India v Australia 4th Test – India Player Ratings
This is how the home team fared in the decisive Test in Dharamsala.
by Arya Author
Published - Mar 28, 2017 9:14 pm | Updated - Mar 29, 2017 4:49 pm
Team India cruised their way to yet another series victory in their long home season after defeating the mighty Aussies quite comfortably by 8 wickets in the 4th and the final Test in Dharamsala to take the series by a 2-1 margin and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. It was a thoroughly professional performance by the home team in the series especially after getting anhillated in the 1st Test by a huge margin of 333 runs.
When India began the day, the home team required 87 more to win. They began fluently with KL Rahul playing some delightful shots. But with the fall of Murali Vijay and Chesteshwar Pujara in the same over, the hosts were pushed to a corner but captain Ajinkya Rahane had other plans. He counter-attacked from the word go and treated Pat Cummins with some audacious shots.
He smashed the fast bowler for consecutive sixes, one over the mid-wicket boundary and one over the extra cover boundary. Boundaries kept flowing as India reached their target in the 24th over. Ravindra Jadeja bagged both Man of the Match and Man of the series for his exceptional showing with both bat and the ball.
With the match and the series done and dusted here we have a look at the Indian Player Ratings for the final Test in Dharamsala
# Lokesh Rahul- 8.5/10
The Karnataka lad continued from where he left in the previous Test and played some delightful shots in both innings of the match. He began with some gorgeous drives of Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood and looked in complete control of proceedings. He took on Steve O’Keefe in particular and executed the big shots to perfection.
But yet again when it mattered the most, Rahul failed to seize the opportunity and gave away his wicket to Pat Cummins after getting off to a solid start. It was well directed short ball and Rahul got trapped in his ploy and toe ended it straight to the cover fielder.
Yet again in the 2nd innings, he began with some exquisite shots. He smashed 3 boundaries of Pat Cummins in the opening over to start off proceedings and later played the sheet anchor’s role when his captain Rahane was going great guns. Eventually he remained unbeaten on 51 which was his 6th half-century of the series. His innings was constructed with 9 hits to the fence.
# Murali Vijay- 3/10
Vijay who roared back to form in the previous match yet again failed to make a contribution as he was dismissed by the Australian pacers on both the occasions. In the 1st innings it was the persistent line and length of Josh Hazlewood that undid Vijay and he edged an outswinger straight to Matthew Wade behind the stumps.
In the 2nd innings too, only the bowler changed but his mode of dismissal remained the same. It was a great delivery from Pat Cummins which moved just a bit and took the outside edge of Vijay’s bat. Matthew Wade behind the stumps completed a regulation catch.