IND vs ENG 4th Test, Day1：The Fastest Batsman Virat Kohli-led Team India lead by 138 runs.
As always, there was plenty of chatter around India’s playing XI in the fourth Test at the Oval against England. When Virat Kohli announced the team changes, plenty were waiting for R Ashwin to be back. But that wasn’t to be, as the offspinner continued to stay in the bench. Instead, India got Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur into the mix. Umesh was playing his first match of the series while Thakur had played the first game, before missing the next due to injury.
While many were confused by Ashwin’s exclusion, Kohli’s explanation did not help either.
“It’s something that we thought is a good match-up for Jadeja as well, because mostly all our seamers bowl over the wicket. It’s a nice little spot for the left-handers as well. I think according to the match-ups, it fits perfectly for our team – plus the balance he is giving us with the bat as well currently," explained Kohli at the toss.
Soon, both the changes that India made were justified on Day 1. Allrounder Shardul Thakur showcased his skills with the bat on Day 1 of the fourth Test against England at The Oval in London.
Blink and you'll miss it. Thakur crushed the second-fastest Test fifty by an Indian, and the fastest-ever at The Oval. He made a potentially game-changing half-century; a stunning counter attacking 57 off 36 balls.
"I always see it as a challenge that whenever I get my batting I have to do something to create an impact. Our batting coach and our throwdown experts kept giving me the confidence that I can score runs so on this day I had to deliver," said Thakur .
Umesh Yadav gets big fish Joe Root
England captain Joe Root scored more than 500 in three test matches and could not show anything special in the first game of the Oval Test.
The British captain looked uncomfortable in front of fast bowler Umesh Yadav. He made a long comeback in the Indian test team and returned to the pavilion cleanly on the incoming ball after scoring 21 points. Before the end of the day, Root's wicket was a great relief for the Indian team. Because of the cheap return route, other players, including captain Verat Kohli, praised Umesh. Umesh himself was seen jumping up to celebrate after taking over the England captain's wicket.
Umesh has brought great success to the Indian team in the form of Root. At the end of the day's game, England scored 53 points with a loss of 3 wickets.
The fastest batsman - Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli on Thursday became the fastest batsman to reach 23000 runs across all formats in international cricket, overtaking the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. Kohli reached the landmark in his 490th inning during the first session on Day 1 of the ongoing fourth Test match against England at The Oval. Tendulkar is second in the list of quickest batsmen to reach 23000 runs, having reached the milestone in 522 innings, followed by Ricky Ponting (544), Jacques Kallis (551), Kumar Sangakkara (568), Rahul Dravid (576) and Mahela Jayawardena (645). Only seven cricketers in history have been able to cross the 23000-run mark.
Virat Kohli has been enduring a lean patch in international cricket, having not scored an international hundred since November 2019. However, with all those big runs he scored in the past, he has been able to go past a major landmark with a record. India needs him more than ever after.
Earlier, people saw the Indian batsman repeating Leeds United’s mistakes on the oval, and the team’s batting sequence collapsed again in front of the British bowlers. However, thanks to captain Kohli’s 50 and the final half-century of Shardul Thakur, the Indian team managed to reach an impressive score of 191 points.
Dasgupta believes India will need 2-3 wickets in the first session to carry the momentum from the end of the first day. While speaking on his YouTube channel, Dasgupta said:
"For India to really come back into the game, they did make a comeback with 3 wickets late in the day, but for them to truly make a comeback, they obviously would need 2-3 early wickets, because if you look at their England team, they bat deep."