ENG v IND 2018: Team India players’ rating for the Test series

Team India lost the five-match Test series 1-4 to England.

Shikhar Dhawan struggled throughout the series with 162 runs in 8 innings | Getty
Shikhar Dhawan had a torrid time in England with 162 runs in 8 innings at an average of 20.23 and the highest score of 44. Dhawan was exposed early on in the series in Lord’s and England bowlers just kept on getting him caught in slips or being LBW.

Dhawan’s lack of feet movement against the swinging and seaming deliveries cost him dearly and solidified the notion of him being only good in subcontinent conditions and his record also states that he struggles a lot in overseas conditions in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and England. In the 2014 series too he was dropped after a couple of games.

For his inability to give India strong starts and failing to rectify his shortcomings, Dhawan gets just 1 point out of 10.

It was lights out for M Vijay at Lord's where he copped a pair | Getty
Murali Vijay’s fall from grace was the most heartbreaking as he was the highest run-getter for India in the 2014 Test series in England. Vijay’s 2018 began with the struggle in Test series against South Africa. He was figured out by the South African pace battery and barely managed to score runs against them.

However, a century against Afghanistan at home gave the selectors hope that he will regain his form in England, a favored hunting ground for him. However, things went horribly wrong for him as he notched 20,6,0 and 0 in the two Tests he played. The heartbreaking thing was Vijay, who is known for his impeccable judgment of leaving the balls, had somehow forgotten to do so and was getting out bowled or LBW.

M Vijay himself admitted that the England bowlers had his number from the start and his twin ducks in the Lord’s Test probably finished it for Vijay, as one of the best openers for India over the past few years was reduced to a shadow of his past self and now questions have arisen over his future as an Indian player, given that he is 34 years old.

KL RAHUL- 3/10
KL Rahul redeemed himself a bit with a fighting 149 in the dead rubber Test at Oval | Getty
KL Rahul got the backing of the Indian team management and played all the five Tests in the series, despite being similar to Dhawan in performances. 4,13,8,10,23,36,19,0,37 and 149 were his scores in the 10 innings where he scored a total of 299 runs at an average of 29.90.

This average and series runs are bolstered by a fighting 149 in the last innings of the fifth Test, in which he showed his true capability, but it came a little too late. Rahul was also found wanting under seaming and swinging conditions as his technical flaws were highlighted by the Anderson-Broad duo.

A highlight was his catching in slips, where he pounced 14 catches, inclucing 7 in one match.

He kind of redeemed himself in the last Test, but that came when the series was lost and it only showed that he played to cement his place for the upcoming tour to Australia.

By Jatin Sharma - 13 Sep, 2018

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