It was supposed to be a blockbuster Sunday for the cricket fans with the first Test between India and England tantalizingly poised. However, it was the rain that had the final say as Day 5 was washed out along with the hopes of Indian fans who were expecting India to take a lead in the series. Day 4 of the Test saw Joe Root play a masterful inning and put England in front. However, Indian bowlers bounced back and triggered a collapse which saw England lose the last six wickets for 92 runs. It was just top-level cricket from both teams but at the end of day, one can safely say that India had their noses ahead going into the final Day.
Former Pakistan skipper Inzamam ul Haq is mighty impressed with this new India and said their mindset changed after the series win over Australia earlier this year. A depleted India defeated Australia in their home den to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Inzamam also singled out Rishabh Pant as the player who impressed him the most.
“I have said the same after the end of the Australia series. Since that series, the mindset of the players has changed drastically. Now, if the big players don’t score runs, it does not have a significant impact on the end result, as the youngsters are stepping up and playing wonderful knocks to help the team. I personally want to see Rishabh Pant’s batting in the series. The way he plays the game, he unfortunately got out quickly in the first innings, but he was trying to play his natural game even in the tough conditions,” said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.
Inzamam lauded both teams for some riveting cricket in the first Test and hoped that the remaining four games also deliver nerve-wracking contests.
“It is going to be a wonderful series. Watching such exciting youngsters performing well in English conditions will give joy to cricket lovers. Team India had a golden opportunity to win the first Test and take the lead in the series, but anyways I hope we will see the same level of exciting cricket for the rest of the series,” concluded Inzamam.