Nottingham: India let go a golden opportunity of gaining a firm hold in the ongoing first Test, at Trent Bridge, and press for victory by failing to get rid of England’s last-wicket pair quickly.
At 202 for seven on Day III, the hosts were looking down and out, but Joe Root (154 not out) churned out one of the most significant innings played by an England batsman over the last nine months, with brilliant assistance from James Anderson (81).
Root and No. 11 Anderson put on a world record 198 for the last wicket, surpassing Australians Phil Jacques and Ashton Agar’s 163 during last year’s Ashes at the same venue. England finished on 496, thereby taking a 39-run first-innings lead.
However, India’s bowlers did a pretty decent job by taking seven quick wickets and should be credited for this effort, especially on this flat wicket, opined Cheteshwar Pujara. “Obviously, England scored much more than what we had expected.
“They batted really well, but at the same time, you also have to see that there isn’t much help from the wicket. So, in this regard, I feel our bowlers bowled pretty well to get seven wickets early… We draw a lot of positives from that,” Pujara said.
Inability to get England’s last wicket early on Saturday and conceding a lead instead didn’t affect the visitors psychologically, Pujara felt. “Look, these things happen… Sometimes, your plans don’t work.”
Pujara was also disappointed with the manner of his dismissal in the second innings on Saturday. “Of course, it’s disappointing given the way I was out… We had lost Vijay in the previous ball… I ought to have been more careful as the ball bounced a bit more… I should’ve shown more responsibility,” he admitted.