Rahul 199 leads strong India reply
KL Rahul fell one short of a maiden double-hundred after leading India's response to England's 477 in excellent batting conditions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium
4.35pm: Phew. Bit of a flood, there. Not just the England wickets... India have got their hands back on the Anthony De Mello trophy, the players celebrating in front of the stands. Chepauk has witnessed another thriller. India's unbeaten record stretches to 18, and they have five more home Tests to come in this bumper season. From a neutral stand point, it really is great to see Test cricket being given such love. England won't be feeling it right now, though. Another defeat dumps them down to fifth in the rankings - and the questions for Alastair Cook's captaincy will not be going away, as they pack their bags and return from seven subcontinental Tests with W1 D1 L5 stamped in their passports (and now seven months without a match). Anyway, you can stick a fork in me - I'm done (like England). Karthik will have captured the glorious madness (there's nothing like a fifth-day, final-session Test win) in his report and we'll have plenty more to come on the site. Thanks for your comments and company over the last few weeks - join us again for some more crash-bang-wallop in the one-dayers in the New Year. May you all have a Virat Kohli of a Christmas... From myself, Miller, Gnasher, Al, Nikhil, Karthik, George and everyone else: Cheerio!
4.15pm: We've still got the presentations to come, of course. You can talk amongst yourselves... Ah, here we go, Shastri's back on the mic. First up, time to make that MoM decision: Ravindra Jadeja gets a gong of some sort but the match award goes to Karun Nair for his 303 not out - and that his maiden Test hundred: "I think it will take a couple of days to set in. I was going through all the texts and wishes that I got [last night]. It's an amazing feeling when you contribute to winning a match, so hats off the to team. Everyone congratulated me but we were more focused on winning the match. There's a lot to learn, I've been learning each day, working hard on my game."
India captain Virat Kohli is Man of the Series: [Proud of team?] "Absolutely, especially after winning 3-0, coming out and performing like this, evidence of the character in the side. It was evident the way they batted, bowled. We wanted the youngsters to step up, someone like KL, then Karun comes in after two Test matches. They got us to a position where there was only one winner. Always a tricky position, score 477 then concede a lead of 282. We understood that if we got a couple of wickets, it could slide pretty quickly, Jadeja doing his job, picking up seven - it was great to watch. [4-0 despite losing four tosses?] Toss was out of the equation, pitches out of the equation. Conceded 400 but ended up winning by an innings, that doesn't happen very often. We worked hard day in, day out, we don't care what happens outside, lots of respect in the changing room. That's how we ended up being in a winning position more often than not. Every time were we under the pump, we've fronted up. The lower order has made outstanding contributions. [Fast bowlers] The pace was up there, consistency, better than theirs and that makes me very proud."
Here's England captain Alastair Cook: "No excuses, India were the better team and deserved to win. It was a fifth-day wicket, out of the rough it turned, we got ourselves in a good position at lunch but it wasn't enough to get out. We dropped vital chances and India have been punishing us - it's hard to stop the momentum. Credit to Virat, they've outplayed us. Hard to say as a professional but they've been better. It's a series of missed opportunities, dropped catches have cost us. Not being able to score enough runs and take enough wickets. It's a tough dressing room to be in, we tried as hard as we can but wasn't good enough. Same for both sides, but momentum can go with you. It's a tough place to come to."
"Hi Alan, Shastri and Jadeja were talking in Hindi. Jaddu does speak Gujarati too but Shastri doesn't." Many thanks, Jati Mathu
"I watched 3 days of the test and returned from Chennai only to miss this fantastic finish!" yelps atul bhogle. "Chennai lives up to its reputation of providing great matches! I must say this relentlessness of the Indian batting and bowling has come about under Kohli only. This is truly Kohli's team now. Take a bow King Kohli!"
"17 wickets fell in the first four days, then 10 in the final day," notes Shyam.V, "what a turnaround of fortunes!!!"
Here's Must Hamid: "Jadeja picked 10 out of the 20 wickets for his team while Nair scored 303*. we got to feel sad for Whoever NOT receiving M-o-M today..."
GG, the stage is yours: "The test match has ended... and none of my 1000 plus messages have managed to get a post - I hope now Alan you will have some mercy on me and give me a post! I only hope the team does not get too carried away from its recent success in India - the true test on foreign soil is still to be taken... till then enjoy the limelight!"
4.05pm: Let's hear from the spin twins, Jadeja and Ashwin. Ravi Shastri chats to Jadeja in his own language (
presumably Gujarati I'm told Hindi), which I'm not too familiar with, but I did catch this: "It was a good experience, bowling on a flat tack and getting a five-for."
Ashwin: "It was a challenging track to bowl on, I thought he did really well to vary his pace. We wanted to be very aggressive, come out and knock a couple over. The heartening fact was everyone in the series was in the game. They put their hand up, Ishant, Umesh got crucial wickets. Jaddu hardly gives anything away, which gives me freedom to give it a bit more air and vary the pace."
Here's the man who got 199, KL Rahul: "Not easy, been a tough road for me, coming in and out, not easy being injured. But I was really humbled to go out there and get some runs, then I wanted to get as many as I can. [Missing 200?] It will take some time to leave me but hopefully I will learn from my mistakes and get better and better. It was turning off the rough and the slower the spinners bowled the more it bounced. The fast bowlers created pressure and the rough, which Ashwin knew would come in handy."
And a word from the coach, Anil Kumble: "Karun helped us get to 280 [ahead] and that gave us an opportunity. We all knew about his ability, we were disappointed with the first couple of knocks he had, but as soon as he got going he showed what he is capable of. He's a long-term prospect, in his third match to score a triple-hundred is fantastic. Everyone has come in and contributed and we have won on fantastic wickets, despite losing the toss."
3.57pm: What a finish. What a finish! Kohli's India are relentless. For the second Test in a row, they have seen the opposition's 400 and raised it, then pile-drivered their way to victory. There are plenty of people in the stands to celebrate as the India players go on a lap of honour. England, by contrast, have slumped like a drunk with sunstroke, defeated for the eighth time in Tests this year - equalling their worst. At lunch, they had all ten wickets in hand; at tea, they still had six between them and India. Then Moeen Ali chipped Jadeja to mid-on and the dominoes began to tumble. They went from 192 for 4 to 207 all out in what seemed like a blink, 6 for 15 to finish off their winter of grisly collapses. That first-innings total of 477, by the way, is by far the largest in an innings loss.
Looks like there was a bit of chat between Buttler and Parthiv there - maybe just reflecting on old times as Mumbai Indians? Anyway, here comes Jake Ball, England's last line of defence
shri: "who is more nervous? an English fan or an Indian fan?" Can we have a straw poll?
Amit Mishra from the other end. England have whittled away 20 mins
"England trying all the Jokers in the pack of Cards here," fumes Himanshu. "Negative Bowling, Killing time with physio in the last hour, and despite that they have guts to comment about Kohli's Technique (Anderson)... Irony!"
But no, Ravindra Jadeja returns
Here's Shrey: "Why wasn't Ishant brought into attack from the other end instead of Ashwin who has struggled to get a wicket in this match." I think Ashwin with the new ball could be handful enough... Give him a few overs, at least