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Umesh Yadav. (AP Photo)
Umesh Yadav. (AP Photo)
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Michael Holding Impressed By Umesh Yadav’s Bowling In The 2nd Day Of The 4th Test

Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler was impressed with Umesh Yadav’s show, but a tad disappointed with Shardul Thakur as he feels India missed having a third impact bowler in the innings. India was forced to make two changes to their fast-bowling unit for the fourth Test against England at the Oval.

With niggles to Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, as captain Virat Kohli had pointed out, India included Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav in the XI, and while Umesh Yadav impressed with 3/76 in the first innings, including the wicket of the dangerous Joe Root, Shardul Thakur, after impressing with the bat, could not create the same impact with the ball, finishing with 1/54.

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

Michael Holding Impressed By Umesh Yadav’s Bowling But Ineffective Shardul Thakur’s Bowling Disappointed Him

However, the one wicket which he picked up was highly crucial for India – that of Ollie Pope, who was motoring towards a century before dragging one onto his stumps. Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding was impressed with Umesh Yadav’s show, but a tad disappointed with pacer Shardul Thakur as he feels India missed having a third impact bowler in the innings, which in turn, allowed England to attain a 99-run first-innings lead.

“Yadav surprised me a little bit because I didn’t expect him to be a little bit more effective than Bumrah and I think he did. Bumrah bowled some fantastic deliveries and both of them showed pretty good control,” Michael Holding said on Sky Sports.

“What disappointed me after the first hour was the fact that they didn’t have anyone to continue the pressure – Thakur came in and bowled but he’s not the type that is going to get wickets like Bumrah and Yadav. There just wasn’t anything there and he’s just not going to be very effective under these conditions,” said Michael Holding.

Michael Holding
Michael Holding

Umesh Yadav emerged as India’s best bowler of the day, picking up three wickets as India bowled England out for 290. However, the 99-run lead was cut short to 56, after India openers, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul batted extremely well to take the team’s score to 43/0 at stumps on Day 2 at The Oval.

Shardul Thakur Was The Top Scorer With 57 Off 36 Balls In India’s 1st Innings

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.

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

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.

On the 2nd day, 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.

Indian pacer Umesh Yadav scalped 150 Test wickets with the wicket of Craig Overton on Friday morning. Before the 4th Test against England, the Indian pacer had 148 Tets wickets but Joe Root’s wicket on Day 1 and Craig Overton’s wicket on Day 2 helped him reach the 150-wicket figure. It took him 49 Tests to reach the milestone.

Umesh Yadav, who impressed Michael Holding, has picked up 151 Test scalps in 49 Tests averaging 30.44.

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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.

 

Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin AFP
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Zaheer Khan Feels There Is Healthy Competition Between Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja

Zaheer Khan noticed that the healthy competition between spin all-rounders Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja had proved to be beneficial for India in recent times. He added that the duo is working hard on honing both bowling and batting skills to claim the one spot available for a spinner in overseas Tests.

India has not preferred playing Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja together in an overseas Test but they played together in the WTC Final lost by India. In England, they have done it only once in 2014 at Manchester without much success apart from WTC Final. But this time in the England Tests, things might be different and was evident as Ravichandran Ashwin was dropped from the line-up to incorporate 4 pacers.

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

Zaheer Khan Feels There Is Healthy Competition Between Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja

Zaheer Khan said that the duo is trying to improve their games as in overseas conditions, only one spinner can play in the XI as there is competition between the two to seal a spot.

“I feel the healthy competition between Ashwin and Jadeja has been good for India. Both of them are constantly trying to improve their games. In overseas Tests, only one spinner can play in the playing XI on most occasions. Here Jadeja should get full marks. He has worked very hard on his game. “

Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar
Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar

” Even today, when he was batting, we could see he had the right approach. I mean, when KL Rahul was at the crease, he played sensible cricket. When English bowlers used bouncers, he did not lose his concentration and played with control. Even when he started to play aggressively in the end, he knew which areas he could target and backed himself,” Zaheer Khan added.

The 34-year-old off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the second-highest wicket-taker for India and fourth overall, in the four-match Test series in Australia. He claimed 12 wickets in 3 Tests, including one four-wicket haul. In the four-match home series against England, Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker. He signed off the series with 32 scalps in 4 Tests, including 3 five-wicket hauls.

Zaheer Khan: Ravindra Jadeja’s Superior Ability With The Bat Helped Him Clinch The Spot

Zaheer Khan opined that Ravindra Jadeja’s current batting form helped him get a spot in the playing XI ahead of his spin partner Ravichandran  Ashwin. Since 2018 in 15 overseas Test matches, Ravindra Jadeja has scored 461 runs at an average of 41.90, including five fifties.

In the same period, the frontline batsman’s averages are Virat Kohli – 40.83, Rishabh Pant – 37.46, Cheteshwar Pujara – 34.69, Ajinkya Rahane – 34.16, Hanuma Vihari – 34.11, and Rohit Sharma – 29.50.

” Whenever we are talking about Ravindra Jadeja, his numbers in recent times tell us a clear story. There were some question marks when Jadeja made it the playing XI for this Test ahead of Ashwin as the lone spinner. His superior ability with the bat helped him clinch the spot.

“So far in the game, we have not seen much spin bowling from England, and India also used Jadeja for just three overs in the first innings. In this sense, we can say that Jadeja has done his job well until now,” concluded Zaheer Khan.

Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: (Sky Sports)
Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: (Sky Sports)

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has reached a significant landmark on day three of the first Test against England in Nottingham. Ravindra Jadeja came to bat fairly early on day three as Rishabh Pant departed after a quick cameo. However, the southpaw became the fifth Indian all-rounder to amass more than 2000 runs and take 200 scalps.

The other four all-rounders to achieve the milestone are Kapil Dev, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anil Kumble, and Harbhajan Singh. In 131 Tests, Kapil Dev accumulated 5248 runs at 31.05 and collected 434 wickets. Overall, Ravindra Jadeja is the fifth-fastest all-rounder in Test cricket history to reach the milestone behind Sir Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Imran Khan, and Ravichandran Ashwin.

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Kapil Dev Believes He Was Far Better Athlete Than Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee And Imran Khan

Former Indian all-rounder and World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev believes that he was a better athlete than other legendary pace-bowling all-rounders of his times – England’s Sir Ian Botham, New Zealand’s Sir Richard Hadlee and Pakistan’s Imran Khan.

Kapil Dev served the international cricket between 1978 and 1994 where he played 131 Tests and 225 ODIs. The right-arm pacer was also famous for his useful aggressive batting. He also finished international career as the most Test wicket-taker as he finished with 434 Test wickets.

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Kapil Dev (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Also, under Kapil’s captaincy, India won their maiden Cricket World Cup in the 1983 edition after beating the two-time World Cup winners West Indies in the final at Lord’s.

Recently, during the Inside Out podcast, Kapil told the former Indian cricketer and present Head Coach of the India Women’s national cricket team, WV Raman, that even he wasn’t the greatest, he was the better athlete than Sir Ian Botham, Sir Richard Hadlee and Imran Khan.

Kapil said, “I wouldn’t say I was the greatest, but I was a better athlete than all three put together. The best bowling was Richard Hadlee’s – he was like a computer among the four of us.”

Imran Khan was the most hardworking player we’ve seen: Kapil Dev

Though Kapil doesn’t consider the 1992 World Cup-winning Pakistan captain Imran Khan as the best athlete, the former Indian captain called him as the most hardworking players.

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Imran led (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

He claimed, “Wouldn’t say Imran Khan was the best athlete or the most natural, but he was the most hardworking player we’ve seen. When he started out, he looked like an ordinary bowler, but then he became a very hardworking fast bowler and he learned by himself. And then he worked on his batting as well.”

On the other hand, Kapil said that Botham was a true all-rounder in the specific condition while he didn’t feel Hadlee was the best batsman.

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Sir Ian Botham (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Sir Richard Hadlee (Image Credits: Twitter)

Kapil added, “Ian Botham was a true all-rounder – in given conditions, he could win a match on his own. I wouldn’t say Hadlee was the best batsman.”

While the former Indian captain further praised Botham for his all-rounder skills, he also felt that Imran was a far better captain than his all-rounder skills.

Kapil Dev continued, “Botham could do damage to the opposition both with bat [and ball]. Imran could run through the [opposition] team, but his ability as a leader was far better. To control the Pakistan team, he had a challenge.”

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Ian Botham To Be Made A Peer: Report

England’s former cricketer Ian Botham is likely to be given Lord’s title by Boris Johnson for his support to the Brexit Campaign, as per reports. He is the greatest allrounder of all the time and has represented England in 102 Tests and 116 ODIs. 

According to The Times, Botham would be among 30 new life peers announced by British Prime Minister Johnson to mark his first year at 10 Downing Street (PM’s official residence). However, officials have not confirmed the news yet. 

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Ian Botham. Image credit: Getty Images.

Being made the peer means he has the right to sit in Parliament as a member of the House of Lords. He will become the ninth Test cricketer to sit in Lords. Before him, the late former England captains David Sheppard and Colin Cowdrey, West Indies’ Learie Constantine – Britain’s first black peer back in 1969 – and former England women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint, who died three years ago have been given this prestigious right. 

Botham has effectively used his fame. He has openly supported the Brexit campaign. He also appeared alongside Johnson before the 2016 referendum that saw Britons vote to leave the European Union. 

Ian Botham’s enormous service to England:

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Sir Ian Botham during his cricketing days. Image Credit: Getty Images.

For his service to cricket as well as charity work, Botham was knighted in 2007 and added Sir after his name. 

Talking about his cricket career, Ian Botham emerged as the best allrounder of England. He was the one-man army for his side, dominating with his explosive batting and fast bowling. He has single-handedly stolen the show from the opposition and had led his side to great heights.

He has scored 5200 runs and scalped 383 runs in Tests. The 64-year-old has also notched 145 wickets and 2113 runs in ODIs. He retired from the game in 1993 and persuaded his career in a commentary.

Apart from his contribution to cricket, he has done several charitable works. He has raised millions of pounds, mainly for leukaemia research. 

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Sachin Tendulkar (Credits: Getty)
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Sachin Tendulkar Reveals His Top Five Favourite All-Rounders

The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who recently turned 47-year-old on last Friday (24th April) but didn’t celebrate it due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. On the next day, he revealed his top five favourite all-rounders in world cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar successfully spent international cricket for 24-year-long. During his long international career, India achieved massive success in international cricket, including winning their second ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 edition.

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Sachin Tendulkar with the Indian cricketers after winning the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Tendulkar not only played the most international matches (664 matches), including maintaining the record of Test (200 matches) and ODI cricket (463 matches) too, he is also the leading international run-scorer (34357 runs), including leading Test (15921 runs) and ODI run-scorer (18426 runs).

The right-handed batsman is still the only cricketer to hit 100 centuries in international cricket (51 Test and 49 ODI centuries). Tendulkar was also a very useful bowler who picked up 201 international wickets (46 Test, 154 ODI and only T20I wickets).

Sachin Tendulkar’s first two choices were Kapil Dev and Imran Khan

During the Star Sports’ Cricket Connected show, Tendulkar revealed his top five favourite all-rounders and all were the top-class pace-bowling all-rounders. The former Indian World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev was his first choice with whom Tendulkar played 106 international matches (32 Tests and 74 ODIs).

Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

Tendulkar said in that show, “I grew up watching the top five all-rounders of the world. I played with one of them which is Kapil Dev.”

Tendulkar’s second choice in his favourite all-rounders’ list was also a World Cup-winning captain. His second choice was none other than the former Pakistan skipper Imran Khan, who is the present Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Imran Khan
Imran Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tendulkar added, “Second would be when I had gone on to my first tour to Pakistan and played against Imran Khan.”

Sachin Tendulkar’s other three all-rounders choices were non-Asian

Tendulkar’s next three choices were the legendary New Zealand cricketer Sir Richard Hadlee, Caribbean cricketer Malcolm Marshall and English cricketer Sir Ian Botham.

Sir Richard Hadlee
Sir Richard Hadlee (Image Credit: Google)

Tendulkar continued, “The third was playing against Sir Richard Hadlee on my second tour to New Zealand. Then in Australia I played against Malcolm Marshall and Ian Botham.”

“So, these are my top five all-rounders whom I grew up watching play and later, had the opportunity to play against them.”

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Graeme Swann Includes One Legendary Indian Cricketer In His Favourite Playing XI

While there is no cricket due to the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak globally, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has recently asked the cricket family to pick up the favourite playing XI. In this occasion, the former England off-spinner Graeme Swann revealed his favourite playing XI where he also named one legendary Indian cricketer.

Graeme Swann was one of the greatest off-spinners in international cricket history. Among the English spinners, while he is the most international wicket-taker, he is the second most Test and ODI wicket-taker too. Swann served for England from 2000 to 2013 where he played 60 Tests, 79 ODIs and 39 T20Is. In his international career, Swann picked up 255 Test wickets, 104 ODI wickets and 51 T20I wickets respectively.

Graeme Swann
Graeme Swann (Image Credit: Twitter)

Swann chose former England cricketer Colin Milburn and New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe as the opening partners. His next name was the legendary Australian cricketer Sir Donald Bradman. Another great Australian cricketer Mark Waugh is also in this squad.

Sachin Tendulkar is also in Graeme Swann’s best playing XI

The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, the most run-scorer in international cricket history as well as in Test and ODI cricket, is the lone Indian in this list. In his international career, Swann dismissed Tendulkar for four times.

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Sachin Tendulkar (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

English legend Sir Ian Botham is also in this playing XI. Swann picked Alan Knot as the wicketkeeper of this team. The legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is the lone spinner in this squad.

In the pacer bowling line-up, Swann selected the former England pacer Harold Larwood, legendary Pakistan left-arm pacer Wasim Akram and English star James Anderson. While Swann played 178 international matches, he played 129 international matches alongside Anderson (56 Tests, 64 ODIs and nine T20Is).

James Anderson
James Anderson (Credits: Getty Images)

Among these players, only Anderson is still active in international cricket. While Anderson is the most international wicket-taker as well as Test and ODI wicket-taker for England, he is the most Test wicket-taker as a pace-bowler too.

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Top 10 Cricketers Who Faced Suspensions For The Doping Violation

With the time progress, world sports have become serious in doping. At present, most of the sports strictly follow the doping rules to deliver fair competition.

Like the other sports, cricket also follows similar strict rules in doping. If the cricketers fail in the dope test, the governing bodies punish them. The players sometimes involve in this unknowingly due to taking the banned medicines.

Most of the times, the cricketers face suspension for the doping violation. It hurts them hugely as they lose trust.

Here are the top ten cricketers who faced suspensions for the doping violation.

10. Yusuf Pathan

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Yusuf Pathan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The all-rounder Yusuf Pathan is famous for his aggressive batting. He has played 79 international matches for India, and he was a member of India’s victories in 2007 ICC World T20 and 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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In March 2017, during a domestic T20 competition, Pathan provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program. After testing that sample, it was found to contain Terbutaline. This substance is prohibited both In & Out of Competition in the WADA prohibited list of substances.

The BCCI handed Pathan for a back-dated five months suspension that ended on 14th January 2018.

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Moeen Ali was brilliant with the ball. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Eng vs Ind 2018: Ageas Bowl Pitch Ideal for Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid – Ian Botham

Former England legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham believes the Ageas Bowl pitch is ideal for Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. In fact, Moeen Ali continued his dream form going while playing against India at Rosel Bowl, Southampton.

The off-spinning all-rounder scalped a perfect five-for to get England back into the game. India was cruising at one stage with 142 for 2. However, Ali was able to break the spine of the Indian middle order.

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Moeen Ali was brilliant with the ball. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The pitch will definitely assist the spinners.

Thus, the tourists went down from 142 for 2 to 195 for 8, losing six wickets for just 53 runs. In fact, Moeen Ali has performed brilliantly while playing at this venue against India. In 2014, Ali had taken eight wickets in the third Test match against India. Subsequently, Moeen Ali has scalped 13 wickets at an average of 14 at this venue.

Meanwhile, the Ageas Bowl track is starting to break out. Therefore, the spinners will come into action. There is enough assistance for the spinners. Furthermore, they can make use the footmarks of the pacers.

“At the Ageas Bowl Moeen’s record is very good, he took 6-67 against India here in 2014, which was where he took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.  He gives you a bit of stability, and this is a perfect pitch for both Moeen and Adil Rashid to bowl on. As the game goes on, the two of them will bowl more and for England,” Ian Botham was quoted as saying in his column for the Sky Sports.

Sir Ian Botham went on to praise Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his maiden century in the England conditions. Pujara scored an unbeaten 132 which helped India in taking a lead of 27 runs. Thus, Pujara was able to rescue the Indian team out of troubled waters.

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Cheteshwar Pujara scored his maiden century on the English soil. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Pujara was able to get India out of trouble.

“These are the first runs Cheteshwar Pujara’s got this summer, he had never scored a hundred in England before his unbeaten 132 which helped India earn a 27-run lead and his only previous century outside of Asia was the 150 he hit against South Africa in Johannesburg.

“Pujara has worked hard. We know he’s a very good batsman, we watched him in India when he scored two centuries in each of the series in 2012 and 2016 against England, so it is no real surprise to me that he has got runs.

I think he will be delighted because he was under the cosh and was left out of the first Test match, but like all good players who get left out, he went and worked on his game and has come back and put things right,” Botham wrote in his column.

The match is evenly placed as India currently leads by 21 runs. The third day will be decisive and it would be interesting to note which way the advantage pendulum will swing.

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Ian Botham said India was able to tick the right boxes. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)
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Eng vs Ind 2018: India Outplayed England in All Domains – Sir Ian Botham

Former England skipper and legendary all-rounder Sir Ian Botham said India outplayed England in all three domains. In fact, India was able to tick the right boxes in the third Test match at Trent Bridge.

Botham believes India coming back into the series is a good sign for Test cricket. England won the first two Test matches whereas India was able to come back to make it 2-1.

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Sir Ian Botham said India was able to tick the right boxes. (Photo by Visionhaus/Corbis via Getty Images)

Sir Ian Botham praises India.

Sir Ian Botham wrote in his column of Sky Sports“As Much As I Love And Support England, From A Cricketing Point Of View, India Winning Here Is Really Building This Into A Great Series.”

India was able to post 329 runs on board in the first innings. Subsequently, the visitors were able to get the better of the hosts for 161. Furthermore, Indian slip catching was up to the mark.

Consequently, Sir Ian Botham praised India to outclass England in all the three domains of the game.

“Let’s Be Honest, India Have Outplayed England In This Game. They Out-Batted Them, Out-Bowled Them And Out-Fielded Them.”

On the other hand, one positive for England in the third Test match at Trent Bridge was Jos Buttler. The combative right-hander was able to score his maiden Test century as he held the Indian bowlers at bay.

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India won the third Test match by 203 runs. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“One positive for England was Jos Buttler. If there was any debate to be had over whether he has what it takes to be a Test player, he put it to bed with his century on day four. Personally, I never had any doubt.”

Sir Ian Botham also heaped praises on India’s most experienced fast bowler, Ishant Sharma. The lanky fast bowler was able to breathe down the neck of England’s openers.

“It Was Tough For The England Top Order Again Though, And Alastair Cook And Keaton Jennings Continue To Struggle Against Ishant Sharma, Who Is A Fantastic Bowler To Left-Handers – He’s Worked At This And Developed This Skill Over A Period Of Time.”

India was right on the money in the third Test match at Trent Bridge where they won by a huge margin of 203 runs. The fourth Test match will take place at Aegis Bowl, Southampton from 30th August.