Sweet revenge it is as India beat England in the five-match Test series emphatically with a scoreline of 4-0. It all began in the second test match where India put up a great show in Vishakhapatnam to draw first blood in the five-match India vs England five match test series. Since then England’s series suffered a major slump, and the worst of all was in the store to be displayed in the final session of the whole test series. They lost as many as 6 wickets in the third and final session of the India vs England fourth test match at the Chepauk in Chennai to lose the match by an innings and 75 runs.
India vs England 5th Test: Review
The India vs England 5th test match did not start in the worst way for the visitors as they won the toss and put up a good total of 477 in the first innings, thanks to some good batting display from Moeen Ali. Joe Root made yet another good contribution at the top and helped England to set a good stage for the later batsmen to capitalise. Indian bowlers failed to make much of an impact as there was very little on offer for the bowlers on the first two days. The English tail-enders took advantage of that and made sure that they cross the 450-run mark. Liam Dawson played a good hand down the order to score a half-century alongside Adil Rashid who also got to his fifty.
The Indians gave a strong reply as they scored a massive 759/7 in the first innings before declaring. KL Rahul was phenomenal at the top of the order, but he failed to get on to his first double hundred as he got out on 199. He became the second Indian batsman after Mohammad Azharuddin to get out on 199. However, Karun Nair playing in his third test did not make any mistake and went on to score 303. He became the second Indian after Virender Sehwag to reach the landmark. And both these innings from Rahul and Nair helped India get over the rare failure from Virat Kohli and Pujara and set up a massive first innings lead of 282 runs.
England started strongly in their second innings as they kept all their wickets till the first session on the final day of the series. However, in test match cricket there is always something surprising waiting for you. And this time Ravindra Jadeja turned out to be the surprise package. A fifth-day pitch where the odd ball was turning and bouncing saw 10 wickets falling within a space of 49 overs. England managed to score only 207. Ravindra Jadeja picked up 7 wickets while Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra picked up one wicket each. Ravi Ashwin went surprisingly wicketless. But that did not harm the Indians as they found the match winner in Jadeja.
Virat Kohli got the man of the series award for his consistent performance with the bat, while Karun Nair got the man of the match for his triple hundred. But this series win is definitely one of those team performances where everyone did their bit. The pacers always provided early breakthroughs which enabled the spinners to settle down easily and attack from the word go. The clear result is reflected in the scoreline after the end of the India vs England fifth test match. England failed to get things together, and they saw their campaign getting bad to worse.
India vs England 5th Test Match: Post-Match Excerpts
In the post match interview, Alistair Cook heaped praises on the home side and declared them to be the deserved winners. and his words summed up England’s tour of India very nicely when he said, “It’s a tough place to come and win and we have not been good enough.” And this Indian team has made things more difficult.
Virat Kohli didn’t forget to applaud the youngsters in his team who made a great contribution to this result. Regarding his young members in his team, he said, “KL had a good domestic season but didn’t have a great outing and then comes and almost gets a double century. Karun didn’t have two good Tests and then does this.” Also, he did not forget to mention that the kind of preparation they have done in the build-ups to all the matches. It has been an incredible home season for India which has won on a great note, that is beating England by the same margin with which they had beaten the Indians way back in 2011.
With this win in the India vs England fifth test match in Chennai, India remains unbeaten for eighteen matches on the trot. This is a new record which no other Indian team has managed to achieve till now. And this team deserves it. And they have managed to prove that they are the deserving toppers in the ICC rankings of the test playing nations.