Here are the player ratings for the T20 series between India and Sri Lanka
1. Shikhar Dhawan – 7/10
3 matches, 86 runs (Avg: 28.66, SR: 108.86)
The Indian skipper did an excellent job as both a captain and a batsman in the ODI series which the Blues won 2-1. But he looked a bit lacklustre in the T20 series, probably due to the pressure of being the only dependable batsman in the Indian lineup for the last two games. More was expected of him in the third match in which he departed for a duck.
2. Suryakumar Yadav – 9/10
1 match, 50 Runs
Hands down the best performer among the Indian batsmen. In the one match he played in the T20 series (the first match), he outclassed the Sri Lankan pacers and scored a fifty. It is a shame that he could play only one match due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
3. Prithvi Shaw – 1/10
1 match, 0 runs
The hero of the ODI series failed to shine in the T20 series that followed. In the only match that he played, he departed for a duck and did not impress.
4. Ishan Kishan – 5/10
1 match, 20 not out
The Indian wicket-keeper was one of the better performers of India in the T20 series and he played only one match. Despite making only 20 runs with the bat his contribution from behind the wicket is unmatched. He was yet another player who could not play more than one match due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
5. Devdutt Padikkal – 4/10
2 matches, 38 runs (Avg: 19.0, SR: 100)
The debutant was given the responsibility to replace opener Prithvi Shaw in the playing XI but he failed to replicate his form from last season’s IPL. The opener looked sluggish and his southpaw stance did not help him in the Lankan conditions.
6. Sanju Samson – 3/10
2 matches, 34 runs (Avg: 11.33, SR: 94.4)
The T20 series against Sri Lanka was Sanju Samson’s shot to cement his place in India’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup but the Rajasthan Royals captain failed to impress. He looked promising in the first match, but faired badly in the other matches.
7. Ruturaj Gaikwad – 2/10
2 matches, 35 runs (Avg: 17.0, SR:125)
The CSK opener was yet another youngster who failed to impress in the T20 series against Sri Lanka. He was used as an opener alongside Shikhar Dhawan. Although he started off well in the last match, he failed to maintain his momentum.
8. Hardik Pandya – 3/10
1 match, 10 Runs, 1 wicket
Hardik Pandya played only one match in the series and scored 10 runs while also taking a wicket. The all-rounder has definitely seen a drop in his form and it will be interesting to see whether he makes the cut into India’s squad for the T20 World Cup.
9. Nitish Rana – 1/10
2 matches, 15 runs (Avg: 7.5, SR: 55.5)
Nitish Rana was one of the worst performers from the Indian contingent in the T20 series against Sri Lanka. The KKR batsman had been waiting for a long time to get a call from the national side but when he finally did, he failed to make a good first impression.
10. Krunal Pandya – 1/10
One innings, 3*, one wicket
Krunal Pandya tested positive for COVID-19 after the first match of the series and got ruled out from the rest of it. Eight other players who were in close contact with Pandya also got ruled out of the last 2 matches and in the end, it was due to this that India suffered a humiliating defeat in front of Sri Lanka.
11. Rahul Chahar – 9.5/10
Four wickets @ 10.5, Eco: 5.25
Hands down the best Indian player in the T20 series. Be it in fielding or bowling, the youngster nailed it all. It will be surprising if Rahul chahar is not selected in India’s squad for the 2021 T20 World Cup after this mind-blowing performance.
12. Kuldeep Yadav – 6/10
Two wickets @ 23.0, Eco: 7.6
Kuldeep Yadav played his part in the second T20I, picking up two wickets, which could easily have been more had India reviewed a decision or the fielders hadn’t dropped catches. Kuldeep’s style of bowling was the perfect fit for the Lankan conditions.
13. Varun Chakravarthy – 5/10
Two wickets @ 30.5, Eco: 5.3
Varun Chakravarty made his debut in the second T20 of the series and made his presence felt. He picked up two wickets in the last two matches but proved to be costly on some occasions.
14. Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 8/10
Five wickets @ 10.4, Eco: 5.47
29 runs (Avg: 29.0)
India’s second-highest run-scorer with the bat in the series (such was the condition of India’s batsmen) , Bhuvneshwar Kumar was good with the ball until a wet ball in his last over in the second T20I saw him concede crucial runs. However, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was impressive overall and did justice to the role of Vice Captain which was assigned to him.
15. Yuzvendra Chahal – 8/10
4-0-19-1 in only game
Yuzvendra Chahal continued his from from the ODI series and bowled a brilliant spell in the first T20. Unfortunately, he too could not feature in the rest of the matches.
16. Chetan Sakariya – 3/10
One wicket @ 34.0, Eco: 9.27
Chetan Sakariya made his debut in the second match and that was the only match he played. Not much to judge him on apart from the one wicket he took.
17. Sandeep Warrier – 2/10
3-0-23-0 in only game
Sandeep Warrier made his debut on the third T20 and failed to impress. He did not pick up any wicket and was rather costly. Not a good day to debut on !
18. Navdeep Saini – NA
Did not bowl
19. Deepak Chahar – 5/10
3-0-24-2 in only game
Deepak Chahar might have picked up 2 wickets in the only game he played in the series but his spell proved to be expensive.