- England need 498 runs to win the match with 2 days of play left and 10 wickets in hand
- Former Indian great Sunil Gavaskar was all praise for the Indian batting line-up and their determination
- However, he made it clear that the opening batsmen would have been disappointed having not gone to score big runs
Following yet another century from captain Virat Kohli, Indian team set hosts England a world record target of 521 to chase in the 4th innings with 2 day’s of play left. Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings hung around for 9 overs late in Day 3 and will hope to stay on the pitch for much longer once the match resumes on Day 4.
Latest Cricket News: Indian batting redeems themselves after a horror show in first 2 Test matches
The disastrous performance in the first two Test matches by the Indians prompted English captain Joe Root to send them into bat 1st again after winning the toss but the decision backfired as the Indian batting line-up looked much more assured against the swinging ball. Which was a big change from the first two Test matches, where they were found probing and poking at deliveries moving viciously away from the bat.
In his column for Times of India, legendary Sunil Gavaskar spoke about India’s batting performance in the 3rd Test match. He said,”India have come back in style after the defeat in the second Test. They have taken a firm grip on the game and should be able to wrap it up sooner than later. They have to thank the generosity of the England skipper Joe Root, who after winning the toss asked India to bat first.
In a way, his decision was understandable as the Indians were shell-shocked after the first two Tests, in which they just weren’t able to cope with the swinging ball.”
Latest Cricket News: Trent Bridge performance shows the determination of the Indian batsmen
While Virat Kohli was the shining light for India in the first two Test matches, we have seen the other contributing heavily in the 3rd Test, helping lift some of the run-scoring burden from the captain. However, that didn’t stop captain Kohli from racking up yet another century in the 2nd innings, his 23rd in Test matches.
Apart from Kohli, none of the Indian batsmen had even scored a half-century till now in the series but all that changed in the ongoing match with almost every top-order batsmen getting amongst the runs. As per Gavaskar, this has come due to a change in technique that the Indian batsmen have made ever since the 2nd Test match ended.
He writes,”The Trent Bridge Test showed a new determined India and it was evident that somebody had cracked the whip as all the batsmen played with bat close to their pads and so despite the ball swinging in overcast conditions, the openers gave a 50-plus start in both the innings.”
The only major disappointment from this Test match is the fact that neither Indian opener managed to score big once they had a good start in both the innings. The duo of Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul scored a combined total of 138 runs in the match but the highest between them was just 44 achieved by the Delhi batsman in the 2nd innings.
Talking about the two openers, Gavaskar said,”Both Dhawan and Rahul though will be kicking themselves for getting out in the second innings after doing all the hard work. However, their efforts made it easier for Kohli and Rahane in the first innings and Kohli and Pujara in the second innings.”
Day 4 of the 3rd Test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham will start at 3:30 PM/IST with Cook and Jennings on the crease.
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