England v India: Fourth Test player ratings

England v India: Player ratings from the fourth Test as Alastair Cook's men take a 2-1 lead in the series

By Sam Rogers

England

Alastair Cook Took a pair of catches in the first innings, was out unusually on the hook for 17 in his only effort with the bat, but marshalled his troops brilliantly and had to work without one of his senior bowlers in the second innings. 7/10

Sam Robson Having been so worried about needlessly playing outside the off-stump, he did the opposite and left one that bowled him. Worries continue for Robson but may get time by virtue of being part of a winning side. 4

Gary Ballance Batted well for his 37 before being trapped LBW and took a magnificent catch to dismiss MS Dhoni in the second innings. Ballance is starting to make the number three spot his own and is a big presence in the field. 7

Ian Bell Made a battling 50 in the first innings when other around him got carried away, and took a couple of good catches. Really standing up as one of England’s senior players now and his side are stronger for it. 7

Joe Root Made a brilliant 77 to set up the victory on day three. Looks far more comfortable in the middle-order after his experiment at the top of the order last summer. Get used to hearing his name because this lad is going to be around for years. 8

Moeen Ali Wasn’t required to bowl in the first innings, and got a good ball from Varun Aaron on 17 but came to the party in the second innings, spinning England to victory. His figures of 4-39 take the Worcestershire man to 19 for the series, just two behind Anderson (21). Whether or not you think he is England’s best spin option is neither here nor there, Ali is doing everything that is asked of him with the ball at the moment and has shown already this summer how good a batsman he is. 9

Jos Buttler Struggled a bit with the gloves after a flawless performance behind the stumps down at Southampton. Batted brilliantly in support of Root for his 70, steadying the ship before accelerating. Assisted in a superb run out with Moeen in the second innings which sealed India’s fate. 7

Chris Woakes Bowled a tight line in the first innings without success before hitting a useful unbeaten 26 in his only innings. Took his second Test wicket by pinning the in-form Murali Vijay LBW opening the door for Ali and Anderson to tear through the Indian batting line up. 7

Stuart Broad (man of the match) Man of the match with the ball in the first innings picking up 6-25 in the process. Was taking the attack to the Indian bowlers with two big sixes before taking a nasty blow which broke his nose and played no further part in the match. A doubt for the Oval but leaves Manchester a match-winner. 9

James Anderson Bowled brilliantly in both innings especially while suffering with a bout of sickness in the second innings. Lead from the front as always and continues to cause the great Virat Kohli more than a few sleepless nights. The Burnley Express has ruined many a reputation and his out and out control of some of the Indian batsman is superb. Put the Jadeja incident behind him and played superbly on his home ground. 8

Chris Jordan Took wickets in both innings to assist his side’s cause and took the winning wicket when he bowled Pankaj Singh with a vicious yorker for a much improved performance with the ball. Came in as nightwatchman and will be disappointed to have got out so soon on the third morning, but will not complain too much. 7

India

Murali Vijay Got a good ball from Anderson in the first innings and was pinned well by Woakes in the second innings having made just 18. Was the form batsman at the start of this series but has followed a number of his team-mates off the cliff in the last two Test matches. 4

Gautam Gambhir Edged a good ball from Broad to start the procession in the first innings of the summer having been recalled into the side in place of Shikhar Dhawan, before edging Anderson behind early in the final session of day three to give England a sniff. His problems against the moving ball have clearly not gone away and he has not provided a solution to the tourists’ top order quandary. 4

Cheteshwar Pujara Got caught up in the whirlwind start to day one, edging Broad to Jordan for duck and got a possibly harsh decision in the second, being adjudged LBW to Moeen when it was probably going to go over the top. Pujara’s struggles continue in English conditions. 5

Virat Kohli Is in Anderson’s pocket at the minute as he can’t decide whether to stick or twist at times against the moving ball. Edged Anderson twice for a total of seven runs to seal a terrible match for a man who came into the series as one of India’s danger-men but has been unable to give a good account of himself. 2

Ajinkya Rahane Got to 24 before edging Jordan into the slips and then managed just a single before bunting a return catch to Moeen. One of the few batsmen on the Indian side to get this far into the series with their reputation in tact. 4

MS Dhoni Made a defiant 71 before holing out in the deep and gave his wicket away in the second against Moeen when a lapse of concentration saw him come down the track to the spinner and mis-cue a shot to Ballance at mid wicket. Being let down by his side and at times looked clueless in the field. A bad few days at the office for Captain Dhoni. 5

Ravi Jadeja Perhaps the last we have seen of Jadeja in this series? Made nought and four in his two innings and was out bowled by fellow spinner Ravi Ashwin despite picking up more wickets. He tried taking on Anderson and his team-mates and has succeeded in firing them up to the point that his side have been out played in every aspect. 2

Ravi Ashwin Finally got his chance in this series and repaid the selectors faith with 40 in the first innings and an unbeaten 46 in the second. Looked dangerous with the ball despite not picking up a wicket. The main question is how this man has not been in the side from the minute they got off the plane? 7

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Was beaten all ends up by Broad for a first innings duck but bowled much better here than he managed at Southampton taking three wickets in England’s only innings. Was inexplicably run out in the second innings to round off a terrible day for the tourists. 4

Varun Aaron Another player to get his first outing in this match and impressed with the ball causing plenty of problems and picking up three wickets for his efforts. Definitely one to watch for India. 6

Pankaj Singh Finally got rewards for some brilliant bowling in this series. After 416 deliveries in Test cricket he got his first wicket, and his second followed shortly after. Bowled with a good pace throughout and never looked like tiring. 6

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