India’s WC squad: Players and their ratings

first_imgWith World Cup round the corner, Mail Today rates the Indians who played in the ODI series in South Africa and will most likely feature in the showpiece event beginning on February 19.Yusuf PathanYUSUF PATHANSeries performance: 3 matches, 166 runs @ 55.33 and 1 wicketVerdict: The hard-hitting all-rounder won India the Cape Town ODI and almost pulled off another blinder in the deciding match. Yusuf will be the trump card for India in the muchflatter subcontinent wickets and his nagging off-spin will be valuable tooVirat KohliVIRAT KOHLISeries performance: 5 matches, 193 runs @ 48.25Verdict: Virat raised his game by quite a few notches in South Africa. The way he handled the new ball, after the openers regularly failed, shows he has the mettle to take on the best. Has made his case for the starting XI strongerMunaf PatelMUNAF PATEL Series performance: 5 matches, 11 wickets @ 18.72Verdict: Munaf showed the value of bowling straight, ending up as the leading wicket-taker for India in the series. His fourwicket haul that sealed a 1-run win is proof of the impact he can have. India will need his frugal bowlingZaheer KhanZAHEER KHANSeries performance: 5 matches, 9 wickets @ 25.11 and 44 runsVerdict: The biggest positive for India is the fact that Zaheer has managed to play all the five matches and looked in good rhythm in most of them. His bowling in the death overs was commendable and his form & experience will be crucialHarbhajan SinghHARBHAJAN SINGHSeries performance: 5 matches, 4 wickets @ 51.25 and 42 runsVerdict: Apart from the Port Elizabeth ODI where he went for 61 from 10 overs, Harbhajan kept the South Africans on a tight leash. His batting has improved dramatically and the off-spinner will hope to make an impact at the showpiece eventadvertisementSachin TendulkarSACHIN TENDULKAR Series performance: 2 matches, 31 runs @ 15.50Verdict: The master batsman played in two matches and got injured while batting in the second. So one can’t be critical of his performance in the series. Needless to say, Tendulkar’s batting at the top will have an impact on how far India progressPiyush ChawlaPIYUSH CHAWLASeries performance: 1 match, 8 runs & 0 wickets Verdict: The leg-spinner got to play just one match but did well, giving away 32 runs in seven overs. If India decide to go with two spinners in the World Cup, he could get the nod ahead of R Ashwin and his ability with the bat would also be an assetAshish NehraASHISH NEHRA Series performance: 4 matches, 3 wickets @ 58.00Verdict: The Delhi pace bowler had a disappointing outing in South Africa, especially on wickets that should have suited him. The left-armer failed to take wickets or dry up the runs. Nehra will be fighting for a slot in the team if Praveen Kumar regains fitnessYuvraj SinghYUVRAJ SINGH Series performance: 5 matches, 91 runs and 5 wickets @ 28.80Verdict:With just one half-century under his belt, Yuvraj was neither here nor there with his batting. The Proteas found his left-arm spin difficult to negotiate. Dhoni would hope that Yuvraj fires, with bat or ballMS DhoniMS DHONISeries performance: 5 matches, 75 runs @ 15.00Verdict: The skipper was safe behind the wicket but had a poor series with the bat. He generally came in to bat with most of the top-order out cheaply. India will hope that he bats more positively. And win a few tosses tooSuresh RainaSURESH RAINASeries performance: 5 matches, 111 runs @ 22.20 and 1 wicketVerdict: The left hander was completely out of sorts on the bouncy tracks in South Africa and is not a guaranteed starter. His vulnerability against the short ball is too obvious. Teams will target it, no matter how the pitch behaves.Statistics by Manoj Kumarlast_img