Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after the first Test against England ended in a draw, with rain washing out the entire final day’s play. India needed 157 runs with nine wickets in hand to go 1-0 up in the five-match series but persistent rain did not allow a single ball to be bowled
England skipper Joe Root scored a brilliant hundred on Day 4 of the Nottingham Test against India. Team India pacer Jasprit Bumrah however claimed five wickets to keep India ahead in the game. Root’s ton led England to 303, giving them a lead of 208. Needing 209 for victory, India finished Day 4 on 52 for 1. Stuart Broad dismissed India’s first-innings hero KL Rahul for 26. Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara were at the crease when stumps were drawn.
Team India batsman KL Rahul has stated that one must be ready to do anything for the team and utilize whatever opportunity comes your comes. Rahul said that this is the one of the main lessons he has learnt from the last two years, when he was away from the Test scene
Team India opener Rohit Sharma has defended the pull shot that led to his dismissal on Day 2 of the Trent Bridge Test against England on Thursday. Sharma fell for 36 at the stroke of lunch, trying to take on Ollie Robinson. All he managed though was to guide the ball into the hands of Sam Curran in the deep. Admitting that he was disappointed to have gotten out just before lunch, the batsman added that he will keep playing his strokes if the ball is there to be hit.
Veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has stated that the ball did not do a lot on the first day of the Trent Bridge Test. He asserted that India bowled in the right areas, which is why they were rewarded with wickets. Having lost the toss, India bowled England out for 183 on Day 1 of the first Test. Jasprit Bumrah starred with four wickets while Shami claimed three. Shardul Thakur, who was a surprise selection also chipped in with a couple, including the big one of Joe Root.
Team India captain Virat Kohli has stated that winning in England will mean nothing more than winning any other Test match or series for him. According to him, even if India wins in England, it will not be a milestone in his career because, for him, the culture is more important than results.
India captain Virat Kohli has asked critics of No. 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara to leave him alone. According to Kohli, Pujara has experience and the calibre to figure out the drawbacks in his game. While Pujara has played some stellar knocks for India in the past, he has struggled for runs over the last few series’ as a result of which his ultra-defensive approach has been questioned. As per some critics, Pujara’s slow batting is putting additional pressure on the rest of the batting line-up.
The recent series against Sri Lanka for the so called “second string Indian team” was meant to be an audition for the few spots that are still up for grabs in the lead up to the marquee T20 event scheduled later this year. The series, which consisted of three ODIs and as many T20Is, could be actually be divided into 2 phases - with one being the three one dayers and the first T20, where every Indian player from the touring party was available for selection, and the second being the post Krunal Pandya testing positive phase, where the number of available Indian batsmen was comparable to the number of spinners that Sri Lanka were fielding in their eleven.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes has taken an indefinite break from cricket and will miss the upcoming five-match Test series against India, which will start on August 4. The England Cricket Board (ECB) announced the same on Friday, July 30. The board informed that Stokes wants to focus on mental well-being. At the same time, his index finger will also get a chance to heal.