England bowled out India for just 78 runs on the first day of the third Test on Wednesday with a lethal performance by the James Anderson-led pacers. Indian batsmen were completely flop. The Indian batsmen looked down and their faces were sad as they were dismissed. This is the second match in the last nine months when the Indian team has not been able to score even 100 runs. India were bowled out for 36 in the second innings of the Adelaide Test against Australia in December last year. This was India’s lowest score in Test cricket.
Lord’s hero Rahul could not even open the account
Indian opener Lokesh Rahul scored a brilliant century in the first innings of the second Test at Lord’s but could not open the account at Leeds. Rahul Butler was caught trying to get the ball out of James Anderson’s off-side.
Just one run for Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara is called The Wall after Rahul Dravid but he has been playing in poor form for some time now. Apart from this, this star batsman of Saurashtra has also been criticized for his slow batting. Pujara, who failed in the first two Tests, also flopped in the first innings of the third Test. Pujara was also caught by the wicketkeeper off Anderson’s ball.
Jung beat Anders against Kohli
Captain Virat Kohli hit a four off Robinson’s delivery in the eighth over but was later caught by Butler off Anderson’s delivery. With this, India’s score became 21 runs for three wickets in 11 overs. Kohli was dismissed for the seventh time by Anderson. Kohli has not scored a century in the last 50 international innings.
Even Ajinkya Rahane could not do wonders
Apart from the batting of Pujara and Kohli, the biggest concern for India is the failure of Upsuka’s Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane tried to give a fight to Leeds but he could not last long at the crease. Rahane was dismissed off Robinson’s delivery. He deposited the pavilion for 18 runs. With this, Barat’s score was 56 runs for four wickets.
Rishabh Pant also disappointed
There are a lot of expectations from wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant. It has also proved its usefulness on many occasions. However, in the third Test, he disappointed Indian cricket fans only when a good innings was expected from him. Pant fell victim to Robinson by scoring just two runs.
Rohit Sharma’s fight also had a disappointing end
Wickets were falling at one end, while opener Rohit Sharma kept the other end intact. He gave competition to the bowlers of England but their fight did not last long. Rohit Sharma was also out when India’s score reached 67. However, Rohit was India’s leading run-scorer with 19 runs.
There was a ruckus as soon as Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed
Rohit Sharma got out for 67. Then Ravindra Jadeja was also out and India’s hopes of crossing the 100-run mark were dashed. The lower order was shaken after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma. Mohammed Shami could not open the account. Jadeja was out for four. Later Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah also joined the pavilion soon after.