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Champions Trophy 2017, Ind vs Pak: Team India's Report Card

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 19, 2017, 6:17 PM IST
Champions Trophy 2017, Ind vs Pak: Team India's Report Card

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New Delhi: Pakistan produced a scintillating all-round display to beat India by a massive margin of 180 runs enroute to their maiden Champions Trophy title at the Oval in London. Virat Kohli and his boys simply didn't turn up for the final and where found wanting in all departments of the game.

Here is Cricketnext's report card as we analyse the performance of every player from Sunday's game.


Rohit Sharma: 2, Verdict: Very Poor

Rohit Sharma was the second highest run-getter of the tournament before the big clash on Sunday, but his rich vein of form deserted him when it mattered the most. The Indian opener was dismissed for a duck on the third ball of the chase itself.

India were chasing a huge target of 339 and with Rohit's dismissal in the first over, it put the other batsmen under immense pressure. Also, while fielding, Rohit was mostly anonymous, but he had one glorious opportunity to run-out Fakhar Zaman where he failed to hit the stumps.


Shikhar Dhawan: 2, Verdict: Very Poor

Like Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan too was in supreme form prior to the final as in the first four matches of the tournament, the southpaw had scores of 68, 125, 78 and 46. So, much was expected of Dhawan in the final, especially after Pakistan had posted a huge total.

As wickets tumbled on the other end, Dhawan hit few boundaries to give the Indian fans a glimmer of hope that the match hasn't ended yet. However, it was only a flash in the pan as he became Mohammad Amir's third scalp of the day for just 22 runs.


Virat Kohli: 4, Verdict: Poor

Virat Kohli had a forgettable match both as batsman and as a leader of the Indian team. Over the years, Kohli has become one of India's most lethal match-winners, but against Pakistan, it just wasn't meant to be.

Kohli was a big part of the top-order collapse that led to the thrashing which India received at the hands of their arch-rivals. Virat Kohli fell for just five runs and India were reeling at 6/2 when he walked back into the hut. After Rohit's wicket, pressure was on India, but after Kohli's wicket, India began to stare down the barrel in just the first few overs.

Meanwhile, as skipper, his decision to play two spinners in the match also backfired as the only tweaker who managed to scalp a wicket for India was part-timer Kedar Jadhav. Also, not playing Umesh Yadav on a flat track can be termed as a disastrous call as well.


Yuvraj Singh: 4, Verdict: Poor

The stage was perfectly set for India's middle-order maestro Yuvraj Singh, who is known to come up with the goods on the big stages. Prior to this clash, Yuvraj hadn't had enough opportunities with the bat as majority of the batting was done by the top 3. But after Rohit, Shikhar and Kohli were dismissed cheaply, it was a big chance for Yuvraj to put together a sensational innings, against all the odds.

However, it became one of those days for the southpaw when he kept struggling against the brilliant Pakistani pacers. Yuvi showed glimpses of this hard-hitting by taking to task Mohammad Hafeez but the other spinner — Shadab Khan — got the better of him for just 22.


MS Dhoni: 3, Verdict: Poor

Following a sensational top-order collapse, Indian fans were still hopeful of a positive result as Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni were out in the middle. But such hopes soon vapourised as Yuvraj and Dhoni fell cheaply and could not turn back the clock and produce a fairy tale performance.

Dhoni was dismissed for just four runs, but it was the way how he was dismissed was shocking. Dhoni went for an unnecessary pull-out and was caught out in the deep. Following his departure, India were reeling at 54/5 and were down and out from the match.


Kedar Jadhav: 3, Verdict: Poor

Another player who was guilty of playing a mindless shot and getting out was Kedar Jadhav. The right-hander threw away his wicket by going for a pull-shot and giving away an easy catch. While, with the ball, Kedar performed slightly better as he got the wicket of Babar Azam for 46.


Hardik Pandya: 8, Verdict: Very Good

The reason why skipper Virat Kohli rates him so high is because he is capable to putting on such performances, both with the bat and ball. Against Pakistan, it seemed that only Pandya was up and ready for the blockbuster clash and he waged a lone battle for a brief period.

While bowling, he took the prized wicket of Fakhar Zaman for 114 and bowled his full quota of 10 overs as well. But it was his performance which stunned one and all. After all the big names were sent back into the hut, Pandya hit four boundaries and six huge maximums and also set the record for the fastest half-century in the Champions Trophy final (32 balls).


Ravindra Jadeja: 2, Verdict: Very Poor

Ravindra Jadeja had a forgettable outing against Pakistan, both with the bat and ball. Jadeja bowled 8 overs and gave away 67 runs without managing pick even a single wicket. And while batting, he could add just 15 runs to the meager Indian total.

But the worst part about him being on the crease was that he was, in a way, responsible for Hardik Pandya's dismissal. Pandya was going great guns before the mix-up occurred between the two batsmen. Pandya let his feelings known to Jadeja by screaming his heart out which heading back into the pavilion.


R Ashwin: 2, Verdict: Very Poor

It was horror show for ace spinner Ravinchandra Ashwin as he produced one of his worst bowling performances in recent memory. The Pakistani batsmen ripped Ashwin's bowling apart and smashed 70 runs off his 10 overs.

Ashwin's bowling lacked variations on a batting paradise and it became very easy for the batsmen to score against him. Such kind of performance doesn't bode well for a country's premier spinner and that too on such an occasion.


Jasprit Bumrah: 2, Verdict: Very Poor

The Jasprit Bumrah who bowled during the group stage and the Japrit Bumrah who turned up for the final were two totally different entities. While in the first four matches of the tournament, Bumrah was the most economical bowler of the tournament, in the final Bumrah was one of the most expensive bowlers.

Bumrah was so over-awed by the occasion that Kohli couldn't even make him complete his full quota of 10 overs. The pacer went wicket-less and he gave away 68 runs on just 8 overs.

And to make matters worse for him, he gifted Fakhar Zaman another life with his no-ball horror show, following which the southpaw went onto score a century.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 8, Verdict: Very Good

After the abject loss, every Indian fan must be thinking just one thing — things could have been so different had Bhuvneshwar Kumar received some support from other Indian bowlers. Bhuvi bowled his heart out at the oval and his bowling had everything. He swung the ball both ways and constantly troubled the batsmen with his variations and slower deliveries.

In 10 overs, the pacer gave away just 44 runs and picked up one wicket as well. He was the only bright spot for India in an otherwise dismal bowling performance.
First Published: June 19, 2017, 6:17 PM IST

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