India captain Virat Kohli revealed after the team’s emphatic win at The Oval that Jasprit Bumrah asked for the ball as soon as it started reversing on Day 5 of the Test match. Bumrah (2/27) was one of the star performers as India thumped England 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour admitted that the team was a bit distracted ahead of Day 4 of The Oval Test after they came to know that their head coach Ravi Shastri had tested positive for COVID-19. The BCCI informed on Sunday that the medical team had isolated Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, fielding coach R Sridhar, and physiotherapist Nitin Patel as a precautionary measure after the head coach’s lateral flow test returned positive on Saturday evening.
Team India opener Rohit Sharma hit a smashing hundred on Day 3 of The Oval Test against England as the visitors ended the day in ascendancy, at 270 for 3. Rohit hit 127 off 256 balls and featured in a 153-run stand with Cheteshwar Pujara (61) as India ended Day 3 with a lead of 171 and seven wickets in hand. Indian captain Virat Kohli (22 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (9 not out) were at the crease when bad light forced stumps.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan described England batter Ollie Pope as a player of sheer class after the latter top-scored with 81 on Day 2 of The Oval Test. Thanks to Pope’s efforts, England recovered from a precarious 62 for 5 to post a healthy 290. They thus gained a significant first-innings lead of 99. India ended the day on 43 for no loss.
Team India all-rounder Shardul Thakur was the surprise top-scorer for the team on Day 1 of The Oval Test. Sent into bat after losing the toss, India had crumbled to 127 for 7. However, a feisty 57 of 36 balls from Thakur lifted India to 191. Thakur slammed seven fours and three sixes in his innings. He reached his fifty off 31 balls, going past Ian Botham's record to register the fastest Test fifty on English soil.