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India vs Sri Lanka 2017, Galle Test: Team India's Report Card

Pratik Sagar | Updated: July 30, 2017, 1:31 PM IST
India vs Sri Lanka 2017, Galle Test: Team India's Report Card

Indian tea celebrate after a fall of wicket during the second Test against Sri Lanka. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: The Indian team recorded a comprehensive 304-run victory against Sri Lanka in the first Test of the three match at series at Galle inside four days on Saturday. The visitors trumped the Lankans in all departments of the game to start off the Ravi Shastri era in style.

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

Shikhar Dhawan: Rating 9, Verdict: Excellent

Opener Shikhar Dhawan showed that he can be equally destructive in the longest format of the game as he is in the limited over format for India. The southpaw hit a blistering 168-ball 190 to help India set a total of 600 runs in the first innings, which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Although, Dhawan may be hurting because of the fact that he missed out on his maiden Test double century, but he will be happy about the fact that he was able to stake a claim for the opening slot in the absence of regular Indian openers.

Abhinav Mukund: Rating 7, Verdict: Good

Abhinav Mukund's performance in the second innings of the Test will surely give a happy headache to the team management as India now have four in-form openers, who will be gunning for a place in the side.

After failing in the first innings, Mukund gave a perfect example of his temperament, as he hit a 116-ball 81 — which is also his highest score for India in the longest format of the game.

Cheteshwar Pujara: Rating 8, Verdict: Very Good

Be it in India or in oversees conditions, Cheteshwar Pujara simply cannot stop scoring runs. After a very successful home season, Pujara brought his A game into the first innings of the Galle Test, which helped India post a mammoth total after couple of quick wickets on the first day.

Pujara slammed a majestic 265-ball 153, which once again illustrated the importance of the right-hander in the longest format of the game. This was Pujara's 12th century in Tests.

Virat Kohli: Rating 8, Verdict: Very Good

Many thought that Virat Kohli's decision to not enforce the follow on would backfire (because of rain), but they were made to eat their words as he led India to victory inside just four days. Not just his leadership skills, but it was also his batting that came to the fore in Galle.

Kohli slammed his 17th Test ton in the second innings and it was also his 5th as skipper of the time in overseas conditions. The Delhi dasher also completed his 1000 runs as skipper outside India in this match.

Ajinkya Rahane: Rating 6, Verdict: Good

Ajinkya Rahane had the perfect opportunity to shine and get a big innings under his belt but he failed to do so in the first innings. Nonetheless, the right-hander slammed a half-century and forged a brilliant partnership with Pujara to help India post a huge total.

In the second innings, Rahane didn't get time to score big but till the time he was the crease, he seemed solid as ever for the visitors.

Wriddhiman Saha: Rating 6, Verdict: Good

With the bat, Wriddhiman Saha couldn't do much in the Test as he was dismissed for just 16 in the first innings, while he didn't get a chance to bat in the second. But with the glouves in hand, Saha seemed as reliable as ever and even plucked two catches in the second innings.

Hardik Pandya: Rating 8, Verdict: Very Good

Hardik Pandya may have made only made his Test debut in this match, but his performance was that of a seasoned campaigner. In the first innings, Pandya bludgeoned his maiden half-century off just 48 deliveries, which included 5 boundaries and 3 huge sixes.

Also, he picked up one wicket while bowling as well. Pandya's performance once again showed why he is so highly rated by skipper Virat Kohli.

R Ashwin: Rating 8, Verdict: Very Good

The Galle Test was Ravichandran Ashwin's 50th Test and he became only the 30th Indian to do so. Surprisingly, he became only the 6th Indian spinner ever to achieve this feat. It was a momentous occasion for the ace India spinner and he made it even more memorable with his performance with both the bat and ball.

In the first innings, Ashwin hit a brilliant 47 to help add precious runs on the board. While with the ball he couldn't do much in the first innings, but he starred with a marvelous three-wicket haul in the second to help India complete a big win.

Ravindra Jadeja: Rating 9, Verdict: Excellent

Ravindra Jadeja justified his position as the number one ranked bowler in the world as he played a starring role in both the innings for the visitors. In the first essay, Jadeja scalped three when wickets were a bit hard to come by. While in the second, he once again plucked three to break the backbone of the Lankan batting.

It wasn't just the wickets, but Jadeja continuously bowled in the right areas throughout the match and that really helped India in creating the pressure on the hosts. Easily, India's best bowler of the match.

Mohammed Shami: Rating 8, Verdict: Very Good

Virat Kohli must be happy with the performance of his pacers on such a flat track and Mohammed Shami was the pick of the two fast bowlers. Shami broke his back throughout the course of the match, and kept hitting the ball in the right areas. The right-arm pacer was duly rewarded with three wickets in the match for his troubles.

Not just with his bowling, Shami also entertained one and all by hitting three huge sixes in his innings of 30 in the first essay.

Umesh Yadav: Rating 7, Verdict: Good

Like Shami, Umesh Yadav too gave his all on this batting paradise in Galle. Umesh bowled admirably in both the innings and ended the match with two wickets. The low count of wickets doesn't say the entire story as Umesh helped in creating a lot of pressure on the hosts' batsmen in both the innings.

First Published: July 30, 2017, 1:29 PM IST

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