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4th Test: Pope shows his class



India have somewhat regained momentum after ending Day 2 of the fourth Test without losing a wicket and putting 43 runs on the board.

After being bundled out for only 191 in the first inning, Virat Kohli’s troops sent Joe Root’s side back to the pavilion at 290.

Chris Woakes is back!

England’s wizard has come to rescue them once again.

Replacing Jos Buttler in the fourth Test, Woakes looks in fine touch.

After returning from an injury, he first picked up four wickets and notched up a brilliant fifty against India.

His quickfire 50 off 60 propelled the hosts to a respectable total.

None of the Woakes’ shots were flukes. He hit proper cricketing shots, crispy cover drives, and well-timed pull shots to keep the Indian pace cartel in check.

Ravi Jadeja was bowling very well, using his straighter ones timely as well, but Woakes’ front foot defence neutralised the Indian all-rounder’s skills.

It goes to show how vital is Woakes’ presence in England’s team in all formats of the sport.

Pope misses out on a grand ton

Ollie Pope, often dubbed as Ian Bell 2.0, put on a sublime performance once again before falling to a soft dismissal.

The middle-order batsman’s 81 got him a standing ovation at the Oval.

However, the disappointment was evident on his face as he missed out on a patient century on his return to England’s red-ball team.

He chopped on a Shardul Thakur delivery into the stumps.

Speaking after the teams wrapped up Day 2, Pope regretted not raising his bat to the Oval’s gallery despite being so near to a Test ton.

“Home ground hundred would have been a dream, gutted at the same time,” he said.

“I tore my quad so not a lot of game time but nothing prepares you for the morning of a Test match. Standing on the middle stump for this attack is a good option, I had some success on the off stump after I did my shoulder. But batting changes a lot.”

Umesh Yadav shines on return

This Test seems to have given form to every returnee.

Umesh Yadav has made a sensational comeback to the Test arena, replacing Mohammad Shami.

After dismissing England skipper Joe Root on Day 1 with a gem of a delivery that jagged back in, he picked another two scalps to his name on Day 2.

Yadav dismissed in-form Dawid Malana and night watchman Craig Overton early in the day.

Ali fails to build his innings

Moeen Ali is a top performer for the English side regardless of the format.

With consistent performances in red-ball cricket, he is proving that he is so much more than a T20 specialist.

However, Ali failed to put the cherry on the top today.

He smashed Indian bowlers all over the park before throwing his wicket away.

The English all-rounder has made this kind of a habit.

He takes England out of tricky situations, but fails to build on a good start and falls for 30 odd runs.

Ravi Jadeja got him caught at 35 today.

It was a simple drifter one from Jadeja, but Ali was in the mood to send it over the long-off boundary.

Instead, he top-edged it inside the 30-yard circle for Rohit Sharma to catch it easily.

India 191 and 43 for 0 (Rahul 22*, Rohit 20*) trail England 290 (Pope 81, Woakes 50, Yadav 3-76) by 56 runs

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala




Jasprit Bumrah

Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022




Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –


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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time





IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –


He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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