England vs India 2nd Test: Home of cricket, Lord’s produced a great spectacle to prove why Test cricket is still the most superior of all formats. The second Test between England and India was a see-saw encounter. The visitors dominated the first day, but the hosts dictated terms for the next three days. India went into the last day, probably looking to avoid defeat but came away with a famous win. Here are the player ratings for the Indian cricket team:
Rohit Sharma continued his good form in the second Test. He is yet to get out cheaply in the series. India has surely nailed down one opening slot in Test cricket. Sharma combined really well with KL Rahul for a hundred-run plus opening stand, which allowed India to establish a good first innings score. He narrowly missed a century in the first innings.
Rahul started the first innings cautiously. The first-day wicket was tricky to bat on. Once he was set, he played one glorious cover drive after another to bring up a magnificent century. It was surely one of the best innings of his career.
England bowlers seem to have found out a chink in Pujara’s armour. He has been getting out to that fourth stump line time and again. However, Pujara played a gritty knock to stabilize the second innings after India had lost three quick wickets.
Kohli played fluently in both innings but failed to convert them into big scores. He took some good catches in the slips. However, he had dropped Jos Buttler on 2. The Indian skipper was at his aggressive best on the field and did his best to rile up the English batsmen. His captaincy and bowling changes were spot on in the second innings, and he deserves huge credit for the win.
Ajinkya Rahane has been under pressure for a while now. However, the Indian vice-captain produced a good knock under pressure in the second innings. Along with Pujara, he stiched a hundred-run stand to push India into safer waters.
Rishabh Pant was his usual swashbuckling self. He made two important contributions to India’s total. We have lost count on the number of times he stepped down the wicket and whacked Jimmy Anderson for a boundary. His keeping has also improved leaps and bounds.
Ravindra Jadeja is a key factor in India’s dominance in Test cricket. His Batting has improved tenfolds. He looked good money for another half-century in the first innings until he ran out of partners. Even though he did not pick any wickets, he bowled tight lines and did not leak out runs.
Ishant looked really fresh throughout the match. His pace has deteriorated somewhat, but his accuracy remains great. The in swingers to dismiss Jos Buttler in the first innings and Haseeb Hameed in the second were a treat to watch. He even contributed ably with the bat.
Swinging Shami was once again relentless in his line and lengths. He picked up three wickets in the match. Had India not declared in the second innings, he would have finished as the innings top scorer.
Bumrah surprisingly went wicketless in the first innings. Along with Shami, he added a valuable 89 runs for the ninth wicket, which set up Indian’s win. He bowled his heart put in the final innings, and took the important wicket of Joe Root.
Mohammed Siraj has been a great find for the Indian Team. The pacer has great body language and delivers his 100% every game. He took four wickets in both innings and was in contention for the player of the match award. He was on a hat-trick in the final innings, having dismissed Moeen Ali and Sam Curran of consecutive deliveries.
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