|Series||England v India Test Series 2021|
|Match Referee||Chris Broad|
|Rohit Sharma||c Jonny Bairstow b Chris Woakes||11||27||1||0||40.74|
|Lokesh Rahul||lbw Ollie Robinson||17||44||3||0||38.64|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||c Jonny Bairstow b James Anderson||4||31||1||0||12.9|
|Virat Kohli||c Jonny Bairstow b Ollie Robinson||50||96||8||0||52.08|
|Ravindra Jadeja||c Joe Root b Chris Woakes||10||34||2||0||29.41|
|Ajinkya Rahane||c Moeen Ali b Craig Overton||14||47||1||0||29.79|
|Rishabh Pant||c Moeen Ali b Chris Woakes||9||33||1||0||27.27|
|Shardul Thakur||lbw Chris Woakes||57||36||7||3||158.33|
|Umesh Yadav||c Jonny Bairstow b Ollie Robinson||10||20||1||0||50|
|Mohammed Siraj||not out||1||1||0||0||100|
|Total||(61.29 Ov, RR: 3.11)||191/10|
|Rory Burns||b Jasprit Bumrah||5||11||0||0||45.45|
|Haseeb Hameed||c Rishabh Pant b Jasprit Bumrah||0||12||0||0||0|
|Dawid Malan||c Rohit Sharma b Umesh Yadav||31||67||5||0||46.27|
|Joe Root||b Umesh Yadav||21||25||4||0||84|
|Craig Overton||c Virat Kohli b Umesh Yadav||1||12||0||0||8.33|
|Ollie Pope||b Shardul Thakur||81||159||6||0||50.94|
|Jonny Bairstow||lbw Mohammed Siraj||37||77||7||0||48.05|
|Moeen Ali||c Rohit Sharma b Ravindra Jadeja||35||71||7||0||49.3|
|Chris Woakes||run out (Jasprit Bumrah)||50||60||11||0||83.33|
|Ollie Robinson||b Ravindra Jadeja||5||6||0||0||83.33|
|James Anderson||not out||1||12||0||0||8.33|
|Total||(84 Ov, RR: 3.45)||290/10|
|Rohit Sharma||c Chris Woakes b Ollie Robinson||127||256||14||1||49.61|
|Lokesh Rahul||c Jonny Bairstow b James Anderson||46||101||6||1||45.54|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||c Moeen Ali b Ollie Robinson||61||127||9||0||48.03|
|Virat Kohli||c Craig Overton b Moeen Ali||44||96||7||0||45.83|
|Ravindra Jadeja||lbw Chris Woakes||17||59||3||0||28.81|
|Ajinkya Rahane||lbw Chris Woakes||0||8||0||0||0|
|Rishabh Pant||c & b Moeen Ali||50||106||4||0||47.17|
|Shardul Thakur||c Craig Overton b Joe Root||60||72||7||1||83.33|
|Umesh Yadav||c Moeen Ali b Craig Overton||25||23||1||2||108.7|
|Jasprit Bumrah||c Moeen Ali b Chris Woakes||24||38||4||0||63.16|
|Mohammed Siraj||not out||3||6||0||0||50|
|Total||(148.19 Ov, RR: 3.14)||466/10|
|Rory Burns||c Rishabh Pant b Shardul Thakur||50||125||5||0||40|
|Haseeb Hameed||b Ravindra Jadeja||63||193||6||0||32.64|
|Dawid Malan||run out(sub)||5||33||0||0||15.15|
|Joe Root||b Shardul Thakur||36||78||3||0||46.15|
|Ollie Pope||b Jasprit Bumrah||2||11||0||0||18.18|
|Jonny Bairstow||b Jasprit Bumrah||0||4||0||0||0|
|Moeen Ali||caught(sub) b Ravindra Jadeja||0||4||0||0||0|
|Chris Woakes||c Lokesh Rahul b Umesh Yadav||18||47||1||0||38.3|
|Craig Overton||b Umesh Yadav||10||29||1||0||34.48|
|Ollie Robinson||not out||10||32||2||0||31.25|
|James Anderson||c Rishabh Pant b Umesh Yadav||2||5||0||0||40|
|Total||(92.19 Ov, RR: 2.27)||210/10|
England v India, fourth Test – Hurt India aim for fightback
How quickly things turn around. One Test match ago, it seemed like India’s series after they stole the Lord’s Test match from nowhere and took a 1-0 lead in the series. If not for the rain, India would have likely won at Trent Bridge too and two Tests in, with England missing key personnel, there seemed to be only one way the series was headed.
Except, that wasn’t to be. On a cloudy Headingley morning, with England still basking in the uber cool win they secured from under the nose of the Aussies at the venue two years back, Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to bat first, a decision that arguably tilted the balance of the Test, and dare we say, the series.
India crumbled like a pack of cards and before we knew it there was another “badge” to be worn alongside 36 all out as they were cleaned up for 78. “Wear this 36 like a badge on your sleeves,” was Shastri’s motivational talk to the players after the debacle in Adelaide last year.
They did and came home with the series. This time, though, it somehow feels different and of course, miracles happen only once. India are stronger on paper and England, arguably, weaker than the Aussies. Yet, even with several players missing, England seem to be well-oiled to counter India’s strengths, so much so that the thumping innings win at Headingley has made England favourites to seal the series.
This, for an Indian side that appeared ready to dominate the series, is a rather cruel turn of events, but it’s hard to see the series follow any other track. This is primarily as India lack depth in batting and have looked vulnerable in their middle-order with the openers, both top-scorers for them this series, saving grace so far.
The woes of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have been highlighted enough. Cheteshwar Pujara turned a corner last Test, but was arguably helped by some resilient top-order batting from the openers that helped see off the new ball.
Rishabh Pant is out of form and Ravindra Jadeja hasn’t yet looked like the batsman he promised to be in the last couple of years. His bowling has also been shoddy.
What has stood out is India’s pace attack, which has fared comparably with that of England’s. But, the fact that India have no one like Joe Root, the one piling on runs this series so much so that he has double the runs of the next highest scorer, is probably the difference between the sides.
Team news: India
India could bring in Ravichandran Ashwin for Ishant Sharma with Hanuma Vihari for the out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane a distant, yet not improbable, prospect. Prasidh Krishna was added to the squad on the eve of the game from the reserve pool, but it’s unlikely be will step in straight.
Team news: England
Moeen Ali has been named their vice-captain for the game and Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have also returned. Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed will continue at the top for them. From what Joe Root hinted at in the press conference, it seems unlikely that either James Anderson or Ollie Robinson will be rested.
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.
England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson.
KL Rahul: Rahul started the series with an impressive 84 and later slammed a ridiculous 129 at Lord’s. Since then, though, he has made scores of 5, 0 and 8 and although it is harsh to judge too soon, Rahul hasn’t looked the same since the second innings at Lord’s.
Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma has been India’s player of the series so far with stunning, mindful batting under circumstances where India’s batting group failed to do their best. Rohit still needs a big one to make this series his own, but there is no questioning the Mumbaikar any more.