India v England 3rd T20I – England Player Ratings
Published - Feb 2, 2017 1:23 pm | Updated - Mar 28, 2017 1:49 am
England’s long tour of India has now come to an end with the decider that’s bound to go down as one of the greatest T20I matches ever. The visitors would definitely agree that a tour to India is perhaps the most mentally challenging phase of their cricketing schedule.
It’s a bad day to write about England’s performance. Your heart breaks with the sight of Eoin Morgan and at the same time, you can’t forget the humiliation they brought upon themselves in the last 20 minutes of the match. “Ridiculous batting”, Nasser Hussain calls it. The 13th over from Amit Mishra followed by a two-wicket over from Yuzvendra Chahal made India’s victory inevitable.
The visitors had clearly lost all hope as we saw the last 8 wickets fall for 8 runs in a span of 19 balls. Team India won the series 2-1 and while we all try to let what happened sink in, to reflect upon England’s performances is a formality we must stick by, for one last time, in this Tour.
Jason Roy 3/10
Mishra struck in his first over and Roy’s luck fell short. He had it easy in the start of the innings when luck went in his favour. 32 off 23 is definitely a great start. He did not convert it into something substantial, falling pretty to a spinner one more time. Though he did not get support from his fellow opening partner and to expect him to continue with ease despite that is a little too much. But, this was ground for the batsmen, if they utilized it enough. Jason Roy was the first one who was unable to do that.
Sam Billings 0/10
He was sent for a golden duck by Yuzvendra Chahal. Failed to fire, miserably. Nothing to say about him here today. Nothing. At. All.
Joe Root 5/10
Some exquisite shots, and some classical hitting, but it was not enough. 42 off 37 is okay by T20 standards, but again…this is Chinnaswamy! When else are you going to make use of the short boundaries and it’s sweet treatment for the batsmen, if not here? It’s Joe Root, one of the best batsmen in modern cricket and one’s not satisfied till the moment he wins it for his team and fails to utilize the feel of the ‘batting paradise’. This was one of those days. (Joe Root would agree too!)
Eoin Morgan 5.5/10
The captain continued to contribute for his team one more time in the tour. But I guess, it wasn’t enough… one more time. It was a non-Morgan-esque shot shuffled across in the hope to make it a slog sweep but Rishabh Pant ran towards deep square leg and caught it comfortably, ending his 21-ball stay that earned England 42 runs. 1 point for his captaincy, bowling changes and field placements. (Remember, they bowled well in the death overs?!)
Ben Stokes 4/10
Ben Stokes is doing all in his prowess to feature in the IPL. He dismissed looking-to-make-it-big KL Rahul with a delivery that he missed completely. However, he got really lucky as it was a no-ball but it wasn’t referred. (Umpires, good luck with that!) He went for 32 runs and took 2 wickets. But his prowess today was limited to the Kookaburra only. He was the wicket that accounted to Chahal’s fifer, credit to a stunning catch by Suresh Raina at the ropes.
Jos Buttler 0/10
We’re either expecting too much from Buttler or it’s just that the Indian bowlers were a little too good for him. It looks more about the latter. He comes in during the time the team needs some power-hitting, he attempts to do that but he just can’t resist giving away his wicket in that process. His Mumbai Indians colleague Jasprit Bumrah had the better of him for the second time as he sent him back on a duck.
Moeen Ali 1.5/10
Chinnaswamy is a nightmare for the bowlers and Moeen Ali was subjected to that treatment in his very first over as Rahul hit the ball out of the ground. He was quick to make a comeback after the brutality as he conceded just 3 in his next over. But his wicket-less 4 overs stay with 7.50 runs per over isn’t great even if the pitch does not have anything for the spinners. Even with the bat, while Indian bowlers were doing their thing with the ball, he fell into the safe hands of Virat Kohli while Chahal was on wicket-taking spree.
Chris Jordan 3.5/10
While there was drama about today being Kohli’s homecoming, we obviously forgot this was one for Jordan too. He marked his presence in his very first over, in the very first ball as he inflicted a stunning run out of the Indian skipper who departed for just 2. But his joy was more short-lived than you’d think as Suresh Raina came with a different mindset and took on Jordan with absolute disdain in his 2nd over, hitting him for 2 huge sixes.
It only went downhill for him after that. The other two overs, he was targeted and smashed by Yuvraj Singh with 24 runs. He was left scratching his head, and that moment literally summed up Chris Jordan and England’s day. His last over was slightly better but had a horrid day overall. He was the 4th man to fall for a duck with the bat, he was the victim of a nasty stumping by the Chahal-Dhoni combo.
Liam Plunkett 2.5/10
There’s something really strange about him. He gets overshadowed even when he is among the ones to take wickets. He took the big wicket of the well-set Suresh Raina, but that’s probably just meant to be on the scoreboard. Conceding 22 runs in 2 overs at an economy rate of 11.00 probably explains it. Mediocre is the word for his performance. Do I really need to write about his formality with the bat? Zero here too. Fifth batsman to bag a duck.
Adil Rashid 1/10
Bad day for Rashid again because conceding 23 runs in just 2 overs is not what is expected of him. While in my personal opinion, it seems like the case of an overused bowler considering his lines either becoming just merely ineffective or too predictable now that he has bowled in all three formats in this tour. He remained not out though, does that count for an extra point during this drought for points? No.
Tymal Mills 4.5/10
He opened the bowling attack well and it was clear that he was troubling the openers and he conceded only 4 runs in the first over. But as the game went on, the batsmen started to get a hang of him, Mills conceded 9 runs in his second over. However, he was much better in the other two overs in the death and just as I was contemplating about Tymal Mills’ pace being his asset, he bowled a slower delivery to dismiss Yuvraj Singh. And mind you, that left Yuvi absolutely clueless. One point for bowling well during death when the batsmen were in with all intentions to slog. Last and the 6th batsmen out on duck. Phew.