ENG VS IND: Jimmy Anderson became the most prolific fast bowler in Test history, the last fairytale of an unforgettable victory that gave England a 4-1 series win over India
Alright, let’s take a deep breath first.
3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and then 5 Tests. The tour comes to an end. SIGH!
Yes, India were competitive but a few years later, when people will look back to the 2018 tour of England, the scoreline will be discussed. India won T20Is 2-1, lost ODIs 2-1 and the one that will really hurt them – this 4-1 loss in Test series.
Learnings, experience, regrets and what not but India have to wait to repeat the heroics of 2007. Hopefully, they will come back as a better Test team.
For now, thanks for being our lovely readers and enthusiast of Test cricket. We need to keep the momentum going.
Here’s how the post match presentation took place.
Since it was a last match of Alastair Cook, he made it more memorable for himself by playing a fantastic knock in the 1st innings as well as getting a century in the 2nd innings.
Click here to read about the his century. Alastair Cook gets hundred in his last International Test Match
With his unforgettable performance in this Final test, Alastair Cook won the Man of the Match award.
While getting the award, He said,
It’s been the most amazing week. I got a text from Beefy last night and he said, ‘Can I have my scriptwriter back?’ It was a great match as well. The shared moments in the dressing-room will stay with me, both good and bad. I feel very privileged to have worn the England cap as long as I have.
“The reception to the hundred was amazing, and to see Jimmy pass Glenn McGrath’s record today was just brilliant. Him and Broady I’ve played so much cricket with, and the hardest bit is knowing I’ll never stand at first slip and drop another catch off those two again.
“Jimmy and I have lived in each other’s pockets for the last 12 years, and it’s a privilege to play with who I think is England’s greatest cricketer. His skill to do it time and again… he never misses his length. You take it for granted and it shouldn’t be like that.
“I won’t miss the amount of hard work which goes into international cricket, the pressure and the strain you play under, but I will miss all the rewards that you get for that hard work
Sam Curran, the young blood won the Man of the Series. He was nominated by Indian Team Captain Virat Kohli and Indian Team Coach Ravi Shastri.
“It’s nice to be involved in a great series and to contribute to the team – I tried my best and luckily it came off in some situations. To send Cooky off like that was perfect. It’s been a great learning curve for me. I try to keep it as natural as possible. It’s awesome for me to learn from people like Jimmy and Broady who I grew up watching on the sofa. It’s pretty cool.”
Virat Kohli also won the Man of the Series award. Virat said,
A lot of credit has to go to both those young guys [KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant] – it shows the character we have in the team and the type of cricket we have played in the series, despite the scoreline. Both sides know it has been a challenging series. We have character in the team, we just need more experience of closing games out.
“We missed quite a few opportunities. But we have no regrets in terms of the way we played in the series – both teams played fearless cricket so there were never going to be draws. I’m not saying the scoreline is unfair because they played better than us and deserved to win, but we’ve been competitive in every game apart from Lord’s. We can take a lot of hear from that. But we need to learn to the things we didn’t do right.
“Sam Curran made very important contributions in two really important Tests (the first and fourth). That’s something we can learn from – being fearless and smart at the same time.
“There should be exciting pitches all over the world and both teams should be willing to go for a result. That’s where the excitement of this format lies. I don’t think any time should play safe cricket as soon as they go ahead in a series.
“Sorry, just one word for Alastair as well – you had a great career and I wish you well and I want to congratulate you for doing what you’ve done. I wish you all the best for your future endeavours, whatever they might be. All the best.
Some Positives for India came from the bat of KL Rahul and the young Rishabh Pant.
Rishabh Pant scored his maiden century.
Both the youngsters got to their centuries.
They added a partnership of 204, the best in the series for India.
KL Rahul was unlucky to got out on 149. R Pant was dismissed on 114. Both the players were dismissed by Adil Rashid, England’s Leg Spinner.