“Hartley is playing his first games, Leach hasn’t played in a long time…” – Anil Kumble rips apart Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum

"England Missed A Trick By Not Using Joe Root On Day 1": Anil Kumble

Former Indian captain Anil Kumble decoded England’s mistake on Day 1 in an interaction with Sports 18 after the end of the first day’s play of Day 1. After bowling out England for 246, India finished Day 1 at 119/1 with Yashasvi Jaiswal unbeaten with 70. .

Jaiswal decimated England’s bowling attack, especially their spinners. He took a special liking to debutant Tom Hartley, as he hit 10 fours and three sixes in his innings. The left-hander added an opening stand of 80 runs with captain Rohit Sharma (24) and then added an unbeaten stand of 39 runs with Shubman Gill (14) till Day 1.

Anil Kumble, assessing England’s performance on Day 1, said they missed a trick by not using Joe Root on day 1 of the Test Match. Root dismissed Jaiswal in the first over of the Indian innings on Day 2 to give England a breakthrough early in the day. The left-hander bowled one straight to Root for a catch and blasted 80 as they fell just short of a well-deserved century.

“I thought England missed a trick by not using Joe Root because he’s someone you can really turn the ball to and he has good action. And there was Yashasvi Jaiswal, who is left-handed, and we saw Ashwin bother the left-handers. So England probably missed a trick.” Kumble said while speaking with Sports 18 after the first day’s game.

England spinners must be consistent: Anil Kumble

England pacer Mark Wood bowled just two overs on Day 1 as England opted to operate with spinners for 21 overs on Day 1. On Day 2, it was the three spinners who also started the first session. Hartley, Jack Leach and Rehan Ahmed only managed to share one wicket on the opening day of the first Test.

“I think it’s one, the long one. I mean, they’re not consistent at all on a surface where they help you a little. We saw it with the Indian spinners. As soon as they bowled a good length, he turned, so they got the lengths wrong. And then when you want to pivot, the first thing I want to say is confidence. Hartley is playing his first game, Leach hasn’t really played for a while and then he comes back. But if they have to come back in this game, the spinners have to be much more consistent.” Kumble added.

Meanwhile, it was Yashasvi Jaiswal who received all the praise on the first day of the Test match for his counter-attacking innings that took England into a disadvantage. Ravichandran Ashwin after the end of the day praised the young Indian batsman for his counter-attacking innings. However, the southpaw went down early on day 2 looking to score quickly and perishing in the process.

“Someone breaks the system, he has no excess baggage, he had a great time in the IPL, he had a wonderful start to his first-class cricket. He literally he hasn’t put a foot wrong. He came into Test cricket and took to it like a fish to water. His carefree approach allows him to make some wonderful shots. I’m enjoying it quite a bit. Sometimes I get the feeling that when he is batting, I see Rishabh Pant there. They both bat similarly to the left-arm spinner. Jaiswal has a lot of shots, his range is quite wide and his brave approach right now is serving him very well.” Ashwin said about Jaiswal.

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