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India once again romped home with a convincing win over England in the third Test in Mohali. They beat the visitors in a comprehensive manner for an eight-wicket win. But this was possible only after some inspiring performances on a pitch that tested the batsmen. Indian bowlers were simply better than England’s. Here are the other players for India who stood out.
Ravindra Jadeja: India could not have though of this win without Ravindra Jadeja. His innings of 90 when India batted first enabled the team to take a significant first innings lead and later, he chipped in with two crucial wickets to not allow England to score runs in the second innings. He bowled economically in both innings, as his captain demanded from him. It is a pity that he could not score his first Test century. And obviuosly there is his fielding which is completely a plus for the team.
R Ashwin: India’s leading spinner took a five-wicket haul in the first innings and then got the three early wickets in second to derail England. But his two half-centuries in each innings propelled India over 400 run score. In the second, he stabilised Indian innings and with Jadeja took India to the lead. He had a horrid start to the match as he dropped a dolly off Alastair Cook, had a couple of misfields but ultimately turned it around with his all-round performance.
Parthiv Patel: The comeback man Parthiv Patel was impressive with both bat and his glove-work behind the stumps. While he missed the half-century in the first innings, he made sure he reached there in the second. He ended up making unbeaten 67 off just 54 balls and led India to victory. Behind the stumps, he took some good catches and even affected some stumpings.
Jayant Yadav: If there was anything that actually was new in this Test for India was the contribution from the lower-order batsmen. While India can consider Ashwin and Jadeja to be all-rounders, Jayant Yadav, playing only his second Test, raised his hand up to be the third all-rounder of the team. He scored his maiden half-century which helped India take the first innings lead over 100. He also picked up crucial wickets to bowl out England.