England registered a memorable 227-run triumph over India to go 1-0 up in the four-match series. Chasing a tough target of 420, the hosts folded up for 192, with only skipper Virat Kohli putting up some resistance with his 72.
Senior England all-rounder Ben Stokes lavished praise on skipper Joe Root for his record-breaking double hundred on Day 2 of the first Test against India in Chennai. Root scored 218 and became the first batsman to hit a double century in his 100th Test. Root and Stokes (82) featured in a 124-run stand for the fourth wicket as England ended the day on a healthy 555 for 8.
India pace bowler Ishant Sharma, on Monday, became the sixth Indian bowler, and third among pacers, to claim 300 wickets in Test matches. Ishant Sharma achieved the feat by trapping Dan Lawrence lbw for 18 on Day 4 of the Chennai Test against England. With the scalp, he joined Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ravichandran Ashwin on an illustrious list. Ishant is making a comeback having missed the Australia Tests owing to the side strain he picked up during the IPL.
England off-spinner Dom Bess starred for the visitors on Day 3 of the first Test against India in Chennai. Bess claimed 4 for 55 in 23 overs as India stumbled to 257 for 6 in response in England’s mammoth first-innings total of 578.
Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar feels that India have the upper hand going into the four-match Test series against England, despite the fact that both teams registered victories in their previous Test assignment. While India beat Australia 2-1 in Australia, England also got the better of Sri Lanka 2-0 in Sri Lanka. According to Tendulkar though, India have better resources to exploit the conditions on offer.
Ahead of the first Test against England in Chennai, Indian captain Virat Kohli has stated that India will not make the mistake of focusing on the World Test Championship (WTC) final since it cost them the series in New Zealand in February 2020. According to Kohli, India’s sole aim will be to win the Test matches against England.