England Cricket posted a picture on their Instagram handle taking a dig at those who questioned their team’s tactics on Day 4 of the first Test in Chennai when they didn’t declare despite taking a handy lead.
England wrapped up India’s second innings inside two sessions on the fifth day and took a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series with a memorable 227-run win in the first Test.
England Cricket Posts Picture On Instagram Taking Dig At Michael Vaughan And Shane Warne Questioning England’s Tactics In 4th Day
England bowlers led by James Anderson proved to be too hot to handle for the Indian batsmen on a day five pitch, with the only exception of skipper Virat Kohli and opener Shubman Gill who both scored half-centuries.
Even as England was in the driver’s seat throughout the game, their tactics to delay the declaration on a penultimate day raised many eyebrows, including Michael Vaughan and spin legend Shane Warne who questioned the overly cautious approach.
After the win, England Cricket posted a picture on their Instagram handle taking a dig at those who questioned the visitors’ tactics. Sharing a picture of skipper Joe Root making the DRS sign, England Cricket wrote: “Everyone who moaned about the declaration yesterday #INDvENG #Cricket #EnglandCricket.”
England fast bowler Stuart Broad was quick to reply to the post and took a cheeky dig at former skipper Vaughan for his tweets questioning England’s approach on the fourth four. “Think that’s aimed at you @michaelvaughan?!” read Broad’s comment.
Michael Vaughan Said Joe Root Is Being Too Cautious While Shane Warne Said The Game Is Drifting Away After England Didn’t Declare
Michael Vaughan, in a series of tweets Monday, had questioned England’s overcautious approach in their 2nd innings and not declaring when they had the chance to do so.
I think he is being get too cautious and is giving India a good chance of getting out of this Test with a draw .. https://t.co/OYGVe8UToI
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 8, 2021
Shane Warne was among many experts who were unhappy with Joe Root-led side’s conservative approach despite taking a mammoth 241-run lead in the first innings.
What is going on with your cricket team ? What on Earth are they doing just letting the game drift ? Why aren’t they bowling ? England wouldn’t want to not be able to bowl India out now after batting to long in both innings !! https://t.co/gfhjxyeGLr
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 8, 2021
Eventually, the declaration never arrived as England’s second innings folded for 178, setting India a huge target of 420 runs to start the series with a win. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin starred with the ball for India in the second innings, picking up his 28th Test five-wicket haul. He returned with figures of six for 61. India managed 192 and England won by 227 runs. James Anderson and Jack Leach shared 7 wickets amongst them.