Here is a look at how the Indian and Sri Lankan players fared in the drawn first Test in Ahmedabad.
Virender Sehwag- 5
Sehwag failed to get going in the first innings and unleashed a moment of madness in the second after reaching his fifty. He had no business playing that shot against Rangana Herath.
Gautam Gambhir- 9
The ICC Test Cricketer of the Year lived up to his image, notching up his sixth hundred in the last eight Tests. Gambhir looked in control and was ready to put his head down as India looked to save the Test.
Rahul Dravid- 9
‘The Wall’ stood strong when the team needed him. Dravid walked in to bat with India in a precarious situation on the first day but stamped his authority with a classy 177 by the time he was cleaned up by Chanaka Welegedara the next morning.
Sachin Tendulkar – 8
The Little Master failed in the first innings but stuck for a gritty knock in the second, stitching up match saving partnerships with Gambhir and VVS Laxman. Tendulkar was in sublime touch, milking Muttiah Muralitharan early on before settling down to anchor the Indian ship. He opened up only after India had coasted through to safety. Tendulkar reached another milestone, when he became the first batsman to score 30,000 international runs in the course of his innings.
VVS Laxman – 7
Laxman was on a pair when he arrived at the crease after Gambhir perished to a sudden rush of blood after tea. With the Sri Lankans crouched near the bat and the spinners getting some kind of turn, the artist from Hyderabad got down to work, first numbing the visitors’ attack and then showcasing his trademark elegance. With Tendulkar at the other end, Laxman ensured India did not go through any hiccups in their draw.
Yuvraj Singh -6
A fluent 68 in the fist innings during a 125 run partnership with Rahul Dravid bailed India out of hot soup. Yuvi had gone in with the hosts struggling at 32 for four but the flamboyant left-handed batsman cut down on his shots and batted cleverly, especially against the spinners.
MS Dhoni- 8
The Indian skipper has this penchant to score big in tough situations and his second Test hundred came at a time when the team could have done with a knock of 110 off 159 balls. However, Dhoni was unimaginative with his field placements on a placid track and gave away too many singles.
Harbhajan Singh- 5
The Motera track was a nightmare for the bowlers, more so the spinners, but India’s premium off spinner left much to be desired with his performance. Harbhajan went for runs (189) and claimed two wickets, both late and well nigh useless.
Zaheer Khan- 7
Coming back to the Indian team after six months, Zak did not exactly set the stands on fire with his pace but showed enough heart to bounce out Dilshan and Sangakkara. The left arm speedster bent his back on a docile track and troubled the batsmen a fair deal.
Ishant Sharma- 4
The lanky pacer got India their first breakthrough, when he had Sri Lankan opener Tharanga Paranavitana caught by MS Dhoni but then went into a shell as the visitors decided to make merry. Sharma ended with two for 135, going at more than four an over in his 33 overs.
Amit Mishra- 4
The Delhi leg-spinner, heralded as Anil Kumble’s successor was the biggest disappointment for India in the opening Test. He looked out of sorts and very rusty, not having played much cricket for some time now. Mishra bowled no-balls at an alarming rate, a cardinal sin for any spinner.
Tharanga Paranavitana- 5
A gritty 35 off 55 balls just about saw off the Indian new ball attack on what was a great track to bat. Paranavitana, however, should be disappointed with his eventual effort after he was done in by Ishant Sharma. He missed out on a big one.
Tillakaratne Dilshan- 8
Sanath Jayasuriya may no longer be a part of Sri Lanka’s Test match side but Dilshan has started to fill up the legend’s boots. The Indians were blown away by his 112 off 133 deliveries and more importantly for Sri Lanka, the hosts were demoralised beyond repair.
Kumar Sangakkara- 4
Sanga looked edgy on a belter, struggling for 85 balls to collect 31 runs before sending a Zaheer Khan bouncer straight down Sachin Tendulkar’s throat at deep fine leg. His captaincy left much to be desired, just like his Indian counterpart.
Mahela Jayawardene- 10
A classy 275 on any track deserves nothing but a standing ovation. The elegant right-handed batsman put up an exhibition of high-quality batting, treating the Indian bowlers at his mercy. The back foot drives past the bowlers, the front foot drives through covers and the late cuts behind square left everyone in awe.
Thilan Samaraweera – 7
Nothing has changed much in his batting after Samaraweera took a bullet in Pakistan earlier this year. The right-handed bat struck a fluent 70 and provided solid support to Mahela Jaywardene in a crucial 138 run partnership for the fifth wicket.
Angelo Mathews- 5
The all-rounder could not have done much about a rather poor decision at the stroke of lunch on day three but he was listless with the ball too apart from a short spell on the last day.
Prasanna Jayawardene- 9
Having made his Test debut a decade back, most thought Prasanna had to languish in the sidelines because of the emergence of Sangakkara and his inabilities with the bat. However, he put the second aspect to rest with a brilliant, unbeaten 154 and establishing a world record with Mahela at the other end.
Chanaka Welegedera- 7
The left arm seamer’s inclusion instead of the seasoned Nuwan Kulasekara raised some eyebrows on the first morning of the Test match but Welegedera soon put to rest all speculation with a sensational opening burst that saw India reeling at 32 for four. He was almost unplayable in the first session in Ahmedabad and the respect show by the Indian batsmen for the rest of the innings was a tribute to Welegedera’s immaculate line and clever length on a flat track.
Dhammika Prasad- 5
Prasad would have carried the confidence of his five wicket haul when Sri Lanka last played India in a Test match back home in the Emerald Isles. He did make life difficult for India’s famed batting line up in the first morning but there was precious little he could have done on a good batting track. However, Prasad tried hard and toiled manfully through both the innings.
Muttiah Muralitharan- 4
More was expected from the highest wicket taker in Test cricket despite a Motera track that proved to be a nightmare for bowlers. Murali did not look threatening apart from a few spells on the final day. Wickets were hard to come by for the wily fox and the legend resigned to an unfriendly wicket and some top quality Indian batting on day five.
Rangana Herath- 4
The left arm spinner should thank his stars for picking up Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, who played irresponsible shots to head back to the pavilion. Again, given the conditions and the track, there was not much Herath could have done anyways. However, he tried to extract some purchase from the usual final day cracks on the wicket but the Indians negotiated him without much fuss.