Moeen Ali not only took India by surprise at Southampton, he actually made some of the game's biggest pundits eat their words. Sourav Ganguly, India's former Test captain and one of the most respected commentators of the game, is one of them.
Ali captured eight wickets (conceding 129 runs) in a Test match for the first time. With 15 wickets in the present series, Ali has provided the seventh instance when a spinner has bagged 15 wickets or more in a series against India outside the sub-continent. West Indian, Jack Noreiga was the last spinner to take 15 wickets against India outside the sub-continent. He took 17 in four Tests in 1970-71.
Cricket's glorious uncertainties were on show at the Ageas Bowl. That the game makes a mockery of name and fame was there to see as well. Men like Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli are classic examples. Aggression can be misplaced at times. Tattoos don't score runs. Sensible batting approach do. India's top batsmen didn't learn their lessons in three Test matches.