The DRS was taken by Team India in the Third over of England’s second innings.
Rohit Sharma, the captain of Team India, is well-known for his amusing interactions with his teammates both on and off the field. This time, the captain and spinner Kuldeep Yadav in the ongoing second Test between India and England engaged in some amusing banter. The two have a history of lacking trust in one another when it comes to the ace spinner starting DRS reviews on occasion. Notably, the incident happened in the third over, following India’s declaration of 399 runs as England’s target and their intention to file an appeal against Zak Crawley, the opener.
It’s interesting to note that Crawley’s bat was barely defeated by explosive pacer Jasprit Bumrah, who was bowling. This eventually led to a conversation between Kuldeep Yadav, KS Bharat, the goalie, and Rohit Sharma. At this point, Kuldeep attempted to persuade the Indian captain to take a gamble on the ball, thinking that Crawley had mishandled it.
As a result, the ‘Hitman’ chose to move upstairs in response to the legspinner’s persistent resistance. India’s attempt to use the Decision Review System (DRS) was unsuccessful, though, because Crawley’s bat and the ball were found to be significantly apart. When the review’s conclusion appeared on the enormous screen, Rohit Sharma had a really amusing response. In addition, to the confusion of everybody, Kuldeep Yadav was positioned in the square leg area, meaning that he was standing far away from Bharat and Bumrah to have clearly observed the process of the bat and ball meeting point.
To Team India’s relief, however, India maintained their DRS after Bharat and Bumrah refused to accept the call. However, this did not deter Rohit Sharma from clapping and gesturing to Kuldeep Yadav in the aftermath. It was unmistakably an attempt to make fun of him for his continued failure to accept DRS review calls for Team India.
In the Vizag Test, Team India set a target of 399 runs for England.
Regarding the second Test of the series, which is currently taking place in Vizag, the host team was expecting its hitters to show some strength after blowing a big lead of 170 runs in the first innings. But the great England pacer had other ideas, making sure India took a few early knocks and did not take the game by storm. Despite the hosts’ brief relief, India managed to set a strong goal when striking player Shubman Gill came up with a brilliant knock (104 off 147) in the second innings.
As of now, after getting bowled out on 225 runs in 78.3 overs, leaving England to chase a huge target of 399 runs to claim the Vizag Test. In the second innings, the English openers came out with a strong intent to score briskly. Though the first 10 overs did not go India’s way, they kept bowling in good areas. Eventually, it was the ace spin legend Ravichandran Ashwin who dismissed Ben Duckett by using the conditions to his advantage.
At this moment, England are 67/1 in 14 overs at stumps on Day 2, thereby needing another 332 runs more to win the match. It will now be interesting to see how spinners play a pivotal role in making life for the English batters and aim to wrap up England’s innings as soon as possible for a series leveller. Fans, let us know in the comments section below whether Team India can defend the target for a grand comeback in the Test series or not.