England v India: Player ratings as hosts win third Test

England v India: Player ratings as the hosts win the third Test by 244 runs and level the series at 1-1

By Sam Rogers


Sam Robson Got an unplayable ball in the second innings but was out twice caught inevitably in the cordon – England’s biggest headache. 5/10

Alastair Cook Other than fall five short of a brilliant first innings century, Captain Cook didn’t put a foot wrong in this match. Lead from the front with runs in both innings, produced key wickets with some good bowling changes and times England’s declaration to perfection. 9

Gary Ballance This man just keeps getting better and better. A fine knock of 156 in the first innings, Ballance helped take the game away from the tourists and set up an emphatic victory. 8

Ian Bell A brilliant return to form for the Warwickshire man. A big hundred in the first innings, a selfless cameo in the second and looked lively as ever in the field. Bell will be relieved to be amongst the runs again. 8

Joe Root Struggled in the first innings before making amends with a fine half century to kick the innings along. He also picked up a prize wicket in the second innings to consign India to their fate. 7

Moeen Ali A brilliant five days for the Worcestershire man, picking up eight wickets in the match and a brilliant performance on the final day. A rare fail with the bat will not take away from what has been a superb performance from the player. 8

Jos Buttler As debuts go, Buttler’s couldn’t have gone better, especially given the spotlight he was under after replacing Matt Prior in the side. He rode his luck in the first innings to bludgeon a wonderfully crafted 85 before being absolutely faultless with the gloves in both of India’s innings. The future is bright for the Lancashire glove man. 9

Chris Woakes It’s difficult not to feel sorry for Woakes as he bowled with consistency and effort throughout 31 overs at an economy rate of less than three runs per over. Didn’t get much of a chance with the bat but should be proud of his effort in this match. 6

Chris Jordan Jordan has come back into the side having only bowled 40 overs away from international cricket and looks short of rhythm. Improved in the second innings with the ball and wasn’t required with the bat but took some good catches to support his team-mates. 5

Stuart Broad Bowled magnificently in tandem with Anderson in both innings and was constantly asking questions of the Indian batsmen. Wasn’t needed to bat but produced a brilliant run-out in the second innings to set England on their way to victory. 8

James Anderson (Man-of-the-Test) The Burnley paceman came back to his brilliant best in the first innings in particular, moving the ball both ways from over and round the wicket. He left India’s top order perplexed at times and was a constant presence in the field. All England fans will now be hoping that he isn’t reprimanded at his court hearing. 10


Murali Vijay Batted solidly for 35 in the first innings before being bowled by Broad but was inexcusably run out in the second which set the tone for his sides second innings. He is still one of the form players for India though. 5

Shikhar Dhawan The struggles continue for Dhawan against the moving ball and was caught off Anderson in the first innings before prodding at an innocuous turner from Root when well placed. Bad day at the office all round. 5

Cheteshwar Pujara Battled hard in the first innings before getting a good ball from Broad. Spun out early by Moeen thanks to a brilliant catch from Jordan, he has serious problems that need looking at. 4

Virat Kohli Got starts in both innings before getting out to Broad and Moeen respectively which has been the story of his series. Kohli is a true Hollywood player for India and is not standing up and doing his bit for the team. 5

Ajinkya Rahane A brilliant half century in each innings, including carrying his bat in the second innings, Rahane is the real deal. He arrived in a team full of household names and has stolen the limelight. The silver lining for India without doubt. 8

Rohit Sharma Got a start in the first innings before throwing his wicket away and got a good ball from Anderson in the second. He was rather lucky to get a maiden Test wicket as replays showed Ballance did not hit the ball. Would be surprised to see him not replaced by Ravi Ashwin for Old Trafford. 5

MS Dhoni Battled to a brilliant 50 in the first innings before being bounced out by Anderson on day four. Fell to the same man in the second innings and was less than convincing with the gloves, a missed stumping off Buttler a particular disappointment. 6

Ravi Jadeja Got a start in the first innings before succumbing to his nemesis Anderson and was bowled brilliantly by Moeen in the second. For all the big persona, Jadeja was painfully absent in this match. 5

Bhuvneshwar Kumar A rare quiet game for Kumar, picking up only four wickets in the match and netting 19 and 0 in his two batting efforts. He is still a class act and you would back him to bounce back at Old Trafford. 6

Mohammed Shami Bagging 1-150 in the match and scoring just five runs, Shami was another player to abandon his side when the pressure was cranked up. Would be surprised if changes were not on the horizon and Shami could be one whose time is up. 4

Prankaj Singh Perhaps the unluckiest debut by anyone ever. Singh bowled superbly without luck seeing an early chance put down off his bowling, finishing with the unenviable owner of the worst match figures by a debutant ever, even though that did his performance no justice. Less than convincing with the bat though. 4


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