By George Marrable
- India won the series 4-0 against England
- England lost 10 wickets for 104 runs in the 5th and final test
- Questions are now being raised around Alistair Cook as England captain
CHENNAI, INDIA – It was a familiar site for England fans as their batting line-up collapsed once again in India, as the hosts took the series 4-0, We take a look at the ratings for both sides for the series.
Alistair Cook – 3/10 – Despite a top score of 130, it was a dismal series for the England captain. It is undoubtedly a tough place to captain a side, but Cook now has a number of questions to answer after such a disappointing England performance.
Haseeb Hameed – 5/10 – Youngster Hameed had an encouraging first series for his country, before being ruled out of the final two test matches. Averaging 43.80 and passing 50 twice, Hameed seemed unfazed by the tough conditions, and looks like a promising opening batsman for the future.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Once again, Root was the stand out Batsman for England in the series. Root led the runs with 491 total runs score, with a top score of 124 and passing 50 four times. It wasn’t the Yorkshire batsman’s best series, but he certainly didn’t disgrace himself in India.
Moeen Ali – 6/10 – Ali was also one of England better players this series. Ali made two centuries in five test matches, and seemed a bit more comfortable higher up in the order. He also chipped in with 10 wickets in five matches, but would have been hoping for more.
Jonny Bairstow – 4/10 – England’s wicketkeeper had a mixed series with bat and gloves. Although he made three 50’s, Bairstow failed to kick on and make a century. He was also guilty of a couple of missed chances whilst keeping, only aiding England’s problems with the ball.
Ben Stokes – 3/10 – Durham all-rounder Stokes struggled for any rhythm through the series. With one century and one 50 in 10 innings, he failed to perform consistently with the bat, and could only conjure up a measly eight wickets in five games in what were extremely spin-friendly conditions.
Jos Buttler – 2/10 – Buttler featured in three of the five test matches in the series, and came away with a top score of 76. However, with this being the only time Buttler passed 50, there will be questions asked about his place in the side.
Chris Woakes – 1/10 – A very poor series for Woakes. Playing in three of the test matches, Woakes made just 70 runs in five innings and could only manage three wickets in those test matches. A series to forget for the all-rounder.
Adil Rashid – 8/10 – England’s stand-out bowler by far in the series, Rashid took 23 wickets, and was the third highest wicket taker in the series. With conditions suited very much suited for him, Rashid has strengthened his grip on the first choice spinner position in the side.
Stuart Broad – 2/10 – Conditions in India really did not suit Broad, as he came away with just eight wickets in the series. And, with fout of those wickets coming in one innings, it shows the struggles Broad had with the ball in India.
James Anderson – 1/10 – A series to forget for England’s main man with the ball. Anderson took just four wickets in three test matches before being rested, and struggled to get the ball to swing, despite conditions suiting reverse swing later on in the innings.
Lokesh Rahul – 5/10 – A mixed series for Rahul. The opener played in three test matches, with one exceptional innings before getting out on 199. However, Rahul made just 34 runs in his other three innings, and could not consistently perform for India.
Parthiv Patel – 5/10 – Patel consistently got starts, but failed to kick on and make a big score, with a high score of 71 in four innings. He finished the series with an average of 65, but will be looking for bigger scores in his next matches.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 8/10 – One of India’s stand out batsman in the innings, Pujara made 401 runs and made two centuries in five test matches. He finished the series averaging over 50, and was one of India’s most consistent performers.
Virat Kohli – 9/10 – The leading run scorer and player of the series, Virat Kohli starred for India. He averaged over 100 for the series with a high score of 235, and he really showcased his batting talents in this series.
Karun Nair – 6/10 – Like Rahul, a mixed series for Nair. Despite an unbelievable innings of 303*, he only made 17 runs in his other two innings, and will hope to find some consistency after a breath-taking innings.
Murali Vijay – 7/10 – Vijay also had a strong series with the bat, making two 100’s against the visitors. He finished the series with a total of 357 runs, and was a constant thorn in England’s bowling attack in the middle order.
Jayant Yadav – 7/10 – Despite only playing three test matches, Jayant Yadav made a significant impact on the series. With an average of over 73 with the bat, and nine wickets with the ball, he was proved to be a very effective all-rounder.
Ravi Ashwin – 9/10 – A very good series with bat and ball for Ashwin. He was the highest wicket taker in the series with 28, as well as averaging just under 44 with the ball, making him a constant threat to England in every innings.
Ravindra Jadeja – 8/10 – Like Ashwin, Jadeja was also impressive with bat and ball. Jadeja took 26 wickets with best figures of 7/48, along with a top score of 90 with the bat. Both Ashwin and Jadeja were central in reducing England’s batting line-ups to embarrassing collapses.
Umesh Yadav – 3/10 – Despite all of India’s highlights, it was not the best series for Umesh Yadav. With just eight wickets in five games, he failed to make much of an impact with the ball, and added very few runs with the bat.
Mohammed Shami – 7/10 – Despite only playing three test matches, Shami was joint fourth highest wicket taker with 10 wickets, and came away with best figures of 3/63.
England’s tour of India continues with the One Day Internationals starting on 15 January.
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