Indian captain Virat Kohli was tactically better in all aspects on Day 1 of the opening Test match against England at Trent Bridge. Despite losing the toss, Kohli rotated the bowlers at the right time and it was result-oriented. The Indian seamers got wickets at regular intervals.
Four seamers played a phenomenal role in dismantling England’s batting department. They are none other than Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj. Bumrah turned out to be the best bowler of the day as he took four wickets.
On the other hand, Mohammed Shami accounted for three dismissals. Shardul Thakur did justice with the ball by dismissing Joe Root and Ollie Robinson in the same over. As a result, he ended up with two wickets. Mohammed Siraj took 1 wicket to his name.
England had every chance to hurt Team India when they were 138/3. However, Team India exposed England’s frailties as the hosts were bundled out for 183/10. History tells us that England’s tail-enders frustrated India by adding partnerships.
Virat Kohli predicts Jos Buttler’s dismissal from slips
However, Indian bowlers cleaned up the tail with ease. Meanwhile, there was something else that transpired in the match that drew everyone’s attention. Indian skipper Virat Kohli turned fortune-teller and perfectly predicted Jos Buttler’s dismissal in the first Test.
The drama unfolded when England’s wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler stepped out to bat at No.7. He faced India’s fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah in the 52nd over. The right-handed batsman decided to leave Bumrah’s ball outside the off-stump.
Meanwhile, the Indian skipper made a clear-cut prediction to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant at first slip. Kohli told Rishabh Pant “Out hai (He will get out now)”. Meanwhile, Kohli’s prediction created a lot of expectations in the cricket fraternity. While Buttler didn’t get dismissed on the next ball, he walked back to the dressing room in Bumrah’s next over.
Captain or fortune-teller? 😅
Kohli's 🔮 skills on show on Day 1 😎
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