There were lesser expectations about the team India winning the Nidahas tournament after the defeat in the opening match against Sri Lanka. The crucial players like Kohli, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested for this series. The stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was out of form since the series against South Africa. But the Indians were favorites at the time of commencement of this tri-national series.
India faced their first blow against the hosts by the knock of Kusal Perera and this is the first and last match Sri Lanka managed to win. On the other hand, the Bangladeshis sweated hard to win two matches against Sri Lanka. Coming to the winners, the Indians, strived to bounce back and win the title in the nerve-taking finale against Bangladesh.
The spectators witnessed some ugly instances during the virtual semi-final of the tournament played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. These incidents led the Sri Lankan fans to support India in the finale. India entered the tournament as favorites and managed to keep up the title with the contribution of Washington Sundar, Shikhar Dhawan, and the captain Rohit Sharma who managed to bounce back in the last two matches of the tournament. The Nidahas tournament stood as the breath-taking tournament from the first ball to the last. The sixer hit by Dinesh Karthik succeeded in handing the series to India.
Let us have a look at the progress report of the Nidahas tournament 2018.
Dinesh Karthik 9/10
Runs 85, average- highest score 39* strike rate 197.7, Dismissals 5
This keeper batsman was not dismissed in this tournament. So, he does not have an average for this series. This brilliant batsman managed to dismiss 5 batsmen and succeeded to hand the title win to the team. He is going to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders team in the upcoming IPL.
Washington Sundar 9.5/10
This debutant all-rounder managed to make his mark in the tournament and won the man of the series title. This finger spinner made his mark during the power plays. He took 8 wickets from this series at an average of 14.2 at a miserly economy rate of 5.7.
Shikhar Dhawan 7.5/10
He was in the good form throughout the series and did well with his bat at the need of the hour starting with a 90 during the first match of the series. He made 198 runs at the strike rate of 145.6 at an average of 39. His highest score is 90.
Rohit Sharma 7.5/10
This Indian skipper was in poor form at the beginning of the series but managed to bounce back in the last two matches of the tournament. He scored 173 runs at an average of 34.6 and highest score being 89 at the strike rate of 136.2. He managed to keep up the good record as a captain and bag the title for the team by performing well in the final match as a player and as the skipper.
Coming to the runners-up, Bangladesh,
Mushfiqur Rahim 8.5/10
This keeper batsman scored 199 runs in this series and helped out the team to chase fourth highest score in T20Is I the world, 215. He was responsible for 3 dismissals as a keeper at an average of 66.3 and highest score being 72*.
Rubel Hussain 7.5/10
This pacer made his mark in the final match against India by picking two crucial wickets. He managed to take 7 wickets in the series with an average of 24.6 at an economy rate 8.7.
Mustafizur Rahman 7.5/10
He took 7 wickets at an average of 24.3 and managed to maintain an economy rate of 8.8. He managed to restrict India’s score in the final match by bowling a maiden over. He is the special player for the team.
He performed well in the penultimate match against Sri Lanka. He managed to hit a last-ball six in the match. He scored 96 at an average of 24 and highest score being 43* at strike rate 157.4. He took two wickets at an average of 32 and economy rate 8.
Tamim Iqbal 7/10
He made a good start in the series and scored 154 runs. His average was 30.8. His highest score was 50 at strike rate 129.4. He played a crucial part in the decisive situations.
Sabbir Rahman 6.5/10, Runs 147, Average 29.4, Highest Score 77, Strike Rate 134.9
Coming to the hosts, Sri Lanka, they won the single match against India but lost all the other matches in the series.
Kusal Perera 8.5/10
He managed to make a good start against India and was a good performer throughout the series. This keeper batsman thrashed Shardul Thakur with 27 runs in an over. His highest score was 57 at an average of 54 and managed to score 204 runs in the series. He scored three fifties and managed to make three dismissals and his strike rate throughout the series was 158.1.
Kusal Mendis 7/10
Kusal Mendis scored two fifties in this series but was inconvenient. He scored 137 runs in the series with 57 runs at the highest and strike rate was 152.3 at an average of 33.5.
Thisara Perera 6.5/10
This stand-in captain could not do well the absence of Chandimal. He was a good player but was inconsistent throughout the series. He scored 95 runs at an average of 31.7 and highest score being 54. His strike rate was 175.9 and took one wicket at an average of 98 and economy rate 8.9.