Today was the 5th and last conclusive Test of the series. India were trailing with a score of 2-1 in the series. It seems as if India has become too much consistent in giving poor performances. They were outplayed by England for 3 consecutive times in the 1st Day including. There were a few miserable showcase of batting by India on the field and there were some splendid bowling display. India’s batting line up at present appears to be of no unwavering in quality and worth. Also, their bowling were unable to utilize the fullest from the pitch and gave away too many runs. But leaving behind India’s poor performances, England performed really well to fully dominate over India on the 1st Day. Here is the list of the HITS and FLOPS of Day 1.
Hits of the Day –
1. MS Dhoni
The Indian skipper once again proved why he is the most important player in the Indian Team. He played against all odds. When everyone failed MS Dhoni emerged victorious and pulled India from getting a low score and scored 82 runs which was the much needed runs. This is the reason why he is ‘Mr. Dependable.’
2. Chris Woakes
Chris Woakes was the best bowler of today. He picked up 3 wickets and gave only 30 runs off 14 overs with an economy rate of 2.1. He was one of the key bowlers of England’s outstanding performance.
3. Chris Jordan
Chris Jordan was another key player to England’s success. He also picked up 3 wickets from 14 overs and gave 32 runs at an economy rate of 2.3.
4. Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad was the most economical bowler today. He picked up 2 wickets and gave just 27 runs in his 15 overs with an economy rate of 1.8.
He once again showed his sheer consistency. He was deadly with his swingers and kept every Indian batsman under tremendous pressure. He took 2 wickets today in the 14 overs he bowled.
Flops of the Day –
Gautam Gambhir looks in miserable form as he went away for a duck. India included him in the remainder of the Test series so that could be carry the responsibilities but he failed in doing that.
It is known that doing a mistake is never a mistake but repeating a mistake is a crime and that crime is committed by Pujara. Yet again, after getting a good start, he simply gave away his wicket. He was bowled by Broad.
3. Virat Kohli
For the 9th consecutive time, Virat Kohli disappointed with his terribly poor performance on the field. He was dismissed at a score of 6 runs on today. He seems to be struggling badly in English conditions and is lacking his form completely.
He was the second most consistent batsman for India in this tour until the third test. In the fourth test, he performed very badly and did not manage to score significant amount of runs in both the innings. And in the 5th Test the scenario was same. He was dismissed for duck by Chris Jordan.