INDIA v ENGLAND PLAYER RATINGS: Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad struggle to make impact while Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin star as hosts level four-match Test series in Chennai
- England star Ben Stokes’ struggles against Ravichandran Ashwin continued
- Fast bowler Stuart Broad had no impact in these alien conditions in Chennai
- Rohit Sharma delivered a brutal batting display for his seventh Test hundred
- Ashwin rarely put a toe out of place and showed sheer class with bat and ball
England suffered their heaviest defeat in India as Virat Kohli’s men bounced back to level the series with a 317-run victory in Chennai.
Ben Foakes was the standout performer for Joe Root’s side in a sorry display from the visitors, while Ravichandran Ashwin starred with both bat and ball to win the man-of-the-match award on his home ground.
Here, Sportsmail‘s RICHARD GIBSON rates both sets of players following a difficult outing for the tourists.
India claimed an enormous 317-run victory over England to level the four-match series
Lacking batting rhythm following two interruptions to his Test career – the football injury in South Africa and paternity leave – and now under pressure for his place with Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow returning. 4
Dom Sibley – 4
Credit in the bank after making significant improvements to technique against spin this winter, and laying platform in first Test win; was unfortunate the ball took a glove in first-innings dismissal.
Dan Lawrence – 4
The one player to get ‘in’ in both innings, batting more than one hour in each, and should be credited for that but continues to look out of his depth against high-quality spin.
Ben Stokes’ struggles against Ravichandran Ashwin continue and doubts linger over his fitness
Joe Root – 6
Out to two deliveries from the debutant left-arm spinner Axar that got big on him, the second ridiculously so to take a glove but continues to impress as a leader and bowled well.
Ben Stokes – 4
His struggles against Ashwin continue – India’s spin maestro now has him 10 times, and no batsman has proved more of a ‘bunny’ – and bowled only two overs as doubts linger on his fitness. Rare dropped catch.
Ollie Pope – 5.5
Suckered by a leg-side strangle in the first innings that burst England’s dam following careful repair work and tried to be busy second innings. Excellent under the lid.
Ben Foakes – 7.5
Teak with the bat; silk with the gloves. Tough in front of the stumps either side of a masterclass behind them; bye-less in the first innings and ‘by heck’ stumpings in the second.
Ben Foakes showed determination with the bat and delivered a masterclass behind the stumps
Moeen Ali – 6.5
Eight wickets and a late cameo that compromised Misbah-ul-Haq’s record 21-ball Test 50 for a while but rustiness on return in the first innings gifted India easy runs.
Jack Leach – 7
So consistent since Rishabh Pant provided his unwelcoming Indian inauguration, he dismissed his nemesis in the second innings after switching his line of attack.
Stuart Broad – 4
No impact in these alien conditions, although it was down to two dropped chances when he sent down a collection of cutters that he went wicketless.
Olly Stone – 7
Combined pace with accuracy in what behind Foakes was England’s most heartening display. Early strike with the new ball made it a great start to first Test overseas and terrorised the tail.
Stuart Broad had no impact in these conditions but two chances he created were dropped
Rohit Sharma – 9.5
Showed that if you do not dismiss him early in India, he will make you pay. Brutal batting.
Shubman Gill – 3.5
Two misjudgements against balls hitting the stumps will be a cause for concern.
Cheteshwar Pujara – 4.5
Continues to find freakish ways of involving Ollie Pope in his dismissals.
Rohit Sharma showed that if you do not dismiss him early in India, he will make you pay
Virat Kohli – 7.5
A WG Grace-esque response to being bowled by Moeen but majestic batting second time around and snarled his way to victory in the field.
Ajinkya Rahane – 7.5
Crucial anchor-drop in the first innings snuffed out England’s chance of wresting the initiative.
Rishabh Pant – 8
Anything Foakes can do….More great glove work followed typical savagery with the bat.
Axar Patel – 8.5
Different gravy to rival Shahbaz Nadeem; always a threat, his slow left-arm reaped seven wickets and just two-and-a-half runs an over.
Rishabh Pant showed more great glove work, which followed typical savagery with the bat
Ravichandran Ashwin – 9.5
Like Root in the first Test, rarely a toe out of place. Sheer class with bat and ball. Huge competitor.
Kuldeep Yadav – 5.5
This was a pitch for the spinners to jam the ball into not loop it but still struck twice.
Ishant Sharma – 6
Set the tone with first-over wicket and guaranteed that the resting spearhead Jasprit Bumrah was not missed.
Mohammed Siraj – 5.5
Like Yadav, barely required, and sent down eight overs either side of some long handle with the bat.
Ashwin rarely put a toe out of place on his home ground and was sheer class with bat and ball
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