India's T20I Report Card in 2017: Rating the players
As the calendar year draws to a close, we take a look back at India's performance in T20Is this year.
The Men in Blue played 13 matches this year against England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, and New Zealand.
While they were victorious against England, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand, they lost a lone T20I to West Indies and drew 1-1 against Australia in a 3 match series, with the final match being washed out.
The team management tried out a lot of combinations in the T20Is and we saw more than25 cricketers take the field for India over the year.
In this article, we have rated the Indian stars based on their performances this year.
Note: Only those cricketers who played 5 or more games have been rated.
Rohit Sharma: 7
Apart from the record-breaking century he scored against Sri Lanka just a few weeks ago, Rohit Sharma did not as much of an impact with the bat in T20Is as he did in ODIs.
In addition to the 118 run knock, he scored a half-century against New Zealand as well.
He ended up with 283 runs to his name in 9 innings at an average of 31.44
KL Rahul: 8
He might not have had a great outing in the ODIs he played this year, but he made up for it in the Tests and T20Is.
He scored 279 runs in 7 innings at an average of 39 with three half-centuries to his name.
Shikhar Dhawan: 6
The aggressive Indian opener was one of the best ODI players for India this year. However, he wasn't able to carry on his ODI form into the T20Is he played.
He was picked for only 6 out of the 13 matches India played and 127 runs at an average of 25.40 with one half-century to his name
Virat Kohli: 8
The Indian captain continued to impress in all formats of the game this year as well. However, he would have hoped to have performed slightly better in the T20Is he played this year.
He managed to score only two half-centuries as he fell one run short of scoring 300 runs in the 10 matches he played.
Shreyas Iyer: 5
The youngster impressed everyone with his performances in the ODIs against Sri Lanka. However, he failed to make an impact with the bat in the shortest format of the game as he managed to score only 83 runs in 5 innings at an average of 16.60.
MS Dhoni: 9
Just when everyone raised questions about his place in the T20I side, the former Indian captain stepped up when it mattered the most.
He was the only cricketer to have featured in all of India's T20Is this year. He ended up with the highest average amongst all the batsmen as he scored 252 runs in 12 innings. He dug India out of trouble on couple of occasions and was phenomenal behind the stumps as well.
Manish Pandey: 7
The 28-year-old Karnataka lad got off to a good start on a number of occasions but was able to convert only one of them into a half-century.
However, he played a big role in India' success this year with some valuable runs in the middle-order and was one of the best fielders for them as well.
Hardik Pandya: 5
A lot was expected from Hardik Pandya, especially after his impressive performances in the ODIs and Tests. However, he failed to live up to his expectations as he managed to score only 76 runs in 9 innings at an average of 9.50.
He was decent with the ball as he picked up 8 wickets but was quite expensive, with an economy rate of close to 8.
Kuldeep Yadav: 8
With his performances this year, he has surely cemented his place in the side for a long time and put Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja out of contention.
He played a huge role in India's success this year as he picked up 12 wickets in 8 innings at an average of 18.
Yuzvendra Chahal: 9
Despite being quite expensive at times, Yuzvendra Chahal made up for it by picking up wickets at regular intervals.
He was the go-to man for Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma and was instrumental in India's success this year. He picked up 23 wickets in 11 matches at an average of 14.
Jasprit Bumrah: 8.5
Arguably one of the best T20I bowlers of the world, Jasprit Bumrah continued to impress everyone with his performances this year.
He did not pick up as many wickets as he would have liked (12 wickets in 11 matches) but he kept the opposition's run-rate in check as he gave away runs at a little less than 7 per over.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 7
The 27-year-old was expected to perform a lot better than what his numbers suggest. He played only 7 matches for the Men in Blue this year and managed to pick up only five wickets. However, he was effective in the death overs with an economy rate of 7.18