Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, International Cricket took a backseat and after that countries like New Zealand, Australia slowly began hosting cricket matches. Today cricket is back on Indian soil with England series. England tour of India includes 4 test matches, 3 ODIs, and 5 T20s.
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The first day of the Test series belongs to the visitors as England captain hit his third consecutive hundred while playing his 100th Test match. The Chepauk pitch usually on the turning side. However, today’s pitch is a flat one, and the England team took the advantage of winning the toss on a flat surface.
England tour of India 2021: Virat Kohli display sportsmanship
New dad Virat Kohli returns to the cricket field with the aim to win the series and to cement a place in the World Test Championship final. Virat Kohli showed sportsmanship during the ongoing test match. Similar sportsmanship was shown by MS Dhoni when he helped Faf du Plessis in an ODI in 2015.
During the 87th over of the day, Joe Root played a slog-sweep for a six and immediately fell on the ground due to a leg cramp. That was followed by a great gesture from Indian Captain Virat Kohli. Virat Kholi who was standing in the slips came to Root who was on the ground due to leg crump, in pain. Kohli helped him by holding Root’s right leg in the air. Joe Root praise Virat Kohli for his gesture in the post-conference after the day’s end.
England tour of India 2021: Jasprit Bumrah world record
Jasprit Bumrah who established himself as one of the best fast bowlers at this moment in international cricket has not played any Test match on Indian soil. He has played 17 overseas Test matches before playing his first match at home and equaled the world record along with Daren Ganga who also played 17 away test matches before playing his first one at home.
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The Gujarati pacer made his Test debut in South Africa in January 2018. After that, he was rested in the home series against West Indies. Next year, He was ruled out due to injury in the home series against Bangladesh and South Africa. Javagal Srinath had held the record before Bumrah for India. Srinath had played 12 overseas Test matches before playing his first Test match at home. Jasprit Bumrah got his first test wicket at home in the form of Dan Lawrence.
Summary of Day one of England tour of India 2021
England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat first on a very flat looking wicket in Chennai. Both English openers gave their side a good start and added 63 runs stand for the first wicket. Ashwin got the first breakthrough for India as Rory Burns got out while trying to play a reverse-sweep. In the very next over, Bumrah strikes by a perfect seaming delivery to Dan Lawrence. Dan Lawrence out for a duck.
After that, Dominic Sibley and Joe Root started the rescue process. Joe Root played sweep, reverse-sweep, used his footwork to counter spin. While Dominic played the second fiddle role in the partnership. Joe Root scored a magnificent hundred in his 100th test. Jasprit Bumrah provided the much-needed breakthrough in the last over of the day as he castled Dominic who was on 87. Both the pair had added 200 runs partnership before Dominic departed. Root was on unbeaten 128 runs, after the first-day end of England tour of India 2021 Test series. (source)
India will look to stop the England inning under 350 runs. While England will try to post a big total on Day 2. What your thoughts on Virat Kohli’s sportsmanship??