IPL 2019: Report Card of India's World Cup Squad
Virat Kohli - 7/10
Mat: 14 Runs: 464 SR: 141.46 HS: 100
One would imagine a tough task to be a part of RCB's campaign this year, especially for a champion like Virat Kohli. The Indian superstar was constantly put under the scanner for his tactics and criticized heavily for getting team selections wrong on multiple occasions. But as Sourav Ganguly rightly pointed out, it is not fair to judge Virat Kohli by his T20 captaincy. The modern-day legend will be key to India's hopes at the upcoming mega tournament and he would be itching to script glory in his first World Cup as a skipper.
On a batting front though, Kohli had a decent season. Raking up 464 runs in 14 games, with an average in the mid 30s, the batting maestro stood as RCB's highest run getter this season. It may be fondly recalled that he even smashed a breathtaking ton against KKR at the Eden Gardens in one of the league games.
Vijay Shankar - 4/10
Mat: 14 Runs: 244 SR: 126.42 HS: 40*
After scoring scores of 40 and 35 in his first two games of the season, things went pear-shaped pretty quickly for Vijay Shankar. The promising all-rounder was expected to carry the mantle in the middle-order for the Orange Army but failed to do so in spite of getting plenty of opportunities.
With just 244 runs in 14 innings, at a meagre average of 20.33, Shankar didn't quite justify his hard-hitting skills. Touted to be among the front runners to take the No 4 slot in the Indian Team in the upcoming World Cup, the Tamil Nadu batsman will be looking to find his confidence back to help his career.
KL Rahul - 9.5/10
Mat: 14 Runs: 593 SR: 135.38 HS: 100*
KL Rahul was on fire this season. Silken cover drives, nonchalant flick and skillful cuts were all on display whilst the Karnataka batsman assumed the crease for the Kings from Punjab. Adjudged the stylish player of the season, the Karnataka batsman looked in red hot form for the best part of the season.
However, a few experts found fault with his "lack of intent" while chasing big scores. Rahul more than made up for the criticism with his blistering knock in Punjab's final game of the season. Amassing 593 runs in 14 games, at a staggering average of 53.9, the right-handed batsman finished the season as the second highest run-getter.