Here is Cricketnext's report card as we analyse the performance of every Indian player from the game.
KL Rahul: Rating: 3 Verdict: Poor
KL Rahul had a rather forgettable game, failing to carry on the form he had showed in the 1st match of the series. He came out to bat when India needed to play out 9 overs on the 1st day and Rahul went into a shell. However, he inside edged one straight onto his stumps and was dismissed for 7. In the field, he was safe though and took one good catch as well. Unfortunately, he didn't get a chance to bat in the second innings.
Murali Vijay: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent
Making a comeback into the team, Murali Vijay again showed why he is one of India's best Test batsman at the moment as he scored a remarkable century. He played out the tough period and negated any threat from the Sri Lankan attack before making merry. Using his wrists and his feet beautifully, Vijay scored 128 off 221 balls. He had a 209-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara which took the game away from Sri Lanka. However, his DRS skills didn't exactly match his batting skills as he called for one wrong review.
Cheteshwar Pujara: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent
Cheteshwar Pujara had another superb game scoring a fine 143. It was another chanceless innings as he grinded Sri Lanka out of the game. He had two game changing partnerships, first with Murali Vijay and then with Virat Kohli to completely bat Sri Lanka out of the game. While, Pujara's phenomenal batting really doesn't come as a surprise anymore, what was good to see was his effort in the field. Pujara looked agile and also took a sharp catch in the slip column. He has certainly become one of the most vital cogs in this Test batting line-up and it will be interesting to see how he performs abroad in challenging conditions.
Virat Kohli: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent
Running out of adjectives to describe the Indian captain, Virat Kohli continued to roll out tons at will and this time he converted it into a double ton. Kohli batted with aggression and scored 213 off just 267 deliveries as he made merry on the hapless Lankan bowling. He single-handedly scored more runs than the total reached by Sri Lanka in the first innings. In the game, he also scored his 5th double-ton, equalling Brian Lara's record of most number of double tons.
Ajinkya Rahane: Rating 2: Verdict: Very Poor
Ajinkya Rahane's poor home season continued as he was cheaply dismissed yet again. With the pitch having nothing in it for the bowlers, the game was a perfect chance for the Indian vice-captain to comeback into form. However, a loose shot led to his dismissal. He will be hoping to shine in the final game of the series in Delhi.
Rohit Sharma: Rating 10: Verdict: Excellent
Playing Test cricket after more than a year, Rohit Sharma showed that he is up for the challenge even in the longest format of the game as he scored a fine century to announce his comeback. He had a 173-run partnership with Kohli to ensure India crossed 600. He was safe in the field as well, taking a good catch. He will now be looking to build on this form and prove that he should be in contention for the South Africa Test series.
Wriddhiman Saha: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
It was that kind of match where Saha's services with the bat were hardly needed. With four batsmen scoring centuries, Saha just scored one runs, when the innings was declared. He was, as usual safe with the gloves, and pouched a catch. With the pacers getting some late swing, he kept well.
Ravindra Jadeja: Rating 7: Verdict: Good
One of world's most successful spin bowlers in recent times, Jadeja had a rather forgetful first match at Kolkata where he hardly got a chance to bowl. Considering how that would have dented his spirit, he came out good in Nagpur. Jadeja just did what he does best—picking wickets. In the first innings his three wickets broke the backbone of Sri Lanka batting. Then in the second, it was he who started the fourth day on a bright note with the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne, with the first ball of his spell.
Ravichandran Ashwin: Rating 8: Verdict: Very Good
The milestone man Ashwin reached yet another landmark as he claimed his 300th Test wicket in the match. Overall it was a great outing for the Chennai lad as he claimed eight wickets in the match, and became the fastest bowler in the world to claim 300 wickets. He got the ball to dip and spin on numerous occasions and kept the scoring at bay. The only dark spot, if at all, in the match was his lacklustre batting, that will be of great importance to India when they go abroad.
Ishant Sharma: Rating 9: Verdict: Very Good
No more India's pace spearhead, Sharma in his comeback game was brilliant with the ball. In what looked like a good batting deck, the lanky bowler bowled excellent lines in the first innings, got the ball to move a bit, and got some purchase from the Nagpur track. He claimed five crucial wickets in the match which were instrumental in India's success, and looked like he belongs in the team. With this performance, he seems to have sealed his spot for the Delhi Test too.
Umesh Yadav: Rating 5: Verdict: Average
The speedster didn't really have the best of games, and picked just two wickets in the entire match. Lethal with the new and old ball alike, Umesh didn't get a lot of overs under his belt. In the first innings despite bowling his heart out, he returned with a naught, while in the second he removed the likes of Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne. These two wickets were instrumental in handing India a 1-0 lead in the Test series. He is likely to lead the pace battery in the last Test too.
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First Published: November 28, 2017, 10:01 AM IST