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Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
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Ravi Shastri Defends Book Launch Event

Ravi Shastri has defended his book launch event, saying that anything could have happened from the opening Test match of the series. The Indian cricket team’s camp was hit by COVID-19 last week when Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive after day 3 of the 4th Test match. Following him, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar contracted the infection.

On the eve of the 4th Test, junior physio Yogesh Parmar also tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the cancellation of the 5th Test match, which was to start on September 10. While the source of COVID-19 isn’t known, some are criticizing Shastri for his book launch event as it took place with over 100 people in attendance.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli during Shastri's book launch event in London | Twitter
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli during Shastri’s book launch event in London | Twitter

Ravi Shastri: The UK Is Open As Anything Could Have Happened From 1st Test

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and other members of Team India were also present at the event. Ravi Shastri, who is in isolation in the UK, has responded to the criticism and defended the book launch event.

“The whole country [United Kingdom] is open. Anything could have happened from Test One,” Shastri was quoted as saying by mid-day.

“It’s been the best summer of cricket England has seen in a long time certainly from an Indian cricket team. It’s Covid times, awesome summer though. The boys were fantastic either side of the Thames.”

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cancelled 5th Test match is likely to take place at a rescheduled date as the BCCI said that the two boards will look to find a window for the fixture. Team India is scheduled to play a white-ball series against England next year and the one-off fixture could take place then.

Indian Players Who Feature In IPL Too Joined Their Respective Franchises And serving 6 Day Mandatory Quarantine Period

Meanwhile, the majority of Indian players have joined their IPL franchises in UAE. They are now serving the six-day mandatory isolation period. The 2nd phase of IPL 2021 kicks off on September 19. Ravi Shastri and other COVID-19 positive coaches will land in India after completing their isolation period. They will likely reach UAE for T20 World Cup next month.

The players started departing in clusters — some in charter flights arranged by their franchises like Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad while Chennai Super Kings cricketers took commercial flights. RCB captain Virat Kohli and his premier pacer Mohammed Siraj also took a charter flight from Manchester.

The three Punjab Kings players in the Indian Test side – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Mohammed Shami – are also taking commercial flights out of England. England players in the franchise, none from the Test side, will travel later. As many as six Indian Test players – Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel – play for Delhi Capitals. They will join their IPL bubble on Sunday.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

The six-day quarantine rule led to some pull-outs. England trio Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings) decided to give the IPL second phase a miss. It isn’t known if the three opted out after consulting the English Cricket Board to manage workload. All three are expected to feature in the Ashes series at the year-end.

Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton
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Michael Atherton Weighs In On England’s Chances Of Chasing Down 368

Michael Atherton weighed in on England’s chances of going 2-1 up and whether the pitch will turn up to assist Indian bowlers on the final day.

England is up against a herculean task– chasing down 368 against India at the Oval to go 2-1 up in the series. A century from Rohit Sharma and fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara, Shardul Thakur, and Rishabh Pant in India’s second innings saw India post a strong total of 466, which means that England needs to pull off a record highest run chase at the venue.

Michael Atherton
Michael Atherton. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Michael Atherton: India’s Attack Is Without Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, And Ravichandran Ashwin On A Flat Batting Track Which May Give England Advantage

Out of those 368, openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed have knocked off 77 runs, and with another 291 left to achieve in three sessions, Day 5 shapes up to be a fascinating contest between the two teams on Monday. India posted their highest total of the series, but England delivered a strong opening partnership themselves in response.

Former England captain Michael Atherton weighed in on England’s chances of going 2-1 up and whether the pitch will turn up to assist Indian bowlers on the final day.

Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami

“It’s pretty flat, there’s not much happening, and then you look at the shape of India’s attack. No Shami, no Ishant, no Ashwin, they seemed very reliant in that first innings on Bumrah especially. How much will Jadeja have an influence? He may have an impact, (but) it’s a good pitch,” Michael Atherton said while commentating on Sky Sports.

The veteran also said that in the absence of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Ravichandran Ashwin, Team India has been a bit too reliant on Jasprit Bumrah in the bowling department.

Former England captain Michael Atherton reckoned that the pitch at the Kennington Oval for the fourth Test against India hasn’t deteriorated much. Going on the fifth day, the Brits need 291 runs to win with all their 10 wickets in hand. Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns have already taken the Three Lions off to a decent start with an unbeaten 77-run partnership for the opening wicket.

Michael Holding Would Have Preferred Ravichandran Ashwin As The Pitch Isn’t Playing Too Many Tricks

Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding agrees with Michael Atherton’s views, stating that pace doesn’t promise to cause England as much trouble as spinners, which is why India might miss the services of Ravichandran Ashwin on a Day 5 pitch.

“I don’t really see this pitch playing too many tricks. I didn’t see the England seamers create too many problems… and the India seamers I don’t expect to do much better. And Jadeja, I don’t know. I would have preferred Ashwin if you’re talking about just the bowling,” Holding said on Sky Sports.

Michael Holding
Michael Holding

India is missing the services of senior bowler Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami with their ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again was ignored ahead of Ravindra Jadeja. Umesh Yadav, who came in place of Ishant Sharma, led India’s bowling charts with 3/67 and Ravindra Jadeja too chipped in with two wickets.

Michael Holding feels that he would have preferred Ravichandran Ashwin and noted how the England bowlers performed on the Oval pitch. The series is tied at 1-1 as India won by 151 runs at Lord’s only for England to hit back with an innings and 76 runs triumph at Headingley.

With niggles to Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, as captain Virat Kohli had pointed out at the toss, India included  Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav in the XI which paid rich dividends as both of them had an impact.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter
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Shardul Thakur Wasn’t Aware Of Scoring The Fastest Test 50 In England Breaking Sir Ian Botham’s Record

Shardul Thakur scored a sensational 57 off just 36 deliveries as Joe Root and his men were rendered clueless.

Shardul Thakur turned out to be the saving grace for the Indian cricket team on Day 1 of the 4th Test match between England and India at the Kennington Oval. The right-handed batsman scored a sensational 57 off just 36 deliveries and was the top scorer. Virat Kohli also scored a fifty but was dismissed soon after.

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Shardul Thakur Scored The Fastest Test Half-Century In England Breaking Ian Botham’s Record But He Wasn’t Aware Of It

Shardul Thakur achieved a special milestone as well during the course of his knock, and scored the fastest Test half-century on England soil, reaching his fifty off just 31 deliveries. And, he broke the record of the great Sir Ian Botham of England, who had reached his half-century off 32 deliveries.

Sir Ian Botham(Getty Images)
Sir Ian Botham(Getty Images)

And now, pace all-rounder Shardul Thakur has opened up on breaking Sir Ian Botham’s record. Stating that he was not aware of it initially, the 29-year-old added that it is a good feeling to score runs for India. Adding that his teammates were teasing him with Sir Ian Botham’s name, the right-hander said that it is nice to be compared to the greats of the game.

“I was not aware of it (breaking Ian Botham’s record). But it’s always good to score important runs for the team. Yes, these guys are teasing me with his name. But I think it’s good to be compared with the greats of the game,” said Shardul Thakur at the end of Day 1.

Shardul Thakur has played only 4 Tests in his career so far after debuting in 2018 against West Indies where he got injured after bowling only 10 balls. He managed 130 runs averaging 32.5 besides picking up 11 scalps averaging 23.

Shardul Thakur Said It Was Important To Play A Quick Innings And So He Kept Going For The Runs

Shardul Thakur added that it was important for him to play such innings, especially after the wicket of dashing keeper Rishabh Pant. Adding that there is no right way to score runs, Shardul Thakur opined that he could connect properly on Day 1, and so he kept going for his shots, instead of defending.

“When Rishabh got out, it was important for me to play such an innings. There are two ways, either you can be patient and bank on the partner to score runs or go and hit it. But at the end of the day, you have to score the runs. I think there is no right way of scoring runs. Runs are runs. Today was a day where I could connect properly. So I kept going for the runs,” added Shardul Thakur.

Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shardul Thakur is confident that India’s total of 191 in the first innings is a score that will surely matter, and concluded by stating that the pitch is a good one for both batsmen as well as bowlers.

“Definitely, at one stage, we felt 150 or 170 as wickets kept falling at regular intervals. But 190 is a score, in the first innings, is going to count. Runs in the first innings are important and I think we have a chance. I think this pitch is good for both batsmen and bowlers. If you keep pitching in the right areas, something is there in the pitch. But at the same time, the margin of error is less as the batsman can score runs,” concluded Shardul Thakur.

There were only 2 changes in the Indian side that lost the previous Test by an innings. Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur came in as Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma had niggles.

Both justified their inclusion as Shardul Thakur top-scored with 57 and Umesh Yadav picked the crucial scalp of Joe Root before 1st day’s play came to an end.  Umesh Yadav clean bowled Joe Root (21) while Jasprit Bumrah dismissed both the openers as England ended on 53/3 trailing India by 138 runs.

 

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Ishant Sharma Set To Be Dropped And Ravichandran Ashwin Won’t Be Benched Again In The 4th Test

India’s senior-most pacer Ishant Sharma may not find a place in the playing XI in the remaining two Tests against England after an indifferent show in the third match, which the visitors lost by an innings and 76 runs.

Ishant Sharma’s figures of 22-0-92-0 were the worst among the Indian pacers as England scored 432 runs but more importantly, the veteran looked jaded. The gingerly run-up never transformed into the bustling Ishant Sharma that the fans are accustomed to watching. He bowled primarily in the late 120kmph and early 130kmph but was hardly penetrative, effectively turning India’s attack into a three-pronged pace unit.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

Ishant Sharma Set To Be Dropped In The 4th Oval Test

There has been no confirmation whether Ishant Sharma, who has had a history of ankle injuries as well as side strain issues, was fully fit during the third Test match. Skipper Virat Kohli refused to speak about the pacer’s performance after the match but did indicate that there will be changes keeping in mind the workload of the pace bowlers.

Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah (Photo-Getty)
Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah (Photo-Getty)

However, Ishant Sharma, who didn’t play the first Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham has bowled 56 overs across three innings with five wickets to show for his efforts. It’s clear that during this English summer since the World Test Championship final Ishant Sharma does not seem to have the sting when he bowls third or fourth spell. In the case of Ishant Sharma going out, the choice would again be between Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur.

Shardul Thakur with his better batting abilities is ahead in the pecking order but Umesh Yadav is certainly a better red ball bowler than the Mumbaikar. But with Virat Kohli clearly pointing out that workload will be monitored, it remains to be seen whether the seasoned Mohammed Shami with 11 wickets from 96.5 overs is rested to keep him fresh for the final Test or Jasprit Bumrah.

Jasprit Bumrah has bowled the maximum overs among Indian pacers (108 overs) taking 14 wickets in the series. The pacer is expected to play most games for Mumbai Indians in the IPL and is a very important member of the T20 World Cup team. The other pacer Mohammed Siraj, who is only a couple of months junior to Jasprit Bumrah, has bowled 100.5 overs in the series.

Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence from India’s playing XI in the third Test against England was once again a subject of debate as the team went in with 4 pacers and Ravindra Jadeja as the sole spinner. Pacer Ishant Sharma picked 5 scalps bowling 56 overs across 2 Tests averaging 34.8 in the England tour and may not play the last 2 Tests.

Ravindra Jadeja’s Knee Scan Hasn’t revealed Any Damage But Surely Ravichandran Ashwin Won’t Be Benched Again

Meanwhile, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s knee scan report hasn’t revealed any significant damage but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin looks favourite to start in the fourth Test at The Oval from September 2. It is still not clear whether India will plan to go in with two specialist spinners but Ravichandran Ashwin, who had a great county game for Surrey at the same venue won’t be benched at least in this game.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 413 wickets in the 79 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.56. The off-spinner was the second-highest wicket-taker for India and fourth overall, in the four-match Test series in Australia in 2020/21. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 12 wickets in 3 Tests, including one four-wicket haul.

In the four-match home series against England 2021, he was the highest wicket-taker. He signed off the series with 32 scalps in 4 Tests, including 3 five-wicket hauls. He played the WTC Final which India lost but didn’t feature in any of the first 3 Tests against hosts England.

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Not Easy For Virat Kohli Whether To Play Or Leave The Balls During High-Class Bowling From England: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain, the former England captain and broadcaster opined that the Indian skipper Virat Kohli seemed unsure against the moving ball and it will only get tougher for him as the series progresses. He pointed out how Virat Kohli was playing at deliveries in the corridor and kept nicking the ball behind.

Virat Kohli was caught behind in all five innings that he batted in the series so far. He got out twice each to pacers James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, and once to pace all-rounder Sam Curran.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: Virat Kohli Is Unsure Whether To Play Or Leave The Balls

Nasser Hussain zoomed in on a technical issue that was making it hard for Virat Kohli to pick the line of the ball.

“Kohli has played at balls he could be leaving, he seems to have that slight technical issue I highlighted in these pages with the positioning of his back foot and he is not picking up the line of Anderson and Robinson.

“Kohli is not sure whether to play or leave and whether to set himself for the inswinger or not. He doesn’t know what to do. It’s high class bowling and it’s not going to get any easier for him,” Nasser Hussain wrote.

A dejected Virat Kohli walks off after losing his wicket against England in the third Test.
A dejected Virat Kohli walks off after losing his wicket against England in the third Test. Photograph: Nigel French/PA

The former England batter added that Virat Kohli batted well on Day 3 of the Headingley Test on his way to a half-century, but the old ball made it easier for him.

“He did go through a spell on the third day, admittedly against an older ball, where he was leaving it well. But it’s harder to leave the new ball because it swings later, and he was out again on Saturday in a familiar manner.”

Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman. Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a below-par average of 24.80 in the three Tests against England so far. His compatriot Joe Root, on the other hand, has amassed 507 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 126.75.

Nasser Hussain Warns England Of Complacency Pointing Out To India’s Stunning Win In Australia With Injured Players Unavailable And Being 1-0 Down

Nasser Hussain warned England not to write India off after their emphatic victory at Headingley in the third Test. Nasser Hussain lauded the character India has shown in recent matches and reminded the home side of the way India came back after the Adelaide debacle.

“But the last thing England must do now is think they have done the hard work and write India off ahead of Thursday’s fourth Test in south London and the final match at Old Trafford — grounds which should suit their attack better.

“Remember, they were bowled out for 36 by Australia in Adelaide late last year but came back to pull off a famous series win. And after Kohli had gone home, too. India do have a lot of strength of character and fight, and central to that is their captain.”

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source: AP IMAGE

Nasser Hussain reminded England that India has shown a lot of character under Virat Kohli. Both sides have little turnaround time after the third Test as the action moves to the Oval. The fourth Test of the series will commence on September 2, Thursday.

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Ravichandran Ashwin May Play Oval Test, Says Salman Butt

Salman Butt feels that Ravichandran Ashwin will play the fourth Test match. India skipper Virat Kohli had hinted during the post-match presser that there might be few changes in the bowling lineup.

He, however, has denied playing an extra batter and stated that the team is happy with playing five specialist bowlers, but their workload will be managed. It would be interesting to see the combination of bowlers India would use for the fourth Test at the Oval, which is set to begin on September 2.

Salman Butt
Salman Butt. (Photo Source: ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images)

Salman Butt: Ishant Sharma Was A Bit Off Rhythm In The Leeds Test And May Not Play In The Oval Test

Currently, India has Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Umesh Yadav in the bowling department. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja might not play the fourth Test owing to a knee injury.

However, former Pakistan captain Salman Butt feels that Ishant Sharma might not play the Oval Test because he being a bit off rhythm in the Leeds match. The cricketer-turned-expert conducted a Question-and-Answer session on his YouTube channel where one of the fans had asked if Umesh Yadav should come in place of Ishant Sharma.

“Ishant Sharma looked a bit off the boil in the last match and, his rhythm too was not good,” said Salman Butt.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

However, Virat Kohli denied this fact in the press conference saying “I was busy in the field, and I was watching the batters from the slip. So how could I know whether he was off rhythm or having any niggle. I was just watching the batter from the slips and ready to the catches.”

Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence from India’s playing XI in the third Test against England was once again a subject of debate as the team went in with 4 pacers and Ravindra Jadeja as the sole spinner. Ishant Sharma picked 5 scalps bowling 56 overs across 2 Tests averaging 34.8 in the England tour.

Salman Butt: Virat Kohli May Not Drop Ishant Sharma But He May Opt To Go With 2 Spinners Including Ravichandran Ashwin

Salman Butt further opined that he was bemused by how Virat Kohli answered the question about Ishant Sharma and said as a captain he should give attention to details minutely.

“It is strange how Kohli neglected that question related to Ishant. As a captain, you must pay attention to minute details from the bowlers’ run-up to how he starts from the bowling crease whether his rhythm is okay or not. He gave this answer, ‘I don’t know since I was watching the batsman from the slips’.” Butt added.

Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, centre, and Mohammed Shami

The former Pakistan batsman concluded by saying that he doesn’t think Virat Kohli might change Ishant Sharma.

“Looking at Kohli’s answer I don’t think he will drop Sharma, but if the pitch is a bit different then he might play Ravi Ashwin and go with two spinners,” Salman Butt said.

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 413 wickets in the 79 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.56. The off-spinner was the second-highest wicket-taker for India and fourth overall, in the four-match Test series in Australia in 2020/21. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 12 wickets in 3 Tests, including one four-wicket haul.

In the four-match home series against England 2021, he was the highest wicket-taker. He signed off the series with 32 scalps in 4 Tests, including 3 five-wicket hauls. He played the WTC Final which India lost but didn’t feature in any of the first 3 Tests against hosts England.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin’s Exclusion Is Up To Team Management: Mohammed Shami Says ‘We Need To Back And Trust The XI’

Ravichandran Ashwin’s absence from India’s playing XI in the third Test against England was once again a subject of debate as the team went in with 4 pacers and Ravindra Jadeja as the sole spinner.

Seeing Indian pacers struggle for wickets in Headingley, many questioned if the decision to exclude Ravichandran Ashwin was the right one. Even pacer Mohammed Shami was asked about this at the press conference after stumps on Day 2. Joe Root ran riot at Headingley, scoring 121 off 165 while the top three England batters — Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, and Dawid Malan — all of whom scored a half-century each to take England into a strong position.

Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami

Ravichandran Ashwin’s Exclusion Is Upto Team Management: Mohammed Shami

The situation, hence, saw many questions raised if Ravichandran Ashwin should’ve been a part of the match. As far as Mohammed Shami is concerned, however, the decision remains the team management’s and it is the players’ responsibility to back whatever XI is picked.

Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma

“I wouldn’t like to comment on the selection. That’s a team management decision. The XI that’s there on the field will have to do the job. We need to back and trust the XI that the team management has picked. You can’t think of it [selection] too much.”

Indian pacers, who were on the money in the 2nd Lord’s Test, struggled to extract any help from the pitch. Of the 8 wickets that fell on Day 2, Mohammed Shami bagged three while Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj claimed two each. Jasprit Bumrah also bagged a wicket but Ishant Sharma remained wicket-less.

Mohammed Shami: As The Pitch Slows Down, Picking Up Wickets Become Difficult With Less Bounce And Carry

Contrary to Indian batters, the Englishmen did incredibly well with the bat, triggering a plethora of questions over India skipper Virat Kohli’s decision to bat first. Mohammed Shami, however, stressed that the pitch became a lot more conducive to the batters after the Indian innings.

“As the pitch slows down, it gets difficult with less bounce and less carry. As you saw, we also got the edges. When the wicket slows down, it stops swinging and seaming. The chances of getting reverse swing reduce in such conditions where the wicket is green. The pitch was very slow today.

“The key is not to overthink and understand how the wicket is behaving and adapt accordingly. If it’s slow, then the key is to bowl good line and length,” Shami explained.

Virat Kohli, Joe Root
Virat Kohli, Joe Root

With England’s lead already 345, India has an uphill task to make a comeback in the match.  Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah got the remaining two wickets early on Day 3 as England got all out for 432 in their first innings. Riding on a scintillating Joe Root ton on Day 2, England took a massive lead of 354 runs.

Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will have a tough task at hand against the swing bowling of the likes of James Anderson in overcast conditions. India is batting currently and is 16/0 as KL Rahul survives after taking an LBW review.

Ravichandran Ashwin has scalped 413 wickets in the 79 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.56. The off-spinner was the second-highest wicket-taker for India and fourth overall, in the four-match Test series in Australia in 2020/21. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed 12 wickets in 3 Tests, including one four-wicket haul.

In the four-match home series against England 2021, he was the highest wicket-taker. He signed off the series with 32 scalps in 4 Tests, including 3 five-wicket hauls. He played the WTC Final which India lost but didn’t feature in any of the first 3 Tests against hosts England.

Dawid Malan stroked his way to an efficiency-saving 70 on the second day of the third Test. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Dawid Malan stroked his way to an efficiency-saving 70 on the second day of the third Test. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
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The Wicket Changed Massively From The 1st Day As Indian Bowlers Didn’t Get Much Help: Dawid Malan

Dawid Malan, playing his first Test in three years, hit a splendid 70 and added 139 runs for the third wicket with skipper Joe Root as England reached 423 for 8 at stumps on day two to take a massive lead of 345.

Dawid Malan played the last of his 15 Tests back in 2018, against the same opponents. Rory Burns (61), Haseeb Hameed (68), Dawid Malan (70), and Joe Root (121) ensured England take a huge first-innings lead over a hapless India, who won the 2nd Test and is leading 1-0 in the 5 match series.

Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan of England. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Dawid Malan: The Wicket Changed Massively From The 1st Day

Indian was blown away for a paltry 78 in their first innings on the 1st day but it looked like a different pitch when England came out to bat as they piled the misery on the opposition bowlers. Indian bowlers worked really hard and asked a lot of questions but didn’t get much help from the wicket, which has changed massively since the opening day of the third Test, said England batsman Dawid Malan on Thursday.

“The wicket changed massively from the first day the first hour when they were batting,” the 33-year-old Malan said in a virtual press conference after the end of the second day’s play.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

“I would not say they were flat with their bowling. They absolutely ran in and tried their socks off. They asked a lot of questions probably didn’t get that much help from the wicket,” the left-hander said.

Senior-most Indian pacer Ishant Sharma looked lacklustre and returned wicketless after bowling 22 overs as the four-pronged pace attack struggled to make early inroads. Mohammed Shami picked 3 scalps, while Mohammed Siraj and Ravindra Jadeja picked 2 apiece and Jasprit Bumrah picked a solitary wicket-that of Joe Root.

Dawid Malan: It Was Great To Watch Joe Root Batting From The Other End

India failed to trouble Joe Root, who led from the front with a hat-trick of centuries in three Tests to put England in total control of the third Test. Playing in front of his family at home, Joe Root played an effortless inning of 121 — his sixth century of the calendar year.

“He scores runs all the time, and with the ease and the speed with which he does, it is quite fantastic. He has led from the front again as he has done in the Test series so far, all credit goes to him,” Malan said showering praise on his skipper.
Joe Root. [Image-Twitter]
Joe Root. [Image-Twitter]

“He moves his feet so well, the ball position where he hits the ball is so good. He hits the ball so much late than most people, he always looks to score.”

Calling him one of the greats of the game, Malan said: “If you bowl a bad ball, he just puts you away. If you look at all the greats who played if you miss your length they hurt you and Joe is one of those. It’s great to watch from the other end.”

With this century, England skipper Joe Root now equals Kevin Pietersen for the second-most Test hundreds for an England batsman – 23, while Alastair Cook has 10 more. After carrying the batting of his side on his shoulders, for once, the top three gave their skipper a decent amount of time of rest in the dressing room, as he arrived at the score of 159/2 in the 63rd over.

Joe Root then, along with fellow Yorkshiremate Dawid Malan, batted throughout the second session with the left-hander getting out on the last ball before tea. He took on India’s lone spinner, Ravindra Jadeja, with cuts and sweeps, which had been the highlight of his tour to Asia earlier in the year. He raced away to his fifty in 57 balls, before taking on the Indian pacers.

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James Anderson Admits England Got The Balance Of Bouncers And Full-Length Deliveries Wrong

England pacer James Anderson admitted the hosts were in the mood for some revenge against India when Jasprit Burmah came out to bat in the first session on the fifth day of the Lord’s Test. During England’s first innings with the bat, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a couple of menacing short pitch deliveries to James Anderson on day 3. The duel led to several heated exchanges over the next few days of the Test.

On Day 5, India was in deep trouble when Jasrit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami joined hands at the crease. England had a clear upper hand at that juncture. However, they let the advantage slip and lost the plot completely by resorting to the short-ball strategy with revenge on the mind.

James Anderson and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)
James Anderson and Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images)

James Anderson Admits England Got The Balance Of Bouncers And Full-Length Deliveries Wrong

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami tackled the threat in impressive fashion and put on a record unbeaten 89-run partnership for the ninth wicket to help India set a good target which was defended in the end. In his column for The Telegraph, James Anderson opened up about his side’s bowling plans on Day 5 and gave his thoughts on where they went wrong.

“Potentially there was a bit of us wanting revenge on them when Bumrah batted on the last morning and we got carried away but we were genuinely trying to bowl them out. Sometimes you get it wrong as a bowling attack. Rooty has taken the brunt of the blame for it, but as a bowling attack, we have to be good enough to take those last few wickets. We got the balance of bouncers and fuller balls wrong.”

Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah leave the field after putting India in front
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah leave the field after putting India in front © Getty Images

Anderson continued: “I felt every time I bowled at the stumps they blocked it or found a gap to squirt it into to get off strike. When that happens, you go to the short ball. You have catchers out knowing they will take it on. It felt like the best wicket-taking option but it was definitely the period where we lost the game.”

James Anderson mentioned that his altercation with Jasprit Bumrah was because the emotions got the better of him at that moment. He also regretted that as it took the limelight away from Joe Root, who played a fabulous unbeaten knock of 180 runs.

The Indian pacers, led by Jasprit Bumrah, went after England No.11 when he came out to bat on Day 3 of the Test. That led to flaring of tempers between the players of both teams for the remainder of the match, which the visitors won by 151 runs.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled a 10-ball over to James Anderson, in which he overstepped four times. In that over, he bowled a few short pitch deliveries to the veteran pacer. The Lancashire man didn’t take it nicely and had a little war of words with the Indian pacer.

James Anderson: It Can Be Hard To Find Rhythm And Length At Headingley

Looking ahead to the third Test, James Anderson explained the similarities between the Lord’s and Headingley and stated that it could sometimes be difficult to find the right line and length.

“Headingley can be a tricky place to bowl. It is similar to Lord’s in some respects because of the pronounced slope. It can be hard to find your rhythm and length. It is about not getting carried away when it is swinging and go searching for fuller length. You can get driven because the pitch is usually pretty good. It is about using the conditions to your advantage but not bowling too full.”

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Mohammed Shami (56 n.o. & 1/13) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 n.o. & 3/33) played innings of their lives and then rocked the England top-order, before Ishant Sharma (2/13) and Mohammed Siraj (4/32) played their part to perfection to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The third Test between India and England will get underway on August 25.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
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James Anderson Critical Of Joe Root For Going With Mark Wood When Tailender Jasprit Bumrah Batted

James Anderson has slated Joe Root’s ploy to attack Jasprit Bumrah with short balls when he came into bat on the final day of the second Test at Lord’s. Bumrah opted for a barrage of short-stuff against James Anderson during Day 3 of the Test. The spell had led to multiple bouts of verbal altercations on the field between the players.

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

James Anderson Criticizes Joe Root For Going With Mark Wood When Jasprit Bumrah Batted

The England pacer reckons Joe Root might have been trying to get back at Jasprit Bumrah by removing him from the spell and bringing on Mark Wood.

“When Joe touched on getting a few things wrong, I think, potentially, when Bumrah came in, he brought Mark Wood on and took me off. That’s the sort of thing he is talking about getting the emotion get the better of him. That was a sort of – trying for him to have a taste of his own medicine type of thing, rather than trying to get him out.

“You could just keep me on and normally see if he plays any big shot or anything like that, whereas he went with Mark Wood straightaway,” James Anderson spoke on the Tailenders podcast.

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The move clearly did not work, as Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami went on to stitch an unbeaten stand of 89 runs, eventually taking India to a winning position.

There was also an incident where while walking back to the Pavillion, James Anderson allegedly abused Jasprit Bumrah. And from there on, James Anderson was never quite in the match. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami later went on to string an 89-run partnership for the 9th wicket that helped India win by 151 runs in the 2nd Test.

James Anderson: India Is A Passionate Side

However, James Anderson doesn’t believe that the England pacers bowled badly on the final day. He felt that everything went India’s way and the whole story could have been different if a chance went to a fielder’s hand.

“I thought they had a day as well. Chances just dropping either side of the fielders, dropping short, play and misses. On another day, one goes to hand and it’s a different story. But, all in all, it seemed that everything was against us that morning.”

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

James Anderson lauded India as a passionate side that channels its energy in the right way. He commended the way India batted and bowled on the final day to complete a victory that looked improbable at the start of the day.

“India are a passionate side. They use emotion differently from how we use it. They channel it well. We saw that on the last day. So I think that’s something we have got to think about going into the last three games.”

England has a difficult task at hand as they come into the third Test at Headingley. They trail the series 0-1. England’s pace attack, which was already depleted with injuries to Stuart Broad, Jofra Archer, and Ben Stokes, has suffered yet another setback after Mark Wood sustained a shoulder injury during the Lord’s Test. England’s fortunes will depend heavily on James Anderson in the third Test.

Mohammed Shami (56 n.o. & 1/13) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 n.o. & 3/33) played innings of their lives and then rocked the England top-order, before Ishant Sharma (2/13) and Mohammed Siraj (4/32) played their part to perfection to give the visitors a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

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