Deep Dasgupta is all praise for team India’s spectacular show with the ball on the first day of the first test against England. The former wicket-keeper stated that it was the best first-day performance in the test cricket from an Indian team away from home conditions.
India bowled England for a meager 183 runs in the first innings on Day 1. Jasprit Bumrah & Mohammed Shami made a spectacular comeback from the WTC final’s below the par performance by scalping seven wickets between them. The duo was supported by Shardul Thakur )2-41) & Mohammed Siraj’s (1-48) robust bowling performance which helped to wind up hosts innings below 200 runs total.
Talking about Indian bowler’s detailed planning behind every dismissal, right form bowlers lines till field settings, Deep Dasgupta said on his youtube channel, “Generally we’ve seen Indian teams start slowly in every new series. But here, they are in the driving seat from the first day itself. I haven’t seen a better first day away from home in a while… It was quite evident the team had plans for every batsman. Whether it was Dom Sibley or Zak Crawley who play more from the stumps, there was a plan to attack the stumps right from the beginning. And to encourage the bowlers to bowl at that line, four fielders were on the leg-side, which is against the norm of six on the off-side and three on the leg-side.”
Giving an example of Joe Root’s LBW by Shardul Thakur with a full-length delivery, Das Gupta said, “Joe Root plays well on the backfoot, square of the wicket. He had a few boundaries right at the start but the bowlers didn’t move away from their plan of full balls outside off-stump, encouraging him to drive. As for execution, the WTC final was a blip where they were criticized for bowling a bit too short. But they were absolutely spot-on on this first day.”
Talking about Day 1 we can say that the Indian squad has turned the good day into perfect with opening pair Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul batting 13 overs cautiously without any loss of wicket & brought up 18 runs at stumps. Deep Dasgupta highlighted that the way the opening pair batted the first few overs has already set the right tone for strengthening India’s innings on Day 2.
“Those last 10-15 overs with floodlights on can be very difficult for batters, especially in these bowling-friendly conditions. But the way KL Rahul and Rohit batted, the stubbornness they showed will set the tone for the rest of the team. Having said that, it’s just the first day and although India is at an advantage they will have to solidify this position further on Day 2. It’s imperative they start well because there is a forecast for rain after lunch, which we know will make conditions bowler-friendly. The first one hour and the first session are very, very important.”
It would be interesting to see whether the opener batsmen could fulfill Dasgupta’s expectations & guide India to a strong score when the play resumes on Day 2 at 3.30 pm IST.
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