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IND vs ENG 2016: Stuart Broad Credits Former Indian Fast Bowler For His Vizag Heroics

England were completely on the backfoot after being shot out for a paltry total of 255 runs in reply to India’s huge first innings total of 455. But their fast bowler Stuart Broad ensured that his team remains in the game by not letting the hosts  score big in the second innings. On a pitch where other pacers were struggling, the lanky pacer kept on troubling the Indian batsmen and helped the visitors to dismiss the hosts for only 205 runs. In fact, Virat Kohli’s men were reeling at 162 for 9 at one stage due to Broad’s heroic spell, but some useful contribution from Jayant Yadav and Mohammad Shami helped India to cross the 200-run mark. Broad finished the innings with 4 wickets for 33 runs.

It was very much expected that the bowler, during his press conference, would be definitely asked about how he managed such an inspirational bowling display in unfavourable conditions. As expected, he was asked about his bowling performance and the English pacer credited former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan for his brilliant display. He revealed that he picked up Zaheer’s advice during the team’s historic tour to India four years ago. Although he remained wicketless on that tour but made sure to make full use of Zaheer’s advice during the tour.

“I remember Zaheer Khan was very good at it, bowling slightly off the pace and then really surprise you with a quick inswinger. That’s something Jimmy and I talked about. Try to get batsmen bowl at slightly slow pace, then hit with a quicker pace at the stumps. Jimmy did that to Pujara. That seems to be the plan and it helped on a wearing pitch,” Broad said after the end of fourth day’s play.

Meanwhile, chasing 405 for an improbable win, the visitors were 87 for 2 at the end of  the fourth day.


England Still In The Match: Pacer Broad

Visakhapatnam, Nov 20 (IANS) England fast bowler Stuart Broad lauded his team’s efforts against India on the penultimate day of the second cricket Test saying that they were still in the match.

India struck late to reduce England to 87/2 in their 405-run chase by close of the day’s play at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

Openers Hasseb Hameed (25) and skipper Alastair Cook (54) were the batsman to be dismissed. Cook’s dismissal ended the day’s action. Joe Root was unbeaten on 5 at stumps.

India’s Ravichandran Ashwin claimed Hameed’s wicket (1/28) while Ravindra Jadeja (1/25) accounted for Cook.

“We played with a lot of skill and a lot of fight this evening. Both openers showed great temperament. We would have taken two down at stumps going in. Fantastic day for us. We have shown a lot of skill apart from a disappointing hour on day two,” Broad said after the match.

“We are still in this Test match. It will be great to sit and chat with those who batted this afternoon and take that into the next day,” he added.

The 30-year-old pacer also spoke about his injury which he suffered on Saturday.

He has strained a tendon of his left foot which will probably rule him out for the third match at Mohali.

“The foot is sore but I have got to play a Test, haven’t I? As a fast bowler you have got to have niggles. It just makes it worse that it is on the sole, being a fast bowler,” he said.

Stuart Broad
Stuart Broad

IND vs ENG 2016, Vizag Test: Stuart Broad Undergoes Foot Scan

Stuart Broad underwent scans on his right foot after experiencing pain on Friday during the second Test at Vizag. Broad left the field on the opening day complaining of pain in his right foot and wrist.

Injury scare has been there for England team right from the day they’ve landed in India as prior to the start of this Test, we heard Chris Woakes having some issues with his knee. He was rested for this game with James Anderson making a comeback.

It’s a long tour for them and they’ll have to be careful from all injury issues to so as to give a strong competition to the Indian team like they did at Rajkot.

At time of writing, England were 183/5, still trailing India by 272 runs.

India's Virat Kohli plays a shot during the first day of the second Test cricket match between India and England at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on November 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH SINGH / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

India vs England: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara Lead India Recovery at Vizag

Really it’s a matter of surprise that everyone is busy talking about the opening partner of Alastair Cook since the year 2012, but none of them has noticed about the poor and horrific form of Indian opening pair since the year 2013.

It was in the year 2015 against Bangladesh when Indian openers shared 100 runs for the first wicket. Before this, it came in the year 2013 when Murali Vijay and Chetshwar Pujara shared 100 runs against Australia. Indian opening failures have been the case from past many years abut have been unheard and unnoticed due to unknown reasons.

Today, in hope of turning the things in favour of the Indian team, Captain Virat Kohli called in KL Rahul in place of Gautam Gambhir but the results were the same, a non-sense shot to bring an end to the innings at the score of 0. Known for is the aggressive style of play, KL Rahul poked to an outside off delivery, looking to open his account with  a drive but that took an edge of his bat before resting safely in hands of Ben Stokes at slips. KL Rahul was dumbstruck, he would not have asked for this on his return but that was the reality which will now force him to bat carefully in the next innings which he plays.

Soon after eclipsing the milestone of the 3000-run mark in Test cricket, Murali Vijay followed KL Rahul after James Anderson took him by surprise by a bouncer, which made a contact with Vijay’s bat, before, again resting at in safe pair of hands of Ben Stokes. The opening pair of the Indian team was back in the pavilion of with the completion of 5 overs with bowlers getting no or little assistance from the pitch. It was a normal delivery from Stuart Broad on which KL Rahul gifted his wicket and it was an extraordinary ball from Anderson which provided England with a wicket. The pitch had no role to play in both the cases.

The responsibility to carry the team to safety was again on the wall-in-construction Chetehwar Pujara and Skipper Virat Kohli to give some positive vibes to the Indian team, which erstwhile have been pushed into a pit by England bowlers. They started off well taking singles giving no chance to England bowlers. Slowly, they opened their arms and were hitting occasional boundaries, especially Virat Kohli.

Just like Indian skipper did in the last game, Alastair Cook invited his spinner to roll his arm in 11th over of the day but this time, a responsible Pujara and a vigilant Virat Kohli decided not to experiment anything new giving no chance to the bowler.

Though in between, there was a small mix-up between Virat Kohli and Chetshwar Pujara which could have resulted in the wicket of Pujara as he ran half way down the crease without getting any signal from Virat Kohli. On his race back to the crease, he even lost his bat but soon dived to full to cover the distance, followed by a deep breath to realise that things are normal now. But Virat Kohli was not at all amused with this and was upset by his partner.

Still, it can be said that Indian team made a timely and lively recovery and shared the session with England team by scoring 92 runs in the first session at the loss of two wickets. Both the batsmen will have a responsibility to bat as long as they can to keep the team on a safe track to post a huge total on the board.

Murali Vijay & Cheteshwar Pujara congratulates each other.
Murali Vijay & Cheteshwar Pujara congratulates each other.

India vs England: Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara Enter Elite List Of Indian Players

Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, on Tuesday, became the 20th and 21st Indian batsman to score 3000 runs in Tests. Before the start of the Day 1 of the second Test vs England at Vizag, Vijay needed just 20 runs to enter the list while Pujara was mere three runs away from entering the record books.

After an early wicket of KL Rahul in the second over of the day, both Vijay and Pujara were batting alongside each other and at once, there was a race among both to reach that mark. Vijay was the first one to do so, becoming 20th Indian batsman to get his name registered in the list. After a matter of just seven balls, Pujara too achieved the feat. Both batsmen eclipsed the number with a boundary.

Unfortunately, Vijay couldn’t even add a run after the record as a shortish delivery from Anderson sent him packing.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first in Vizag.

Stat Attack – Top Five Run-Scorers For India In Test Cricket 

Sachin Tendulkar 15921
Rahul Dravid 13265
Sunil Gavaskar 10122
V.V.S. Laxman 8781
Virender Sehwag 8503


Gautam Gambhir IPL 2018 Delhi Daredevils
Gautam Gambhir has been purchased by Delhi Daredevils in the IPL auction.

India v England 2016: Five Players Who Can Lose Their Place In The Team

The first Test match between India and England in Rajkot ended in a draw with England playing the better version of cricket among the two teams. There were few good performers and a lot of poor performers who would look to bounce back in the second test after their not so good display in the first.

So here are 5 players who would be under extreme pressure to perform in the India vs England series :

India v England 2016: Five Players Who Can Lose Their Place In The Team 1

Gautam Gambhir : Gautam Gambhir made a comeback into the Indian squad in the absence of the injured Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. But in the first Test against England at Rajkot Gambhir failed to do justice to his selection as he scored 29 in the first innings and a duck in the second. Gambhir would be hoping to put some runs in his bag in the second test match to impress the Indian selectors and also to retain his place in the test side. Failing to do so, his spot could be in danger as performances matter the most.

Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara bats during the third day of the first test cricket match between India and England in Rajkot , India, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

IND vs ENG 2016, 1st Test: Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara Rescue India From Early Stutter

The moment when Murali Vijay missed an in-spinning delivery from Adil Rashid, everyone had their heart in their mouth as it was the fourth last ball before the stroke of lunch, and a wicket here was enough for England to subjugate the session, which erstwhile belonged to India, keeping aside that Gambhir’s dismissal. However, captain Alastair Cook and Adil Rashid showed faith in umpire Kumar Dharmasena, who now has his image changed in India. At the end, trajectory proved that umpire had made the right decision as height was the issue there. Addressing the last three balls safely after facing a small snag, Murali Vijay along with Cheteshwar Pujara went back for the first major break of the day at the score of 162/1 in 50 overs. It as fertile session for the Indian team as they scored 99 runs in 27 overs at a run rate over three, a healthy one considering the situation of the game.

Starting the day on lower note, the Indian team lost an early wicket of comeback man Gautam Gambhir, whose legs somehow mingled with each other, creating a lock among themselves, preventing Gambhir’s bat to make any contact with the ball, which went to clip his leg placed safely in front of stumps and umpire had no hesitation in raising his finger. Murali Vijay too had no hesitation and asked Gambhir not to review it. An early wicket and it looked like England had got the dream start on this flat track which has run on offer for the batsman. However, soon the local boy, Cheteshwar Pujara, took the charge at quick a quite a fast pace, not allowing pressure to build up on Murali Vijay as another wicket here could have really rattled India’s hopes. He played quite opposite to his style of play doing the right thing at the moment. Meanwhile, Vijay also showed why he is also a T20 player by stepping out to youngster Zafar Ansari and hitting him for occasional sixes. In fact, he brought up his fifty with a six off Ansari.

Still, 375 runs behind from England’s total, India team will need the service of these two players at least for one more session or so to gain an upper-hand over opposition team.



IND vs ENG 2016, 1st Test: Gautam Gambhir, Murali Vijay Stand Tall In Race To 537

Taking a deep dig in the history of England Test cricket, it’s a fact that they have never lost a Test match after scoring 450 runs in the first innings. Even before bowling the first ball to Indian batsmen, they had already fabricated a feeling of panic amongst them. They were at the top even before delivering the first ball of the second innings on the Day 2 at Rajkot. India team had a tough task in the last session of the day to resist the fourth centurion of the game, Stuart Broad without any distraction or causality. Mastering psychological fear was the first uphill task which they had to face as Indians are always under pressure when they play England, especially after 2011.

Coming at the crease to face the 23 precarious overs in the last session of the day, Indian batsmen had sloppy start as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes were taking away the advantage of what seemed to green grass having deceptive patches on it. Despite this, England pacers, unlike Indians, failed to create even half chances at the start, unlike Indian bowlers, thanks to vigilant openers. After realising that Indian batsman know this pitch better, Cook was quick to welcome spinners, a move which did not get success to them as Indian openers came and went back hand in hand ensuring a no in the wickets column. Struggling at the start, Indian batsmen slowly and steadily passed each of the snags and put up 63 runs on the board, minimising the margin and bringing it down to 474.

Just like Indian spinners, England spinners too had to rely on mistakes of batsmen to get a wicket but failed as openers continued to bat at a miser run-rate according to the need of the hour. They will have a formidable task on Thursday to get over the mental pressure of such a gargantuan target.


Alastair Cook during a presser.
Alastair Cook during a presser.

IND vs ENG 2016: Reasons Why England Will Struggle In India

With just three days remaining to the start of first Test between India-England, we find out some of the reasons why England team will struggle on this tour, what are the weakness in their side and what are the factors which will affect them –

Alastair Cook applauds fans.
Alastair Cook applauds fans.

Records That Could Be Broken During India-England Test Series

With each passing day, the date of the first Test match between India and England is coming nearer. Fans just can’t wait to watch the Indian team take revenge on the England team. This time, though, they are very much confident that the hosts team will not repeat the previous gaffe and will emerge as the winner in the end.

To add to the excitement, here is the list of few records which could be broken during India and England series –

  1. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of most runs scored in the contests between the two teams till now. Currently, no one seems to be anywhere close to that record but yes, the England skipper has a real chance to break into top three in the list of most runs scored in competitions between the two teams. With a total of 1735 runs, he stands on the fifth on the list with just 215 runs away from the record of Rahul Dravid. There are even chances of him being scoring those 215 runs to make a spot for him in top three batsmen amongst these two teams.
Sachin Tendulkar 2535 runs
Sunil Gavaskar 2483 runs
Rahul Dravid 1950 runs
Gundappa Vishwanath 1880 runs
Alastair Cook 1735 runs


  1. Alastair Cook, who recently became the youngest player to score 10,000 runs, breaking the record of Sachin Tendulkar, has a chance of breaking his one more record. Sachin Tendulkar tops the list of most centuries scored in the contest between the two teams whereas Cook holds five tons under his belt. He needs to score three more centuries to break another record held by Master Blaster.
Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar 7 centuries
Mohammad Azharuddin, Kevin Pietersen, 6 centuries
Ian Botham, Graham Gooch, Alastair Cook, Dilip Vengasarkar 5 centuries


  1. Both Stuart Broad and Ishant Sharma will have a chance to eclipse the mark of 50 wickets in the competitions played between the two teams. Stuart Broad is just four scalps away from the record whereas Ishant Sharma needs 15 wickets to achieve the same.
  1. By leading the England team in all five Test matches of the series, Alastair Cook will climb to the second spot in terms of leading a team in most Test matches between both countries. Currently, M.S. Dhoni holds the top spot as the former Test captain led Indian team in 15 Test matches. Cook is on the fifth spot as he has led his team in 9 games. By the end of the series, he will be sitting at the second spot along with Sunil Gavaskar, who led India in 14 games against England.


  1. By appearing in all five Test of the series, Cook will become the most capped England player in the Test matches between these two teams. For England, David Gower has played most Test matches against India as he made an appearance in 24 games whereas Cook has marked his presence in 20 games against India. By playing all 5 games of the series, Cook will become a most capped player for his team in Test matches vs India. Sunil Gavaskar leads this list with a total of 38 games against England.


  1. Alastair Cook also has a chance to break the record of the former Indian all-rounder Eknath Solkar as he needs just one more catch to climb to the third spot in terms of most catches by a player in matches between the two teams. He has a real chance of breaking Rahul Dravid’s record as well who sits at the second spot with 30 catches to his name. Though this record looks tough but yes he will have a chance to break this record as well.
Sunil Gavaskar 35 catches
Rahul Dravid 30 catches
Eknath Solkar/Sachin Tendulkar/Alastair Cook 22 catches


  1. James Anderson, who’ll miss the Rajkot Test due to injury, needs 14 more wickets to claim the top position of most wickets in competition between the two teams. Currently, top three spots are acquired by Indian players with Bhagwath Chandrasekhar at the top with 95 wickets to his name.
Bhagwath Chandrasekhar 95 wickets
Anil Kumble 92 wickets
Bishan Singh Bedi/Kapil Dev 85 wickets
James Anderson 82 wickets
Bob Wills/Derek Underwood 62 wickets
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