Impact Sheet

PLAYER

MATCH IMPACT

Cheteshwar Pujara

100

KL Rahul

94

Ajinkya Rahane

71

R Ashwin

53

Ravindra Jadeja

47

Nathan Lyon

42

Josh Hazlewood

36

Mitchell Starc

27

Umesh Yadav

24

Shaun Marsh

23

Matt Renshaw

21

Steve O’Keefe

18

David Warner

16

Steven Smith

16

Matthew Wade

15

Peter Handscomb

14

Wriddhiman Saha

14

Ishant Sharma

13

Virat Kohli

13

Karun Nair

9

Mitchell Marsh

5

Abhinav Mukund

5

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 drew level in the four-Test match series after they won a riveting contest in Bangalore by 75 runs on Tuesday (7 Mar).

Cheteshwar Pujara (17 and 92) edged ‘Man of the match’ KL Rahul (90 and 51) to finish as the highest impact player and batsman of the second Test.

Rahul scored more runs but, when seen within the context of the match, it was Pujara’s knock under immense pressure in India’s second innings – highlighted by a 118-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane – that proved crucial. The home team were able to build on the lead and give their bowlers a target to defend.

Both Pujara and Rahul produced, what turned out to be, the highest impact performance of their respective Test careers.

R Ashwin was the highest impact bowler for his match haul of eight wickets (2 for 84 and 6 for 41). The off-spinner was hard to score off and his quick strikes put the visiting team under pressure during the chase.

Nathan Lyon finished as Australia’s highest impact player (match figures of 8 for 132).

In all, one Australian and two Indians failed in the Bangalore Test.

 

Karthik Swaminathan