|KP - The mauler celebrates his century.|
England report card - read as name: TWP performance score (1st innings; 2nd innings)
(pass = 4/10; DNB = Did not bat)
Alstair Cook: 10/10 - (122 runs; 18* runs)
Cook once again was unmovable as a boulder as he was at Ahmedabad and set up England's first innings beautifully with Kevin Pietersen. His heroic century unlike last time did not go in vain and as a captain, there is nothing more that Cook would have loved than leading from the front in a memorable win. Cook looks very technically sound and has proven to be a thorn in the Indian bowlers side so far and England will be hoping that the trend continues. It's always good to have a very consistent opener at the top and Cook gives England just that. His huge 206 run partnership with KP was the highlight of the test and when they were batting the pitch looked as if it was a feather bed with no demons. Great batsmen have that ability to make unsuitable conditions look very conducive to batting and there's no doubt if Cook is a great batsman.
Nick Compton: 5/10 - (29 runs; 30* runs)
Playing just his second match, Compton still looked very much at sea against the spinners on a turning track. However he showed much grit and determination and tried to desperately survive making his way to 29 in the first innings before he eventually succumbed. However by then he had done his job and put on a half century partnership for the first wicket. In the second innings with just a handful of runs to get, he looked completely different and played some expansive shots and looked to dominate the bowlers, which he successfully did. Compton wasn't very special, but nevertheless his contributions were vital and by the looks of it he seems to be getting acclimatized slowly to the Indian conditions.
Jonathan Trott: 0/10 - (duck; DNB)
What does one say about KP's knock at Mumbai? It was one of pure genius and one that defied all logic. Something which only KP can provide. And to think England were thinking twice over his inclusion in the team before the tour! I have absolutely no words to describe his knock. It was just outstanding to watch him play the Indian spinners on a turning wicket that offered them assistance as if he was batting against some school boys. All his other teammates except for Cook struggled and when these two batted the world stood still and the natural order of things reversed. KP's 186 came in just 233 balls and that just tells you the ferocity of the innings. It completely knocked all wind from the Indian players and they meekly capitulated in the second innings. Few can play the innings that KP played, and a score of 10/10 is a disgrace to such a knock. It surely must be above all scales. 14/10 perhaps?
Jonny Bairstow: 4/10 - (9 runs; DNB)
Bairstow had a regrettable start in Indian conditions. He was unlucky to be given out as the ball bounced of the grille of a helmet before the catch was taken. However Bairstow was very impressive fielding at short leg and silly point and made a few difficult catches look very easy. As Ian Bell is likely to return for the next test, he'd be unfortunate if he is dropped.
Samit Patel: 4/10 - (26 runs; DNB)
Samit Patel's role in the match was very different from that of the previous test. Here he was more of a batsman and he bowled just 4 overs in the match. There was much to be desired from his batting, but nevertheless he stuck it out in the middle and bid his time, scoring some vital runs for England that eventually helped put them ahead. With Monty definitely in the team, Patel's role is more of batting and he better pull up his socks and contribute with more runs.
Matt Prior: 4/10 - (21 runs; DNB)