It was a fascinating Day 4 at the Oval with the pendulum swinging one way or the other. India were in a commanding position with a lead of 171 and seven wickets to spare at the start but England soon bounced back to dismiss Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli.
Just as when it looked like England will restrict India to a score of under 300, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur stepped up and stitched an invaluable 100 run stand which helped India to set a daunting task of 368 for England to win. However, English openers gave England a perfect start, scoring 77-0 and leaving the Test match wide open going into the final day.
Former India skipper and BCCI President Sourav Ganguly is mighty impressed with the way teams have battled at the Oval and feels there is no substitute for a well-fought Test series.
The BCCI President took to Twitter and wrote, “Cricket at its best…Nothing can beat a well-fought test series. The one in Australia and now this one. The most skilfull form of cricket ..@BCCI @ICC.”
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 5, 2021
The Virat Kohli led India has shown tremendous character in the last few years. Earlier this year, the team picked up an emphatic 2-1 win over Australia. They were bowled out for a mere 36 in the first Test at Adelaide post which a string of injuries dented India’s chances but the young blood of the country stepped up to stun Australia.
Same character was on display in the current series as well. After a thrashing at Headingley and conceding a 99 run lead in the current Test, the team bounced back to put England on the mat. Rohit Sharma laid the platform for a comeback with a magnificent hundred while vital contributions from KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, and even Jasprit Bumrah helped India put England under serious pressure.