India vs England Test RATINGS: Root produced a near-flawless display

India vs England first Test RATINGS: Joe Root produced a near-flawless display to bring up a record-equalling 26th win as captain… but Dan Lawrence is discovering Test cricket is a tough school after his debut half-century in Sri Lanka

  • England stunned India by sealing a 227-run victory in the first Test in Chennai
  • The famous triumph was among England’s greatest ever away Test victories
  • Joe Root shone with the bat while James Anderson worked magic with the ball
  • Here, Sportsmail rates the performances of both sets of players in Chennai

England began their unlikely quest to make the final of the World Test Championship in stunning style, defeating India by 227 runs in Chennai.

Joe Root’s team need to win three of the four matches in this series to meet New Zealand in the ICC showpiece in June and are now unbeaten in 11 matches under his leadership, stretching back to 2019. This was their sixth successive away victory.

Here, Sportsmail’s Richard Gibson rates the performances of Root’s team and the hosts at the MA Chidambaram Stadium…

England claimed one of their greatest ever away Test victories after stunning India by 227 runs


Rory Burns – 5.5: Lined up the ball surprisingly well given that he came in cold from paternity leave but provided India with an opening via an injudicious reverse sweep on the first morning.

Dom Sibley – 8: Has shown himself to be a real problem solver, a characteristic that suggests a lengthy international career lies ahead. Has opened up both his mind and his stance to succeed against spin.

Dan Lawrence – 4: Discovering that Test cricket’s a tough school following his debut half-century in Sri Lanka. Missed two balls that would have gone on to hit middle stump. Too high at three.

Despite the resounding victory for England, Dan Lawrence found batting tough in Chennai

Joe Root – 9.5: Almost flawless. But as Root himself says ‘there is always room for improvement.’ What a way to celebrate a 100th cap – a double hundred, man of the match and a record-equalling 26th win as England captain.

Ben Stokes – 7.5: A rambunctious first-innings 82, another spectacular ‘claw’ catch at slip and the wicket of Virat Kohli on his return from a six-month Test absence. Big impact on his return.

Ollie Pope – 6: Endured a fight for fluency with the bat during his comeback from shoulder surgery but stuck in to maintain the tourists’ momentum via a stand of 86 with Root. Good at short-leg.

Jos Buttler – 6.5: Heads home following a sound display behind the stumps in which he crucially took the chances created by the spinners. Alert to balls bobbling into no-man’s land. Two starts without going on with the bat.

Joe Root led the way thanks to his superb double century in the first innings of his 100th Test

Dom Bess – 8: Admitted mid-match he has good days and bad. The good on day three being very good, and his dismissal of Kohli was a stunning example of an off-spinner working to a plan.

Jofra Archer – 8: Showed what a weapon he can be overseas with a hostile opening spell to derail India’s top order and roughed up Ravichandran Ashwin in the second innings before sealing victory with the final wicket.

Jack Leach – 8.5: An extraordinary comeback from his mauling by Rishabh Pant on the third afternoon. His initial eight overs cost 77 runs but hit back with figures of 42-9-104-6 thereafter.

Jimmy Anderson – 9: A carpe diem introduction for England’s evergreen attack leader on the fifth morning; a virtuoso performance of reverse swing that will be spoken about for years to come.

Jimmy Anderson produced an astonishing spell of reverse swing to seal victory for England


Rohit Sharma – 3: Victim of a couple of new-ball snorters from Jofra Archer and Jack Leach.

Shubman Gill – 7: One of the world’s emerging batting stars shone briefly before Anderson scythed through the gate.

Cheteshwar Pujara – 7.5: Kept his composure as wickets tumbled in the first innings and fell to a beauty from Leach in the second.

Virat Kohli – 6.5: Less of the snarl and not necessarily better for it, although his touch in the second innings could be an ominous sign.

Ajinkya Rahane – 2: One run across two innings represented a massive comedown for a man lionised for his leading of India in Australia.

India captain Virat Kohli’s touch in the second innings could spell trouble for England

Rishabh Pant – 7.5: Chutzpah in Chennai followed glory at the Gabba but England held their nerve to quell India’s situation-defying danger man.

Washington Sundar – 6: Lengthened India’s batting at number seven but wicketless with his off-spin and therefore under pressure for his place.

Ravichandran Ashwin – 8: Nine wickets for India’s bowling trump card; his peppering from Archer, however, is a sign of things to come.

Shahbaz Nadeem – 2: Offered no-balls and no threat to England. Poor substitute for fellow left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Ishant Sharma – 7.5: Became only the third Indian pace bowler to reach 300 Test wickets and bowled with typically huge heart throughout.

Jasprit Bumrah – 7.5: Not much in his favour conditions-wise but still picked up four wickets in his first Test on home soil.

While England showed their class, they know a tougher test awaits next time out in Chennai

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