The Indian team’s performance in the just-concluded Test series against Australia was pretty underwhelming, to say the least. After ending their Test losing streak in Dharamsala, India suffered another ignominious defeat in the second Test at Bengaluru, falling short by 149 runs earlier today. India fell short by 6 wickets at the SSC today. 

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If there’s one thing that we know about Virat Kohli is that he never fails to deliver when it matters most in Tests and ODIs as well as T20Is and even franchise cricket as well! Who knows, maybe this was a bad patch for him where he couldn’t replicate his brilliant performances from other recent games?

 

Virat Kohli’s Worst Test Series Performances of the Year

As the result of the just-concluded Indian tour of Australia, we have collected a list of the best and worst performances of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the year. If Dhoni was India’s turning point in the Australian tour, then the return series against Australia was the worst outing for both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. 

After having had a dream series against South Africa and a solid one against Australia, the Indian squad was expect to sail through the final Test series of the year against New Zealand. Unfortunately, the hosts didn’t deliver a good show, losing the Test series 2-0 and bringing the year to an early end. 

The skipper Virat Kohli failed to deliver in almost all departments, with his batting average dipping to a forgettable 43.35 and his average with the ball dipping to 46.04. He was also criticize for his decision-making, with some blaming his aggression for India’s misery in the series.

 

Dhoni’s Worst Test Series Performances of the Year

This Indian skipper has been in sublime form in Tests, having led the team to a series win in Australia, won Asia Cup, and then clinched another series win over England at home. But, his greatest failure in the year could be the series loss against New Zealand. While Dhoni led his men to a 3-0 whitewash in the home series against England, the team’s poor show in the final Test against New Zealand has been a major disappointment for the fans of Indian cricket. 

After being drop from the squad for the New Zealand tour, Dhoni return to lead India in the home series against New Zealand, but couldn’t deliver a good show as the hosts suffer a 2-0 series loss. The former skipper’s batting average went down to 31.72 and his bowling average also dipped to 36.78.

 

Rohit Sharma’s Worst Test Series Performances of the Year

Rohit Sharma is the first Indian batsman on the list due to his below-par performance on the Australia tour. After a successful series against England in the home series,

Rohit Sharma was expect to sail through the Southern African team. Sadly, the right-hander didn’t live up to the expectations

and was duly drop from the ODI squad for the remaining matches in the series. 

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The Indian team was expected to have a better show in the final Test of the series against

New Zealand but the visitors succumbed to their fate and lost the game by 149 runs.

Rohit Sharma’s demotion to the middle-order was the biggest reason for the visitors’ loss,

as he scored just 20 runs in the first innings and 2 in the second.

 

Shikhar Dhawan’s Worst Test Series Performances of the Year

Shikhar Dhawan is the third batsman from the Indian team on the list due to

his underwhelming show in the home series against New Zealand. The home series against New Zealand saw the return of number 3 batsman

Shikhar Dhawan after his ban from the South African team. 

The Delhi batsman was expected to play a significant role in the series but failed to deliver. Dhawan failed to live up to the expectations and ended up being the highest run-getter among the Indian batsmen in the series,

with just 227 runs at an average of 26.57. His record in the series was severely marred by his poor performance in the third and fourth Test matches, in which he scored just 48 and 26 runs, respectively.

 

Unmukt Chand’s Worst Test Series Performance of the Year

After having a dream tour of Australia,

captain Virat Kohli had a difficult time leading the team in the home series against New Zealand.

That’s when Unmukt Chand took over the reins in the Proteas tour. The left-arm spinner from Bengal disappointed the fans with his below-par performance in the Test series against New Zealand. 

Chand fail to deliver a single good performance in the Test series against New Zealand

and was rightly drop for the final Test at Bengaluru. He conceded 30 runs in his first Test innings

and followed it up with an average bowling figure of 2 in the second innings as well.

The 30-year-old’s bowling average in the series went up to 8.64,

which clearly indicates that he has been very ordinary in recent times.

 

Rishabh Pant’s Worst Test Series Performances of the Year

After having a great run in the middle-order in the Tests, Rishabh Pant was expect to deliver in the final home series against New Zealand. Unfortunately, the Delhi youngster disappointed the fans with his below-par performances in the series. 

The right-hander was drop from the squad for the final Test of the series against

New Zealand at Bengaluru, after having failed to deliver in the first two Tests. The 28-year-old scored just 41 runs in the series, bringing down his overall average to 27.44,

which clearly indicates that he has been very ordinary in recent times.

 

A Look Back at the Year From the Indian Team’s Perspective

The Indian team’s tour of Australia was quite a disappointment. They went down in the final Test at Bengaluru,

which was quite surprising considering the way they had played the previous Test at Dharamsala. 

Apart from that, the Indian batting was quite poor in the series. The Indian side suffered another defeat in the tri-series in Zimbabwe, which again showed

that they are not mentally strong enough to fight it out in challenging conditions abroad. The Indian batting was also quite weak in the Test series against New Zealand. The year from the Indian team’s perspective was quite forgettable because they had very few good performances throughout the year.