Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan captain praised India’s display against hosts England on Day 1 of the first Test. Inzamam-ul-Haq felt the bowling attack did a fantastic job of dismissing England out for a paltry 183 on a surface he felt was good enough for batting.
The 51-year-old noted that he could feel the pain of the Indian players on the field, after a heart-wrenching defeat in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand prior to this series.
Inzamam-ul-Haq Opens Up On The 1st Day Of India’s 1st Test Against England
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Inzamam-ul-Haq also claimed that Day 2 would be very vital for India.
“Day 2 is very important for India. If they score 300-350, the fate of the test match will be sealed in favour of India. The players will have to take responsibility, and they have big players. I could see their pain of losing the WTC Final through their aggression. They could not perform in that match and the aggression missing in that match, was visible here,” Inzamam said.
Team India’s decision to bench Ravichandran Ashwin and go for four pacers sparked a debate, but Inzamam-ul-Haq saw that as a positive sign. He felt that the way India chose the team was an indication that they would be playing attacking cricket.
“The body language of India has changed ever since the tour of Australia. They play cricket with aggression, this has happened in the last 1-2 years. The way they announced their team by plating four fast bowlers and an all-rounder was a positive sign. India have made it clear to the England dressing room that they will be playing attacking cricket,” Inzamam added.
Team India marked a memorable day on the field to kick start the tour of England. They triggered a collapse in the final session to dismiss England for 183 in the first innings.
England Bundled Out For 183 As Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami Shares 7 Scalps Together
The pacers led the charge with Jasprit Bumrah (4/46) and Mohammad Shami (3/28) being the pick of the bowlers. In reply, the opening pair of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma withstood a burst by the England seamers to finish the day unscathed at 21-0. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 9 runs each as India ended Day 1 without losing any wicket.
England lost their last six wickets for just 45 runs in the day’s third and final session and was bundled out for 183 in their first innings. At one stage they were 138/3 but were thwarted by the brilliant seam bowling of Jasprit Bumrah (4/46), Mohammed Shami (3/28), and Shardul Thakur (2/41).
For the hosts, skipper Joe Root made 64 off 108 balls as the others failed miserably to stand up to the Indian pace bowling attack. It was England who won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first Test on Wednesday.
Shardul Thakur also played a key role, taking two wickets in an over – including that of the danger man Joe Root who scored a fine 64, but with wickets tumbling around him, could not carry on. Sam Curran played an impressive unbeaten knock of 27 off 37 deliveries to give England some crucial runs down the order, but no other batsman could really get going, with Jonny Bairstow‘s 29 and Zak Crawley’s 27 the only other contributions of any note.