India finished their Asia Cup assignment on a winning note against Afghanistan, but failed to secure a spot in the finals. In total of four matches played, India managed to win only in two games and lost to strong sides Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Now that India’s Asia Cup 2014 campaign is over, here is a report of their performance in fields of batting and bowling:
It was a mixed tournament for Indian batsmen, they started off well in a game against Bangladesh but then disappointed against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Captain Virat Kohli is the lone centurion for India in this year’s tournament; he scored 189 runs in just three innings with an average of 63.00
Shikhar Dhawan is the highest run getter for India with 192 runs under his belt, including two half centuries.
Ajinkya Rahane also notched two half centuries, thus taking his tally of runs to 174.
Ambati Rayudu apart from game against Pakistan failed to capitalise on the chances given to him, managing just 85 runs in three innings he came to bat.
Dinesh Karthik who has been India’s second choice wicketkeeper/batsman failed to impress in front of the stumps and scored 50 runs in four innings, he also looked poor behind the stumps and missed some crucial stumpings.
Interestingly, Allrounder Ravindra Jadeja as batsman remained unbeaten in two innings he played, struck a 52 not out and 22 not out.
India is much dependent on batting and bowling has been their weakness for a long time now, in big matches seamers were unsuccessful to provide early breakthroughs and spinners chipped in at times to contribute.
R Ashwin and Mohammad Shami rule the roost with nine wickets each in four innings, but Shami’s economy rate is much expensive than that of Ashwin, which is 6.16 and 4.21 respectively.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a strike rate of 70.6 has just three wickets in four matches; the pacer has failed to recreate his magic. With is ability to swing ball both ways, he did not looked in his groove at all.
Ravindra Jadeja as bowler looked good with his line and length; with an economy of 3.95 he scalped seven wickets.
Even though the leg spinner Amit Mishra played only two matches, but he was impressive of the lot, with his 28-2 in 10 overs against Pakistan, he has sent message to team management that it is hard to ignore him on Bangladeshi surfaces with World T20 lined up.
India had relatively young team and will certainly have lots of positives to take, but at the same time will have to do lots of home work for their next assignments in build up to World Cup in 2015.