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India vs England: Sachin Tendulkar names standout player of the series

Barring Lord’s, the series was a closely contested affair and both teams gave it their all. India were ahead in almost all the Test matches, but blinked when it mattered the most as England won the crucial moments.

cricket Updated: Sep 12, 2018 20:38 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Sam Curran was the difference between the two sides in the 1st and 4th Test matches.(AP)

The scoreline of the just-concluded series between India and England reads 4-1, but if we ignore the numbers and focus more on the matches played, the picture is different. Barring Lord’s, the series was a closely contested affair and both teams gave it their all. India were ahead in almost all the Test matches, but blinked when it mattered the most as England won the crucial moments.

The biggest find for England this season was young Sam Curran as he was responsible for single-handedly taking the game away from India in the first Test at Edgbaston and then against in the fourth Test at Southampton.

Sachin Tendulkar too named Curran as the biggest find for England and called him a smart-thinker.

Curran, who is only 20 years old, bailed England out in the first test when his counter-attacking innings of 63 put the target out of India’s reach. He also took five wickets in the match to inspire a memorable win for the hosts.He was dropped for the second match at Lord’s, but then drove home his worth all over again at Southampton.

He scored 78 in the first innings and then added 46 in the second to clinch the match and the series for England. He was also adjudged man of the series (from England) for his all-round performances in the series.

First Published: Sep 12, 2018 20:36 IST