The first Test between India and England has produced some brilliant moments already. The start of the second innings for England was all set to give us one more. It was R Ashwin who started the bowling for Team India. The off-spinner picked up a wicket with his first delivery, as India got off to a great start. However, it was Akash Chopra on Twitter who had already predicted something like this to happen, as the wanted the spinner to be given the new ball from one end.
What a good call by both Akash Chopra and Virat Kohli. Things started off really well for the hosts. Now, let’s see if they can take advantage of the start or not.
The Wicket Of Rory Burns That Got R Ashwin And The Indian Team Pumped Up
After trailing England by more than 200 runs, Team India needed a boost. That would only be possible by getting some quick wickets. With just a couple of overs left in the first session of day four, Virat Kohli decided to bowl the two spinners.
The result was this, that too one the very first delivery that he bowled. What a peach!!
A brilliant wicket off the first ball of the second innings showed what the pitch can produce. If the team batting on day four and five are not careful and play smart cricket, they could be in a lot of trouble.
That is exactly the reason why England skipper Joe Root won the toss and chose to bat. Further, it is the main reason why they did not enforce the follow-on when they had the chance to. Let’s see if the visitors can now capitalize on their first innings’ lead or not. The fans will know that by the end of the day for sure.
The Tweet By Akash Chopra That Got A Lot Of Attention?
It was cricket Pundit and former Indian batsman Akash Chopra who sent out a Tweet suggesting exactly what Virat Kohli did. He was of the notion that R Ashwin should be given the new ball from one end. That was due to the fact that the pitch was showcasing some unpredictable bounce. That is how the spinner was dismissed himself as well.
Let’s get Ashwin with the new ball from one end. #IndvEng
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 8, 2021
This caught the attention of the fans, who once again praised Akash Chopra for his insights. The good thing about the call is that it worked. Even Virat Kohli and co. will be happy with the decision. However, they need some more quick wickets if they want to try to win this match.
Based on the current situation, it seems that the game could end up as a draw. That is unless Team India really throw the match away with some poor second innings batting. On the other hand, they need to cut down the flow of runs for England too. That should help their case, as the time that they need to play for reduces as well.
England may make a few changes to the batting order too. They will want to score some quick runs and put a big target on the board. A target that they can defend easily, with the option to go for the win. Let’s see what Akash Chopra thinks of that!!