India player ratings vs England: Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur impress at The Oval

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Rohit Sharma celebrates his first overseas century (Getty Images)
Rohit Sharma celebrates his first overseas century (Getty Images)

Spinner Ravindra Jadeja combined with his seam bowling team mates to bowl India to an emphatic 157-run victory over England in the fourth test on Monday and put the touring side 2-1 up in the series.

Chasing a record victory target of 368, England started strongly but suffered a spectacular batting collapse after the lunch break to lose six wickets in the second session on the final day at The Oval.

Here is how Will Macpherson rated India in south London...Rohit Sharma - 9

11 & 127

The scorer of the only century in the match, his first in Test cricket overseas. Fortunate to be dropped twice by Burns, but made it count – and some. Elegance personified, but this was a gritty innings to set up victory.

KL Rahul - 7

17 & 46

Played an absolutely vital hand in the opening stand with Rohit. Looks so comfortable in English conditions now.

Cheteshwar Pujara - 8

4 & 61

Another low first innings score, another outstanding effort in the second. Picked up an injury in the process, but this was a crucial innings.

Virat Kohli - 7

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50 & 44

His best game with the bat for the series, although still nowhere near where he would like to be. As captain, he was at his best on Monday: wildly cajoling the crowd, constantly tinkering with the field, nailing his bowling changes.

Ravindra Jadeja - 7

10 & 17; 2-36 & 2-50

Promotion to No5 did not really work, although he stuck around. Poor with the ball (picking up wickets when he was slogged) until the final day, when he was terrifically accurate.

Ajinkya Rahane - 2

14 & 0

Even a demotion could not help Rahane. Two low scores, and a dropped catch on the final day. Struggling.

Rishabh Pant - 6

9 & 50

Looked lost in the first innings, but was excellent in the second. Could the worm have turned? Has kept well all series.

Shardul Thakur - 9

57 & 60; 1-54 & 2-22

Kohli was full of praise for the all-rounder for an impact performance. Vital, dashing runs in both innings and three key wickets of set batters: Pope on day two, Burns and Root on day five.

Umesh Yadav - 8

3-76 & 3-60

An outstanding entry to the series. From the ball to get Root on the first evening to the winning wicket, he was a constant nuisance for England. Hit a long ball, too.

Jasprit Bumrah - 8


2-67 & 2-27

Just four wickets across the game, but played such a key role in India’s win. Picked up both England openers in an over on day one, then provided the stunning spell that made the win certain.

Mohammed Siraj - 4

1-42 & 0-44

A disappointing game from Siraj, capped by his drop of Hameed on the final day. Could be replaced by Shami if he is fit again for Old Trafford, but has done well to play four Tests on the spin.

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