Both skippers were vocal about this series being a perfect advertisement for Test cricket. And they were dead right. This series swung like a randomly oscillating pendulum and England ensured they pipped India at regular intervals to take the series 4-1. About today, it looked like Rahul and Pant wanted to be uninvited guests at Cook's farewell party but just as when it looked they will gate-crash it, the fun ended with Rashid's massive leg break. Anderson also etched his name into the history books by becoming the fourth highest wicket-taker by pipping McGrath. It has been a long English summer and on behalf of our team of Vineet Anantharaman, Varun Dikshit, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Shashikant Singh and many others who have typed tooth and nail to bring to you this spectacle, this is Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off. Tadaa!
Joe Root being champagned out by his mates as he holds the Trophy aloft. This party will continue for a long long time tonight and may be tomorrow.
Stats round-up courtesy Deepu Narayanan ** Most wickets by pacers in Tests:564 JAMES ANDERSON563 Glenn McGrath519 Courtney Walsh434 Kapil Dev433 Stuart Broad431 Richard Hadlee** India losing four Tests in a series:0-4 in Aus, 1947/480-5 in Eng, 19590-5 in WI, 1961/620-4 in Aus, 1967/680-4 in Aus 1991/920-4 in Eng, 20110-4 in Aus, 2011/121-4 in Eng, 2018** Man of the Match in last Test:Ian RedpathGreg ChappellSarfraz NawazSunil GavaskarMurray GoodwinJason GillespieShane BondAlastair Cook
Joe Root: Very gratifying. It has been a very tough series. India have played some exceptional cricket. And it has been some special stuff from our guys as well. Everyone watching would have been thrilled as well. It shows Test cricket is still in a good place. There were a few nerves. India batted really well to get into that position in the final session. So, credit to India for batting well and to our lads for performing in the manner like we did in the end. I mean Alastair has been such an exceptional player for such a long time. He has been a huge part of our dressing room, the way he goes about things and the way he sets up standards. I thought the reception he has had over this Test has been fitting. Jimmy has a lot left, I am sure. To achieve what he has is unbelievable. He has been bowling as well as he ever has. Hopefully, he can continue for many more years. We are growing all the time as a team. We have got some good experienced players who have done well. Some young guys have stood up and performed. We have a lot of learning to do to reach where we want to.
Now, the English players getting their medals. The first one was Alastair Cook and was greeted with a thunderous applause and so was James Anderson, who got his at the end of the line. Joe Root poses with the winners' trophy.
Virat Kohli, (2/2): We did not take our opportunities. England also don't go for draws and they played fearless cricket and so did we. You will have competitive series'. That is why you won't see draws in these kind of series'. We have not been outplayed barring Lords. We can take a lot of heart from this but need to apply ourselves better the next time around. There is a reason why we voted Sam (Curran) to be the Man of the series. He has made significant contributions. It takes character to come in and play like that. He put England in front in the 1st and 4th Test match. There should be exciting pitches all over world. I don't believe in playing safe cricket after taking a lead in the series. The fans will come and watch if both teams play for a win. Just one word for Alastair Cook. You have had a great career. I wish you well and congratulate you for what you have done. All the best for all your future endeavors.
Virat Kohli (1/2): I think a lot of credit has to go to the two young guys. Stepping up at such a crucial juncture with three wickets down for just two runs was really good. The kind of cricket we have played might not show on the scorecard. But both the teams know this series has been a competitive one. It has taken a lot out of both the sides and something that we have enjoyed. We have taken on the challenge head on and today was a case of two guys not giving up. And they actually entertained the crowd. Probably, this is the revival of Test cricket. This has been a great advertisement for Test cricket. To be brutally honest, we did not talk about whether we will win this game or not. The basic idea was to go out there and play the cricket we are known to play. When those two guys (Rahul and Pant) started hitting the ball, we thought there might be hope. There were overs left and both those guys were scoring freely. We know England are a professional side and we were just waiting and watching. Things can change in Test cricket and we realized that as the game changed within two-three overs. And that is the beauty of the format. But it takes nothing away from the two guys. Pant showed a lot of grit and character. We have character in the team and we just need some experience to close out games. I was thinking when I was watching him (Pant), when you get into a zone and when you are not thinking about the result, things go your way. It was just a great preview of what is in store for him individually and for Indian cricket. I am delighted for both the guys and it speaks of India's future. There will be some things that we will sit down and discuss.
Virat Kohli, India's Man of the Series. He will talk later after the Indian players receive their medals. Dhawan was the first one to collect and he had a wry smile on his face while picking the medal up.
Sam Curran, England's Man of the Series: It is just nice to be involved in such a great series. It came off luckily. To win the series and send off Cookie, it is perfect. I was trying to keep it as natural as I can. Playing with the likes of Broady, Jimmy and Stokes, It has been a great learning curve. For Jimmy to go past the record was pretty awesome for me to see it. I have grown up watching them play and now playing with them has been pretty cool. I think consistency is the main thing. If you look at the stats of Jimmy and Cookie, they are very impressive. Don't want to look too far ahead. It is like if you can do it once, you have the belief that you can do it again. Hopefully, I can keep contributing. Missing out on the third game and then coming back to contribute was a great thing for me. As I said, I will take one game at a time.
Alastair Cook, Man of the Match in his final Test: It has been the most amazing week. One you couldn't be able to script. Got a text from Beefy (Ian Botham) and he said 'Can I have your script writer?' It is great to be contributing to a series win. The game going into the last session with all the three results possible was a great advert for Test cricket. The memories shared with my team is what I'll miss the most. Some very good moments. Today it showed how tough Test cricket can be. I leave with great memories. I have been very privileged to have worn the cap for as long as I have. To see Jimmy go past Glenn McGrath was brilliant. Him and Broady are the ones that I have played most cricket with. To make the decision that I won't be standing at slips and dropping catches off their bowling has been tough (chuckles). Just has been a privilege to have played with England's greatest cricketer (Anderson). No disrespect to any other cricketer. He (Anderson) almost takes it for granted that he will hit the length from ball one. It is fitting that he got the last wicket, to knock out the middle-stump and win the series for us. The pressure that you go through, I won't miss that. You miss all the highs. I would miss playing for this team. Not a chance, this week can't be beaten (when asked if there was a chance he could make a comeback next Ashes if the series was on the line). I can walk away with my head held high and I have always wanted to do that.
Time for the presentations.
That moment when both Cook and Anderson wanted the other to lead the men off the field is what makes cricket such a beautiful sport. The words from Anderson and him choking with emotions tells us about the camaraderie and respect that the two legends have between them. The cricketing fraternity will be poor without you - Mr. Cook! Not much changed in Cook's cricketing demeanour throughout. He emerged as the blue-eyed boy in English cricket in the early 2000s and has gone on to become one of the greatest to have donned the English jersey.
Final Test was all about giving farewell to Cook. He scored a ton in his final Test innings to sign off in style. KL Rahul and Rishab Pant threatened to do a miracle on the final day but just when the pendulum was swinging India's way, England fought back to win at the OVAL and win the series 4-1. The scoreline doesn't reflect how close the series actually was. England nailed the vital moments, India couldn't and that really summarizes the entire series.
When one would have thought, 5-0 is on the cards, Virat Kohli and co. came storming back at the Trent Bridge. Hardik Pandya's five-wicket-haul and Indian captain's second ton of the series steered India to a memorable victory. At the Rose Bowl, Moeen Ali made a stunning come back to the Test cricket and played a stellar role in a close victory.
Who says Test cricket is on a death bed? Over the course of this series, these two teams have proved that when quality players are on the field, and conditions are cricket friendly, it is the most wonderful spectacle one can ask for. Let's summarize the series: On all the five venues, grass was as long as 8 mm, even longer than that at times. And along the expected lines, the new Dukes ball as well as the old dukes deviated extravagantly off the deck. Virat Kohli demolished the demons of 2014 tour with a magnificent hundred at Edgbaston but failed to steer his team home on the final day. England got the best of conditions in the second Test and they utilized it to the fullest, thumping India to win comprehensively.
James Anderson (teary-eyed): Happy to see that Cookie was on the field to see that wicket. I am happy to win the game. When they were building a partnership, I think it looked that they will get close. My job was to hold an end. I was going through good rhythm and thankfully Joe let me take the new ball. And eventually, it gave me half-a-chance to get that wicket. On Cook, yes, he is my best mate and I am going to miss him. He has been brilliant and has been there for me all the time.
India fought hard, India had their moments, but it was England who finally seized the initiative as they completed a 4-1 series win. Thoughts of chasing 464 were doused within two overs yesterday as the visitors found themselves in the doldrums, at 2 for 3. KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane stemmed the rot with a hundred partnership. When those two were out in the middle, thoughts of an unlikely draw emerged, then Rahane fell and was followed almost immediately by Hanuma Vihari. The end seemed near. Out walked Rishabh Pant, KL changed gears and brought up his 5th Test hundred, Pant wasn't to be left behind, he mesmerized the crowd with some dazzling strokeplay as he brought up his own maiden Test hundred. Suddenly, India envisioned hopes of an unlikely victory. The greed perhaps brought about their downfall. Rahul was stunned by a vicious leg-break from the much-maligned Adil Rashid, Pant let the emotions get the better of him and the rest fell in a heap. So, 4-1 it is, might sound harsh for the Indians, but the scoreline doesn't lie.
Anderson to Shami, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Four slips, a leg slip and a FSL for Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sam Curran to Jadeja, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Three slips for Jadeja, a gully is in now
Drinks are on the field now. We are into the final mandatory hour of the final Test and India need to survive 90 balls to let the series remain 3-1. For England, they need just 2 wickets to make it 4-1.
Sam Curran (20y 59d) is the second youngest to score 250+ runs & pick 10+ wickets in a series after Kapil Dev (19y 329d) against WI at home in 1978/79 (329 runs + 17 wickets).** Age taken at the start of the series
Mohammed Shami, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Sam Curran to Ishant, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Given out caught behind. Ishant reviews, and ultra-edge confirms an edge!
Sam Curran [7.0-2-18-0] is back into the attack
Just as well: Anderson would much rather his 564th be Jadeja than Ishant. They have a bit of history you know...
Second new ball has been taken. The Dukes factory, that churns out 300 units a day, supplies one final Special County ball this season
Over the wicket!
Two slips, two silly points, and a forward short leg
Rashid bowling from very wide of the crease here. Needs to be careful of his back foot...
Slip, silly point, forward short leg, and leg slip for Rashid
Hundreds by WKs in 4th innings:149* A Gilchrist v Pak, 1999117* Moin Khan v SL, 1995114 RISHABH PANT v Eng, 2018113* M Prior v NZ, 2013106* A Knott v Aus, 1975103 AB de Villiers v Ind, 2013101 Mushfiqur Rahim v Ind, 2010
Ishant Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Adil Rashid to Pant, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Anderson is bowling from round the wicket by the way, and Bairstow isn't up to the stumps any more.
A delay, as Pant takes some time to recover. Physically from the twisted ankle, and mentally from the shot that he can't believe he played.
P.S.: Rashid also dismissed Rahul on 199 in Chennai. Now on 149 at the Oval.
Highest 4th innings stands for India (all wickets):213 S Gavaskar - C Chauhan (1st) v Eng, Oval, 1979204 KL RAHUL - R PANT (6th) v Eng, Oval, 2018 **194*S Ganguly - R Dravid (3rd) v NZ, Hamilton, 1999185 M Vijay - V Kohli (3rd) v Aus, Adelaide, 2014
Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Adil Rashid to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
England have not taken the new ball.
Highest scores for India in 4th innings:221 S Gavaskar v Eng, Oval, 1979148* KL RAHUL *146*D Vengsarkar v Pak, Delhi, 1979141 V Kohli v Aus, Adelaide, 2014136 S Tendulkar v Pak, Chennai, 1999
144 needed off 29 overs
Highest 4th innings stands for India (all wickets):213 S Gavaskar - C Chauhan (1st) v Eng, Oval, 1979199* KL RAHUL - R PANT (6th) v Eng, Oval, 1979194*S Ganguly - R Dravid (3rd) v NZ, Hamilton, 1999185 M Vijay - V Kohli (3rd) v Aus, Adelaide, 2014
Keeper is up to the sticks.
Three more overs and then the second new ball will be available.
A lot of rough outside off and Anderson is trying to target that I suppose.
Pant's ton is first by an Indian wicket-keeper batsman in the SENA countries.
Here we go! Rashid has the ball in his hands. Slip in place. Can't see too many fielders stopping the single.
Hundreds by India's WKs outside Asia:118 V Manjrekar v WI, 1959115*A Ratra v WI, 2002104 W Saha v WI, 2016100 R PANT v Eng, 2018
India are still afloat. Rather they have the fins in the form of Pant and Rahul to swim towards their targets. One is 33 overs and the other is 166. Pant in that session reached his maiden Test ton in only his 3rd test. Detractors called for his head because of his shabby keeping but he has answered them back with a pompous knock. England's target of 5 wickets still remains. India have not lost a wicket in that middle session ensuring the long sapping summer will need a final hurrah from one of the opponents to set up another dramatic finish. Have a break and race back to see the action unleash.
Indian players reaching their maiden Test 100 with a six:Kapil Dev v WI, Delhi, 1978/79Irfan Pathan v Pak, Bangalore, 2007/08Harbhajan Singh v NZ, Ahmedabad, 2010/11RISHABH PANT v Eng, Oval, 2018 **
The keeper is up to the sticks.
Last over before tea? I guess one more over.
Youngest Indian WK at the time of maiden Test 100:20y 150d A Ratra v WI, 200220y 342d R PANT v Eng, 201821y 188d V Manjrekar v WI, 1959
Only 10 more minutes to go for Tea.
The balance has been impeccable.
Adil Rashid [5.0-0-26-0] is back into the attack
The magical number is getting into that reachable realm. 37 overs, 182, 5 wickets.
Oh forgot to mention, the keeper is up to the sticks now. It clearly tells us he can't bowl full throttle.
A half-fit Broad. An overworked Anderson. A off-the-radar Moeen Ali. England have a few problems now I feel.
James Anderson [9.0-2-33-2] is back into the attack
Highest scores by an Indian WK in 4th innings:79* RISHABH PANT v Eng, Oval, 201876* MS Dhoni v Eng, Lord's, 200767* Parthiv Patel v Eng, Mohali, 201663 Deep Dasgupta v SA, Port Elizabeth, 2001
Stuart Broad [10.0-1-30-1] is back into the attack
India need 211 off 42 overs.
Slip and FSL stays for Rahul.
Pant needs to be careful about the short ball stuff. England will try to set him up.
Stokes to restart proceedings. India will look to carry on.
Pretty uneventful hour as the players take drinks. Strange captaincy from Root, Anderson hasn't bowled a ball after his first spell, neither has Broad. Moeen has looked innocous, Stokes has looked sharp without threatening, Rashid has been a disappointment and Root gave himself a spell. Rahul has looked very solid, Pant has helped himself to a maiden half-century and India have to bat another 46 overs to force an unlikely draw
Couple of lapses in Pant's concentration, he takes a fresh guard and gets ready for the next ball
Broad has a sore rib and hasn't bowled since his first spell, not sure about Anderson
Stat: Only the fifth time India have had two 100+ stands in the fourth innings of a Test.
Another change and Root brings himself on..
100+ sixth wicket stands for India in 4th innings:136 S Tendulkar/N Mongia v Pak, Chennai, 1999119 ML Jaisimha/C Borde v Aus, Brisbane, 1968100 KL RAHUL/ R PANT v Eng, Oval, 2018
Rashid is off, Stokes is in with two slips and a gully..
Moeen switches to round the wicket
Rashid, from the other end. A slip and a FSL in place..
Two slips for Pant
Moeen to resume after lunch, a slip, FSL and a short mid-wicket in place..
Welcome back.. KL Rahul banished all his doubts with a swushbuckling innings - one of those knocks that might prove to be a turning point of his career, but will his century be the last piece of positivity in the Indian dressing room? The target is miles away and Jadeja is the last recognised batsman still left in the shed. 63 overs to survive for a draw, at the moment, the odds are very much in favour of England completing a 4-1 series victory
13:01 Local Time, 12:01 GMT, 17:31 IST: England players applaud as Rahul goes back into the dressing room. This has been his morning. He has not only survived but also dominated the England bowlers on a pitch where other Indian batsmen have found it tough. The first hour of the day was absolutely flawless for India. Both Rahul and Rahane were cruising but against the run of play, Rahane attempted an extravagant sweep shot and he perished. Soon Vihari followed him for a duck. Since then, Rahul has swept, reverse swept, pulled and hooked to keep India in the game. England need just 5 wickets to win it and make the scoreline 4-1. See you on the other side of the lunch break.
FSL, leg-slip and slip in place.
Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
This will be the last over before lunch.
KL RAHUL's hundreds:110 vs Aus, SCG, 2015108 vs SL, Colombo PSS, 2015158 vs WI, Kingston, 2016199 vs Eng, Chennai, 2016101*vs Eng, The Oval, 2018
Highest scores for India's openers in 4th innings in England:221 S Gavaskar, Oval, 1979101* KL RAHUL *80 C Chauahan, Oval, 197960 D Karthik Lord's, 2007
KL Rahul joins Sunil Gavaskar & Shikhar Dhawan as the only Indian openers to score a century in the fourth innings of an away Test.
Two slips in for Pant.
Rahul has taken his helmet off. He looks to be in some sort of pain. I am not sure entirely what is the reason. Pandya has charged to the ground with a drink.
50+ score & duck on debut for India:G Viswanath 0 & 137 vs Aus, Kanpur, 1969Devang Gandhi 0 & 75 vs NZ, Mohali, 1999H VIHARI 56 & 0 vs Eng, Oval, 2018
Rishabh Pant, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Stokes to Hanuma Vihari, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Ben Stokes [2.0-1-8-0] is back into the attack
Hanuma Vihari, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Rahane, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Lowest scores from which India have put together 100+ p'ship for the 4th wicket:2 KL RAHUL/ A RAHANE v Eng, The Oval, 2018 (103*)9 R Surti/ MAK Pataudi v Aus, Brisbane, 1968 (128)10 M Apte/ P Umrigar v WI, PoS, 1953 (135)
Rahul pulled out at the last moment. Moeen Ali will have to reload again.
Twop slips and short cover in.
It's drinks. So India, apart from a few unnecessary plays and misses, a few misadventured, have looked decent. England, meanwhile, have been nursing an injured Broad. But given the interest a couple of overs of Moeen's been around for, it should be a fun next hour.
Oh and I forgot, Moeen had a slip and a short leg. Okay, Curran now has three slips.
Moeen Ali [4.0-1-8-0] is back into the attack
Sam Curran [2.0-1-1-0] is back into the attack
Stokes is seem warming up. News?
Stuart Broad has his ribs strapped, after taking a blow while batting.
Three slips, in case you're wondering.
Stuart Broad [5.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
We're up live. Two slips. And two hours?
Most LBW dismissals in a series:45*Eng vs Ind, 2018 (5 Tests)43 Eng vs Aus, 1981 (6) 43 Eng vs WI, 2000 (5)43 Pak vs Eng, 2011/12 (3)42 WI vs Aus, 1998/99 (4)40 Eng vs Aus, 1989 (6)
Sam Curran - Very good, it's been a great series for me personally. To play well against the number 1 team in the world is very satisfying. We are 3-1 up and looking good to go 4-1, couldn't have hoped for anything better. I have had a few good innings and it has come off well, looking forward to ending the series on a high. It's nice to play with the greats of the game, Jimmy is a bit tired, but he's just one shy of going past Glenn McGrath. I have learnt a lot from the seniors, getting rid of Kohli yesterday was something very special. I am looking forward to taking this experience to the winter tours. We would love to send off Cooky with a victory. He's been a great player, we will miss him a lot, scoring 33 Test hundreds is pretty special. Looking forward to ending the series on a high
Pitch report: "Light clouds but no possibility of rain. The pitch is still good enough. All the three wickets that fell yesterday, pitch had nothing to do with it. It is a good day 5 pitch and it is all about believing that you can survive today," opines Sanjay Manjrekar in his pitch report.
Ravi Shastri in the pre-match presser talked about the fighting spirit of this Indian team; that they will not throw in the towel. Yesterday they didn’t put up the kind of fight one generally associates with this Indian team. They gave the impression that they have had enough of England and want to fly back home on the next flight. Let's see what the final day of the series, the final day of the Cook's career has in store for us.
There is only one element left in Cook's perfect farewell: England's victory. By the look of things, that isn't too difficult, unless Rahul and Rahane replicate their compatriots’ feat at the Eden, 17 years ago.
Day 5: Who says fairytale endings don't exist? Alastair Cook's final Test innings yesterday proved, they do. It is amazing how, at times, sport ends up serving us stories that even the most gifted fictional writers would struggle to come up with. By now, even Cook would have lost count of the number of standing ovations he has received at the 'KIA OVAL' over the past four days. About 15, I guess! Guinness Book of World record?
This has been a miserable day for the Indians. Their only hope to come back in the match today was to break the partnership of Cook and Root early, which they failed to do. And then Cook and Root made them chase the leather for one and a half sessions. Of all people, Hanuma Vihari broke the 259-run partnership, he picked up both Root and Cook on back-to-back balls. And that was probably the only positive for India in a day that has been the worst of their two-and-a-half month tour. India had a disaster of a start: they were 2/3 at one point. Even the saviour of the tour, Virat Kohli failed to bail them out of the trouble as he departed for a golden duck against Broad. Rahul has looked ultra-positive in his approach and thus far that has paid off for him. He and Rahane have provided some respect to India's total. The defeat looks inevitable for India but for how long India can bat tomorrow? Join us for that.
18:08 Local Time, 17:08 GMT, 22:38 IST: Another standing ovation for Cook as he takes that long walk back into the dressing room for the penultimate time in his Test career. The journey that started with a ton in the heart of India, Nagpur, would end with a ton too against India in the capital of England. He has been an absolute legend of the game. Arguably the best England have ever produced.
Five fielders around Rahane. Two slips, leg-slip, FSL and silly point.
Two slips in for Rahane.
Change of ends for Moeen Ali.
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Sam Curran, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
The ball is relatively newish and it did not turn much in that over. A pegged back length will also help as well.
The over-rate compared to all the other days has been better as we won't be eating into the entire lot of 30 minutes of extra time available.
Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Broad in that last over kept it full and at the sticks. He knows it is a patience game. England need only one strike. Both Rahane and Rahul are getting a little across the sticks.
Nine more overs to go.
Most runs for India in a losing series:692 V Kohli vs Aus, 2014/15598 M Amarnath vs WI, 1982/83593 V Kohli vs Eng, 2018584 M Amarnath vs Pak, 1982/83568 G Vishwanath vs WI, 1974/75
A review. Rahul looks to be in trouble here. It does not seem to be a call for lbw. But for an inside edge which was taken by the man at first slip. There is no inside edge. Rahul did look back though. As far as the lbw call was concerned, it was always pretty high. It is missing. NOT OUT!
The ghosts of 2014 are back. Kohli gone edging behind the sticks and India might be rolled over here. It has been a long summer in England and finally after so many months Virat feell prey to poor footwork.
Ajinkya Rahane, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Broad to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Most wickets by pacers in Tests:563 G McGrath/ J ANDERSON519 C Walsh434 Kapil Dev432 S Broad431 R Hadlee
Anderson to Pujara, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Cheteshwar Pujara, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Anderson to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Most catches for a fielder in a series:15 Jack Gregory vs Eng, 1920/2114 G Chappell vs Eng, 1974/7514 KL RAHUL vs Eng, 2018 *
Stuart Broad, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rahul and Dhawan are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. Anderson will open the attack