For the series as a whole
Strauss 8 - Batted decently without making a big score. Captaincy never gets a lot of praise but there can't have been many captains to lead teams that win this big this often. Got the bowling choices right most of the time and clearly has the respect of his men. In fact I'm gonna bump him up to an 8.
Cook 7.5 - Struggled heaps early on, played a monsterous innings at Edgbaston, got a start at The Oval and generally good in the field
Trott 7 - A glance at his series average suggests he was below par. However, one of those innings was a crackhead innings. And another one was a vital 70 when India were all over us on day one. It won't be remembered much after all the runs that were plundered during the series, but it could have been very different had he got out then
Pietersen 9 - His best ever series, his rut seems an awfully long time ago now
Bell 9 - See above in many ways - there can't be too many doubts left about Bell
Morgan 5 - Played a couple of decent innings but struggled heaps. Should do well in the subcontinent but needs to work hard to get up to the required level against quality pace before the Saffas visit
Bopara 5 - On a bit of a hiding to nothing but really should have cashed in at Edgbaston. Robbed of a 50 by rain but looked decent at The Oval. Will get another chance.
Prior 8 - Outperformed his opposite number by an enormous amount, best in the world
Bresnan 9 - Shone with ball and bat
Broad 10 - one of the great series, made top-class batsmen look like amateurs. Wouldn't make India's strongest XI though
Anderson 9 - what else could I say aside from cliches?
Tremlett 6 - A disappointing match by his standards. Wasn't missed much but only because Brezza was so good - Tremmers would have destroyed the likes of Raina given the lack of any ability to play the short ball
Swann 5 - As usual he came to the party when the situation really called for him, and he did okay at Lord's. Won't want to see much of his bowling from TB ever again though.
Sehwag 0 - Can't play the moving ball. Unfit but wouldn't have done anything anyway because he isn't good enough
Gambhir 1 - Off the top of my head I can't think of anything noticeable he did aside from bang his head
Mukund 1 - Better than Sehwag
Dravid 9 - one of three standout batsmen in the series and India's best player by a mile. Deserves a rest, not an ODI call-up
Tendulkar 5 - Rarely looked on song, Broad and Anderson made him look ordinary
Laxman 3 - Unfortunate to be shunted about so much but looked fairly clueless fairly often.
Yuvraj 5 - Played one decent innings, one joke innings, bowled filth
Raina 2 - India's second best bowler
Dhoni 3 - Demonstrated good sportsmanship with his brainless batting, laughable keeping and bizarre captaincy, as well as recalling Bell. India's third best bowler
Harbajhan 1 - Awful
Mishra 3 - Stop bowling no-balls. In fact, stop bowling. India's second best batsman
Praveen 8 - Exceeded expectations with the ball, an entertainer with the bat
Sharma 2 - One very good spell, disastrous the rest.
Sreesanth 1 - An embarassment of a cricketer and human being
Zaheer 0 - Ever heard of a gym? Wanker
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RIP Craigos. A true CW legend. You will be missed.
Last edited by GIMH; 22-08-2011 at 12:19 PM.