We wanted to make it tough for India: Buttler
India were eyeing to finish the third match on the fourth day with an emphatic win over the hosts in Nottingham and their hopes were bolstered after India managed to pick four wickets before lunch at Trent Bridge.
Ishant Sharma just took five balls to strike and he dismissed Keaton Jennings in the 9th over. He soon dismissed Alastair Cook to take his second wicket. Bumrah and Shami pitched in and made Joe Root and Ollie Pope their bunnies to cripple the hosts.
India’s hopes of finishing off the game on the fourth day were soaring high and the pressure had evidently shifted to England after being reduced to 63 for four. But then, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes showed some resilience and stitched a partnership of 164 runs for the fifth wicket for keeping team India on toes on the fourth day.
England were not having a great day, but Jos Buttler made sure not to let down his team and smashed his maiden Test hundred. Buttler’s selections had grabbed many eyeballs after England’s chief selector Ed Smith recalled him in the national team on the basis of his performance in the IPL for Rajasthan Royals but his knock on the fourth day showed why he was the right choice.
Buttler’s maiden Test century:
Talking about his maiden Test hundred Buttler said that it was a proud moment for him as he had thought that the day would never come and he had given up hopes of a comeback in the national team.
“It was a million miles away a few months ago. It really is a huge moment for me and I am falling short of words. To prove that you can do it is a big thing but to show that you can do it for your team is the biggest thing for any batsman,” he said.
Jos Buttler was dropped from the team in 2015 losing his place to Jonny Bairstow, but he got recalled this year for the home series against Pakistan in May.
“I was not sure if I would ever be able to play Test cricket again. There were times when I thought that the race was run.”
Backing on the knock of Stokes and Buttler, England survived on day four but India is just a wicket away from a win at Trent Bridge.