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*Official* India tour of Ireland and England 2022


U19 Cricketer
Sky put up a graphic which showed England were the worst at bowling out 8-11.
Doesn't surprise me. Nothing makes powderpuff bowlers feel tough than trying to bowl short at tailenders who'd rather face length they can pull, hook or edge than balls that actually likely to get them out.


Whatever it takes!!!
To be fair on Kohli that catch was hard. It's very rare for slip fielders to take catches with both feet in the air.
The entire cordon was wrongfooted given how late Leach decided to play at it too. A tough chance but one I would expect the good fielders to take, so Virat should still feel disappointed about it.


Hall of Fame Member
Should've just written off the series at 1-2 down last Summer.
Yeah, I was fine claiming the moral high ground after India buggered off. tbh I can't raise more than a shrug of the shoulders when our top 3 all fail. Root looked out of sorts, but he's entitled to an off day. It's noticeable how a really poor session in the field can often be followed by a poor session with the bat too. Obviously making predictions about Bairstow and Stokes can be a mug's game, but India look set for a big lead here. If the weather forecast for the next couple of days is like today, they might even enforce the follow-on. They certainly look much the better side.


Hall of Fame Member
Bairstow and Stokes can take the game away from us fairly quickly if they get going so a lead is by no means guaranteed…


Global Moderator
To be fair, that was a horrific innings in the WTC final. Good luck to him here, must've been a hell of a knock...but the criticism after the final was largely deserved
At that point, Pant was 23 and had played 20 tests, was averaging north of 45 and had already multiple world class innings against great bowling attacks in pressure situations across the world. 7 of those 20 tests were against Australia in Australia against a full strength Cummins/Starc/Hazelwood/Lyon attack where he scored 624 runs at an average of 62 and was the most consistent Indian batsmen overall in contributing to historic away series wins in Australia.

He was added to the side after India got bowled out for 36 and needed to win the series in Australia and also win the England series by 2 to make the WTC which looked impossible at the time. He had less than 15 tests experience. In the lead up to the final, in 2021, he played 6 tests, which included a 97 in the 4th innings in Sydney chasing 409 on the last day where he took India from heading towards a loss to almost pushing for a win by the time he was out and an eventual series saving draw, an ATG match winning 89* in the 4th innings of Brisbane chasing 329 where he had bat both long and single handedly push the run rate at the same time and a match winning 101 (118) in Ahmedabad coming in at 4/80 after a top order collapse on a pitch which felt brutally tough to score runs at over 2 rpo with Anderson running rings around the batting. I'm not even going into the multiple other 50s he made in the those 6 tests. He played multiple innings where he controlled the entire tempo of games, played with the field and changed gears routinely from 5 (56) to 100 (118) at will.

Without any one of those efforts in the tests in 2021 leading up to the WTC, there was no way India was even making the WTC. He also scored 114 (146) in the last innings he played in English conditions when he was 20.

Why would people decide a 23 year old guy with a track record like that, and decide based on one innings in the WTC where he top scored 41 out of a team total 170 but looked rough and decide he was a slogger, overrated, not good enough to play tests, not fit for these conditions etc?