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IND vs ENG | Wouldn’t call it a good pitch but it made for exciting cricket, opines Joe Root
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Following a shambolic loss, Joe Root opined that he wouldn’t call the Chennai pitch for the second Test as a ‘good’ pitch but insisted that it made for exciting cricket. He also admitted that it is a learning experience for the visitors to look at India and bat for long periods of time. After cruising past the hosts India in the first Test, where Joe Root led by example, England were looking to keep their momentum up for the second Test, at the same venue. However, right from the toss, everything went awry as they lost the toss and were made to bowl on a relatively flatter wicket. Eventually, that combined with their first innings batting display took the game away from the visitors, who ended up chasing the game from the second day. The visitors subsequently succumbed to a 317-run loss, during which the conditions in Chennai was a major part of the debate. Joe Root opined that he wouldn’t call it a good pitch but reckoned that the pitch did make for exciting cricket between the two teams. "It's very alien to what a lot of English guys will have experienced before, as are green seamers that you might across in the UK. Do I think it was a good pitch? I wouldn't say it was a good pitch, but it made for very exciting cricket,” said Root, reported ESPNCricinfo. "I do think that the toss was an important one to win but it wouldn't have guaranteed us to win the game either. India showed that you can score runs on it and found a way of managing a very tricky surface so we've got to learn from that,” he added.Despite the tricky surface, India through their two innings - showed England how to bat, scoring 614 runs. Root stated that it was something that the visitors would have to learn from and added that they needed bat for long periods of time like the hosts. "How they (India) didn't get away from their game plan, how they knew exactly the way they were going to score their runs. How they managed to bat at the other end for long periods of time.”"And as a batting group, how does that look for us individually? How I am going to manage these big turning deliveries and how am I going to stay really calm and clear under pressure? We've got to take bits from it and add it to our own games, and come back better for it as well," he added.However, next up for the visitors would be a day-night clash in Ahmedabad, where Root has his sights on, insisting that the break will help them regain momentum. "Day-night cricket offers something different again, so we are very much looking forward to that. We'll have a little bit of a break now to refresh and have a look at a few things, but it's exciting times.”Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Great to have spectators back; Rahane is one of our top players, states Rohit Sharma
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At the end of an eventful day for Rohit Sharma, he stated that it was great to finally be playing at home in front of spectators, insisting that they would be treated to four more days of good cricket. He also insisted that Rahane is one of India’s top-players, putting down all criticisms of his.Rohit Sharma, after a poor first Test in Chennai, where he scored 6 and 12, scored a knock of ages, with a power-packed 161 against England in the ongoing second Test in Chennai. One of Rohit’s go-to-shots during his long stay at the crease was the sweep shot, something that he has specialised in his cricketing career. Alongside that, his partnership with Ajinkya Rahane lifted India out of troubles and put them in a state of dominance. In the post-day presser, Rohit stressed the impact of the crowd on the players, stating that it livened up the atmosphere. He also insisted that the first Test was a little low from an intensity point of view but reckoned that the crowd will get a good Test match here during the second Test. “It was great fun to have spectators back to the stadium. It livens up the atmosphere, the first game was a little low from an intensity point of view. It was nice to have the crowd back and I’m really happy that they have witnessed good cricket. I’m sure that they are going to enjoy the next four days as well,” Rohit said in the presser. The Indian batsman was also left surprised by the criticism surrounding Ajinkya Rahane, who got out for one and zero in the first Test. Rohit stated that Rahane will always continue to be one of India’s best players and has put his hands up time and again while adding that he advised the right-hander to sweep the spinners. The Mumbaikar also suggested that any target above 350 could well be enough on these raging turners. “Ajinkya is one of our top players, he has from time to time shown us his perfect innings. He has done it a lot in the past as well. When he came out to bat, it was crucial, we had lost three wickets as well. He put his hands up and showed his batsmanship in difficult situations. I have no idea why the conversation was going, his knock is crucial for us. On this wicket, 350 is a good score, we still have four wickets left. So we will hope that we can cross that target and keep playing. These wickets will start turning well from the second, third day,” he added.Rohit also talked about the sweep shot, which he insisted is one of the ‘safest’ option to frustrate the bowlers while also taking away LBW from the equation, alongside the catch. “Look I have seen Moeen Ali bowl a lot, he bowls really well in the rough. The sweep shot is something that can frustrate the bowlers. If you are trying to connect the ball, it is a safer option. Even if you top-edge, it will fall safely. It was a percentage shot as well and there were odd deliveries, where I wanted to use my feet and reach the ball perfectly. Pretty much that was the approach.”Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Chepauk Day 1 Talking Points: England’s torrid plans and Ajinkya Rahane’s monk-like innings
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In a day that was arguably dominated by Rohit Sharma, who scored an immaculate daddy hundred, there were plenty of talking points - right from England’s torrid plans to Ajinkya Rahane’s monk-like innings. India ended the day on a total of 300/6, after winning the toss and choosing to bat.England’s torrid plans to dismiss Rohit SharmaAfter missing out two innings in a row, there was undoubtedly the noise around that India should skip Rohit Sharma for the second Test. But that was just noise, as the right-hander showed the right quantity of intent required on the first day of the second Test. Prior to the first Test, he had scores of 44, 7, 26, 52 but never converted his start into a big score. Similarly, in the first Test, he threw away his wicket on a decent surface, with nothing of a shot against Jofra Archer - scoring just six. In the second innings, there was the turn and bounce, which beat him all ends. So England should have ideally worked his weakness out, right? That’s where England got it horribly wrong. After the first spell from both Stuart Broad and Olly Stone, where they targeted Rohit’s weakness, trying to exploit it, it was a no-show from the others. Ben Stokes’ spell arguably tilted the game back in India’s favour, gifting rather than giving them momentum going into the second session of the day. His mid 120s and high 120s short-balls were never going to irk out Rohit, with the Indian averaging 66 and 5 rpo against such deliveries, as per CricViz. Neither was Jack Leach’s deliveries which pitched inside Rohit’s bat, which he could smash all day to the boundary ropes, with CricViz reporting that 116 runs off his runs have come off sweep shots. In between deliveries which troubled the right-hander, there were plenty of them which let him loose. That might very well turn out to be the deciding factor in the Test, as England ended up conceding 4.1 runs per over during the first session. From thereon, he just went on to score a 150, nothing much before England got him to play a tired shot. Jack Leach and Moeen Ali pay dividends to the credenceEven after Dom Bess ended up with five wickets in the first Test, there was always the element of inconsistency attached to his bowling. Not just that, England management’s decision to rotate their bowlers has been a real talking point of the series thus far. Even when they didn’t have their best pacer - Jofra Archer - they replaced him tad easily with Olly Stone, who showed an immediate impact. But the fact they trusted Jack Leach with his second straight Test showed their think-tank has been immaculate and on point. After they lost the toss, it was immediately visible that their spinners had to make an impact on the first day to avoid a long day in the field for the Three Lions. Barring the odd full-length deliveries to Rohit Sharma, the two spinners worked excellently in tandem. While Leach took up responsibility and leadership, Ali showed immensely that he could bowl all day with the same tenacity. Since Mitchell Santner, according to CricViz, no left-arm spinner has dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara twice before Leach walked out to bowl. Leach consistently hit the marks that popped the ball up and down but also planted doubts into his mind, which eventually resulted in his downfall. That and in the very next over, the Birmingham spinner accounting for Virat Kohli turned the momentum in England’s favour. The decision to trust the two spinners has paid dividends excellently on the first day. The talks were pretty clear - Rahane was pretty much under the pump and couldn’t stitch two innings together consecutively. Post his century in Melbourne, where he scored 112 - he has had five failures - of his own standard where he has had starts and then, gave up on it to make life so much difficult for the others. Most of the times, it has been his restlessness and at the other times, his extravagant shot-making nature, which has led to such dire times. After the first Test, where he ended up with a duck and one, everyone criticised him, rightly so as well. However, as Virat Kohli had mentioned time and again - Rahane is an integral part of the Indian team. "I've said this many times in the past as well - along with Pujara, he [Rahane] is our most important Test batsman and he is going to continue to be,” he said in the post-match press conference in Chennai. When he walked out to bat, India were in dire straits, with three wickets down pretty much in the first session of a good batting day. He was just immaculate. First-up, he had survived a session of Olly Stone’s bowling, where the ball was reversing well and at a great pace. But later one, when the spinners came on, he had to put on his dancing shoes, work them out and hit the late cuts, to his half-century. If this isn’t one of the knocks that would stand out amidst the rest, then none would, such is Ajinkya Rahane’s experience, when the pressure is on him - he always does perform.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Rishabh Pant is amazing to watch as a neutral, insists Ian Bell
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Ian Bell, ahead of the fifth day’s play, insisted that Rishabh Pant is amazing to watch as a neutral before crediting his clear game plan a reason behind his success. While he praised him for his calculative batting, he stated that if India gets a good foundation, Pant could be the difference-maker.Since Rishabh Pant has made his Indian debut, India have already become one of the feared chasing sides in the world, as seen in the series against Australia. Despite setting up mammoth targets both in Brisbane and Sydney, Australia were made to sweat to draw the Test in Sydney while conceding the Test in Brisbane, all the back of Rishabh Pant’s ultra-aggressive counter-attack. In just the one innings this series, the left-hander has already set the fear amidst the English bowlers - with Jack Leach bearing the brunt of his batting display. Former English batsman Ian Bell insisted that Rishabh is amazing to watch as a neutral. He also added that the left-arm spinner Leach would be unsure about what Pant would do, facing him. "As a neutral, Rishabh Pant is amazing to watch. That was just Test cricket. We saw Cheteshwar Pujara doing his own thing in his own way, and Rishabh Pant doing it in his way, which was great. Jack Leach would be sitting there not knowing what to do now when Pant comes in and whether we see Leach bowl to him a lot, I am not so sure in this series," Bell said on ESPNCricinfo, reported HT.However, from an English standpoint, Bell stated that if India does get a foundation, via their top-order batsman - the left-handed batsman would be dangerous and could hurt the Three Lions. "One thing that worries me from England point of view is that if India get a foundation, and he can come in on the back of good run score, he could be dangerous. That is what worries me in this series. If India got a good foundation, Pant could really hurt England in the back of an innings."Bell also expressed that Pant’s aggressive mindset wasn’t just reckless batting but it was the left-hander backing himself and taking on the right bowlers. "I think it is so important for a young player to understand how you are going to go and to have a clear mind. Pant showed an aggressive mindset, clear in his game plan, how he was going to take him down. It was not just reckless hitting, backing himself, picking the right bowlers. Yes, clearing boundary fielders but then rotating the strike along the way," he added.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Don’t really think about records and achievements, states Ishant Sharma
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Ishant Sharma, who entered the 300-wicket club, stated that he doesn’t really have his sights on records and achievements of overtaking Zaheer Khan, with the focus just on improving his game. Recalling his spell to Ricky Ponting, Ishant stated that his only aim was to pin him under pressure.Since debut, Ishant Sharma has become the sole and binder of the Indian bowling unit, after he took over the reins from Zaheer Khan. Ever since then, the pacer has been consistently threatening the batsmen with his bowling performances, combined with his height and length. However, there was a period that followed where he struggled to pick wickets, with his inconsistency over his line and length. Post the Jason Gillespie episode, the pacer has turned his career around, fast becoming one of the best pacers in the world. In the ongoing Test against England, the pacer picked up his 300th Test wicket, with the wicket of Daniel Lawrence, who was caught right in front. However, despite getting to the landmark, Ishant Sharma stated that he doesn’t really think about records or achievements. “I don’t really think about overtaking Zaheer Khan or anyone on the list of any record. I don’t think about all these records, just focusing on improving myself and my bowling efforts. Just want to enjoy my cricket and keep playing for India and helping the Indian team,” Ishant Sharma told Ravichandran Ashwin in a video posted by BCCI. Talking about the spell that he bowled to dismiss Ricky Ponting, the lanky pacer stressed the importance of bowling a lot of deliveries, outside the off-stump channel, consistently putting the batsman under the pump. He revealed that a piece of advice from Sachin Tendulkar was to be as patient as if the pacer was bowling in the country. “I have bowled plenty of spells (like the one I bowled against Ponting) in first-class cricket. What happens in first-class cricket is constantly you have to keep working hard to get a wicket. You have to keep bowling maidens to tie the batsman down and that’s what Sachin Tendulkar told me in Australia. He just wanted me to be as patient as I’m playing in India,” he added.Ishant also recalled his first-ever wicket in the longest format, with the pacer picking up Bangladesh all-rounder Mashrafe Mortaza as his first scalp in the Indian whites. “The first wicket was Mashrafe Mortaza in Bangladesh, it was my debut and there wasn’t much crowd there as well. Anil Bhai (Kumble) held the catch in the gully, that was my first wicket.”Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Don’t think we put enough pressure to get a favourable result, reckons Virat Kohli
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Virat Kohli, on the back of a staggering 227-run-loss, has reckoned that the hosts didn’t put enough pressure on the Three Lions to get a favourable result. He also added that in the second Test, the focus would be on keeping things tight and constantly putting them under pressure.After losing the toss in the first Test, India were put under pressure and the pump in conditions that were not favourable to bowlers. That combined with the English skipper’s efforts on the first two days, the visitors got themselves to 578, a total that swung the encounter in England’s favour. From the Indian point of view, the bowlers had a torrid day on the field, with Indian skipper Virat Kohli reckoning that the bowlers didn’t put enough pressure on the visitors to get a favourable result. In the second innings, however, Kohli maintained that the bowlers did a far better job. He also insisted that the conditions in the first innings weren’t favouring the bowlers but still maintained that the efforts could have been more. “I don't think we put enough pressure on them with the ball in the first half. Collectively as a bowling unit, fast bowlers and Ash, were good in the first innings but we also needed to contain a few more runs and create pressure. Having said that, it was a slow wicket and not helping the bowlers which made it easy for the batsmen to rotate strike and get into the game. Just looked like not much happening in it on the first two days,” Kohli told broadcasters in the post-match presentation, reported Cricbuzz. Kohli also appreciated Joe Root and the English side for sticking in and putting up a big total on the board. He also admitted that the hosts’ body language and intensity wasn’t quite upto the mark, which showed in the field. Kohli added that the team will constantly look to improve but insisted that England were far more professional and consistent throughout the test match. “But credit to England, they got stuck in and put up a big total on the board. Our body language and intensity was not up to the mark, second innings we were much better. We were better in the second half of the first innings with the bat, not the first four batters,” he added.“We have to understand the things that we have done decently in this game and the things that we haven't and as a side we are always looking to improve. England were far more professional and consistent throughout the Test match than we were.”These two sides once again lock horns on February 13 in Chennai for a place in the World Test Championship final.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | We didn’t put much application as a batting unit; focus is always on long partnerships, states Virat Kohli
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After another loss in the first match of a Test series, Virat Kohli has stated that India didn’t put much application as a batting unit in the first innings. He also raised the question about the state of the SG ball while adding that there was no real debate over the management not picking Kuldeep.On the back of a stressful series against Australia, where they won 2-1, India were put under the pressure on day one, in unfavourable conditions for bowlers. Right from the very first over of the day, the Indian team were put under the pump by the visitors, aided by Joe Root’s double century, which blew them apart. While India were expected to put a similar show with the bat in their first innings, they conceded a huge 241-run lead. Indian skipper Virat Kohli showed his displeasure over the application shown by the batting unit in the first innings. He added that the plan was to bat long in the first innings, chasing England’s total. However, at the same time, he reinstated milestones is something that they don’t really think about but instead focused on building long partnerships. “I think the Test probably shifted in their (England)’s favour when we batted in the first innings because we were looking to bat long and we couldn’t do that. There wasn’t much application shown by us as a batting unit, something that we take a lot of pride in. Look these milestones (100s) and all we don’t think about too much. We just look at building partnerships and put the team in good positions,” Kohli told pressers in the post-match press conference. “Someone has scored a century in the last five matches doesn’t matter to us but if people do put partnerships that help us win, that’s what matters. For us, it about trying to win a game of cricket and if we need to do play solid cricket, we should be able to do it. There’s no one way about it. As a batting unit, our focus would be on long partnerships.” he added.Kohli also reinstated that the state of the pitch didn’t help India on the first two days, with the deck being flat and slow. However, he stated that England’s first innings was the major differentiator between the two teams. “Look at the reality was that pitch was flat and slow. I’m not telling it as an excuse but that was the reality on the first two days of the game. It was only after third day when the pitch started to change. Before that, it was a very flat and slow pitch. Look, they got big runs on board in the first innings. We have to understand that’s the dynamics of the sport.”While Ashwin earlier raised complains over the quality of the SG ball, Kohli also expressed his surprise over the destruction of the ball completely on the first day of the five-day encounter. “The quality of the ball (SG) as well wasn’t something that we were pleased to see, that has been an issue in the past as well. The ball was destroyed in 60 overs, it’s not something that you are ready to experience as a Test side. England played better cricket than us.”The 32-year-old also stressed that the choice of picking Shahbaz Nadeem over Kuldeep Yadav is for variety, something that he revealed that they would lack in Kuldeep’s inclusion. “Not really (Kuldeep for Shahbaz) when we are playing two off-spinners, we needed variety, hence the decision to pick Shahbaz Nadeem. There was never a second doubt on the decision to pick Nadeem over Kuldeep. Going forward, we will think about what best we can do and then work on the team combination,” he concluded.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Daring Dominic makes his own scorching luck as the bess-t in Chennai’s heat
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Sunglasses on, a slow run-up quickly turns into a steady one, a shimmy before a release that sees the ball spin and turn - an account of Dominic Bess’ performance on the third day of the first Test in Chennai.The scene was set, the sun still sparkling with no mercy on the bowlers and a physically tired batting unit in front, Dominic Bess had everything on his side to announce his arrival. Coming into the series, he was definitely destined to lead the spin attack but he hadn’t quite arrived yet in the longest format. Every time, he picked up wickets, it was quickly shut down as luck, poor batting or just great fielding. Enough of that!Chennai, one of India’s better-suited conditions to spin bowling had just shown the hosts that it wasn’t true to the words on the first two days of play. There was certainly going to be jitters, especially for the visiting spinner, who is yet to see real pressure of facing the mighty Indians. The talks of comparison with Graeme Swann naturally followed but Bess, being Dominic couldn’t care less. His journey arguably started with a high before rejection came kicking in - having made his debut against Pakistan at the mighty Lord’s in 2018. He went wicketless, scored a 57 in the second innings but being the only spinner, the head was always with a bounty. When he went to Leeds, he walked in as a nightwatchman, continued as a batsman and ended up as one of the best spinners across teams on the day. Yet when the time came, he was chucked out for Jack Leach and Moeen Ali in the Ashes, ripped apart even at Somerset, being pushed to the second XI. The highs were high and the lows terribly low - for the youngster, who had big shoes to fill, a tall mountain to climb. The steps to the mountain certainly weren’t all glory - it had stages where every second step was a false one and the third, with doubts attached behind it. All he could manage is to get into the squad, rather narrowly against South Africa during the 2020 series, a bout of luck could go a long way in boosting his confidence. But as fate would have it, as it had his entire career - a lucky break came his way, where he got an opportunity to showcase his skills in South Africa, another daunting place to play as a spinner. At the first opportunity, he had to go through the rigour, the vale of being a Test match spinner in South Africa, setting up the batsmen. As luck would ride it, Dean Elgar with a pretty poor shot found the fielder and that kick-started his second innings. One luck found another and Bess had two wickets in his first outing in South Africa. Within a few overs, one turned three in his second Test against the Proteas and his Test career had suddenly seen the rising sun. As Rassie Van der Dussen walked back, he had his first fifer, in South Africa, under pressure, which made it sweet but no guarantees were attached, as the riding luck could always step out and walk away. An entire English summer saw him show plenty of potential without much consistency and luck. Moeen Ali was back in the squad, it was Sri Lanka, a side that Ali had previously tormented. There wasn’t a better opportunity for England to have Ali run round the Sri Lankan circles before their showdown fixture against India. Entered one of Bess’ consistent friends during his international career - luck returned, right in time for the first Test against Sri Lanka. That was it, that was really the kick-start to his career, a fifer at Galle, where the fifer could literally be written on Luck’s profile, instead had Dominic Bess’ name all over it. His reaction, however, was well-measured, showing maturity at the age he was still finding his feet in international cricket. “It’s a proud moment because I’ve taken five wickets for England and no one can take that away from me. I probably haven’t bowled as well as I could have, and I got away with one or two but that’s cricket. I’ve also bowled very well on days and haven’t taken any poles,” he acknowledged how luck has been a constant part of his cricketing life. Suddenly his average had seen a sharp turn, from averaging 40 with the ball in 2020 to averaging 20.68 with the ball in 2021. The year was well within his rights of converting his luck into a golden one. Sri Lanka was just one part of it, where he emerged as a small picture in the world of Root. However, the realisation suddenly started gaining momentum - he didn’t get all the luck without any effort! It had to be attributed to the long spells, the ones where there was nothing going his way - absolutely nothing; rotten luck - dropped catches and missed stumpings. But when you come against one of the best teams against spin bowling - in India - that too on the first tour to the country, it immediately puts one under the pump. Under the pump, here also means that one could see the end of one’s career. There were no in-betweens, no one has come back from the country half-successful, ever! On top of that, the impatient wait to get the cherry and have a crack amidst the cracked-paper at Chepauk, Bess had a real opportunity to leave an indelible mark. Archer had just created ripples, Anderson had seeded some doubts in the batsmen’s mind but when the spinners were introduced, lunch was around the corner. And when they came back, one of the best players of spin - Virat Kohli was at the crease. There were talks of how he was revitalised after a break, wanting to rip apart the English bowling unit. At the other end, the talk with Bess was always surrounded by - how much more can he get lucky? Does he deserve all the luck?Bowling slightly wider from the crease, some drift, some air going his way, turn and bounce, what has happened here? Kohli walks back, but what has Bess really done? In the last three overs that Kohli had faced prior to the snarler, the off-spinner had set him up properly, consistently tying him down at the striker’s end. Gaining enough momentum and confidence from this, Bess produces a spicy delivery to get the prized scalp. “I was just trying to bowl at a spot, trying to build pressure for a long time, and I guess it just happened. It wasn't like I was trying to bowl that magic ball. It was really just about hitting that box. I saw the replay and it seemed to [drift] a little more and got him playing at a wider line, and I'm glad Popey took a great catch at short leg,” Bess said of Kohli’s wicket.Bess had arrived, this time without it being tainted, lucky or a poor shot played from the batsman - the off-spinner, the 24-year-old had just dismissed Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, one of the best batsman in the longest format. All on the back of sheer skills, utmost patience and truly spectacular bowling. Daring Dominic didn’t wait for luck to come his way, he rather made his own luck in Chennai’s heat.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Rishabh Pant is very instinctive; would never want him to change, opines Gautam Gambhir
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Gautam Gambhir has opined that Rishabh Pant’s instinctive nature is what makes him who he is and also opined that he never wants Pant to change his batting approach. He also insisted the management not to change his batting approach by developing defence in his arsenal of batting.Live by the sword, die by the sword - a true proverb that surrounds the young Rishabh Pant’s batting style for the Indian team in the longest format. Ever since his return in Melbourne, the left-hander has been involved in two of India’s most memorable Tests - in Sydney and Brisbane, where he scored influential 90s. However, in the ongoing Test in Chennai, the left-hander fell right in the same mark, which prompted a lot of critics to talk about his shot selection. Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, however, was having none of that, opining that Pant is very instinctive in nature and should continue to bat the same way. He also added that putting thoughts of defending more would only make him doubt his skills."He would start thinking about his shot selection. But he's very instinctive and you like players who are very instinctive. Sometimes you have to take that with a rub of salt as well, when you say why do you have to go and do that (hit a shot) when you are in the 90s. It's a given 100, it's on a platter,” Gambhir said on ESPNCricinfo."I would never want Rishabh Pant to change. Because the more you put things in his mind, he would start defending more," he added.However, Gambhir also expressed that Pant could keep improving on his shot selection, which would only make him better. He didn’t want the left-hander to develop a defense, which will take away his natural game. "Don't tell him to develop a defense or a better technique or become more technically sound. Because the more you become technically sound, you start thinking about what ball to hit, what not to hit, and it starts playing with your instincts. I want Pant to be an instinctive player for as long as he plays," Gambhir signed off.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | We could have batted better and eliminated soft dismissals, rues Cheteshwar Pujara
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Cheteshwar Pujara, following the third day’s play, has rued that the Indian batting unit could have batted better on the day and should have eliminated the soft dismissals. However, Pujara insisted that his dismissal was unfortunate and added that he couldn’t have done anything about that.At 257/6, India would look back at their first innings effort, which has put them under undue pressure chasing England’s mammoth first innings total of 578. However, there were a lot of soft dismissals on the way, including a freakish dismissal which saw the back of Cheteshwar Pujara. Since then, the duo of Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin have stayed put at the crease to see the day out. During the day, however, there were a lot of dismissals, which irked Cheteshwar Pujara, who insisted that the home team could have shown more application with the bat. He also stated that there were a lot of soft dismissals which could have been eliminated. The Indian No.3 batsman also revealed that the pitch isn’t as bad as expected, with it still good enough to bat on. “There is a bit of spin now, I don’t think it is that bad. First two days it was really really flat, our bowlers did their best. It was a pitch that had no assistance for the spinners in the first two days. Anyways, we have to accept reality and move on. Batting wise, we could have batted better, there were some soft dismissals that could be eliminated, the way I got out and Rahane got out. But with Ashwin and Washington playing, hope they put on a partnership and put us in a good position tomorrow,” said Pujara in the virtual press conference. “We will try taking one session at a time, the first session tomorrow would be crucial. We would like to bat as long as possible. It’s still a good pitch to bat on and we have our tail-enders to bat, so there’s a lot to play for and we want to get close to their score.”Pujara also opened up on India’s approach, with the Indian batsmen getting their runs at a far higher pace than the English counterparts. He also opined that Ajinkya Rahane’s shot would have found the gap nine out of ten times and raced off to the boundary. However, on the day, it went straight into the hands of Joe Root, who put on a show in the field. “No it wasn’t part of a game plan (to score quickly), we just wanted to bat normally. The conditions are different, in India, the scoring rate is always on the higher side and there were loose deliveries. Rishabh bats that way, he wants to bat his natural way, that’s fair and that is how he should play. The ball was there for Rahane to hit but unfortunately for him, it went to covers. Nine out of ten times, he would have scored a boundary. I didn’t want to do anything extra, I was getting runs, we weren’t thinking of getting close to their total. We just wanted to put the bad balls away.”On his dismissal, the Saurashtra batsman sighed that it was a dismissal that he couldn’t do anything about, as the ball had hit the close-in fielder Ollie Pope before finding Rory Burns. “My dismissal is something I can’t do anything about as a batsman. That’s the only way I could have gotten out. Everything was going perfect and I was a bit disappointed about it. It was a bad ball and I can’t really help that it went to the fielder.”Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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