The third Test between England and India at Headingley Leeds, saw the hosts stage a dominant comeback after a thumping 151-run loss in the second Test match at Lord’s cricket ground and level the five-Test series 1-1 with two more games to be played.
The Joe Root-led side after bundling out visitors for 78 runs then displayed a sensational batting performance to take a mammoth lead of 354 runs. However, the Virat Kohli-led side then made a decent comeback with the bat on Day 3 but, England on Day 4 made sure that they remain at the top of the game to win the third match by innings and 76 runs and level the five-Test series 1-1.
KL Rahul- 2/10
After scoring a match-winning century in the second Test match at Lord’s, Indian opener KL Rahul had a forgettable match as he failed to his replicate his heroics. The right-handed batsman bagged a four-ball duck in the first innings and then managed only 8 runs in the second essay.
Rohit Sharma- 6/10
Rohit Sharma was the most settled Indian batsman in the third Test match against England. Even though he scored only 19 runs in the first innings but he looked very solid and played 100-plus balls in both innings. The right-handed batsman then notched up his second half-century of the series in the second innings but couldn’t help his team to win the match.
Cheteshwar Pujara- 6/10
After yet another failure in the first innings of the third Test match at Leeds, Cheteshwar Pujara stood up for the Virat Kohli-led side in the second innings and gave Indian fans some hope. The right-handed batsman scored 91 runs in the second innings but failed to reach the three-figure marks and was the first Indian wicket to fell on Day 4 which triggered the Indian collapse.
Virat Kohli- 4.5/10
Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s poor run of form continued even in the third Test match at Leeds. The right-handed batsman in the first innings yet again nicked one of against his arch-nemesis James Anderson. Even though he scored a half-century in the second innings but once again poked at the delivery that was on the fourth-stump line and failed to save his team from innings defeat.
Ajinkya Rahane- 3/10
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has been under the scanner for his poor run of form. Despite his 61 at the Lord’s the right-handed batsman has failed to assert his authority. In the third Test match, he looked the most unsettled Indian batsman and in both innings and poked the deliveries that were well outside-off, scoring only 28 runs in the match.
Rishabh Pant- 2/10
Rishabh Pant also had a forgettable Test match at Leeds. The Southpaw scored only 3 runs in the match. With the gloves, he took only one catch and also missed one DRS decision of Dawid Malan and was almost certain that ball didn’t took the edge of his bat. But in the end it was given out.
Ravindra Jadeja- 6/10
Baring his first innings failure, Ravindra Jadeja had a decent outing in the third Test match against England. With the ball he took two important English wickets and then played a cameo in India’s second essay, scoring 30 runs in 25 balls.
Mohammad Shami- 7/10
Even though Indian bowlers were at the receiving end of thumping by England batsmen, Mohammad Shami was the standout performer for the Virat Kohli-led side and took four wickets but failed to replicate his Lord’s heroics with bat and scored only 6 runs.
Ishant Sharma- 2/10
Ishant Sharma looked off the colours in the third Test match against England at Leeds. The right-arm pacer failed to take a single English wicket and was a disappointment with the bat as well, amassing only 10 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah- 5/10
Jasprit Bumrah had a decent outing in the third Test match against England. The right-arm pacer took two wickets including that of skipper Joe Root, who scored a century. However, after his heroics with the bat at the Lord’s, many fans had expectations that he’ll once again contribute with the bat but this wasn’t the case in this match as he scored only 1 run in two innings.
Mohammed Siraj- 4/10
With conditions being dry Indian bowlers struggled against the likes of English batsmen. Mohammed Siraj even though took two wickets but was unable to find his line and length consistently and also leaked runs at one stage of the game.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli admitted that India wer behind the game since the first innings disaster. He added that the English pacers for pressurized Indian batsmen into making mistakes and ultimately collapsing.
We knew we were up against it when we were out for 80 and the opposition put up a big score. We put up crucial partnerships and saw the day through, but the pressure from the English bowlers was brilliant this morning and we didn’t respond well. Batting collapses can happen in this country, the pitch was good to bat on, but their discipline with the ball forced us to make a few mistakes, and it was difficult to deal with spells where we weren’t getting runs.