The inclusion of Adil Rashid in England Test squad despite opting out not to play red ball cricket stirred the hornet’s nest as his selection was entirely based on his strong performances in limited overs cricket against Australia and India.
While playing at Lord’s during the second Test, Adil Rashid registered an absurd record to his name. He became the first England player in 13 years and the 14th cricketer in the history of the game to complete a Test match without making any contribution in it.
In the second Test against India, Rashid didn’t bat, he didn’t bat, he did not take any catch and didn’t affect a run-out.
Rashid was almost a spectator at the ‘home of cricket’ as the tourists got dismissed for 107 and 130 with James Anderson returning match figures of 9-43.
When England took the field for batting, Rashid was still looking for a breakthrough as the next man in when skipper declared the innings on 396-7.
The last incident of an England cricketer having a quiet game was when off-spinner Gareth Batty was not called-up in an innings when England had outplayed Bangladesh by an innings and 261 runs in 2005.
Former England and Yorkshire skipper, Michael Vaughan had asserted the decision to pick Rashid for the first Test at Edgbaston as ‘ridiculous.’
Adil Rashid took three wickets in the first match against India at Edgbaston and made 40 runs, but in the second Test match, he was called for bowling and neither could he bat as England declared its innings before he could come to the crease for batting.
It now remains to be seen if England keeps Rashid in the squad for the third Test or includes Moeen Ali to play at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. England all-rounder Ben Stokes is most likely to miss the third Test because of his ongoing trial in the Bristol court.