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Rishabh Pant treated James Anderson as if he was a spinner: Sunil Gavaskar

March 8, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was impressed with Rishabh Pant’s batting in the fourth and final Test against England. Pant scored his second Test century at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The southpaw smashed 101 runs off 118 balls before falling victim to England fast bowler James Anderson. His brilliant knock was braided with 13 boundaries and two sixes. Gavaskar was surprised with Pant’s tactics against James Anderson. When the England seamer took the second new ball, Pant used his feet and hit him for a four, after which he reverse swept the veteran pacer over the slip cordon.

Pant also formed a partnership of 113 runs with Sundar for the seventh wicket. Gavaskar was amazed by how Pant got the measure of the circumstances before attacking the opposition bowlers.

India qualifies for the World Test Championship Final

The Indian cricket team sealed a massive win against England on Day 3 of the fourth Test match. The hosts won by an innings and 25 runs. India won the four-match Test series 3-1 and qualified for the WTC final. Axar Patel and R Ashwin were in excellent form, with the pair registering five-wicket hauls each. England's batting order once again collapsed in their second innings. Joe Root and Co. could only post a second innings score of 135 in 54.5 overs and couldn't surpass India's lead of 160 runs.

Root and Lawrence were the only noteworthy batsmen for the visitors, scoring 30 and 50 runs, respectively. Kohli and Co. finished their first innings before Lunch scoring 365 runs, and registered a healthy lead of 160 runs. Sundar was brilliant for India during their first innings on Day 3. He smashed an unbeaten knock of 96 runs in 174 balls.

England was thoroughly beaten in the three-Test matches after their victory in Chennai in the opening Test. Many discussions erupted about the nature of the surface in Ahmedabad after England lost the pink-ball Test within two days. But all that died down, and everyone had to accept India's superiority. It was a series where the pair Axar Patel and R Ashwin spun a web around the English batsmen. Root's double hundred in the first Test was the only innings of substance from the tourists throughout the series.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth