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2021 has been an exciting year for cricket with several high-powered events. Some of these events have already and some are yet to happen. And there is one exciting event that we are in the middle of right now – the India Tour of England 2021.
Following are the players in the competing squads –
Players in the England Squad
Joe Root (Captain), Moeen Ali (Vice Captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicket keeper), Sam Billings (wicket keeper), Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (wicket keeper), Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood
Players in the India Squad
Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (Vice Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, K.S. Bhagat (wicket keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ravindra Jadeja, Prasidh Krishna, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Axar Patel, Cheteshwar Pujara, K.L. Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket keeper), Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Hanuma Vihari, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav
Here is all you need to know about what has happened so far –
The first test was held at Trent Bridge Nottingham from 4th August 2021 to 8th August 2021.
In the first inning, England scored 183 (65.4 overs) and India scored 278 (84.5 overs). In the second inning, England scored 303 (85.5 overs) and India scored 52/1 (14 overs). The match was drawn and Joe Root was declared the Player of the match.
In this match, Joe Root’s performance led him to surpassing Alastair Cook’s record of being England’s highest run-scorer in international cricket. James Anderson from the England squad took his 620th dismissal and became the third-highest wicket-taker in Tests. For Ollie Robinson of the England squad, it was his first five-wicket haul in Tests. Ravindra Jadeja made India proud by becoming the fifth Indian cricketer to score 2000 runs and take 200 wickets in Tests.
The second test was held at Lord’s London from 12th August 2021 to 16th August 2021.
In the first inning, India scored 364 (126.1 overs) and England scored 391 (128 overs). In the second inning, India scored 298/8d (109.3 overs) and England scored 120 (51.5 overs). After the middle order dismissals of India’s batting lineup in their second innings, the game looked to be set in stone as an England victory until the partnership of Shami and Bumrah sparked a comeback for India. With Kohli declaring with 60 overs to go, England were all out before the end of day 5 and India won the Test by 151 runs. KL Rahul was declared the player of the match. This match led to Joe Root becoming the second batsman for England to score 9000 runs in Tests.
The third test was held at Headingley, Leeds from 25th August 2021 to 29th August 2021.
In the first inning, India scored 78 (40.4 overs) whereas England scored 432 (132.2 overs). In the second inning, India scored 278 (99.3 overs). The match was won by England with an inning and 76 runs. James Anderson of the English squad took his 400th wicket at home in Tests.
The fourth test was held at The Oval, London from 2nd September 2021 to 6th September 2021.
In the first inning, India scored 191 (61.3 overs) whereas England scored 290 (84 overs). In the second inning, India scored 466 (148.2 overs) and England had a score of (92.2 overs). India won the Test by 157 runs and Rohit Sharma was declared the player of the match.
Virat Kohli’s performance led to him becoming the fastest batsman to score 23,000 runs in international cricket in terms of innings. For Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah of the India squad, the match was special as they took their 150th and 100th wickets in Tests, respectively. Rohit Sharma of the India squad gained his 15,000th run in international cricket.
The fifth test was cancelled due to an outbreak of Coronavirus in the Indian camp. At this point the match is set to be played at a future date.
Conspiracies have been floated around as to whether it was truly due to this reason or instead because the IPL was fast approaching. Of course, you’re view may vary depending on which side you sit on but what cannot be disputed is that all Test cricket fans are looking forward to seeing if India can win this rollercoaster of a series or if England can stop them!