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England v India 2021: India player ratings for the England series

by Sarah Waris 5 minute read

The England-India series came to an abrupt halt in Manchester with the visitors currently leading 2-1. Here are our player ratings for India after the first four Tests.

Rohit Sharma: 9.5/10

368 runs @ 52.57, one hundred; two fifties, HS: 127

The opener impressed with his ability to bat in alien conditions at the top and ends the four-match series as the series’ second-highest run-scorer, after Joe Root. He scored his maiden away Test ton at The Oval, one that set up the game for the visitors.

KL Rahul: 7.5/10

315 runs @ 39.37, one hundred, one fifty, HS: 129

The opener started the series with a 84 at Trent Bridge and followed it up with a memorable hundred at Lord’s. He did the hard work of seeing off the new ball more often than not. Rahul faced 735 balls in the series, the second-most from India after Rohit.

Cheteshwar Pujara: 6/10

227 runs @ 32.42, two fifties; HS: 91

The No. 3 blew hot and cold in the series but scored a crucial 45 off 206 balls at Lord’s, which was followed by a 91 at Headingley. He upped the ante at The Oval, taking 127 balls for his 61, and managed to silence critics after finding ways to perform when the team was in trouble.

Virat Kohli: 6.5/10

218 runs @ 31.14, two fifties; HS: 55

The India skipper’s long wait for an international ton continues, and so do his woes in the corridor outside off stump but Kohli deserves credit for his captaincy throughout the series. His ability to keep the team’s spirits up during lulls inspired India to take a 2-1 lead. Though he was criticised for his repeated omission of R Ashwin from the team, Kohli had the last laugh as his generally pipped England in the big moments.

Ajinkya Rahane: 2/10

109 runs @ 15.57, one fifty; HS: 61

There was nothing much to write home about for Rahane, who ended up with the worst average among India batters. His 61 at Lord’s aside, Rahane looked lost at sea, and his failures even led to a demotion in the order for the Oval Test.

Ravindra Jadeja: 5/10

160 runs @ 22.85, one fifty; HS: 56
6 wickets @ 45.33; no five-fors; BBI: 2-36

The all-rounder repaid Kohli’s faith in him, as he got the ball to jump up out of the rough in the fourth Test. He played handy knocks lower down the order and was promoted to five by the last game.

Shardul Thakur: 9/10

117 runs @ 39, two fifties; HS: 60
7 wickets @ 22; no five-fors; BBI: 2-22

The ‘Lord’ was truly at his best at The Oval, where his twin half-centuries bailed India out from trouble. He also picked up the wickets of Ollie Pope, the top run-scorer in the first innings, and main man Joe Root in the second innings, to cap off a memorable outing.

Rishabh Pant: 3.5/10

146 runs @ 20.85, one fifty; HS: 50

The wicketkeeper was not at his best with the bat but has massively improved his skills with the gloves, which deserves special mention.

Mohammed Shami: 6/10

11 wickets @ 27.54, no five-fors; BBI: 4-95

The fast bowler enjoyed bowling in the helpful conditions, but it was his batting at Lord’s that truly turned the tide in the side’s favour.

Jasprit Bumrah: 9/10

18 wickets @ 20.83, one five-for; BBI: 5-64

The quick turned the series with his brilliant session after lunch on the final day at The Oval. He ended as India’s top wicket-taker, and his batting heroics after a run-in with James Anderson at Lord’s proved pivotal, too.

Ishant Sharma: 3/10

Five wickets @ 34.80, no five-fors; BBI: 3-69

The lanky quick wasn’t fully fit at Headingley, thought he was in the wickets at Lord’s.

Mohammed Siraj: 5.5/10

14 wickets @ 30.71, no five-for; BBI: 4-32

After starting the series with a bang, and picking up 11 wickets in the first two games, including eight wickets at Lord’s, Siraj’s returns dwindled as the series progressed.

Umesh Yadav: 6/10

Six wickets @ 22.66, no five-for; BBI: 3-60

Umesh played just one Test and got important wickets in both innings, which were overshadowed by Thakur’s all-round show and Bumrah’s bowling efforts.

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