Even before the start of the Test, there was a lot of discussion about whether England would be successful playing ‘baseball’ against India. After watching the English play on the first two days in Hyderabad, everyone thought the visitors were going to lose before the fourth day. However, England won the Test by 28 runs in four days after an incredible turnaround. After beating India on their home soil, England captain Ben Stokes said it was the biggest win for him.
English batsman Olly Pope’s brilliant innings of 196 runs set India a target of 231 runs in the fourth innings. From the third day the ball was coming low, on the fourth day sometimes low and sometimes suddenly jumped. Although India scored 436 in the first innings, this target was not going to be easy, it was expected. However, the betting rate was much higher for Rohit as the match was played in his own field. But England appeared with a new poison in spin for Team India.
Debutant English spinner Tom Hartley’s superb bowling has caught India in both sessions. Hartley took 7 wickets for India in the second innings, India all out for 203 runs. After falling behind by 190 runs in the first innings, England are basking in praise after an incredible victory. It’s about floating. Many are also calling it England’s best victory in the opponent’s field. Ben Stokes will also be in that queue, with Stokes prioritizing a Test win in Hyderabad over any Ashes win.
When someone in England puts a win ahead of the Ashes, it’s hard not to appreciate it. After the match, Stokes said that this victory is the best victory in his captaincy. “Considering where we’re playing, the teams we’re playing against, it’s definitely our best win since I’ve been captain. 100%!’ – Description of Stokes’ feelings.
While his captaincy has been lauded by everyone behind England’s turnaround in the opening two days, Stokes explained how he used both eyes and intelligence to make decisions, ‘First time in India as captain. I have good observation skills. I was watching how the Indian spinners bowled, how Rohit arranged the fielding. I learned a lot from there.’
Praising the team, Panchmukh Stokes said, ‘Everyone in the team played well. Tom Hartley took 9 wickets. He played for the first time, if he can play like this, his confidence will increase. I wanted him to bowl long spells. I believe in everyone who has been recruited into the team. I don’t worry about losing.’
Stokes did not forget to praise Pope’s innings, ‘I have seen many special innings from Joe Root. But this innings of him (Pope) is the best innings of any English cricketer who played in the subcontinent.