England

Joe Root (9/10): Root s love affair with India continued. He crossed fifty at least once in each of the 5 Tests (one of them a hundred). With 491 runs at 49 Root finished only behind Kohli in terms of runs, and topped the English averages charts as well. Root played pace and spin with panache, paced his innings as per situation; and perhaps the only flaw in his series was the lack of a big innings. Had they been up against the same bowling attack, the difference between Kohli and Root might have been significantly less. He also gets half a point for a 2-wicket burst at Mumbai.

Tests: 5 | Runs: 491 | Ave: 49.10 | 100s: 1 | Wickets: 2 | Ave: 28.50 | Catches: 5

Adil Rashid (8/10): Some day in future, Rashid will look back at this series as an acid test where he did not do too poorly. He sent down 29 overs, comparable to Ashwin s 30.4 and Jadeja s 29, but Rashid bowled his overs to batsmen of superior quality. Both Ashwin (28) and Jadeja (26) took more wickets in the series, but Rashid had more wickets per innings than either. His wickets came at over 37, but he accounted for 36% of England s wickets in the series. He also played two fighting innings, at Visakhapatnam and Chennai, but that was about it.

Tests: 5 | Runs: 113 | Ave: 14.12 | Wickets: 23 | Ave: 37.43 | Catches: 2

Moeen Ali (7/10): The lack of specialist batsmen in the middle-order, combined with a phalanx of bowlers who can bat, meant that England are yet to find a well-defined role for Moeen. Moeen toiled hard against a relentless batting line-up of the highest quality, and his tally of 10 wickets from 5 Tests at 65 was nothing short of poor, though he had 3 wickets in 8 balls at Visakhapatnam. However, Moeen more than made up for that with his batting. He bailed England out in the first innings at Rajkot with a gritty 117, while the 146 at Chepauk was a rare success in a subpar English performance in the series. Deservingly, Moeen, with 381 runs at 42, ended as the second-highest scorer of the team, behind only Joe Root.

Tests: 5 | Runs: 381 | Ave: 42.33 | 100s: 2 | Wickets: 10 | Ave: 64.90 | Catches: 3

Jonny Bairstow (7/10): The numbers alone (352 runs at 44 along with 13 dismissals) would have justified a chunk of Bairstow s ratings, but there was more to the man that that. He did a terrible job at Rajkot, conceding 23 byes in the first innings, but gave away only 28 more across the series. In India s last two innings he kept brilliantly, giving away only 7 byes in over 372 overs. He chased the ball to the fence whenever he (or a slip, or even some others) missed something, his energy level never receded, he yelled incessantly at anything remotely close to a dismissal, and kept the English morale going despite horrible lows throughout the series.

Tests: 5 | Runs: 352 | Ave: 44.00 | Catches: 11 | Stumpings: 2

Haseeb Hameed (6.5/10): Undoubtedly England s discovery of the series, Hameed has evolved as an opener in the traditional mould. He has a solid defence and an infallible technique, which is evident from an average of 44 coupled with a strike rate of 35, but he has also shown glimpses of how delightful his strokeplay can be. Hameed has also been impressive at bat-pad. The fact that he returned to cheer for his side speaks volumes about his commitment; while that should not be a part of these ratings, teenagers are entitled to some leeway.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 219 | Ave: 43.80 | Catches: 4

Keaton Jennings (6/10): Jennings failed twice in 4 innings, but made sure he made it count when it worked; a hundred and a fifty in four innings bear testimony to his approach. Jennings cautious approach is clearly modelled on Cook s, and in this series he has outdone his captain.

Tests: 2 | Runs: 167 | Ave: 41.75 | 100s: 1 | Catches: 2

Ben Stokes (6/10): Exactly why Stokes bowled only 21 overs a Test remains a mystery, for he was easily the best of the English fast bowlers in the series. He bent his back, ran in hard, reversed the ball, hurled the occasional bouncer, and kept bothering the Indian batsmen now and then. His 8 wickets came at almost 45 (which included 5 for 73 at Mohali, England s only five-for of the series), but he got 345 runs at 38 and fielded brilliantly.

Tests: 5 | Runs: 345 | Ave: 38.33 | 100s: 1 | Wickets: 8 | Ave: 44.62 | 5WIs: 1 | Catches: 5

Jos Buttler (5.5/10): Buttler missed the first 2 Tests, but started his series with a patient 43 at Mohali. Then, with England under pressure, he threw away a start in the second innings. At Mumbai he was last out for a brilliant 76. In two of his other three innings he was left stranded as England succumbed to pathetic innings defeats. One wonders what he could have done with a higher batting position. That half-point is for the acrobatic catch to dismiss Ravichandran Ashwin at Chennai. He also ran Karun Nair out with a brilliant piece of fielding in the latter’s debut Test at Mohali.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 154 | Ave: 38.50 | Catches: 5

Alastair Cook (4/10): Not many men score 369 at a shade below 37 in a series where their side has been obliterated. While Cook can take some heart from that, he needed to score at least 50% more, given his stature, experience, and past record in India. Cook had his moments, but almost never against Ravindra Jadeja, falling prey to him 6 times in 10 innings. Cook also loses a point for his captaincy, for he looked largely clueless throughout the series.

Tests: 5 | Runs: 369 | Ave: 36.90 | 100s: 1 | Catches: 3

Liam Dawson (3/10): Dawson started his Test career on a high, taking England from 321 for 7 to 477 with a patient unbeaten 66. Cook got him to bowl outside the leg to right-handers; it did not work. His 43 overs yielded 2 for 129. In the second innings he had no match for the guile of Mishra.

Tests: 1 | Runs: 66 | Ave: 66.00 | Wickets: 2 | Ave: 64.50

Zafar Ansari (3/10): Ansari actually did a decent job at Rajkot, with a patient 32 along with 3 wickets at crucial moments, but was left out in the cold after one poor Test. Unfortunately, an injury ruled him out for the rest of the Test series.

Tests: 2 | Runs: 36 | Ave: 12.00 | Wickets: 3 | Ave: 54.33 | Catches: 1

Stuart Broad (3/10): Broad makes it a point to deliver at least one outstanding spell every series. In this series he pulled that off in the second innings at Visakhapatnam, taking 4 for 33 to reduce India to 127 for 5. Unfortunately, that was all he did in the series, looking ordinary with both bat and ball.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 44 | Ave: 11.00 | Wickets: 8 | Ave: 31.00

Chris Woakes (2/10): Woakes bowled his heart out at Rajkot but did little else of note, though the two cameos at Mohali must be accounted for. All in all, it was a forgettable series for him.

Tests: 3 | Runs: 70 | Ave: 14.00 | Wickets: 3 | Ave: 81.33

Jake Ball (2/10): Ball became a punster s dream when he replaced Gareth Batty, but that was about it. He duped Cheteshwar Pujara into leaving a straight ball at Mumbai after scoring a gritty 31, but that was about it.

Tests: 2 | Runs: 45 | Ave: 11.25 | Wickets: 1 | Ave: 140.00 | Catches: 1

James Anderson (1/10): Are Anderson s days at the highest levels running out? It certainly seemed so in the series. He grabbed headlines for the wrong reasons, and did nothing barring some exceptional overs in Visakhapatnam, the only time in this series he bowled in tandem with Stuart Broad. He did not get a wicket at Mohali or Mumbai, and finished with 4 wickets for plenty.

Tests: 3 | Wickets: 4 | Ave: 53.50 | Catches: 2

Ben Duckett (0/10): He played 2 Tests but did not take a catch.

Tests: 2 | Runs: 18 | Ave: 6.00

Gareth Batty (0/10): He played a Test. He did not take a catch, either.

Tests: 1 | Runs: 1 | Ave: 0.50