India v England, Test Series – Combined XI
Published - Dec 20, 2016 3:04 pm | Updated - Dec 20, 2016 3:08 pm
The England v India Test series was about the outright domination of the Indians. It started with a draw in Rajkot and ended in a thrilling game in Chennai. As the series progressed the visitors struggled furthermore and the hosts dished out players one after the other who put up impressive performances and got better every time they took the field.
Toss is considered a huge factor in Tests in India since a big first innings total is always the first blood drawn on subcontinental tracks. Team India managed to lose the majority of the tosses, but still ended up with a thumping 4-0 victory. The injury scares kept coming but the new comers made the most of the chances they got. The series saw some new stars like Haseeb Hameed, Jayant Yadav, Keaton Jennings and Karun Nair come to the fore. The big guns like Virat Kohli and Joe Root lived up to their name. The series had all the ingredients for a blockbuster.
Here is a combined XI of both the teams that made the series a keenly contested one. The contenders were many but the top notch ones make the cut.
1. Alastair Cook (VC)
The England skipper Alastair Cook had a tough time as the in-charge of the team. But with the willow, he surely did what was expected of him. His opening partners changed but Cook was unfazed. He had a brilliant start to the series. A magnificent century, 131 at Rajkot, set the tone for the visitors in the series.
He piled up 369 runs in 5 matches with a fifty and a ton to his name. He reached the coveted 11000 run mark in Test cricket during the last Test at Chennai. He ended up with a fighting 49 in the second innings of the Chennai Test. On the personal batting front, Alastair Cook was a delight to watch.