India defeated England 2-1 in a tightly contested three-match one-day series, with 300-plus totals achieved in each of the six innings of the contest. Here’s a look at the top performers in the series.
Kedar Jadhav: Undoubtedly, the find of the series for India. He amassed 232 runs in three matches at an average of 77.33 and a strike rate of 144.09, with one fifty and one hundred. He began the series with a splendid 120 at Pune in a winning cause. After a nice cameo at Cuttack, he finished the series with a brilliant 90 at Kolkata, albeit in a losing cause in a close contest. His stand and deliver shots stood out.
Jason Roy: The England opener was consistency personified and was among the main reason why the team got off to great starts. He was England’s top run-getter in the series with 220 runs from three games at an average of 73.33, and a strike rate of 115.78 with fifties in all the matches. He contributed 73 at Pune, 82 at Cuttack and 65 at Kolkata, reiterating why he is so highly rated. While the first two knocks were in losing causes, the final innings came in a winning cause.
Ben Stokes: The all-rounder was in fine form in the series, contributing with both bat and ball. He hit 120 runs in three games at a wonderful strike rate of 146.34. Stokes hit 62 from 40 in the opening ODI at Pune and an unbeaten 57 from 39 in the third ODI. Stokes also starred with the ball in the final match. He finished with 3 for 63, claiming the big wickets of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. Stokes was deservedly the man of the match at Kolkata.
Virat Kohli: The Indian skipper was again among the runs. He finished the series with 185 runs at an average of 61.66 with one hundred and one fifty, at a strike rate of 106.93. Kohli hit 122 in the opening ODI. After failing in the second match, he finished the series with 55. Considering the high standards he sets for himself, Kohli would be slightly disappointed.
Hardik Pandya: He did a great job as an all-rounder. Batting lower down the order, he smashed 115 runs in 89 balls at a strike rate of 129.21. He hit an unbeaten 40 in the first match and a well-compiled 56 in the third match. Even in the second ODI, he was unbeaten on 19. Pandya was incisive with the ball as well. He claimed 2 for 46 in the first game and 3 for 49 in the third.
Yuvraj Singh: The 35-year-old made an impressive comeback into the Indian team. He ended the series with 210 runs at an average of 70 and a strike rate of 107.14. Yuvraj smashed a career-best 150 in the second ODI at Cuttack, and came up with a fluent 45 in the final match at Eden Gardens. One must say it was a successful return for the southpaw from Punjab.
--By A Cricket Analyst