England pacer Mark Wood has said the visitors winning the T20I series in India would be a massive achievement. According to Wood, it would also be big boost to the side considering that the T20 World Cup will be held in India later in the year.
India captain Virat Kohli backed KL Rahul to come good soon after the opener failed to open his account yet again, in the third match of the T20I series against England. Rahul was bowled for a duck by Mark Wood, playing all across one that nipped back in. The 28-year-old has managed only one run in the series so far. The pressure on Rahul grew after India failed to recover from his early loss and went on to taste defeat in the third T20I by eight wickets.
The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) on Monday informed that the three remaining matches of the T20I series between India and England in Ahmedabad will be played behind closed doors. The decision was made keeping in mind the rising number of COVID-19 cases across the country. The Union Health Ministry informed on Sunday had that as many as 25,320 new COVID-19 cases and 16,637 recoveries were reported in India in the last 24 hours.
India skipper Virat Kohli conceded that the team’s batsmen couldn’t figure out how to go about things in the first T20I against England in Ahmedabad. India were sent into bat after losing the toss, and in no time crumbled to 20 for 3 as KL Rahul, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan failed to get a measure of the pitch.
India clinched the four-match Test series against England by an emphatic 3-1 margin. After losing the first Test rather timidly, they came back brilliantly to dominate England in the next three Tests. After a methodical victory in the second Test in Chennai, India brushed aside the England challenge in the last two Tests in Ahmedabad, inside two and three days respectively. With the win in the final Test, they also booked their place in the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Team India opener Rohit Sharma has stated that Rishabh Pant can continue to bat the way he wants as long as he is doing the job for the team. He also requested critics to cut Pant some slack for his failures. The left-hander smashed 101 from 118 balls as India ended Day 2 of the Ahmedabad Test at 294 for 7, with a lead of 89.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has opined that over-importance must not be given to foreign players, who have been criticising the surfaces being used for the ongoing India-England series. According to Gavaskar, these ex-players are only getting publicity by raking up pitch controversies.
Indian captain Virat Kohli stuck to his stance of defending the pitch used for the day-night Test. The pink-ball Test between India and England ended in under two days, with India winning by 10 wickets. In the following days, there has been numerous criticism about the pitch. While the Indian team has stuck to its guns, a number of former cricketers, particularly from England, have been critical of the surface.
Ever since the pink ball test between India and England ended in just a couple of days, there has been plenty of talk around the pitch being too spin friendly and completely alien to the tourists. Facts do support this talk, as 28 out of the 30 wickets that fell in this test match belonged to spinners. Neither of the team managed to cross 150 as India were set a paltry target of 49 in the fourth innings to win the test and knock England out of contention of the World Test Championship, which they did without breaking a sweat.