India player ratings vs West Indies: Superb Hanuma Vihari gets a 9 but Cheteshwar Pujara disappoints

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A deserved maiden Test ton for Vihari.

A 257-run victory in second and final Test against West Indies at Kingston has brought to an end a highly successful 2019 tour of the Caribbean for India.

The visitors had previously captured the ODI and T20 series without losing a single game and their latest victory at Jamaica has added a 2-0 Test clean sweep to their tally.

Virat Kohli and his men have now bagged all 120 points on offer in what was their maiden assignment of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship.

At the end of a comprehensive Test triumph for India in the Caribbean, we rate how the Indian players performed.

KL Rahul – 5/10

The opener got starts in both innings at Antigua without being able to convert them into fifties but he could only muster a match-haul of 19 runs at Jamaica. Another opportunity wasted for him to cement his place.

Mayank Agarwal – 5/10

The fellow India opener didn’t really do much better than Rahul either with just one-half century to show for along with three cheap dismissals. Still finding his feet at the international level.

Cheteshwar Pujara – 3/10

A horror Caribbean sojourn for Pujara.

A horror Caribbean sojourn for Pujara.

A horror tour for the India No3 who was outstanding for India in their maiden triumph in Australia earlier this year. His 27-run knock in the second innings at Jamaica was his best display.

Virat Kohli – 8/10

The India skipper made amends for his rash dismissal in the first innings at Antigua with a fine fifty in the second. He was looking good for a century in Jamaica before perishing for 76.

Ajinkya Rahane – 9/10

It was some return to form for the India deputy skipper who registered his first Test ton in over two years. A series aggregate of 271 runs for the right-hander who scored less than 50 runs only once in his four innings.

Rahane is back in form.

Rahane is back in form.

Hanuma Vihari – 9/10

The biggest positive for India from their entire tour was the emergence of Hanuma Vihari as a solid and reliable middle-order batsman. The right-hander’s scores in the series were 37, 93, 111 and 53 not out which tells you all you need to know about his impact.

Rishabh Pant – 5/10

A series to forget with the bat for the youngster but he did show improvement in his glovework behind the stumps and has now broken Dhoni’s India record for taking the least number of Tests (11) to complete 50 dismissals.

Ravindra Jadeja – 6/10

The all-rounder was given the nod ahead of Ravi Ashwin to operate as India’s sole spinner in the series and he did reasonably well with the ball as the pacers did bulk of the damage. Also registered a crucial fifty down the order in the first Test.

Ishant Sharma – 9/10

An excellent tour for the veteran pacer who picked up 11 wickets in total including a five-for at Antigua. His transformation from an inconsistent but talented pacer to reliable one who can perform in all conditions has been tremendous. Also registered his maiden Test fifty.

Jasprit Bumrah – 9/10

Bumrah writes himself into the record books.

Bumrah writes himself into the record books.

Some impact by Bumrah on his maiden Caribbean tour with 13 including two five-wickets hauls and a sensational hat-trick at Jamaica. The 25-year-old’s newly developed outswinger wreaked all kinds of havoc, drawing high praise former Windies greats such as Viv Richards, Andy Roberts and Ian Bishop.

Mohammed Shami – 8/10

Nine wickets for Shami across the two matches and his pace partnership with Ishant and Bumrah continues to go from strength to strength.

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India complete a 2-0 series win over the hosts.

India completed a 2-0 series clean sweep over West Indies with a resounding 257-run victory in the second and final Test at Kingston, Jamaica.

The visitors were eight wickets away from victory when the day began after reducing Windies to 45-2 in the second innings towards the end of Day Three. The hosts were ultimately bundled out for 210 runs in their second innings while attempting to chase a mammoth 468.

Half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari on Sunday helped India amass 168-4 in the second innings after they opted not to enforce the follow-on against the hosts. Earlier, Windies had been bowled out for just 117 runs in the first-innings in reply to India’s 416.

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Ashes 2019: Stuart Broad excited by the prospect of watching Jofra Archer bowl to Steve Smith

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Archer vs Smith version 2.0.

Stuart Broad is bristling with excitement at the prospect of watching Jofra Archer renew his battle with Steve Smith during the fourth Ashes Test.

The Ashes are well and truly alive after Ben Stokes’ heroics brought England back from the brink at Headingley, and the teams will square off at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday tied at 1-1 with two to play.

While Stokes is undeniably the man of the moment, having made his bid for greatest Test innings of all time, there is also the tantalising promise of seeing the most compelling head-to-head contest of the summer reprised.

Archer bowled a fierce spell at Smith during the drawn match at Lord’s last month, culminating in a 92mph bouncer that struck Australia’s best batsman in the neck and left him with a concussion that ruled him out of events in Leeds.

Smith, who has 378 runs in three innings, appeared in last week’s tour match against Derbyshire and will be looking to prove he can get the better of Archer this time around.

Broad, for one, cannot wait.

“It’s great to have him back. No-one wants to see anyone miss cricket through a head injury. But Test cricket is a brutal sport, it’s a sport where countries go hell for leather against each other,” he said.

“I’m sure when Steve comes in Jofra will be in Joe Root’s ear wanting the ball, no doubt about that. Jofra will be excited to continue that battle.

“There will be a period in this game where those two come together again and touch wood I’m on the pitch to view it. That’s the intensity Test cricket brings, that’s the theatre.

“I might be stood at mid-on but I’ll be excited when Jofra asks for that ball. It was a really tasty bit of cricket at Lord’s, Smith was on 70 or 80, playing beautifully, and Jofra went from 84mph to 95mph. He was really charging in.

“That sort of cricket is awesome to watch on the telly or from the stands but when you’re stood at mid-on it’s pretty special. Hopefully we can have a battle like that again.”

While Australia will be buoyed by the return of their cornerstone, England are dealing with the fact that their record wicket-taker, James Anderson, is out of the series.

Having pulled up on the first morning of the opening match with a calf injury, his hopes of coming back in time for his home Test have been scotched. Instead, at the age of 37, the focus has shifted to when and if he will play again.

There has been no indication that he is ready to walk away and Broad expects his long-term partner in crime to do everything in his power to wear the Three Lions again.

“I had in my mind the idea that it was almost written in the stars that he would be back, open the bowling at the James Anderson End and bowl us to victory, but that’s not going to happen,” he added.

“He’s got a lot of cricket left in him. I think he’s realistic – at 37 your body takes longer to heal. He’s got a period of time now that he can let it rest. I don’t know for certain, but from the conversations I’ve had, he’s looking at the winter and getting fit and wanting to be on that trip (to New Zealand).”

At 33, Broad is enjoying a renaissance of his own after finding himself edged out of the side at various points during recent trips to Sri Lanka and the West Indies, with 14 wickets at 25.35 in the series.

And he has indicated he is working towards the finals of the inaugural World Test Championship, hosted in England in 2021.

“This is the best I’ve bowled in three or four years,” he said.

“I feel I have reinvented myself in the last six or seven weeks on the international stage and that’s come from hunger and drive to get better. It’s an encouraging sign at 33 that I’m not tailing off. I’m actually wanting to continue and try and win this Test championship.

“It doesn’t feel like the Ashes series is the new cycle anymore, it feels like that World Test Championship Final is the new cycle.”

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