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    India concludes with a dominant display
India concludes with a dominant display
Kuldeep Yadav's five-wicket haul on day one helped set India on course for victory. Getty Images

India concludes with a dominant display

Although England can point to the players they have been without, India has ultimately dominated this series without Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, and Rishabh Pant. KL Rahul played only the first Test and missed the rest of the series due to injury.

Batters Yashasvi Jasiwal, Shubman Gill, and Sarfaraz Khan, as well as wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel, all emerged. Even on the final day, captain Rohit Sharma was forced to retire with a back injury, leaving Bumrah to take over.

While the batting may look fresh, it is India's experienced and skilled bowlers who have gradually dismantled England. In previous matches, Bumrah's reverse-swing was effective, while in this match, Kuldeep's five-wicket haul in the first innings and Ashwin's masterful performance in the second innings were key. 

Ashwin took the new ball and claimed his 36th five-wicket haul in Tests, setting a new record for an Indian bowler. He exploited the weaknesses in the techniques of Duckett and Pope, and set a trap for Crawley. Ashwin has dismissed Stokes more times than any other bowler in Tests and bowled the captain on the stroke of lunch, effectively ending any notion of India batting again.

Bumrah had Hartley out lbw for 20, which was India's 17th wicket of the match but the first not taken by a spinner. In the same over, Mark Wood was given out leg before wicket to a toe-crushing yorker, completing a pair.

India was unable to score off Bashir until Ravindra Jadeja bowled one that scuttled through, and then Root's attempt to hit the ball down the ground resulted in the end of the match before tea on day three.


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