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Virat Kohli is like Vivian Richards: Sanjay Manjrekar

February 9, 2021

Written By,

Ankit Seth

Former batsman Sanjay Manjrekar praised Indian captain Virat Kohli and compared his captaincy with legendary West Indies cricketer Viv Richards. Richards captained his nation's Test team in 50 matches, winning 27 and losing just 8.

Virat Kohli's decision to begin India's bowling attack with veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin earned him praises from the entire Indian cricket fraternity. The third innings noticed a magical start for the home team because of Ashwin who picked up the wicket of opening batsman Rory Burns on the very first ball. With Burns’ dismissal, Ashwin became the third spinner to take a wicket off the very first ball of an innings. The 34-year-old is now the first spinner in over 100 years to achieve this rare feat.

England skipper Joe Root was the main factor behind England's turnaround in the first test against India. The batsman has been in great form since his last Test match against Sri Lanka. Joe Root and the team put up a massive target of 578 runs on the board with the skipper scoring a stunning double century once again. In response to England's innings, team India somehow managed to score 337 runs. Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar performed great knocks of 91 and 85 runs, respectively.

Ishant Sharma becomes third Indian pacer to scalp 300 wickets

India needs 381 runs in 90 overs to win the first Test against England in Chennai. The players are hopeful of achieving the target on a deteriorating Chepauk wicket. On Day 4, India bundled out the visitors for 178 in their 2nd innings. However, a massive 241-run 1st innings lead meant England had put up a target of 420 runs on the board for Virat Kohli and the team to chase.
Ishant Sharma became the third India pacer to scalp 300 Test wickets on Monday. Kapil Dev and Zaheer Khan are the other two fast bowlers ahead of him, with 434 and 311 scalps. At present, Anil Kumble is the highest wicket-taker for India in Tests with 619 wickets. Ishant, who returned to the squad after missing the Australia tour due to injury, has looked in great form. In England's first innings, the 32-year-old picked up two wickets, giving away just 52 runs off 27 overs.

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Written By,

Ankit Seth