The 1st Test of the India vs England series is currently still in control of the home team where they have dominated most of the sessions in this Test match so far. The England batters folded for 246 in the first innings, where the Indian batters have replied with a big score of 436 runs and gaining a big lead. However, Joe Root still came back with a decent spell to bowl out the Indian batters who added just 14 runs to their lead. The England batters once again started with their attacking stroke play and are currently on 89-1 in 15 overs showcasing the fearless cricket they are known for.
There have been a lot of big scores in the India batting lineup, where there three batters who were the stars of the innings. The batters were Yashasavi Jaiswal, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, who played great knocks of 80+ runs to help India get to this big score. Jaiswal started the proceedings scoring a phenomenal 80 runs from just 74 deliveries to take the attack to the bowlers straight away. The knocks from Rahul and Jadeja were also important in the long run. The only thing which is disappointing is that all three of these players missing out on well-deserved centuries.
The Jadeja controversial dismissal
Jadeja’s knock was no doubt one of the iconic moments of the Indian innings, which has been great to witness. His knock of 87 from 180 deliveries included 7 fours and 2 sixes and was looking set to score a big hundred on the day. Jadeja’s dismissal was the big talking point in the match where he got struck on the pad by a straighter one from Joe Root. Jadeja had reviewed the decision as well and though there was a spike close to the bat on ultra edge, the 3rd umpire was still not sure whether it was pad first or bat.
The on-field umpire Chris Gaffney had already put his finger up before the review and Marais Erasmus decided he should stick with his original decision. This has definitely not sitting well with fans, who are not happy with this decision at all. All we can say it was a tough decision for the umpire and it is one of the rare moments, where the benefit of the doubt went to the bowler. This still does not take away the impact of the knock played by Jadeja to put his side in a great position to win the Test match and take an early lead in the series.
Here’s how the fans have reacted-
There's some controversy with Jadeja's dismissal? Didn't start watching the match— Vinod (@vnodkumar19) January 27, 2024
Bat Pad close. But it looked out to me— Raghava (@belongs2raghu) January 27, 2024
That was the definition of unlucky dismissal. Jadeja deserved a 100 and have every right to feel disappointed there . So many question marks on that dismissal #INDvENG— Cricket Tamizhan (@CricketTamizhan) January 27, 2024
Indian batters must re-evaluate their strategies in next game for choosing shots to play. 3 centuries were written on the cards & atleast an extra half. Jadeja's dismissal was unfortunate, so were the rest too. #INDvsENG pic.twitter.com/wegiN7HoGN— Rana. (@bladeit) January 27, 2024
Clearly @icc is showing favoritism to @ECB_cricket apart from Jadeja dismissal, @benstokes38 was clearly wasting his time on the field by taking time off when the umps called for play. May be it's time for #Ind @BCCI to pull out of #ICC and have games organised like in 🇺🇸 https://t.co/6rqWoeIIWN— Venkatesh Naidu (@yknev47) January 27, 2024
The worst DRS review when 3rd umpire can't make out whether it is bat or pad first for snickometer, benefit of doubt should be to batsman, followed by 2 umpires call on that Jadeja dismissal #INDvsENG— Akhil Chaturvedi (@Akhil_C) January 27, 2024
Kohli knows about this dismissal more than jadeja 💔💔#INDvsENG— anooonymous (@LAKSHYA150903) January 27, 2024
For Jadeja, who was dismissed for 87, it was a particularly missed opportunity, as he was just 13 runs away from his century. Similarly, Rahul's dismissal for 86 means he was just 14 runs shy of the milestone. Jaiswal's dismissal for 80 means he was 20 runs away from his century.— Sonam Murarkar (@murarkar_sonam) January 27, 2024