By Michael Stafford-Jones
- Sam Curran is voted man of the series after making crucial contributions throughout
- Jos Buttler bats brilliantly in three Tests and Moeen Ali takes nine wickets in the Fourth Test
- Virat Kohli scores two centuries and three fifties and averages 59.30 in the series
LONDON, ENGLAND – Sam Curran, Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Moeen Ali play starring roles as England achieve a 4-1 series victory over India.
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Keaton Jennings – 2/10 – Although it has been a difficult summer for opening batsmen, no opener should average less (18.11) than the number nine, Adil Rashid, who averaged 19.83.
Alastair Cook – 6/10 – Rescued a lacklustre series with a sublime final Test. He scored 71 in the first innings and then bettered it with a classic innings of 147 second time around.
Moeen Ali – 8/10 – Bowled brilliantly to take 9 wickets at the Ageas Bowl, and then batted with encouraging discipline at The Oval. He also scored a vital 40 in the Fourth Test.
Joe Root – 7/10 – Led his side superbly throughout the series. He also batted quite well at times during the series without getting a big score until his excellent 125 in the final Test.
Jonny Bairstow – 5/10 – He started the series superbly with 70 at Edgbaston and 93 at Lord’s. However, he then failed to pass 20 during the rest of the series.
Ben Stokes – 6/10 – His performances with bat and ball were good without being exceptional. However, he took some very important wickets at vital times (especially when he dismissed Virat Kohli in the second innings at Edgbaston).
Jos Buttler – 9/10 – What a summer he has had! He was recalled to the Test team in May and batted better than anyone else in the India series. His three highest scores were 106, 89 and 69.
Sam Curran – 9/10 – Rescued England from dire situations at Edgbaston and the Ageas Bowl with superb counter-attacking fifties. He also took 4-74 in the First Test and chipped in with vital wickets throughout the series.
Adil Rashid – 6/10 – England did not need him to bowl very often, but many of the 10 wickets he took during the 87 overs he bowled during the series were important. He also scored some useful runs.
Stuart Broad – 7/10 – He bowled brilliantly at Lords and took 16 wickets overall despite not being at his best for much of the series. He also scored 38 during a vital partnership with Buttler at The Oval.
James Anderson – 9/10 – Like he has been on so many other occasions during his career, he was England’s best bowler in the series. He took 24 wickets in total and his best haul was 5-20 in the second innings at Lord’s.
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Shikhar Dhawan – 3/10 – On five occasions, he scored 20-45 runs and was then dismissed before he could make a significant score. This meant that he ended the series with the lowest average (20.25) of any of the Indian batsmen who played three or more Tests.
KL Rahul – 5/10 – His series was following a similar pattern to Dhawan’s before his sublime 149 in the last Test.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 8/10 – He displayed all his skills and his excellent temperament during 72 at Lord’s and 132 not out at Trent Bridge. He finished with an average of 39.71 for the series.
Virat Kohli – 9/10 – He showed exactly why many cricket experts consider him to be the best batsmen in the world with five superb innings: 149, 51, 97, 103 and 58.
Ajinkya Rahane – 5/10 – He struggled at the beginning of the series but eventually found some form and scored 81 at Trent Bridge, 51 at the Ageas Bowl and 37 at The Oval.
Hardik Pandya – 5/10 – He showed glimpses of his talent with career-best figures of 5-28 at Trent Bridge and a few decent scores with the bat. However, the selectors were unconvinced and he was dropped for the final Test.
Rishabh Pant – 6/10 – Allowed Indian fans and selectors to dream of a potentially brilliant future when he blazed his way to 114 at The Oval after a run of low scores in his first five innings in Test cricket.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 4/10 – He started the series in style with seven wickets at Edgbaston. However, he struggled after that and suffered an injury that prompted selectors to replace him for the last Test.
Ishant Sharma – 8/10 – He bowled superbly throughout the series to finish as the second best bowler in the series with 18 wickets. His best display was 5-51 at Edgbaston.
Mohammed Shami – 7/10 – He was always threatening, occasionally expensive and frequently unlucky during the series as he took 16 wickets and conceded 622 runs (more than anyone else).
Jasprit Bumrah – 8/10 – The series would probably have been more closely-fought if he had been fit for the first two Tests. He took seven wickets to get India back into the series at Trent Bridge and then four at the Ageas Bowl as they narrowly lost. He was less effective at The Oval.
England’s next match is a One-Day International against Sri Lanka which begins at Dambulla at 10am on Wednesday 10th October.
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