India vs Sri Lanka 2017: Rating Indian players after the 2nd Test match
India asserted their supremacy over Sri Lanka in Nagpur as they crushed them by an innings and 239 runs. The Indian bowlers wiped off the Sri Lankan batting just after lunch as the visitors wilted on a pitch which had aided Indian batting for the last two days.
By all means, this was a complete match for India as several of the players who were making a comeback into the playing eleven stood out for the hosts.
We rank the different players from the Indian team in this slider. (out of 10)
Murali Vijay: 8.5
The Tamil Nadu man was making a comeback of sorts after his position at the top of the order was taken away by Shikhar Dhawan. However, Vijay looked to be in fine nick right from the word go and sent a timely reminder to the selectors and the Indian management that he is still the best bet to face the new ball when India take the guard in South Africa.
His score of 121 runs was both gritty and aesthetically pleasing!
KL Rahul: 1
Rahul has been in brilliant form over the past 15 months, but he missed out in Nagpur on a brilliant batting surface. He played a very loose stroke outside the off stump and lost his wicket.
Cheteshwar Pujara: 9
India's glue in the batting order, Pujara was once again very obdurate and convincing and his appetite for spending time at the crease and grafting for runs is only growing with every passing match.
His partnership with Murali Vijay and then with Virat Kohli effectively took the game well away from Sri Lanka. His innings of 143 might not have been pretty but it was very effective.