India's report card in the second Test at Trent Bridge

Praveen Kumar was the pick of the bowlers in the second Test match. He displayed guile with great control on the ball © Getty Images

 

By David Green

 

Abinhav Mukund – 2: Lucky to escape a king pair. Mukund was all at sea against the short ball as evidenced by his dismissal in the second innings. The return of Virender Sehwag can’t come quick enough for India.

 

Rahul Dravid – 9: His second successive hundred had put India in the driving seat before Stuart Broad’s passable Ian Botham impersonation. Early dismissal in the second innings made England unstoppable.

 

VVS Laxman – 7: Another unconverted fifty from the stylish Hyderabadi before he was cleaned up by a pearler from James Anderson second time around.

 

Sachin Tendulkar – 6: Dreadful shot to be dismissed in the first innings, but looked in sublime form as India collapsed in the second innings. Tendulkar is still looking for that elusive 100th international hundred.

 

Suresh Raina – 2: After his battling performance at Lord’s, Raina struggled against the short ball. Maybe that explained his soft dismissal in the first innings.

 

Yuvraj Singh – 6: Made the most of an early drop to form what looked like being a decisive partnership with Dravid before becoming the first victim of Broad’s hat-trick. Another to fall to the short ball in the second innings.

 

MS Dhoni – 2: Full marks for his wonderful sporting gesture to recall Ian Bell to the crease, but it couldn’t hide some sloppy ‘keeping, woeful captaincy and dreadful form with the bat.

 

Harbhajan Singh – 3: Another Test to forget for Harbhajan Singh, who appears to be a fading force – even if injury didn’t help. Lusty hitting in the second innings delayed England’s triumph by a few overs.

 

Praveen Kumar – 7: The pick of India’s bowlers again and fully deserved his seven wickets. Has remarkable control of the ball, which more than compensates for his lack of pace.

 

Ishant Sharma – 6: Impressive in helpful conditions on day one, but less so in the second innings when he went at nearly 4.5 runs per over.

 

S Sreesanth – 6: Like Ishant, bowled well on Day One and was rewarded with three wickets. Went at over five runs per over in the second though.

 

(David Green is the brain behind the irreverent The Reverse Sweep blog and also writes for a number of cricket publications and sites such as World Cricket Watch. You can follow him on Twitter also @TheReverseSweep. David was a decent schoolboy and club cricketer (and scored his maiden 100 the same week that Sachin Tendulkar scored his first Test ton) but not good enough to fulfil his childhood dream of emulating Douglas Jardine by winning the Ashes in Australia and annoying the locals into the bargain. He now lives with his wife and two young children in the South of France and will one day write the definitive biography of Hedley Verity)