AUSTRALIA V INDIA TEST SERIES RATINGS
* David Warner (67 runs @ 16.75) – 3/10
A dodgy groin kept the opener on ice for two Tests and was clearly still bothering him on return. A crisp 48 in the second innings at the Gabba were the first signs he was getting his touch back.
* Marcus Harris (43 @ 21.5) – 3
A Test recall came at the injured Will Pucovski’s expense but the left-hander missed a chance to make a statement, two soft dismissals offsetting his bright second-innings knock at the Gabba.
* Marnus Labuschagne 426 @ 53.25 (highest score 108) – 8
Grinding, consistent runs in the first two Tests were crucial for the hosts before he scored more freely to easily top the series charts and back up his breakout summer.
* Steve Smith (313 runs @ 44.71) – 7
India had the prolific batsman’s measure in the first two Tests, but by the time he was done the No.4 sat second in the series for runs scored.
* Matthew Wade (173 runs @ 21.62) – 3
Began the series as a makeshift opener and ended it with question marks over his future in the middle order after going 14 Test innings without a half century.
* Cameron Green (236 @ 33.71) – 6
The best debut series for a No.6 batsman since Michael Clarke showed Green’s class, although the elephant in the room was his inability to take a wicket across the series.
* Tim Paine (204 runs @ 40.80) – 5
One of his better series with the bat, but was below his lofty standards with the gloves and faced punishment and criticism for his behaviour and tactics as captain.
* Pat Cummins (21 wickets @ 20) – 9
Seemed to find something in the wicket his counterparts could not – particularly on the final day in Brisbane – and dismissed Indian wall Cheteshwar Pujara four times while earning player of the series honours.
* Mitchell Starc (11 wickets @ 40.72, 81 runs @ 20.25) – 3
Targeted by Shubman Gill on the final day at the Gabba, Starc struggled to intimidate and back up the pressure bowling of his fellow quicks.
* Nathan Lyon (nine wickets @ 55) – 5
Not helped by five dropped catches off his bowling, but India handled the offspinner better than any other touring side before them in a frustrating series for the 100-Test veteran.
* Josh Hazlewood (17 wickets @ 19.35) – 8
The chief destroyer in Adelaide with an incredible 5-8, Hazlewood twice took five-wicket hauls across the series and added some impressive cover drives and brilliant run-out to his resume.
* Travis Head (62 @ 20.66) – 3/10
Facing an uncertain Test future after selectors opted to retain Matthew Wade at his expense for the final two Tests.
* Joe Burns (63 runs @ 21) – 1/10
Looked to have made a career-saving half century as Australia won the first Test but things unravelled at the MCG, forcing the Queenslander out of the side and back down the queue.
* Will Pucovski (72 runs @ 36) – 6/10
Made a classy transition to the Test arena with 62 on debut at the SCG and looked set to be given time at the top with David Warner, before a shoulder injury in the field kept him out of the decider.
* Shubman Gill (259 runs @ 51.80) – 8/10
Not selected in the first Test, Gill finished the series as one of the world’s most exciting prospects thanks to the 21-year-old’s fearless 91 on the final day on a wearing Gabba wicket.
* Rohit Sharma (129 runs @ 32.25) – 5
Typically pleasing on the eye, Rohit tantalised but left plenty of runs out there after regaining fitness and playing the final two Tests.
* Cheteshwar Pujara (271 runs @ 33.87) – 7
Not the same batsman who last visited Australia, but still proved a regular thorn in their side as he anchored the final-innings efforts in Sydney and Brisbane.
* Ajinkya Rahane (267 runs @ 44.50) – 9
It looked a horror series in the making after his role in Virat Kohli’s crucial run-out swung momentum in the opening Test, but the stand-in skipper batted and captained bravely and sagely once the superstar had departed.
* Rishabh Pant – (274 run @ 68.5) – 9
The wicketkeeper’s selection after the first-Test loss changed the series, his batting somehow exceeding the hype as he first threatened to clinch a win in Sydney before doing just that in Brisbane.
* Washington Sundar (four wickets at 42.25, 84 runs at 42) – 8
Handled a shock call-up for a Test debut with aplomb, proving deceptive with his off-spin and assured with the bat in a game-changing partnership with Thakur on day three and again late on day five.
* Shardul Thakur, (seven wickets at 22.14, 69 runs @ 34.5) – 8
An incredible return to Test cricket after three years since his debut, becoming the first tourist since Dale Steyn in 2008 to score a half century and take at least seven wickets in a Test.
* Mayank Agarwal (78 runs @ 13) – 1
Started the series at the top of the order but was recalled at No.6 for the decider without making an impact.
* Mohammed Siraj (13 wickets @ 29.53) – 8
Mourning the loss of his father, which came while he was on tour, Siraj then wiped aside the SCG crowd abuse furore to take a five-wicket haul as he led the attack at the Gabba in just his third Test.
* Navdeep Saini (four wickets at 43) – 5
Solid in his debut at the SCG, the quick was restricted at the Gabba by an injury early on day one.
* Thangarasu Natarajan (three wickets @ 39.66) – 6
Initially added to India’s short-form squad as an injury replacement, the left-armer finished the tour with debuts in all three formats.
* Virat Kohli (78 runs @ 74) – 7
Looked on track for a century in his only Test before heading home for the birth of his first child, only to be run-out and then a victim as they crumbled for 36 in the second innings.
* Jasprit Bumrah (11 wickets at 29.36) – 7
Lived up to the hype as he troubled Australia’s top order all tour, with a side strain robbing him of a chance to unleash in Brisbane.
* Ravindra Jadeja, (85 runs @ 85, seven wickets @ 15) – 8
Played the middle two Tests and was a huge factor, topping the bowling and batting averages while also nailing Steve Smith with a brilliant direct hit run-out.
* Ravichandran Ashwin (12 wickets at 28.83) – 7
The spinner had the better of Steve Smith in the first two Tests, then batted heroically with a bad back to secure a draw in the third Test.
* Hanuma Vihari (72 runs @ 18) – 7
Numbers lie in Vihari’s case considering his unbeaten 23 off 161 balls, while battling a hamstring injury, was among the most valuable knocks of the series.
* Umesh Yadav (four wickets at 33.25) – 6
Was proving a handful until a calf injury ruled him out of the series.
* Wriddhiman Saha (13 runs @ 6.5) – 5
A class gloveman but dropped for Rishabh Pant when India decided to bolster their batting.
* Prithvi Shaw (four runs @ 2) – 1
A highly-touted prospect who was exposed in Australian conditions and replaced after the first Test.
* Mohammed Shami (NA)
Added to India’s injury list with a fractured forearm while batting.