Team India won the hearts of their fans after they showed great character on Day 3 of the third Test match against England. Earlier, they were bowled out for 78 in the first innings as England seamers ripped through the defence of the Indian batting line-up.
England posted 432 in the first innings and stretched a whopping lead of 354 runs. The visitors approached the innings with optimism and went about their business with ease. Rohit Sharma scored 59 runs at the top with the help of 7 boundaries and a six.
Although KL Rahul departed after 8 runs, Rohit and Cheteshwar Pujara showed impeccable resistance by adding an 83-run stand for the second wicket. However, Ollie Robinson provided a much-needed breakthrough by getting rid of Rohit for an LBW.
Indian captain Virat Kohli supported Cheteshwar Pujara quite well during the game. The duo added a 99-run partnership for the third wicket. Pujara scored an unbeaten 91 with the help of 15 boundaries. On the other hand, Virat Kohli scored 45 runs.
Rishabh Pant shadow bats at the non-striker’s end
On Day 4, Team India lost rhythm with the bat as they struggled to face swinging deliveries. Playing against the second new ball, India lost wickets at frequent intervals. Pujara got out on 91 while Kohli scored 55 and got out.
Ollie Robinson dismissed Pujara while Anderson got rid of Kohli. Team India never recovered after losing both the set batsmen. India’s wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant walked out to bat soon on the fourth day of the Headingley Test.
Just like other batsmen, Pant struggled against the new ball. He faced six deliveries and scored 1 run before getting dismissed by Ollie Robinson. Before he got out, he made the headlines for his bizarre antics at the non-striker’s end.
The young wicketkeeper was seen shadow batting just as James Anderson was running to bowl to Ajinkya Rahane. Interestingly, Pant was not really aware that Anderson was on his way and was about to release the red leather.
The video clip spread like wildfire on social media. Meanwhile, Team India were all out for 278 in the second innings. Ollie Robinson took 5 wickets in the second innings. England won by an innings and 76 runs and levelled the series 1-1.
Pant non-striker shadow batting #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/hYGoBKg3zh
— Cat Jones (@Cricketbatcat) August 28, 2021