IND-ENG 4th TEST REVIEW

IND Vs ENG 4th TEST AT AHMEDABAD  REVIEW 2021

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“I think the first Test in Chennai would have been different if we had a few more days off,” Shastri in an interview with broadcaster Star Sports. “It’s no excuse; England outplayed us there. The boys were like zombies. They were tired, and the fact that there were no crowds didn’t help. Because everything was flat. So was the performance. But then a kick on the backside to re-ignite the pride in the system can make a lot of difference. And it showed in the last three Tests.”  – Head coach Ravi Shastri 

“I think the guys have to embrace what’s happened,” Joe Root. “They have to understand it and be realistic. There are areas we can get better at. We would be stupid to come away from this trip and say: ‘it was the extreme conditions, the ball was spinning and skidding on, and it was impossible to bat’. “That would be the wrong attitude. We need to come away from here and say: ‘You know what, there are lots of things that we can get better at.’ – Joe Root at the end of the match.  

This succinctly explained how they caved in with quality spin bowling on their tour this time as India outsmarted the Poms with an Innings & 25 runs win in this Test and  a stunning 3-1 series win and lifting the Anthony de Mello Trophy.  This Test also not lasted 5 days and ended  just in 3 days.

And now India will be joining with New Zealand  for the summit clash for the inaugural WTC Title championship to be held at Lord’s in June 2021.

PANT – THE GAME CHANGER

Indian gloveman the young diminutive  Rishab Pant’s fusillade against the English bowlers changed the tide of the 4th Test played at Motera stadium, Ahmedabad on the 2nd day.  His 113 runs 7th wicket partnership with Washington Sundar was breathtaking and it tilted the game in India’s favour as India was tottering at 146/6 when Washy joined him. The swashbuckling  Century knock a la GABBA knock recently ( First century at home  and 3rd Test century) by Pant especially the reverse sweep off James Anderson was audacious and there was subtle admiration by the World’s No.1 pace bowler, was a treat to watch.   Pant deservedly won the MAN OF THE MATCH award.

Encomiums

Anderson gobsmacked as Pant hits one of the most bonkers shots in Test cricket history.  The audacity of this shot of reverse sweeping the world’s highest wicket taking pace bowler has sent shockwaves to England players as they watched with awe this classic act.

“The way Rishabh bats makes it very, very difficult for bowlers to build pressure and set fields sometimes,” Root said. “When he pulls out a reverse sweep to a guy with 600 Test wickets, it’s quite a skill and quite a brave move to do.”

“He was quite cautious at the beginning, then he actually flourished the way we know Rishabh Pant [can]” – Rohit Sharma praises one of Pant’s finest Test knock

Fear doesn’t exist in his dictionary. U r God’s gift to cricket. God bless u always @RishabhPant17 #INDvENG #RishabhPant – Manoj Tiwary

Sourav Ganguly

@SGanguly99

How good is he? Unbelievable..what a knock under pressure…not the first time and won’t be the last time..will be an all time great in all formats in the years to come.keep batting in this aggressive manner .that’s why will be match winner and special..@bcci @RishabhPant17

What a terrific century by @RishabhPant17 when Team India needed it the most! Never seen such destruction by a keeper since Gilly #ENGvIND #pant #TeamIndia – Kris Srikkanth

SPIN DUO CALLS TUNE

The ace spinner, Ashwin together with the new find left arm spinner Axar Patel  got into coalescing act and spun a web around England batsmen who were bamboozled and in “congo line” marched towards pavilion succumbed to guiles of the two spinners. Only Dan Lawrence in both innings and Ben Stokes in the first innings made a semblance of fight .  Ashwin in his “Prima Donna” demolished England with his veritable variety and Axar Patel also seized the opportunity bowled in tandem with Ashwin.  Axar’s dream debut defined his wily craft and in helping conditions used it to the hilt.  Ashwin with his 32 wickets in the series was named the “MAN OF THE SERIES” for the 8th time in Tests.  And Axar Patel with 27 wickets in 3 tests is the find of the series.

The “never-say-die”  Washington Sundar, the young budding talent from Tamilnadu was full of his elements, driving, cutting, sweeping all around the ground and spared no bowler including Anderson .  His phlegmatic approach is the hallmark quality and alas he was left stranded at 96 runs when the indian innings closed.  His century partnerships with Pant and Axar Patel turned out to be crucial for India to take such a big lead of 160 runs.   Rohit Sharma played a crucial knock thwarting the efforts of new ball bowlers domination in the early part of the innings.

For England their batting let them down again in this Test also as after winning the Toss were bundled out just for 205 runs in the first innings with only Ben Stokes scoring an half century and Dan Lawrence’s obdurate innings was the consolation. And after putting a mammoth total of 365 runs by India, again their batting faltered and a meek surrender handed over India an Innings victory. 

SUNIL GAVASKAR’s 50th Year of his Debut Celebration

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 Along with this Test, there was a celebration in the ground of Golden Jubilee of Sunil Gavaskar’s debut in international cricket.  It was on this day 50 years ago, on March 6, 1971, that  the “ Little Master “ Sunil Manohar Gavaskar made his test debut at Port of Spain (West Indies) and made headlines with his 774 runs in the series, a world record till now for a debutant. 

 It was a fitting tribute to honour him at Ahmedabad from where he hit the world’s first 10,000 Test runs. There was jubilation in the ground  and the spectators holding a cloth banner in the stands with the words “ 50th Year of the Debut “  to mark the occasion and the crowds cheered him for his contribution to Indian cricket team.  Sunny thanked everyone who recollected his laurels in Test cricket.  His walkathon with the memento presented by the BCCI Secretary around the ground bowing down to the crowd speaks volume about this man’s love for the game.  Sunny used to say he always takes pride in playing for the country.  A player worthy to emulate.

WEEKLY ROUND UP 

  • At St. John’s, West Indies  in the 2nd T20I it was the turn of the touring Srilankans inflicting a defeat to the hosts, West Indies with 43 runs  with the spinners ruling the roost especially the wily  leg spin bowler Hasaranga de silva chipping in with 3 wickets conceding 17 runs ably supported by Sandkan.
  • And at Wellington, New Zealand  in the decider of 5 match T20 Series with Australia , the home team romped home with 7 wickets with their Opener Guptil hitting a powerful 71 runs and take the series with 3-2.  

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