Folks! Here we are with the top 10 analysis of the day:
1) England beat India by an innings and 159 runs
Another poor performance from India on the all-important tour of England. Firstly, they were wrapped up on 107 in the first innings and then 130 in the next one. It was an easy task for England this time as they won the game by an innings and 159 runs. Chris Woakes and James Anderson were the heroes of the match.
This was the first-ever innings defeat for Indian under the captaincy of Virat Kohli. Before this, India lost the one at The Oval in 2014 (under the leadership of MS Dhoni). This was one of the games where India faced the least number of deliveries. Before that, India once played just 349 balls in the year 1952 which is still a a record.
2) A rare feat for Adil Rashid
Rashid became the 14th player to go through a Test match without batting, bowling and being part of a dismissal on the field. It’s a rare feat in the cricketing history. As Indians were struggling in front pacers, therefore Root’s decision of not bringing Rashid became a successful one.
The next battle between India and England will be played at Trent Bridge. Team India would be under a lot of pressure as another loss from here can end their chance of winning the series. The whole nation is not satisfied with the way India are playing right now. In this case, Kohli has to take some tough calls ahead of the game.
3) Unchanged squad for England for Trent Bridge Test
It was a mere formality for ECB to announce the squad for the third Test as their team performed exceptionally well in the 2nd Test. The side will remain same for the next Test as well.
Players like Chris Woakes and James Anderson impressed every cricket fan with their solid show at the Mecca of Cricket. On one hand where Woakes scored his maiden century, Anderson, on the other hand, was sensational with his swinging deliveries. The way Anderson is performing, he would be England’s main strength ahead of the Ashes to be played next year.
4) Rashid Khan launches a charity foundation to help children
Afghan cricket star Rashid Khan has launched a charity foundation to provide education to orphans and impoverished children. He has been one of the top personalities of his country and this initiative is like a blessing for hundreds of children.
“I cannot do great things, but I can do small things with great love and inspiration”, said Rashid Khan during his announcement of the Rashid Khan Foundation. This step from the 19-year old will open the eyes of many others who could contribute for their country’s welfare.
5) Kohli loses top spot after Lord’s Test
It seems like Kohli is at the receiving end these days. Not even a day was over after the defeat, he got yet another setback in the form of his batting ranking. After 2 special innings at Edgbaston, VK got the number one spot in the ICC rankings but now he lost it to the out of action Steve Smith.
It’s a hard time for the Indian skipper as no one is performing apart from him. The biggest cricket carnival also at England next year. With this kind of performance, the dream of millions of Indians can hamper. India have to come up with a solution to tackle their poor show.