Thakur hit a half-century in each the innings and likewise took three wickets in the match, together with the essential scalp of England captain Joe Root in the second innings.
We ran a ballot asking our readers as to who ought to have been the man of the match amongst Rohit Sharma (who was named the man of the match), Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.
In a span of about 2 hours, over 76% of readers picked Thakur for the man of the match award for his contribution with each the ball and the bat.
Rohit was second with over 15% of the votes whereas Bumrah and Yadav obtained 6.5% and 1.1% votes respectively.
Interestingly, Rohit himself mentioned that Thakur also needs to have been named man of the match alongside him.
Put into bat, India have been 127/7 when Thakur, batting at No. 8, launched a spectacular counter-assault to prime rating for his aspect with a 36-ball 57. With the ball, Thakur dismissed Ollie Pope, whose 81 was the highest rating in England’s first innings.
Thakur then made a breezy 60 in the second innings and claimed two essential wickets to clear the path for India’s victory. Chasing 368, England have been cruising at 100 for no loss when Thakur dismissed Rory Burns to interrupt the stand. Thakur then successfully sealed the match when he dismissed England’s in-type captain Root for 36.
No surprise, Thakur was the followers’ alternative for the man of the match award.
Rohit was named the man of the match for his good 127 in the second innings. India conceded a 99-run first innings lead however Rohit’s century powered them to 466 of their second innings. 245 votes have been polled in favour of Rohit being named the man of the match appropriately.
104 votes have been polled in favour of Jasprit Bumrah who produced what pundits known as the “spell of the summer”. On a pitch that supplied little for the seamers, Bumrah generated reverse swing with the outdated ball to hassle the batsmen and breached Ollie Pope’s defence and, in his subsequent over, clear bowled Jonny Bairstow for a duck with a searing, inswinging yorker. That 6-3-6-2 spell by the seamer made certain England’s collapse was only a matter of time.
18 votes have been polled in favour of Umesh Yadav, who took six wickets in the match and ended the proceedings when he had James Anderson caught behind off the new ball shortly after tea on Day 5. Umesh, who had clear bowled Root in the first innings, confirmed that he’s no much less efficient than the Indian workforce administration’s first alternative quartet of pacers.
The fifth Test begins at Old Trafford on Friday.