wicket was the result as India seem to have found another option in the spin department.

Pacers

Bumrah kept the runs in check even if he didn't have wickets to show for it
Bumrah kept the runs in check even if he didn't have wickets to show for it

Jasprit Bumrah - 7

Everything Jasprit Bumrah has touched so far in international cricket has turned to gold. But that wasn't the case in this series, as he went wicketless in the two T20Is that he featured. However, he did keep the runs in check and provided ample support for the rest of the bowlers, who shared the wickets amongst themselves.

Jaydev Unadkat - 8.5

In what was his comeback series, Unadkat showed just what India have been lacking despite having a formidable bowling line-up in the shorter formats. The left-arm seamer added variety and proved to be incredibly economical as he went for under 5 runs in the T20I series, in which he picked up four wickets from three matches. The 26-year-old backed up his impressive performances from the IPL and lead the bowling attack with aplomb.

Mohammed Siraj - 4

After a disastrous T20I debut, Siraj was looking to make a better impact second time around, against Sri Lanka. However, things didn't go according to plan as the 23-year-old went for 45 runs in his only match of the series while picking up a wicket. After a rough start to his T20I career, Siraj will be hoping that this is just a stepping stone for bigger and better things.

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