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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

England v India winners and losers: Captaincy struggles hurt Kohli

Paul Radley puts together a list of players who did well, and those who did not in the five-match series that concluded at The Oval

Virat Kohli's, centre, first series in England as India captain ended in disappointment. AP Photo
Virat Kohli's, centre, first series in England as India captain ended in disappointment. AP Photo

The English Test summer is now over with England 4-1 victors over world No 1 side India in their five-match series.

Following the completion of the action, Paul Radley assesses who has been the winners and losers during the last six weeks of action.

Three up

Sam Curran (England)

And to think England actually dropped him for one game. The four he played, they won. The one he missed, they lost. Coincidence? Possibly, but one thing is for sure, he is now due a long run in the side. His match-turning 63 in the opener at Edgbaston was perhaps the seminal point of the series.

Sam Curran was brilliant for England, especially in crucial situations in the series. Getty Images
Sam Curran was brilliant for England, especially in crucial situations in the series. Getty Images

Ishant Sharma (India)

Ishant Sharma was one of India's most destructive fast bowlers against England. Reuters
Ishant Sharma was one of India's most destructive fast bowlers against England. Reuters

Harbhajan Singh’s debut in the Sky commentary box in the opening Test saw him bemoan the fact Ishant, his long-time India teammate, has never really learnt any new tricks. The lanky fast-bowler made a joke of that theory by finishing as India’s leading wicket-taker, with 18 in the series.

Moeen Ali (England)

England off-spinner Moeen Ali continued to trouble India's batsmen, like he did in 2014. AFP
England off-spinner Moeen Ali continued to trouble India's batsmen, like he did in 2014. AFP

It is often said that a player’s stock can rise more when they are out of the England side than in it. Moeen’s early-summer absence only ever felt like the selectors killing time waiting for his rebirth. So it proved as he made a triumphant return with nine wickets in Southampton to settle the series.

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Three down

Virat Kohli (India)

Virat Kohli's Asia Cup absence could benefit the Indian team. AP Photo
Virat Kohli's Asia Cup absence could benefit the Indian team. AP Photo

A different class of batsman to anyone else – in this series and anywhere else besides. But as a captain? Questions have to be asked. His headstrong manner is central to his greatness. But it means many revel when it does go wrong for him. A final innings golden duck felt like hubris.

Keaton Jennings (England)

Keaton Jennings flopped with the bat throughout the series against India. Getty Images
Keaton Jennings flopped with the bat throughout the series against India. Getty Images

A likeable, good-natured, left-handed opener who made a century on Test debut? Jennings might share a number of similarities with the departing Alastair Cook, but savvy judgement on off-stump and a penchant for heavy-runscoring do not appear to among them.

Dinesh Karthik (India)

It is difficult to see a way back into the Test side for wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik from this position. AFP
It is difficult to see a way back into the Test side for wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik from this position. AFP

Which Indian batsman suffered most against James Anderson and Co? Take your pick. Murali Vijay was binned. Shikhar Dhawan was a shambles. KL Rahul only bloomed belatedly. And it is difficult to see a way back into the Test side for wicketkeeper Karthik from this position.

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