Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Adil Rashid

100

Moeen Ali

83

Ravichandran Ashwin

69

Ben Stokes

68

Zafar Ansari

63

Alastair Cook

59

Joe Root

57

Haseeb Hameed

53

Murali Vijay

51

Cheteshwar Pujara

44

Ravindra Jadeja

44

Amit Mishra

43

Umesh Yadav

42

Virat Kohli

37

Mohammed Shami

36

Wriddhiman Saha

35

Jonny Bairstow

24

Stuart Broad

12

Gautam Gambhir

7

Ajinkya Rahane

7

Chris Woakes

6

Ben Duckett

3

Note: In a career context, all numbers are restricted between 0 and 5. However, in a match context, the numbers are not restricted. For simplicity, we are changing the scale here in the report and expressing every Match Impact number as a percentage. The maximum percentage (100) is assigned to the highest impact player of the match. All other players in the match are scaled relative to him. Negative Match Impact indicates that not only did the player not contribute in the match, but he also had an adverse effect on his team’s chances.​​

Scorecard

Chasing 310 in a minimum 49 overs, India fought their way to a tense draw in the opening Test against England in Rajkot on Sunday (13 Nov).

In a match that saw as many as six centurions, and two others that scored half-centuries, it was Adil Rashid who finished as the highest impact player.

The English leg-spinner claimed seven wickets in the first Test (4-114 and 3-64), including six top/middle-order ones. His quick scalps, in both innings, kept the hosts under pressure. Rashid was also the highest impact bowler of the match.

Moeen Ali, who was declared ‘Man of the match’ for his all-round effort, was the second-highest impact player. He claimed three wickets (2-85 and 1-47) and scored 117 runs in the only innings he got to bat. Ali’s century, though, was scored under pressure (the score was a tricky 102 for 3) and helped steady the innings – courtesy a 179-run stand for fourth wicket (with Joe Root) and another 62-run stand for the fifth (with Ben Stokes).

Alastair Cook was the highest impact batsman for his match tally of 151 runs. His century (130) in England’s second innings – where he and debutant Haseeb Hameed put on 180 runs for the first wicket – ensured that the match was not within the hosts’ reach.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished as India’s highest impact player for his role with bat (70 and 32) and ball (2-167 and 1-63). While all his three wickets were that of the top/middle-order, his contribution in the first innings was vital as India battled to keep the visitors’ lead to a minimum.

All in all, three Englishmen and two Indians failed in the match.

 

Karthik Swaminathan