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India vs England 2022: Team India Player Ratings As Big Names Fail To Shine

The fifth India vs England Test ended in a crushing 7-wicket defeat for Team India at Edgbaston. England came up with a dominating performance with both bat and ball in the second innings to register the memorable win.

Chasing 378, England cross the finishing line in less than 77 overs to draw level in the series. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored unbeaten tons while Alex Lees scored a quickfire fifty to setup the win for their team.

Earlier in the game, India scored 416 runs in their first innings before England scored 284. In the second innings, India were all out for 245.

With the game now done and dusted, here is a look at Team India player ratings for the fifth India vs England Test:

Shubman Gill – 4

India vs England 2022: Team India Player Ratings As Big Names Fail To Shine
Shubman Gill (Credits: Twitter)

With both Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul out of the contest, Shubman Gill had the chance to impress and cement his spot in the Test team. A good performance against England in the testing conditions would have impressed one and all.

However, Gill failed to deliver in both the innings. In the first innings, he was out for 17 while in the second innings he could only manage 4. Gill’s poor performance is one of the reasons why India failed to get a good start in both the innings.

Cheteshwar Pujara – 6

Cheteshwar Pujara was making a comeback into the Test team through the just-concluded match. The senior batsman was dropped from the team for the home series against Sri Lanka after a spate of poor scores. He returned to the team after some stunning outings in the County Championship.

Pujara, however, failed to get going in the first innings and was out for just 13. In the second innings, however, he managed to do well by scoring a fifty. The right-handed batsman scored 66 but threw his wicket away at a crucial juncture of the game.

Hanuma Vihari – 4

Hanuma Vihari was promoted to number three in both the innings and he failed to do well on both the occasions. The right-handed batsman managed to play almost 100 balls in the match but could not make the most of it. In the first innings, he was out after scoring 20 off 53 balls.

His fortunes did not change in the second innings either. The India star played 44 balls and scored 11 runs before being dismissed by Stuart Broad.

Virat Kohli – 4

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

Virat Kohli’s poor run in international cricket continued against England too. All eyes were on the former India skipper as he entered the game after scoring a fine fifty in the warm-up game. Kohli, however, once again failed to deliver with the bat.

In the first innings, he was bowled by a Matthew Potts delivery while he was in two minds. Before departing, he had scored 11 off 19 balls. In the second innings, he was looking in good touch before an almost unplayable delivery from Ben Stokes ended his knock for 20.

Rishabh Pant – 8.5

Rishabh Pant was the star of the show for Team India at Edgbaston. The wicketkeeper-batsman delivered with the bat in both the innings. In the first innings, he scored 146 and added 222 runs with Ravindra Jadeja to help India recover from 98 for 5 and score 416.

In the second innings too, he came out when the team was in trouble. India were reeling at 75 for 3 before he and Pujara steadied the ship. Pant scored 57 in the second essay before Jack Leach ended his knock.

Shreyas Iyer – 3:

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer (Credits: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer was one the worst performers for India in the Test as he failed to do well with the bat. In both the innings, England deployed the short ball tactics against him and he fell right into the trap.

The Mumbai star scored 15 in the first innings before edging a short delivery from James Anderson behind the stumps. In the second innings, he hit a short delivery from Potts straight to Anderson at mid-wicket after scoring 19.

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Ravindra Jadeja – 8

Ravindra Jadeja proved his worth with the bat once again at Edgbaston by scoring a stunning century. He scored 104 runs to bail India out of trouble in the first innings. It was Jadeja’s first Test century outside India.

In the second innings, he scored 23 runs. With the ball, Jadeja failed to make a mark as he went wicketless in both the innings.

Shardul Thakur – 3

Shardul Thakur had a forgettable outing at Edgbaston. In the first innings, he was out for just 1. He also dropped the catch of Ben Stokes before dismissing the England skipper to make up for it. Stokes’ wicket was Thakur’s only wicket in the match.

In the second innings too, he failed to do well with the bat and was out for 4. With the ball, he gave away 65 runs in just 11 overs.

Mohammed Shami –  5

Mohammed Shami bowled well in the game but could not pick as many wickets as he would have liked. In the first innings, he picked up 2 wickets and went wicketless in the following innings.

Jasprit Bumrah – 7

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Credits: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah had a memorable outing. Leading India for the first time, he made a mark with both bat and ball in addition to taking a stunning catch. In the first innings, he scored 29 runs off a single over from Stuart Broad as the latter ended up bowling the most expensive over in Test.

Bumrah backed it up by taking 3 wickets and a flying catch to send back Stokes. In the second innings, he picked up 2 wickets in quick succession.

Mohammed Siraj – 5

Mohammed Siraj was expensive in both the innings as his economy-rate was more than 5 in the first and more than 6 in the second. In the first innings, he picked up 4 wickets but gave away 66 runs in just 11.3 overs. In the second innings, he could not pick any wicket while conceding 98 runs in just 15 overs.

Vikram-Rathour-photo
Vikram-Rathour-photo
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ENG vs IND: I’ll Agree We Had A Pretty Ordinary Day As Far As Batting Is Concerned: Vikram Rathour

Vikram Rathour, India’s batting coach rued the team’s batting against England, saying he was expecting one of them to play a big knock in the second innings of the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The visitors added 245 runs in their second innings, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant scoring 66 and 57 respectively. India set the 378-run target for England which wasn’t enough as England won quite comfortably by 7 wickets in the end.
File photo of Rishabh Pant (left) with Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
File photo of Rishabh Pant (left) with Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Vikram Rathour Agrees India Had A Pretty Ordinary 4th Day As Far As Batting Is Concerned

India was required to bat for the entire day and pile on a score of over 400 to make things difficult for the English team. The visiting team’s plan was unclear as they tried to take on the English bowlers early on and lost their wickets in the process.
What stood out in the eyes of cricket experts and fans is India’s tactics in negotiating the short delivery. England used a barrage of bouncers and made India’s batting look extremely ordinary. India folded out for 245 and set England a target of 378 runs which was chased down quite comfortably in the end.

“I’ll agree we had a pretty ordinary day as far as batting is concerned,” Vikram Rathour said in the press conference.

“We were ahead in the game. We were in a position where we could have batted them out of the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. A lot of them got starts but really couldn’t convert those starts. We were expecting one of them to play a big knock and have a big partnership, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen,” Vikram Rathour said.

Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI
Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI

In reply, England took the aggressive route with openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley putting up a 107-run opening partnership. Alex Lees registered a fifty, while Zak Crawley fell short by four runs as India stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah bowled him.

Joe Root And Jonny Bairstow’s Twin Hundred See England Level Series 2-2

Jasprit Bumrah struck for a second time and removed Ollie Pope for a three-ball duck. However, England recovered in no time as former captain Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow saw off Day 4 with a solid unbeaten 150-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

When asked about India’s bowling approach, Vikram Rathour said: “We need to bowl better in better areas. A couple of dropped chances so that made a difference. So that’s it.”

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (Credits: Twitter)

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored centuries as England pulled off their highest-successful run chase in Test cricket to defeat India by seven wickets in the rescheduled fifth match of the series. England and India share the trophy with the series – which started in August last year – ending in a 2-2 draw.

When Day 5 began, England needed 119 runs, and India needed seven wickets, and in the end, the hosts raced through to achieve the mammoth target of 378 in just 76.4 overs. Jonny Bairstow continued his blistering form by registering the second century of the match, becoming the 12th England cricketer to knock off twin centuries in a Test. However, Joe Root was the first to get to the three-figure mark off just 135 balls.

England came to Edgbaston having gunned down targets of 277, 299, and 296 in their last three Test matches against New Zealand. On Tuesday they made it four in a row, pulling off their highest successful chase in Test cricket as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow completed sparkling unbeaten hundreds.

England 284 (Bairstow 106, Siraj 4-66, Bumrah 3-68) and 378 for 3 (Root 142*, Bairstow 114*, Lees 56, Crawley 46) beat India 416 (Pant 146, Jadeja 104, Anderson 5-60) and 245 (Pujara 66, Pant 57, Stokes 4-33) by seven wickets

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen. Image Credits: Twitter
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Jasprit Bumrah Didn’t Get His Tactics Right On Day 4: Kevin Pietersen

Jasprit Bumrah, captaining India for the first time in Rohit Sharma’s absence due to Covid-19 failed to put a lid on the rapid scoring rate – England scored at 4.54 runs an over in their second innings. This prompted criticism from former England batter Kevin Pietersen.

Former England captain Kevin Pietersen was not impressed with India captain Jasprit Bumrah’s tactics on Day 4 of the ongoing rescheduled fifth Test against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Chasing a record 378 for a series-saving victory, England raced to 259 for 3 at stumps on Monday riding on three fluent half-centuries by Alex Lees, Joe Root, and Jonny Bairstow.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Credits: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah Didn’t Get His Tactics Right On Day 4: Kevin Pietersen

Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time in his career, pacer Jasprit Bumrah has made some odd captaincy calls. Pointing out a few of them, Kevin Pietersen said that some of the decisions taken by Jasprit Bumrah were ‘pure madness’.

“I don’t think Bumrah got his tactics right today at all, and I say that with the greatest deal of respect,” Kevin Pietersen said at the of the fourth day’s play.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

The former attacking batter also pointed out the problems with India’s field placements in the last session when the ball was reversing.

“There is no way with a reverse swinging ball that he should make it that easy for the batter because the batter is trying so hard to decipher which way that ball is swinging. When it’s reverse swinging at 90mph, the nicest place to bat is at the non-striker’s end, and the ability to get to the non-striker’s end as easily as they did this afternoon, it’s too easy,” he added.

India was bowled out for 245 in the second innings with the fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara (66) and Rishabh Pant (57) setting England a humungous target of 378. England openers Alex Lees (56) and Zak Crawley (46) laid the foundation for the potential record chase with their opening stand of 107. The duo had a clear intent of scoring runs at pace as England reached 100 in 20 overs.

Kevin Pietersen: It Was Pure Madness To Have Both Long Off And Long On

India bowled with an in and out field with protection in the deep for the most part of England’s second innings, which did not go down well with Kevin Pietersen.

“They had long off and long on, and that was pure madness. For half an hour that was pure madness. Even for the last 15-20 minutes of the day’s play, pull them right in, say ‘Jonny, if you’re good enough to hit me over the head, please do it,'” he said.

Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow
Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (Credits: Twitter)

India did make a strong comeback with three quick wickets after a century opening stand but Jonny Bairstow (72*) and Joe Root (76*) took the game away from the visitors with another counter-attacking century-plus stand for the fourth wicket. England was only 119 runs away from pulling off another record run-chase on the stumps on Day 4.

On Day 5, Joe Root slammed his 4th ton as he is batting on an unbeaten 108 along with Jonny Bairstow -92*. England needs another 59 runs to level series 2-2.

Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
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Michael Vaughan Praised England Bowlers For Bowling Out Strong Batting Lineups In The 2nd Innings Consistently

Michael Vaughan, former England skipper has lauded England bowlers for their performances in the ongoing Test against India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Despite giving away 416 runs in the first innings, the hosts bounced back in the second essay to restrict the Men in Blue to 245 runs and make a game out of the Test match.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan Asks Not To Underestimate The Way England Are Bowling Out Strong Batting Lineups In The 2nd Innings Consistently

While all the talking has been around England’s batting troops, Michael Vaughan feels the bowlers should deserve praise for putting up a brave fight.

Taking to Twitter on Monday, Michael Vaughan wrote: “All the talk about Englands batting is great but don’t underestimate the way they are bowling very strong batting line ups Out in the 2nd innings of the Test consistently to give them these chases .. #ENGvIND.”

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (Credits: Twitter)

While James Anderson failed to make any in-roads after dismissing opener Shubman Gill, captain Ben Stokes stepped up on Day 4 to do the job with the ball. Stuart Broad got the prized wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara before Ben Stokes ran down the lower order, returning with figures of 4/33 in 11.5 overs.

Matthew Potts also chipped in with a couple of wickets, while spinner Jack Leach, who was taken to the cleaners in the first innings, returned with the wicket of Rishabh Pant.

England’s Joe Root And Jonny Bairstow Forges An Unbeaten 150 Run Stand For The 4th Wicket As England Now Need Only 119 Runs More To Level The Series

Chasing 378 runs, England got off to a flying start, adding 107 runs for the first wicket. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley looked assured of their defense and managed to keep the Indian bowlers at bay.

Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow
Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow (Credits: Twitter)

However, there was a brief collapse in England’s batting thereafter, with the hosts losing a few quick wickets. But Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were at it again and revived their team. They nullified India’s bowling and stitched together an unbeaten 150-run partnership to go to stumps on Day 4 at 259/3. Ben Stokes & Co. now need only 119 runs to win the Test match and level the series with a full day of cricket left.

Jonny Bairstow, who scored a blistering hundred in the first innings, is in the scheme of things again, adding an unbeaten 150 with Joe Root. The pair are unbeaten on 72 and 76, respectively. An England victory would deny India their first series win on English soil since 2007.

England’s dream run in fourth-innings chases this summer continued as they got to 259 for 3 in pursuit of 378, a record chase for them if it comes off. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley put together their quickest hundred-run opening stand in Test cricket before Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow repaired a collapse of three wickets for two runs.

However, to have that half-chance at the target England needed the bowlers to do their job, which they did by taking India’s seven standing wickets for an addition of 120 runs to the overnight lead of 257 runs.

England 284 and 259 for 3 (Root 76*, Bairstow 72*) need another 119 runs to beat India 416 and 245 (Pujara 66, Pant 57, Stokes 4-33)

England not only swept the three-match Test series against New Zealand in the previous assignment but also created history. They become the first-ever side in 146 years of Test cricket to chase over 250 three times in a series. The hosts chased down 277 at Lord’s, 299 at Trent Bridge, and 296 at Headingley.

Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Jonny Bairstow Promises England Would Chase Aggressively Whatever Target Is Set In 4th Innings: No Point Looking At The Figures

Jonny Bairstow scored his fifth century of the year as he continued his brilliant red ball form against India on Sunday. The aggressive innings helped England cut their deficit against India.

At the end of the third day, India put on 125/3, leading the hosts by 257 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are on the crease and have partnered for 50 runs for 91 balls already, making sure that India did not collapse once again, against the James Anderson-led attack.

 Jonny Bairstow pumped up after his century vs India. (Courtesy: AP)
Jonny Bairstow pumped up after his century vs India. (Courtesy: AP)

Jonny Bairstow Looking To Take The Game Forward And Will Chase Any Target Set

England middle-order batsman Jonny Bairstow believes that there is no point looking at the figures they need to chase down in the fourth innings. Already ahead by 257 runs in the fifth, rearranged Test match, India is looking well set to put on a huge total. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are at the crease and have already brought up a 50-run partnership after the early wickets in their second innings of the game.

“Whatever is set and we’ll go about it as to whatever set. There’s no point in looking at figures and everything on that. We know that this, we know we’re planning a Test match. We know this is going to be day four and day five pitches that we’re going to be playing on. That’s okay. And yeah, we’ll be going about it in the same manner. And I’m looking to take the game forward.”

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Credits: Twitter)

Jonny Bairstow has been going through a rich vein of form having scored three centuries and a fifty in his last three Test matches. He has been England’s most prolific batter since the Ashes. Speaking about the same, Jonny Bairstow looked in a happy frame of mind and said that it was great fun.

“Yeah, pretty pleased. I mean, most of the time it’s pretty good when, well, good or bad when I have to speak to you guys so … recently, it’s, it’s been good. Look, it’s been great fun out there and it’s part and parcel of Test cricket isn’t it? I mean you look at last night.”

Jonny Bairstow is the world’s leading scorer in Test cricket this year with 880 runs – including five hundred – at an average of 67.69 in 2022, and scored 394 runs off 328 balls against New Zealand, including 77 and 95-ball centuries at Trent Bridge and Headingley respectively. His strike rate against New Zealand (120.12) was the second-highest in Test history by a batter scoring more than 300 runs in a series. He followed it up with a 106 against India.

Jonny Bairstow: Indian Bowlers Bowled Very Well Last Night

Jonny Bairstow’s innings on Day 3 of the Test match were like a tale of two halves. The first one was where he struggled to put bat to ball against the Indian pacers and the second one, where after an altercation with Virat Kohli, he ripped apart the Indian bowling line-up.

“Look they bowled very well last night and to be on and off like we were was never going to be easy. I mean, I think Shami had 18 overs that he bowled yesterday from all of the breaks. And when you’ve got breaks to enable your opening bowler to keep having them to keep coming back harder and harder and harder, there’s bound to be tough periods of play. So last night was definitely consolidation,” he said.

Virat Kohli, Jonny Bairstow
Virat Kohli, Jonny Bairstow (Credits: Twitter)

India started off well in the morning of the third day as well, but things got out of hand after the Virat Kohli incident.

“And then look, this morning they bowled well, didn’t they? The first of the first 20 minutes, I mean, again, their two big guys leading in the attack, it was tricky. The ball was swinging around and everything … It was just trying to shift that momentum back and trying to wrestle the momentum back. And that’s why we love Test cricket, isn’t it? There’s ebbs and flows all the way through,” he concluded.

Jonny Bairstow counter-attacked with his batting and went on to register a century off just 119 balls. He fell shortly after his hundred as Virat Kohli caught him off the bowling of pacer Mohammed Shami. Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli were involved in a heated exchange on Day 3 of the rescheduled fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
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Mohammed Siraj Lost His Outswing After IPL 2022 And Is Working Hard To Develop Inswing

Mohammed Siraj, the Indian pacer believed that India has dominated all three days of the fifth Test match between India and England, currently being played at Edgbaston.

At the end of the third day, India put on 125/3, leading the hosts by 257 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant are on the crease and have partnered for 50 runs for 91 balls already, making sure that India did not collapse once again, against the James Anderson-led attack.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Credits: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj: India Dominated First 3 Days

The visitors are slightly ahead after Day 3 in the fifth Test match between India and England. Hosts were saved by a Jonny Bairstow century, before coming into the bowl for the second time in the day.

“We dominated for the first three days. The partnership of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja was brilliant and placed us in a strong position in this test match.”

Earlier in the day, the hosts were rescued by a brilliant knock from the in-form Jonny Bairstow, who looked like a man on a mission after getting into an altercation with Virat Kohli. Mohammed Siraj said that India needed to keep patience with Jonny Bairstow given he has been running at such a stunning speck of form.

Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“We need to keep patience against Bairstow. He was attacking so we stuck to our basic planning. We had the belief in our ability.”

Jonny Bairstow is the world’s leading scorer in Test cricket this year with 880 runs – including five hundred – at an average of 67.69 in 2022, and scored 394 runs off 328 balls against New Zealand, including 77 and 95-ball centuries at Trent Bridge and Headingley respectively. His strike rate against New Zealand (120.12) was the second-highest in Test history by a batter scoring more than 300 runs in a series. He followed it up with a 106 against India.

Mohammed Siraj Lost His Outswing After IPL 2022 And Is Working Hard On Bowling Inswing

Speaking about himself, Mohammed Siraj mentioned that he has not been able to find the outswinger in his arsenal, something that was a real weapon in the earlier red-ball series. While, not a prolific swinger of the ball, Mohammed Siraj had the ability to straighten it up after pitching, which put the batsmen in trouble.

“After the IPL I lost the outswing so I worked hard on the swing. It might look great to bowl outswing but it might not fetch you too many wickets. So I had to work on bowling inswing as well.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj failed to put up a praiseworthy performance in this year’s IPL 2022. In 15 games, he managed to pick up only 9 wickets and had an economy rate of more than 10 runs per over. Before the start of the season, Mohammed Siraj was one of the three players retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore-RCB. The Bengaluru-based outfit had retained him for Rs 7 crore after his impressive outings in the last couple of years (IPL 2020 and 2021).

Mohammed Siraj also hailed makeshift opener Cheteshwar Pujara, who has the habit of weathering storms for India. The veteran Indian stuck by his guns and scored a patient half-century off 139 balls at the end of the day’s play.

“Pujara is a warrior, especially the roles he played in India’s greatest test victories overseas.”

India will begin the fourth day with a lead of 257 runs, hoping to put on a good score ahead of the fourth innings.

Mohammed Siraj, the Hyderabad pacer took four wickets for 66 in the home side’s first innings to emerge as India’s most successful bowler. India is leading 2-1 in the series. A victory in the current match will ensure a series triumph. Mohammed Siraj, who has 18 scalps in the current series so far, is feeling very optimistic about India’s chances of winning another Test series in England.

Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes. (Credits: Twitter)
Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes. (Credits: Twitter)
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Indian Commentators Quite Harsh On Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes’s Ball Was Unplayable, Says Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann, the former England spinner said he feels Indian commentators are a bit too harsh when it comes to their assessment of Virat Kohli’s batting. Graeme Swann’s take came after an ‘unplayable’ Ben Stokes delivery got the former captain out for 20 on Day 3 of the rescheduled 5th Test.

Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann jumped to the defense of Virat Kohli after the former India captain was dismissed for 20 in India’s 2nd innings on Day 3 of the rescheduled Test against England in Birmingham.

Virat Kohli walks off the ground after losing his wicket on Day 3 of the 5th Test.
Virat Kohli walks off the ground after losing his wicket on Day 3 of the 5th Test. (Courtesy: AP)

Graeme Swann: Ben Stokes Delivery That Got Rid Of Virat Kohli Was Unplayable

Graeme Swann said Ben Stokes’s delivery that got Virat Kohli out could have been unplayable to any batter from any era and it is not fair to point fingers at the star batter for not managing to convert his start into a big knock once again. The former India captain is going through the roughest patch of his career where everything including his form and luck is not favouring him at all. He scored 11 in the 1st innings.

Virat Kohli was looking assured in the middle during his steady stand with opener Cheteshwar Pujara before getting out for 20, as he hit a few of his trademark drives. However, in the 30th over of the Indian innings, the right-hander was caught at first slip by ex-England skipper Joe Root after a length delivery kicked off and hit the outside edge of the top part of his blade.

Virat Kohli was playing the delivery of the front foot but the extra bounce did him in. It was a difficult take behind the stumps as wicketkeeper Sam Billings fluffed it only for the deflection to be caught by Joe Root. Graeme Swann said he feels Indian commentators are quite harsh on Virat Kohli at times.

“You can say what you want, I don’t care, who is batting in any period of Test history if you can survive that delivery you are very, very lucky. That is unplayable. It’s a lucky catch in the end,” Swann said.

Graeme Swann © Getty Images
Graeme Swann © Getty Images

“Regardless, if you are looking to get on the front foot, back foot that ball is a ripsnorter. For an English point of view, I often find that whenever Indian commentators talk about Virat, I always think ‘wow they are quite harsh on him’. The standards are so high for Virat, I thought he was very at ease today,” he added.

Defending Virat Kohli’s decision to lunge forward in English conditions, Graeme Swann said the India batter isn’t expecting short deliveries from the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

“Yes, he is looking to get forward, but he knows that the England bowlers, Broad and Anderson, are looking to pitch it up. Jimmy won’t waste his time bowling many short ones to Virat. I think it was clever batting,” Swann added.

Virat Kohli started off positively, smashing three boundaries inside the first ten balls he faced. However, he slowed down thereafter, with the Englishmen piling on the pressure with dot balls. Virat Kohli seemed in great touch with his willow, scoring 20 runs off 40 balls with four boundaries before he was stunned by an unplayable delivery from England skipper Ben Stokes.

It was a good length delivery that extracted some extra bounce on the surface and made it unplayable for the former Indian skipper, who lunged forward to defend but the ball popped his glove, and Joe Root, positioned at first slip, grabbed it within seconds after keeper Sam Billings dropped it.

Saba Karim: Virat Kohli’s Proclivity To Go To The Front Foot Working Against Him

The former England spinner was responding to former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim, who was highlighting how Virat Kohli’s ‘proclivity’ to go onto the front foot is working against him, at times.

“He looked in fine touch today, far more comfortable than what we have seen him in recent past. But I felt there was a certain proclivity in his decision to play off the front foot all the time. When you push yourself to get onto the front foot, there might be an oddball with extra bounce that can get you out. But there might be an odd-ball that can get you out,” Saba Karim said.

Saba Karim. – File photo of former wicketkeeper - The Hindu
Saba Karim. – File photo of former wicketkeeper – The Hindu

Virat Kohli managed just 31 runs across 2 innings in the rescheduled Test as his lean patch continued. The former skipper was expected to make bigger contributions after having impressed in the tour game against Leicestershire.

India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow. (Reuters)
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow. (Reuters)
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It Will Be Also Memorable If We Win The Series Against England, Says Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj, the Hyderabad pacer took four wickets for 66 in the home side’s first innings to emerge as India’s most successful bowler. India is leading 2-1 in the series. A victory in the current match will ensure a series triumph.

Mohammed Siraj, who has 18 scalps in the current series so far, is feeling very optimistic about India’s chances of winning another Test series in England. Mohammed Siraj was also India’s highest wicket-taker in the last Test series against Australia in Australia, claiming 13 wickets in only 3 matches.

Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)

Mohammed Siraj: It Will Be Memorable If India Wins The Series Against England Like The Memorable Series Win In Australia

Team India pacer Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the pace bowlers, claiming 4/66 as the visitors ended the third day with a lead of 257 and seven wickets in hand.

“It was a memorable series in Australia (in 2020-21). This will also be memorable (if we win),” Mohammed Siraj told media after the third day’s play in the fifth and final Test against England.

Revealing India’s thinking while bowling, he said: “We had to be patient given (Jonny) Bairstow’s form.”

He added it was an advantage that India had “140 km plus bowlers”. Referring to the second day when it rained frequently to cause stoppages in play, he admitted: “Rain gives rest to the bowlers. This is very good for fast bowlers.”

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Credits: Twitter)

In Mohammed Siraj’s opinion, there was no reverse swing available for the Indian bowlers. However, he indicated the “ball was keeping low” — this could be an advantage for India as the match progresses. He said as long as the ball was swinging or seaming he was bowling outside the off-stump line. But he switched to bowling straighter when the ball wasn’t moving that much.

About Cheteshwar Pujara, who was unbeaten on a half-century in India’s second innings, he added: “He is a warrior.”

After bowling England out for 284 runs, India was 124 for three at the close, giving them an overall lead of 257 runs, with two days of play remaining. Having taken a first-innings lead of 132 runs, the visitors have extended their overall lead to 257 with seven wickets remaining in their second innings. At the close of play, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were batting on 50 and 30 respectively.

India bowled out England for 284 in their first innings. Jonny Bairstow was the most successful batter for England as he smashed 106 off 140 balls. He added 66 with skipper Ben Stokes (25) before forging a 92-run partnership with Sam Billings (36). The Indians’ made 416 all out in their first innings.

Jonny Bairstow: England Would Chase Whatever Target Is Set

Jonny Bairstow is the world’s leading scorer in Test cricket this year with 880 runs – including five hundred – at an average of 67.69 in 2022, and scored 394 runs off 328 balls against New Zealand, including 77 and 95-ball centuries at Trent Bridge and Headingley respectively. His strike rate against New Zealand (120.12) was the second-highest in Test history by a batter scoring more than 300 runs in a series. He followed it up with a 106 against India.

The star of the England batting, Jonny Bairstow, answering questions from media, said: “I am just watching the ball. I have never been a great technician.”
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Jonny Bairstow completed his third century in consecutive tests on Sunday. This time he scored 106 against India, following up on his hundreds against New Zealand.

Describing India as a “fantastic team”, the Yorkshire batsman asserted: “We are going to chase whatever we are set. We are trying to entertain people. In doing so we are going to lose a few games. It can only be good for the game.”

He felt the pitch in this test was quicker than the ones in England’s series with New Zealand.

Virat Kohli, Jonny Bairstow
Virat Kohli, Jonny Bairstow (Credits: Twitter)
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Jonny Bairstow Opens Up On Heated Exchange With Virat Kohli On Day 3 Of 5th Test

Jonny Bairstow counter-attacked with his batting and went on to register a century off just 119 balls. He fell shortly after his hundred as Virat Kohli caught him off the bowling of pacer Mohammed Shami. Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli were involved in a heated exchange on Day 3 of the rescheduled fifth Test between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The former India captain seemed unhappy with Jonny Bairstow after the latter said something to Virat Kohli. Although Jonny Bairstow tried to calm things down, Virat Kohli didn’t back down and gave him peace of mind.
Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli on Day 2 of the fifth Test at Edgbaston
Jonny Bairstow and Virat Kohli on Day 2 of the fifth Test at Edgbaston. (Courtesy: AP)

Jonny Bairstow Was Involved In A Heated Exchange With Virat Kohli On Day 3 Of The 5th Test

Virat Kohli asked England batter, Jonny Bairstow, to stop talking and focus on batting. Even the two on-field umpires, Aleem Dar and Richard Kettleborough were forced to intervene and calm things down between the two players. Talking about it, Jonny Bairstow stressed that there was “literally nothing” between him and Virat Kohli.

“Refused to invite him for dinner,” Bairstow jokingly said.

Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“As I mentioned earlier, there was literally nothing. We’ve been fortunate to play against each other for ten years. So, I’m pretty sure we’ll be able to have dinner. Don’t worry about it”

Jonny Bairstow, who was struggling until the heated exchange, counter-attacked with his batting and went on to register a century off just 119 balls. Jonny Bairstow fell shortly after his hundred as Virat Kohli caught him off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Jonny Bairstow Admitted That Playing Against India Is Tough

The England batter, however, admitted that playing against India is always tough.

“We’re very lucky to be out there playing because that’s why we play the game, isn’t it? Two very competitive people out on the field doing what they love. And that’s why we play the game. You’ve got 11 guys on each side that are very passionate to do so well for their country.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)
“And yeah, look, it’s passion, it’s what you play for … So, I hope that clears it up but, look, it was great crack out there and to be playing against a fantastic team in India is, is always going to be tough. And like I said, you’ve got to absorb those tough periods of time and try and shift and wrestle momentum back at others.”

England was bundled out for 284, with Mohammed Siraj taking four wickets, while Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami returned with three and two scalps respectively. India currently leads by 257 runs after ending Day 3 on 125 for the loss of three wickets, including the dismissal of Virat Kohli cheaply for 20 runs, at stumps.

Having taken a first-innings lead of 132 runs, the visitors have extended their overall lead to 257 with seven wickets remaining in their second innings. At the close of play, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were batting on 50 and 30 respectively.

India bowled out England for 284 in their first innings. Jonny Bairstow was the most successful batter for England as he smashed 106 off 140 balls. He added 66 with skipper Ben Stokes (25) before forging a 92-run partnership with Sam Billings (36). The Indians’ made 416 all out in their first innings.

India 1st innings: 416 and 125/3 in 45 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 50 batting, Rishabh Pant 30 batting)

England 1st innings: 284 all out in 61.3 overs (Jonny Bairstow 106; Jasprit Bumrah 3/68, Mohammed Siraj 4/66).

Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Trying To Take Complexities Out Of Batting – Jonny Bairstow Opens Up On His Aggressive Batting Intent

Jonny Bairstow, England batter believes that he is trying to keep things simple with his raw, unabashed style of batting. He is arguably in the form of his life following an exceptional home series against New Zealand, where he tallied 394 runs at an astonishing strike rate of 120.12.

The wicket-keeper batter was barely holding on to his place in the Test playing XI after poor returns in the previous calendar year. However, he now feels right in the zone playing an aggressive brand of cricket under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum.

Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum
Ben Stokes, Brendon McCullum (Credits: Twitter)

Jony Bairstow Admits He Took Complexities Out Of Batting After Being Recalled for The Ashes Series

Amassing only a solitary fifty across 10 Tests in 2021, Jonny Bairstow soon turned a corner. Recalled into the side to don the gloves in the latter part of the Ashes, the 32-year-old scored a career-defining hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Opining that cricket is often over-complicated by players, Bairstow told Nasser Hussain in an interview: “This is a simple game that is complicated by those of us who play it. I’m trying to remain as clear as possible and have no doubts about my ability or the way I’m going about my batting.”

Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jonny Bairstow continued: “It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster but since coming in for the third Test of the Ashes at the MCG up until now, it’s been great fun. I’m just trying to take the complexities out of batting and keeping it as simple as possible.”

The Yorkshire batter took his form from the Ashes to the Caribbean tour, where he scored a patient 140 in the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. Despite a poor start to the series against New Zealand, he found his rhythm and scored two centuries in England’s 3-0 rout.

Jonny Bairstow is the world’s leading scorer in Test cricket this year with 774 runs – including four hundred – at an average of 64.50 in 2022, and scored 394 runs off 328 balls this month, including 77 and 95-ball centuries at Trent Bridge and Headingley respectively. His strike rate against New Zealand (120.12) was the second-highest in Test history by a batter scoring more than 300 runs in a series.

Jonny Bairstow Really Hope The Way England Are Playing Recently Is Grabbing People’s Attention

The intrigue was high when new-look England was pitted against the reigning World Test Championship (WTC) holders. The Ben Stokes-led side mixed caution with aggression in their win at Lord’s, while they went all out for the remainder of the series to execute a whitewash.

Hoping to inspire the next generation with their ruthlessness, the wicket-keeper batter said: “We were inspired to play cricket as kids and we want to inspire the next generation to come and watch the game and play it.”

Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

He concluded: “Yes, there have been some amazing times but I think the way we are going about our cricket is really exciting. I really do hope it’s grabbing people’s attention. That’s exactly what we want to be doing,”

Jonny Bairstow will be next seen in action against India after being named in England’s playing XI for the rescheduled fifth Test which was postponed due to Covid-19 cases last year. The teams will take to the field at Edgbaston, Birmingham to settle the series, which is currently poised at 2-1 in favor of the visitors.

James Anderson picked the wickets of openers Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara as India managed to score 46/2 in the 1st innings so far after England opted to bowl.

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