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Last updated on - March 7, 2021, 8:05 PM IST
The India vs England Test series is over and has left us with memories to cherish for some time to come. There were several stunning individual performances that helped India come back from a Test down and dominate the remainder of the contests. Ravichandran Ashwin bagged record-equalling eighth man of the series award for his all-round show while Rishabh Pant won plaudits and a man of the match in the 4th Test as well for his stunning century in Ahmedabad. Then there were some stars who fizzled including the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes. Here we look at the top five hits and top-five flops from the IND vs ENG Test series.
Rohit Sharma finished the series as the second-highest run-getter thanks to consistently giving India a solid option as an opener. He scored 345 runs in seven innings at an average of 57.50 including one century and one half-century. His 161 in the Chennai Test has been termed as the series-defining innings by India captain Virat Kohli.
Although one may remember his recent exploits in the 4th Test when he solely kept England in the contest with some stunning all-round show, Stokes largely underperformed compared to his lofty standards. He did manage two fifties to finish with 203 runs and five wickets.
Pant has had one of his memorable series. He scored 270 runs at 54 including a century and two half-centuries. He struck 32 fours and 10 sixes (most in the series). And he also took eight catches and effected five stumpings as well.
The middle-order batsman played in all four Tests and mustered 153 runs in eight innings including a best of 34.
The magician. Ashwin took 32 wickets including three five-wicket hauls and crossed the milestone of 400 Test wickets as well. Besides, he scored a match-winning century in Chennai, finishing with 189 runs.
Nightmare. That's one word to describe his entire India tour. He played two Tests and of his four innings, only once did he manage to open his account to finish with a mere 28 runs. And that when he was hyped as England's best player of spin bowling.
The left-arm orthodox was one of the few shining lights of England's stunning series loss. He played in all four Tests and took 18 wickets at 28.72.
He was part of the first Test of the series and was expected to play an important role. He did take five wickets in Chennai but also offered full tosses generously. Hence, he was dropped only to be brought back for the series finale in Motera where he failed to take a single wicket.
He may not have played a single Test if Ravindra Jadeja wasn't injured. However, Axar grabbed the chance with both his hands and finished with 27 wickets in just three Tests at an unreal average of 10.59 including four five-wicket hauls. Outstanding.
Rahane had a memorable Australia tour. So a lot was expected from him in the middle order. He did manage to score a fifty but overall, he would have been disappointed. He managed 112 runs in six innings at an average of 18.66 including a highest score of 67.
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