The visitors came back strongly from their losses in the first two Tests to take the game by the scruff of the neck in Nottingham with a “near-complete” display in the words of skipper Virat Kohli.
One of the protagonists of India’s huge win was pacer Jasprit Bumrah who finished with figures of 2-37 in the first innings followed by 5-85 in the second.
Here, we take a closer look at the 24-year-old’s fine performance.
OVERS BOWLED: 12.2
RUNS CONCEDED: 37
OVERS BOWLED: 29
RUNS CONCEDED: 85
Making his return to the side after recovering from a thumb injury, Bumrah showed why India had missed his services so badly with a seven-wicket haul in the Test. While he looked menacing in the first innings, it was in the second he really shone with a fiery and hostile spell using the second new ball which left England’s Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes in its wake. A fiver in his maiden Test on English soil was just reward for the pacer who showed no signs of rustiness after his injury layoff.
Jasprit Bumrah in Tests:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) August 21, 2018
First five wickets haul in SA
Next five wickets haul in Eng
Relentless is the word for Bumrah’s Trent Bridge display. The pacer’s action makes it look like he might break down at any time but he did not let up on his pace at any point in the patch. There was plenty of gas left in his tank even when he came back for this third and fourth spells in the second inning as he gave England’s batsmen no respite. His excellent use of the second new ball late on day four was a sight to behold.
He took his time to get going in the first innings and was not entirely effective with the new ball despite bowling some threatening lines and lengths. Perhaps it took him some time to come to grips with the Duke ball because he was absolutely lethal with the second new-ball in the final innings. He also carried over his tendency to overstep in limited-overs cricket by bowling five no-balls in the Test and that is an aspect he will need to improve in the five-day format.
VERDICT – 8/10
It was an excellent return for the Mumbai pacer and one which will embolden India in the remaining two Tests to come. He could not have asked for a better showing in his maiden Test on English soil and the pace and accuracy he generated in both innings will have England’s batsmen worried.
Missing Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a huge blow for India but if Bumrah keeps up this performance at Southampton and the Oval, India would not really be complaining too much.
Claiming the final English wicket in no time on day five, Virat Kohli and his men scripted a crushing 203-run win in the third Test.
Having suffered losses at Edgbaston and Lord’s, India now trail 2-1 in the series with all to play for in the fourth Test at Southampton.
Here, we look at the winners and losers from the Trent Bridge Test.
If there’s one clear winner from the Test apart from the Indian team itself, it is the man-of-the-match Virat Kohli. This time around, the India skipper continues to go from strength to strength in England after his dismal tour of 2014.
The superstar is now making it a habit to score 200 runs precisely in the Tests. He laid down a marker at Edgbaston with innings of 149 and 51 and then bounced back from the disappointment at Lord’s with knocks of 97 and 103 at Trent Bridge.
His first innings display was crucial for India notching up a challenging 329 on the board with his 159-run stand for the fourth wicket with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane sowing the seeds for India’s big win.
He would not be denied his century in the second innings as he notched up his 23rd Test ton before pulling off a spectacular diving catch in the slips to dismiss Ollie Pope.
England’s batting might have left plenty to be desired but if there is one batsman they cannot have any complaints about, then it is Jos Buttler. The right-hander continued his remarkable summer which has seen him light up the IPL before making a triumphant return to the Test side.
He played a lone hand with the tail for company in England’s first innings shambles before slamming a maiden Test ton in the second while forming a gritty partnership with Ben Stokes to frustrate the visitors.
England selection chief Ed Smith might have plenty to ponder for now but there is no denying his decision to recall Buttler into the Test fold has been a masterstroke.
The India all-rounder showed signs of finally coming off age with one of the most accurate spells of swing bowling in the first innings.
Within a span of just 29 deliveries, Pandya sent back five of England’s batsmen as the hosts went on to incredibly lose all 10 wickets in a single session. Getting the balls to move both ways at will, Pandya showed he can develop into a dependable seam option for India in overseas conditions.
He then displayed his abilities with the bat with a well-taken half-century in the second innings to drive home India’s advantage.
The England opener’s place in the squad has been under heavy scrutiny with the left-hander even dropped before being brought back for the series.
His display at Trent Bridge will do him no favours in that regard after another twin failure with the bat. In both the innings, Jennings’ susceptibility outside the off-stump proved to be his undoing as he displayed signs of tentativeness which one would normally associate with a batsman woefully short of confidence.
To top it all, he grassed a few chances in the slip cordon. If heads are to roll for England post their Trent Bridge defeat, then Jennings’ will be the first on the chopping block.
India might have picked up 20 wickets in convincing fashion at Trent Bridge but Shami’s display would have fallen well short of what is expected from a strike-bowler.
The Indian pacer was erratic with his lines and lengths in the first innings and leaked plenty of runs to relieve some of the pressure on the English batsmen.
He fared marginally better in the second innings but not by much. Struggling to generate his rhythm, Shami was scatter-gun in his approach plenty of times and will need to exert better control over the new ball in the coming Tests if India are to keep up the pressure.
It is highly unfair to mention the youngster just playing in his second Test in this column but England’s selectors are doing him no favours by rushing him onto the international stage.
While he did look composed and unflustered for the most part in both his innings, his manners of dismissals will leave England shaking their heads. In the first innings, he trickled a leg-side delivery into the hands of Rishabh Pant behind the stumps while he will quickly want to banish all memories of the shot he played to be dismissed in the second innings.
With England under immense pressure and batting to save their lives in the second innings, Pope had a rush of blood to the head and chased at a wide and full delivery from Mohammed Shami only to edge the ball towards the slips where Kohli pulled off the spectacular.
The visitors made up for the disappointment of their reversals at Edgbaston and Lord’s and now trail 2-1 in the series with two Tests remaining.
One man has shone above all at Trent Bridge and that is India skipper Virat Kohli. The stylish right-hander struck 97 in the first innings before following it up with a 103 in the second.
Here, we take a closer look at his performance in the Test.
The India skipper was the man of the match with a total of 200 runs combined in the two innings. He made up for the disappointment of missing out on a century first time around by slamming his 23rd Test ton in the second to move level with Steve Smith.
His 159-run stand with Ajinkya Rahane in the first innings also paved the way for India’s challenging total and he made sure that the visitors seized the initiative with his 103-run knock to give the tourists a commanding lead. Kohli led by example in the field and showcased his athleticism by pulling off a spectacular catch in the slip cordon to dismiss Ollie Pope in England’s second innings.
India were in danger of repeating their batting failures from the first two Tests when they lost three wickets in quick succession on day one. However, a determined Kohli ensured mitigated that possibility through an uncharacteristically dogged innings.
The 29-year-old curbed his free-flowing stroke-play, especially against James Anderson to whom he has not been dismissed by in this series so far. He had the rub of the green in getting to his century in the second innings when batting on 93 as Keaton Jennings dropping a chance at slip off the bowling of Anderson but a 23rd ton was just reward for his perseverance and determination.
Any one (especially young professional batsmen) who want to know how to bat in a test match, watch Virat Kohli’s test century today. Not the highlights, they don’t show how he left the ball, & played defensively, for they were the cornerstone of his innings.— Graemefowler (@GFoxyFowler) August 20, 2018
There is barely any fault that can be found in Kohli the batsman currently but there were a few captaincy decisions which he could have played better. He kept Ishant Sharma away from the new ball in the first innings opting to instead open the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami.
He did make amends in the second innings by throwing the new ball to Ishant. He will be angry with himself for his lapse in concentration in the first innings where he once again threw away his wicket to Adil Rashid while being extremely cavalier against the England leg-spinner.
VERDICT – 9/10
Kohli is looking like a batsman very much at the prime of his game as he continues to breach new landmarks. Having seen India’s batting failures from close hand in the series, the skipper has taken it upon himself to lead from the front and how! Backing up his Edgbaston display with another Herculean performance, Kohli has well and truly banished the demons of his disastrous 2014 tour.
With Kohli batting like a man possessed, the rest of the Indian batsmen are beginning to take a cue from his game and it has reflected in a vastly improved collective batting performance. The Delhi-born star’s hunger for runs shows no signs of stopping having gone past 400 runs in the series and there could be more milestones breached by the superstar in the remaining two Tests at this rate.