India picked up an emphatic win at The Oval to go 2-1 up in the series. The Virat Kohli-led side was at their ruthless best and knocked out England in 84 overs on a pretty good batting wicket. The star of Day 5 was undoubtedly Jasprit Bumrah, who bowled a remarkable spell in the second session, picking up the wickets of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow in consecutive overs. Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and Umesh Yadav were also exceptional.
There was not much on offer for the bowlers (barring some rough for Jadeja) but Indians outfoxed England batsmen with their skills. Bumrah’s yorker to Jonny Bairstow would have got the best batters out. He would have shattered Joe Root’s stumps as well but the toe crusher missed the stumps by a whisker. Nevertheless, the England skipper was outdone by Shardul Thakur. It was just a complete bowling effort.
Post the win, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly hailed team India and termed them the best team in the world. Ganguly took to Twitter and wrote, “ Great show ..The skill is the difference but the biggest difference is the absorbing power of pressure..indian cricket is far ahead then the rest.”
Great show ..The skill is the difference but the biggest difference is the absorbing power of pressure..indian cricket is far ahead then the rest @BCCI
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 6, 2021
However former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra does not completely agree with Ganguly. Speaking about Ganguly’s tweet, Nehra said he does not believe the Indian team is way ahead of other teams and reckoned that New Zealand is on par with India at the moment. New Zealand defeated India to claim the prestigious World Test Championship.
“If you go just by the numbers, the New Zealand team has defeated you when you talk about the WTC. Just like it is his thinking, I believe that they are ahead but along with them, when you talk about Test cricket for the last one to one-and-a-half years, the Indian and New Zealand team are neck to neck.”
Talking about India’s win, Nehra said the Indian team handled the pressure better than England. “When you talk about the Indian team, whether you talk about the bowling or batting, there has been a lot of up and down in the last one to one-and-a-half years but whenever it has come to handle pressure away from home, the Indian team has done it a lot better than the English team,” he added