Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Virat Kohli

100

Ravichandran Ashwin

79

Jayant Yadav

57

Murali Vijay

55

Ravindra Jadeja

41

Joe Root

34

Jos Buttler

26

Keaton Jennings

22

Adil Rashid

21

Jonny Bairstow

20

Moeen Ali

18

Jake Ball

13

Parthiv Patel

13

Chris Woakes

11

Alastair Cook

10

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

9

Cheteshwar Pujara

9

Ben Stokes

7

Lokesh Rahul

5

Umesh Yadav

4

Karun Nair

3

James Anderson

2

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

India sealed the series in Mumbai on Monday (12 Dec) following a comprehensive innings and 36 run win over England. With the hosts leading 3-0, the fifth Test in Chennai is now a dead rubber,

Virat Kohli was the highest impact player, and batsman, of the fourth Test for a near-flawless double century (235) – his third as captain.

The Indian skipper was under pressure when his team lost three quick wickets for 45 runs (they went from 262 for three to 307 for six), but he wouldn’t buckle. Kohli found an able ally in Jayant Yadav (104) and the pair put on 241 runs for the eighth wicket, ensuring India took a crucial lead.

This was the second-highest impact performance of Virat Kohli’s Test career, behind his heroics in Visakhapatnam earlier this month.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest impact bowler, and second-highest impact player, of the match. Eight of his twelve wickets (6 for 112 and 6 for 55) were that of the top/middle-order and he was, by far, the most restrictive bowler of the fourth Test.

Joe Root, meanwhile, finished as England’s highest impact player. He scored 98 (21 and 77) runs in the match and claimed two top/middle-order wickets (2-31).

While just three Englishmen failed in the match – as opposed to five Indians – the visitors had no answer to the combined high impact efforts of Kohli, Ashwin, Yadav and Murali Vijay (136).

 

Karthik Swaminathan