A damp script to cap off the proceedings of a test match, where India remained the favorites until reign decided to spoil their party.
It may have ended with a draw, but for the four days barring a few sessions India were the better side, threatening to take the game away completely. If it wasn’t for Joe Root’s brilliance, the game could still have gotten a result, mainly due to these three Indian names.
England vs India test series
At number three Mohammed Shami. Shami is one of those bowlers who look like taking a wicket every ball, whenever in rhythm. His four wickets in the test match were the catalyst to put India into a dominant position, particularly in the first innings, when he backed three big wickets, without giving anything to the host batters. At number two KL Rahul. Confidence erases uncertainties of all kinds. The swagger of KL Rahul made way for a far mature batsman in the first innings.
In the absence of Gill and Mayank Agarwal, Rahul got the opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands. A composed 84, scored with a strike rate less than 40, was as unlike Rahul as possible.
But it signaled that he was ready to put his talent to use and ensure that he comes up with what the team needs from him − a classy one from KL. And at number one it’s Jasprit Bumrah. When Bumrah did not have a great WTC Final campaign, critics started questioning his effectiveness in English conditions. But here he is with nine wickets in the game, including a fifer in the second innings.
And it was Bumrah who got the better of Joe Root when he was well past a hundred. And with Bumrah in form cleaning up the tail isn’t much of an issue, and that was apparent in the first innings. With four matches to go for India, Bumrah will want to maintain his rhythm for sure. Twice in the last couple of months the rain has spoiled the beauty of test cricket. We saw that in the WTC Final and, well, it happens again here in Nottingham.
With 157 needed and a whole day’s play left nine wickets in hand, India would have expected to seal things. Let’s hope Lord’s is kinder when it starts off on the 12th of August.