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Michael Vaughan: India Can Win The 4th Test If Any One Scores 100 And India Bats Throughout Day 3

Michael Vaughan, the former England captain reckons if India can bat out Day 3 of the Oval Test, they would be firm favorites to go 2-1 up in the five-match series. According to Michael Vaughan, it will be crucial for the visitors to see out the first hour, after which batting should get easy.

After conceding a 99-run lead in the first innings, India battled hard to reduce the deficit to 56 by stumps on Day 2. Their openers KL Rahul (22 not out) and Rohit Sharma (20 not out) batted defiantly as India ended the day on 43 for no loss.

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

Michael Vaughan: India Will Be Firm Favourites To Win The 4th Test Despite Conceding A 99 Runs Lead If They Bat Throughout Day 3

In an interaction on Cricbuzz, Michael Vaughan opined that India has a strong chance to end Day 3 in the ascendancy, provided they bat well.

Michael Vaughan said: “I think there will be another 270 runs scored on Day 3. If India can bat out out the day, then we start getting to the stage where they become favorites to win the Test match. That’s the big if – can they bat out the day? The first hour is always the key as the ball will do a little bit. We saw that on the first two mornings as well. If India can nullify that first hour, when there is a little bit more in the surface, India start to become favorites then.”

England’s Chris Woakes Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
England’s Chris Woakes Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

The former England skipper warned the Indian batters against chasing wide deliveries, which has been their undoing in the series.

Michael Vaughan added: “Bat all day – it’s a simple procedure that India now find themselves in. They have nullified the initial pressure zone with that start. Don’t go chasing the wide ones, don’t go chasing those big drives in the first hour. Play for your off stump and then make hay. The sun will shine eventually.”

Michael Vaughan: The Team That Gets The Individual Hundred Will Win The Game

Although England managed to gain a significant first-innings lead, according to Michael Vaughan it is not a lot considering the pitch is a very good one to bat on. He stated that if an Indian batter can score a hundred, the match will firmly be in their grasp.

Michael Vaughan explained : “I really feel that the way India have fought, from 120 for 7 to now be in this position, where they are only 56 runs behind… It is not a lot on a ground where you can score quite quickly. The team that gets the individual score to an individual hundred, that side will win the game. If an Indian can get a hundred, that will go a long way in them winning the game.”

KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul is the only Indian batter to have scored a hundred for India in the series so far. Rohit Sharma and Indian captain Virat Kohli have hit two fifties each. Rohit Sharma is India’s second-highest run-scorer in the series thus far, with 261 runs to his name, only behind his opening partner KL Rahul(291 runs). However, he has looked the most comfortable amongst all the Indian batsmen in the middle.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
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Aakash Chopra Believes Rohit Sharma Will Play A Match Defining Role In The 3rd Day Of The 4th Test

Aakash Chopra believes Rohit Sharma will play a match-defining role on the third day of the ongoing fourth Test against England. Rohit Sharma is India’s second-highest run-scorer in the series thus far, with 261 runs to his name, only behind his opening partner KL Rahul(291 runs). However, he has looked the most comfortable amongst all the Indian batsmen in the middle.

Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played cautiously and remained unbeaten at Stump’s on Day 2 of the 4th Test at The Oval. India was placed at 43/0 after 16 overs, trailing by 56 runs. Earlier, England was dismissed for 290 as Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes helped their team take a crucial 99-run lead in the 4th Test at The Oval. Ollie Pope scored 81 while Chris Woakes played a blistering knock of 50 runs to propel England after a shaky start.

Ollie Pope
Ollie Pope Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Aakash Chopra Hopes Rohit Sharma Will Change The Course Of The 4th Test

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra picked Rohit Sharma to come up with a game-changing performance despite getting off to a slightly indifferent start.

“I am going towards Rohit Sharma. Rohit Sharma looked vulnerable when he came to bat. He got an edge and the catch was also dropped. He played and missed, played on the leg side and the ball went to the off side,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former Indian opener reasoned: “What happened on the second evening was tough. But the bad and difficult time has passed. He is coming after playing exceedingly well for a long time.”

Rohit Sharma was put down by Rory Burns at the second slip off James Anderson’s bowling as the fielder lost sight of the ball. The Indian opener had scored only six runs by that time. Rohit Sharma remained unbeaten on 20 and batting alongside him his KL Rahul who is on 22*. India trail England by 56 runs after ending Day 2 on 43/0.

Aakash Chopra Hopes Rohit Sharma Will Register His First Overdue Ton Overseas

Aakash Chopra hopes Rohit Sharma will register his first century in overseas conditions during the third day’s play.

He elaborated: “His hundred is overdue, today’s play could bring the first overseas Test hundred by Rohit Sharma. So Rohit Sharma will do the magic, that is what I believe but fingers and toes crossed because at times when it goes wrong it is heartbreaking.”

The reputed commentator signed off by stating that the Indian team has allowed their fans to dream big.

Chopra observed: “I am keeping my hopes high because this team has given us the permission to hope and we have also shown the courage to dream.”

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

 

All of Rohit Sharma’s seven Test hundreds have come on home soil. The 83-run knock at Lord’s in the ongoing series is the Mumbaikar’s highest score away from home.

Rohit Sharma also does not enjoy a great overall record in overseas conditions. He has aggregated 1206 runs at an underwhelming average of 29.41 in 24 Tests in opposition territory.

Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes made their first Test fifties in a year to give England a 99-run first-innings lead at The Oval before India’s openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul almost halved the deficit by seeing out the second day.

England was struggling at 53 for 3 overnight and lost two more wickets for nine runs at the start of the day, but Ollie Pope’s fluency in partnerships with Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali dragged them into the lead, and then Chris Woakes – batting at No. 9 after England had used a nightwatchman – built on it by attacking the old ball.

England batsman Jos Buttler
England batsman Jos Buttler (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Jos Buttler’s Participation In Rest Of India Series Uncertain

Jos Buttler’s participation in the rest of the series is uncertain although the England camp would be ecstatic following their comprehensive innings victory against India in the third Test. But there might be a bit of tension as well with dark clouds looming over wicket-keeper Jos Buttler’s availability.

For the unversed, Jos Buttler’s wife, Louise, is due to give birth to their second child soon. Jos Buttler even admitted that he might miss the fifth and final Test. However, his participation in the fourth Test at the Kennington oval is also not certain.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler of England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Jos Buttler’s Participation In The Next 4th And 5th Tests Is Uncertain But Joe root Remained Tight-Lipped

After all, England skipper Joe Root, after the conclusion of the third Test, refused to give assurance about Jos Buttler’s participation. Speaking on the matter, Joe Root said that things will be clearer as the game approaches. However, he remained tight-lipped about the veteran wicket-keeper’s plans.

“That will be cleared up in the next couple of days. Hopefully, we can have some clarity on that and get that across to you as soon as that’s set in stone. I couldn’t tell you honestly either way at the minute. I don’t want to say one thing and it not turn out to be true,” Root was quoted as saying.

Joe Root, Jos Buttler , ECB Twitter
Joe Root, Jos Buttler, ECB Twitter

Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow is all but likely to take the gloves if Jos Buttler misses the remaining series. After the first three games, the series is perfectly poised at 1-1 and both teams would be determined to clinch the next game. The fourth Test gets underway on September 2 at the Kennington Oval in London.

Jos Buttler May Miss UAE Leg Of IPL 2021 And The Ashes

Notably, the decision of skipping the final two games might put Jos Buttler’s Test career at a standstill. Following the India series, England’s next assignment in the longest format is the high-voltage Ashes 2021-22 in Australia. While as many as 10 English players are reportedly planning to pull out of the series due to uncertainty over family’s allowance, only Jos Buttler has opened up about his position in public.

“One of the challenges is working out where the line is where you say, “I can’t do that”. I’ve sacrificed a lot for cricket and my wife and family have sacrificed a lot. You have to be open to saying no. It would be incredibly disappointing if some players feel like they can’t do it, but we’re in a world at the moment where that is a possibility,” Buttler had said.

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said he might skip the end-of-year Ashes tour over concerns about being apart from his family due to Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions. England will play the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October and November before heading to Australia, likely keeping players who feature in both away from home for four months.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler[photo: BCCI/Twitter]
After pulling out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, Jos Buttler said he may also miss the end of the ongoing Test series with India due to his wife expecting their second child. The five-Test Ashes series is slated to be held from December 8 to January 18.
The swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman had scored 328 runs in the IPL 2020 and 254 runs in 7 games in the IPL 2021 averaging 36.28. While he had to leave IPL 2019 midway to join the England team for the World Cup 2019 preparations, he made an impact during his eight-game stint, scoring 311 runs, following his 548-run season in IPL 2018 where he averaged 54.8.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler hit the top gear against Sunrisers Hyderabad by smashing 124 off 64 balls in an IPL 2021 match. Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended the tournament due to Covid-19 threat.
England, PTI
England, PTI
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England Faces Mass Withdrawal In Ashes 2021-22 Due To Australia’s Stringent Quarantine Rules

England faces mass withdrawal before Ashes owing to Australia’s hard quarantine rules. As many as 10 England players could be forced to pull out of the Ashes tour of Australia if an agreement is not arrived at over travel and quarantine arrangements for their families.
According to a report, unhappy with Cricket Australia’s lack of progress on this front, many English players are considering pulling out if their demands are not met.
Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

England Players May Pull Out As Australia Has The Strictest Quarantine Norms

At a meeting of the England squad at Headingley this week, it is understood there was mounting frustration about a lack of progress by Cricket Australia over quarantine rules. Australia has some of the strictest COVID-19 quarantine regulations in place and its own cricketers are currently serving two weeks in an Adelaide hotel after returning from a white-ball tour of West Indies and Bangladesh. The Australian players are also not allowed to train at the moment.

Joe Root and Tim Paine in Ashes 2019
Joe Root and Tim Paine in Ashes 2019 (Image Credit: Getty)

England’s multi-format players, such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, wouldn’t be willing to spend up about four months away from their families as they will fly to Australia straight from the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will be held. Some of those will also participate in the second half of the IPL 2021. There is also a prospect of a postponed Ashes tour.

Cricket Australia Working With The ECB On The Proposed Make-Up Of England Touring Party

It is understood that Cricket Australia doesn’t have enough influence over the government there and even individual states can impose a ban or shut the city entirely on quick notice, disturbing all the agreements made before the players left the UK. CA said on Saturday it was working closely with government and health officials in its quest to find a solution.

“Cricket Australia continues to work closely with the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and government authorities in Australia regarding the upcoming Ashes series, which will be the centerpiece for one of the biggest summers of cricket on record,” a CA statement read.

England batsman Jos Buttler
England batsman Jos Buttler (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“We are currently planning the operational requirements of this tour and working with the ECB on the proposed make-up of the England touring party. As was the case last season, CA will work constructively and in partnership with government to deliver the summer of cricket, while ensuring the health, wellbeing, and safety of the community.”

England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler said he might skip the end-of-year Ashes tour over concerns about being apart from his family due to Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions. England will play the Twenty20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October and November before heading to Australia, likely keeping players who feature in both away from home for four months.

After pulling out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, Jos Buttler said he may also miss the end of the ongoing Test series with India due to his wife expecting their second child. The five-Test Ashes series is slated to be held from December 8 to January 18.
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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It’s A Privilege To Compete With Virat Kohli And India, Says Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler, who was at the centre of a number of flare-ups between the Indian and English players during the Lord’s Test, said that the verbal duels are one of the “great pleasures” of facing Virat Kohli. For Jos Buttler, the subplots that develop during the course of a long series are one of the more enjoyable challenges in Test cricket.

The subplot that has come out of the last Test at Lord’s has added spice to the contest. It’s the flaying tempers and verbal volleys exchanged on the last day of the intriguing. Moments after winning the Test, the Indian contingent declared they are a more dangerous side when they are riled up. David Warner had conceded last winter that sledging Virat Kohli is more likely to backfire.

Jos Buttler said that the verbal duels are part of the pleasures of facing Virat Kohli.
Jos Buttler said that the verbal duels are part of the pleasures of facing Virat Kohli. (Reuters Photo)

Jos Buttler On Virat Kohli:

England, under extreme pressure to deliver on home turf, is not going to renege on the ploy of being in the face and getting under the skin of the Indians.

“Virat’s an incredibly competitive guy. He loves the challenge. He is a great batter. To be honest, it’s one of the pleasures of playing against him,” Buttler said of India’s aggressive brand of cricket during an interaction on the eve of the third Test.

“It’s a privilege to be out there in competition with him and his team. We enjoy that. We have incredibly competitive guys on our team. It adds to the fixture,” he added.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
The Indian team did it in Australia. They are now doing it in England. This Indian cricket team has kept the flame of Test cricket burning bright one series after the other, fuelled intrinsically by their passion for the red-ball format.

Jos Buttler: India Is A Confident Team With Success And International Exposure Behind Them

The tantalizing moments at Lord’s have re-ignited the ‘spirit of cricket’ debate.  But this set of players locking horns are not about taking a backward step.

“At times it becomes a part of the game. It’s interesting to watch as a viewer. It boils down to 22 competitive guys in the field trying to win for their country. At times, there is ego and some words are shared but mostly in good spirits. As a side, we are very focused on what we have to do to get back in the series,” Jos Buttler stated.

England batsman Jos Buttler
England batsman Jos Buttler (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Getting back into the series won’t be easy for England. This Indian team seems to be on a roll and is sniffing the kill. This is more or less the same bunch that suffered a 1-4 drubbing in England three years ago.

“The most notable difference in the Indian team is the experience. This is a side that’s been together for three years. It’s the similar group and same names. They are a confident team with lots of international games and success behind them,” Jos Buttler said.

Jos Buttler also said that the rest of the England batsmen have to step up and assist captain Joe Root. Joe Root has scored 386 runs in just four runs thus far but England’s second-highest run-scorer in the series, Jonny Bairstow, has managed just 118 runs in as many innings.

Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley have managed partnerships of 0, 37, 23, and 1 in the two Tests at Nottingham and Lord’s – a stark contrast to Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul who have managed 275 runs in four innings for the first wicket. With Dominic Sibley’s poor form leading to his exclusion from the squad, Haseeb Hameed who registered scores of 0 and 9 at number three in the second Test, is likely to return to his favoured slot at the top.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board Confirm Players Availability For 2nd Leg Of IPL 2021 In UAE

Cricket Australia (CA) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have officially confirmed the availability of their players for the second half of IPL 2021. Both boards informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday that they have no objection to sending their players to the opulent competition.

Now, it’s up to the individual players whether to take part or not. This won’t be much of an issue either. Australian players like Glenn Maxwell and David Warner opted out of international tours to be available for IPL 2021 while the ECB shifted its international tour of Bangladesh to make space for the tournament.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia And England And Wales Cricket Board Officially Confirmed Availability Of Cricketers For IPL 2021 2nd Leg At UAE

Kasi Viswanathan, the CEO of Chennai Super Kings, confirmed receiving communication from the BCCI to Cricbuzz. Cricket Australia issued no-objection certificates to Australian players, allowing them to participate in the Indian Premier League when the tournament resumes in the UAE from September 19.

He said: “We have got a call from the IPL office and have been informed that the boards have no objection to their players’ participation. It is now up to the players. Our Australian and English players (Jason Behrendorff, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali) are available.”

MS Dhoni-led CSK reached Dubai for IPL 2021 on Friday, becoming the second team after defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to do so.

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Although not many official hurdles remain now for the players’ participation in IPL 2021, there’s still some internal debate going on in the public, especially about the workload issues ahead of the T20 World Cup. Arch-rivals CSK and MI will kick off the tournament on September 19, which will go on till October 15.

England’s three-ODI and three-T20I tour of Bangladesh, scheduled for September and October, has been moved to March 2023. It opens up the opportunity for England’s limited-overs cricketers like Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, and Sam Curran to play the Indian Premier League.

Cricket Australia has issued No Objection Certificates for the players to return to the IPL next month, while a planned T20 tri-series with Afghanistan and West Indies may be re-purposed as (T20) World Cup warm-ups.

Ricky Ponting: IPL 2021 Undoubtedly Best Preparation For The T20I World Cup

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, head coach of Delhi Capitals, however, dismissed these concerns on Friday, saying IPL 2021 would be the “best preparation” for the players.

“Those guys that haven’t played for three or four months now, they need to get back into the groove of playing high-quality cricket against the best players in the world. No doubt it’s their best preparation (for the T20 World Cup) to be in those exact conditions, playing in probably the strongest domestic T20 tournament in the world.

“All the best players in the world will be there … and I’m not just saying it because I want some of the Australian players there at the Delhi Capitals,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)
Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Ponting (Photo | IPL Twitter)

Elsewhere, David Warner of Australia has confirmed availability for Sunrisers Hyderabad which also has the services of Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow (both England). Australians Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis have already informed their franchise Delhi Capitals that they would be showing up for the tournament. There are 14 English and 20 Australians in different franchises for IPL 2021.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday cleared the way for its players to take part in the remainder of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) in the UAE in September and October. Cricket Australia’s clearance came after the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced the postponement of a three-match ODI series between the two nations that was originally planned to be held in India ahead of the T20 World Cup

England's Stuart Broad. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP)
England's Stuart Broad appeals unsuccessfully during play on the second day of the second Test cricket match between England and the West Indies at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England on July 17, 2020. (Photo by Jon Super / POOL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB
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Stuart Broad Said He May Not Be The Last England Injury Of The Series, All Bowlers Are In Red Zone

Stuart Broad, England pacer has dropped a major caveat for his team, saying his injury “won’t be the last” in the ongoing Test series because all other bowlers are playing in the “red zone.”

Stuart Broad, who was ruled out after the first Test with a calf tear, said the tight white-ball schedule has made it near impossible for the English players to manage the extra workload of Test cricket.

England's Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets Martin Rickett/Pool via AP
England’s Stuart Broad holds the ball to celebrate taking 500 wickets – Martin Rickett/Pool via AP

Stuart Broad Said He May Not Be The Last England Injury Of The Series As It’s Difficult To Play A 4 Day Or 5 Day Match Without Workload

Stuart Broad sustained the injury during a warm-up session ahead of the second Test at Lord’s. He and the other England bowlers either had just a few days of practice behind them or match-time in The Hundred and T20 Blast before the series. This was in sharp contrast to India’s month-long training, which included a practice match as well.

Stuart Broad wrote in his column for the Daily Mail on Sunday: “Sadly, I won’t be the last England injury of this series — not with the GPS ‘red zones’ as they are for players right now. The difficulty with the 2021 schedule being so white-ball dominant is that bowlers have just not built up overs in the bank.”

“Say Saqib Mahmood had been drafted in for this Test. He hasn’t played a red-ball game for 10 weeks and it’s very difficult to play a four or five-day match without some kind of workload behind you. It’s why bowlers do not come back from injury and play straight away.”

England’s Chris Woakes Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
England’s Chris Woakes Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

The right-arm pacer, who has played 149 Tests for England, elaborated further: “This summer, as there wasn’t even any second XI Championship cricket in the weeks before this series started, that hasn’t been possible, and so every single one of our bowlers was in that red zone when the first ball was sent down at Trent Bridge. “

“Sam Curran went from bowling five balls at a time to being asked for 20-25 overs in a day, and it makes life difficult for the likes of Chris Woakes, trying to get back into the team.”

While England welcomed back the likes of Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Jonny Bairstow in the 17-man squad to face India in Tests, two notable names went missing. The selectors did not name Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer as they continued to recover from their injuries.

Chris Woakes, who last played a Test in August 2020 against Pakistan, has sustained a broken heel while pacer Jofra Archer was ruled out from playing in the rest of the year. Ben Stokes also withdrew from the 5-match Test series against India as he has decided to ‘prioritize his mental wellbeing’. He was replaced by Somerset’s Craig Overton.

In a major blow to England, pacer Jofra Archer was ruled out of all cricket for the rest of 2021 due to a recurrence of a stress fracture of his right elbow, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed. Jofra Archer will miss the Test series against India, the IPL 2021 for Rajasthan Royals, the ICC T20 World Cup, and the Ashes.

Stuart Broad: James Anderson Will Have To Be In His Current Form For England To Give A Fight In The Series Against India

Stuart Broad also weighed in on his partner James Anderson’s superb form in the series. He said the veteran pacer’s ‘inspiring’ returns, which have so far included nine wickets, will be crucial for the hosts if they have to compete against India.

Broad added: “For us to keep in this series, Jimmy will have to have stay in this kind of form and lead an inexperienced attack. Whether he will play all five matches, I don’t know but there is a bit of a break after this match for him to rest up. His relentlessness and desire to keep playing is quite inspiring and highlights how English cricket’s mindset has changed from the era of Freddie Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison.”

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The Lord’s Test hung in the balance after Day 3’s play, with England taking a slender 27-run first-innings lead.

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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Mohammed Siraj Opens Up About His “Finger On Lips” Celebration After Bagging Four Wickets At Lord’s

Mohammed Siraj, Indian pacer on Saturday opened up about his ‘Finger on Lips’ celebration after taking four wickets in England’s first innings.

Mohammed Siraj led India’s charge to bundle out England for 391 in the first innings of the second Test. Skipper Joe Root was left stranded on 180* as James Anderson was dismissed on the final ball of day three.

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

Mohammed Siraj: The Finger On Lips Celebration Style Is For Critics

Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the Indian bowlers with four wickets in his first appearance at Lord’s and was asked about his “finger on lips” gesture after getting each and every wicket.

When asked about his new celebration style, Siraj after the close of play, said “The celebration style is for haters (critics), as they used to say a lot of things about me, that I cannot do this thing…So I thought of answering them with my ball.”

Mohammed Siraj has often broken into 'finger on lips' celebration after his wickets.© AFP
Mohammed Siraj has often broken into a ‘finger on lips’ celebration after his wickets.© AFP

The India pacer bowled consistently at one length and focused on accuracy to dismantle the English batting lineup.

“Fast bowlers play an important role in England. We were bowling at consistent lengths. Our plan was to bowl consistently at one length,” said Siraj

“I was looking to bowl at one spot consistently even during my Ranji Trophy days. My simple plan was to not try much hit at one spot consistently,” he added.

Explaining the reason behind bowling the bouncer to Jonny Bairstow, Siraj said, “The wicket wasn’t helping that much so we planned to use a bouncer as after the next eight overs, a new ball would have been taken. So the plan was to bowl short balls.”

Put in to bat, India rode on KL Rahul‘s classy 129 to post 364 in the first innings, but England skipper Joe Root struck an unbeaten 180 to help England post 391 in their first essay and take a 27-run lead. For England, apart from Joe Root’s unbeaten 180, Jonny Bairstow’s 57 and Rory Burns’ 49 were other notable contributions.

Mohammed Siraj: The Wicket Has Improved For Batting

England lead by 27 runs and when India takes on the field on Sunday, the visitors will look to score as many runs as possible in the second innings.

“The wicket has improved for batting we will look to put on runs on the board. We try to score as many runs as possible,” said Siraj. 

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

Joe Root’s unbeaten 180 guided the hosts to 391 in their first innings. Mohammed Siraj (4/94) and Ishant Sharma (3/69) shone with the ball for India. Mohammed Shami scalped 2 while Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja remained wicketless.

India will bat on Sunday in the second innings. Earlier, Joe Root became only the second English batsman after Alastair Cook to score 9000 runs in Test cricket. After a wicketless first session, the Indian bowlers managed to pick a couple of wickets after lunch. Mohammed Siraj dismissed Jonny Bairstow (57) while Ishant Sharma knocked over Jos Buttler (23). However, Joe Root kept the English scoreboard moving by his brilliant batting.

The focus will be on Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara when India bats as the duo are out of form. The experienced duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane have not been at their best of late, averaging in the 20s this year.

While Cheteshwar Pujara made 4, 12 not out, and 9 in the three innings in the England series so far, Ajinkya Rahane managed just 5 and 1 in the two innings he got to play.

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
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KL Rahul Frustrated After Being Dismissed On 129 Early On The 2nd Day Of The Lord’s Test

KL Rahul on Friday said that he was frustrated at missing out on a bigger hundred and taking the visitors to a stronger total in the second Test against England at Lord’s. KL Rahul (129) could add only two runs to his overnight score on the 2nd day. India opener KL Rahul (129) could add only two runs to his overnight score before walking back to the dressing room amid big applause on the second day of the Lord’s Test.

Having played a fine knock, KL Rahul’s was a soft dismissal as he drove straight to the cover fielder in only the day’s second delivery, bowled by Ollie Robinson.
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

KL Rahul Frustrated At Missing Out On A Bigger Hundred

Opener KL Rahul admitted that he was frustrated at missing out on a bigger hundred and taking the visitors to a stronger total.

“I always get frustrated when I am set and get out. The morning today was crucial and I was just planning to add 70-80 runs in the morning session. I was feeling good, I was set,” the stylish Karnataka right-hander said at the press conference after the second day’s play.

“I am frustrated I missed out on a juicy half volley,” he added.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

KL Rahul said the plan for India would be to pick up some early wickets on Saturday and take the upper hand in the match.

“It’s too early to predict. We are taking things as it comes. Our plan will be to take some wickets tomorrow. We have planned for every batsman and we will stick to our plans,” he said.

Earlier, England seamer James Anderson claimed his 31st five-wicket haul in tests as the resurgent hosts restricted India to 364 in their first innings before reaching 119 for 3 at the stumps on Day 2. Joe Root was batting on 48 and giving him company was Jonny Bairstow on 6.
 The 39-year-old finished with figures of 5 for 62 while Mark Wood and Ollie Robinson took two wickets each as England fought back with early strikes to ensure India did not bat them out of the game.

Joe Root Reaches 50 On The 3rd Day

KL Rahul (129) scored his 5th Test century at the iconic Lord’s. But he admitted he was frustrated at missing out on a bigger hundred and taking the visitors to a bigger total. He could add only two runs to his Thursday score before walking back to the dressing room amid big applause.
Having played a fine knock, KL Rahul was dismissed shortly as he drove straight to the cover fielder in only the day’s second delivery, bowled by Ollie Robinson.
Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket
On the 3rd day, England reached 132/3 with Jonny Bairstow batting on 13 and Joe Root batting on 53.
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
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Mohammed Siraj Slowly Pushing His Way As India’s 2nd Choice Bowler In The XI, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, former Australia cricketer reckons Mohammed Siraj is pushing his way into India’s playing XI as the second-choice fast bowler. Brad Hogg believes Mohammed Siraj is making huge strides and climbing up the pecking order. Mohammed Siraj picked up one wicket in the first innings and two scalps in the second. He earned praise for hitting the right areas and troubling the batters.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow seemed to be slowly bringing England back into the game, building a solid partnership for the fourth wicket on Day 4. But Mohammed Siraj had other ideas as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow in the second session of the day’s play and that proved to be crucial in the context of the game.

Brad Hogg: File photo(Getty Images)
Brad Hogg: File photo(Getty Images)

Brad Hogg: Mohammed Siraj Slowly Pushing His Way As India’s 2nd Choice Bowler In The XI

Brad Hogg was impressed with the way Mohammed Siraj kept coming hard.

“Siraj brilliant love his energy to keep coming in a full-tilt every ball and not afraid to express himself. Slowly pushing his way as India’s second choice bowler in the XI,” Brad Hogg tweeted.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

The Trent Bridge Test is Mohammed Siraj’s sixth in a short career so far. He has 19 wickets against his name, including a five-wicket haul in Australia, proving that he belongs on the international stage.

Jasprit Bumrah Picks Up 9 Scalps As Indian Pacers Shared All 20 Wickets For The 2nd Time In Indian Cricket History

The fast bowling unit led by Jasprit Bumrah has put India in a winning position in the 1st Test against England. The pacers shared all 20 wickets in the game. The feat has only been achieved once before by an Indian bowling line-up – in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in 2018. Chasing a target of 209 runs, India is 57/1 at stumps on Day 4 losing India’s first innings’ top scorer KL Rahul.

India's Jasprit Bumrah fields during the third day of first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. AP Photo/Rui Vieira
India’s Jasprit Bumrah fields during the third day of the first test cricket match between England and India, at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Mohammed Siraj had troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps. But experienced Ishant Sharma was preferred ahead of him in the WTC final.

Mohammed Siraj played a key role in India’s wins in the Melbourne and Brisbane Tests in the Australian tour. The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne and immediately made his mark in international cricket.

Eventually, he ended up as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. What makes his performance even more praise-worthy was that Mohammed Siraj had lost his father when he was touring Australia for series.