England thrashed India in the Lord’s Test by an innings and 159 runs as it was one of the shortest Test matches in the history of this game. The match was wrapped up in less than 180 overs. England, thus, took a 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series. Chris Woakes was man of the match for his unbeaten 137 and 4 wickets in the match. But there was another England player who created history during the course of the Lord’s Test. It was Adil Rashid.
The leg-spinner, whose selection in the Test squad and being included in the playing XI ahead of Moeen Ali, has received much criticism. But in Lord’s Test, Rashid walked into record books without even attempting anything noteworthy. In fact, Rashid was just a spectator during the Test.
Rashid did not get a chance to bat as England skipper declared the first innings at 396/7. And he was not even called on to bowl in either of India’s innings as England pacers did the job for the team. James Anderson came up with match haul of 9 wickets. And add to it, Rashid even did not take a single catch or effected a run-out in the match. Rashid pocketed 12,500 pounds (Rs 11,08,585.11) for being part of England XI in the Lord’s Test.
And to think of, India included two spinners – R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav – in their XI for the Lord’s Test and fell short of a third pacer desperately to help the team bowl out England.
Rashid, thus, became the 14th player and first England player in 13 years to achieve such a rare feat in Test cricket. Gareth Batty was the last Englishman to be on this list during England’s innings and 261-run thrashing of Bangladesh at Lord’s in 2005.
Going by the form England bowlers are in and Indian batsmen’s apparent struggle against swing bowling, it’s highly likely that England will do away with spin slot and go all out with pacers in the next three matches.