The Indian captain Virat Kohli was not happy with the England opener Haseeb Hameed marking his guard on the wicket that was almost on the danger area. It was an unusual method used by Haseeb Hameed as no batter would mark their guard that far away from the popping crease.
England had to come out to bat in the 3rd session after bowling out India for a mere 191 runs after having asked the visitors to bat first on a tricky wicket that was not easy to bat. It was not a difficult wicket by any means but it demanded immense application from the batters to score runs on this wicket.
Indian batsmen lacked application big time for 3rd time in a row and they were bundled out for 191 runs. They would have been in a much more pathetic situation if not for Shardul Thakur’s blitzkrieg with the bat late in the day.
The Mumbaikar smacked 57 off 36 balls including 7 boundaries and 3 maximums. Earlier in the day, Indian skipper Virat Kohli brought his 23k runs en route to his half century.
India came out to bowl with some runs on the board unlike the 3rd test and Jasprit Bumrah bowled a terrific opening spell to dismiss both the openers with back of the length deliveries which was the pattern on the first day’s play.
Haseeb Hameed, in his 12 ball stay, was seen marking his guard closer to the danger area which didn’t sit well with the Indian captain who was seen upset with the act and even complained to the on field umpire. Haseeb Hameed got out without making a run in the end.
Though England lost their best batsman in Joe Root towards the end of play yesterday, they still are ahead in the game and it will require a miraculous bowling performance by Indians to pull things back.
Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur looked flat with the ball as they bowled some innocuous stuffs on day 1 and a lot will depend on them if India are to restrict England and not allow them to run away with the game on day 2.