With the victory at Headingley, Root now has 27 test victories as England captain, the most in the country’s history
With the victory at Headingley, Root now has 27 test victories as England captain, the most in the country’s history. Root has led England for 55 tests, and he is leading by example with the bat on this trip.
England bowler James Anderson put another feather to his hat with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane in the 90th over. The 39-year-old veteran became England’s second bowler to surpass the 400-wicket mark in home Tests, after Muttiah Muralitharan’s 493 wickets in 73 Tests in Sri Lanka.
The Indian batters, on the other hand, kept nicking the ball: to Butler, Root, and Bairstow. In this test, the English wicket-keeper and slips were very active. Pant was spotted hitting erratically. It’s one thing to play your natural game, but it’s quite another to play carelessly. Pant should have recognised the severity of Team India’s position. And I should have taken the time to look at the ball and bat out several overs.