English versatile player Chris Woakes playing his first game in the continuing series of five games against India, and he impressed everyone in his very first over on Thursday.
The Birmingham boy throws a peach from a delivery to get rid of the Indian opener Rohit Sharma on day 1 of the fourth test at Kennington Oval in London.
It all happened during the final delivery in the ninth over of India’s first innings when Woakes hit the ball hard on the deck which moved sharply away from the right hand and forced Rohit to do so.
The red leather wears a thick exterior that is comfortably taken Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps. Rohit, who is the third highest run in this series, was able to score only 11 out of 27 deliveries.
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CHRIS WOAKES IS BACK! ❤️
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Formerly England captain Joe Root won the toss and chose to play first. Both the hosts and the visiting side have made some changes in their respective game XI.
While England included Ollie Pous and Woakes for Jos Buttler and Sam Curranrespectively, Team India selected Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur to replace Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami.
Before the play, all the Indian players were seen wearing black bracelets while queuing for the national anthem. The official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reveals that Indian players and support staff wore black bracelets in honor of the late cricket coach Vasu Paranjape.
Paranjape passed away on Monday (August 30) at the age of 82.
“The Indian cricket team today wears black bracelets to honor the passing of Shri Vasudev Paranjape,” tweeted BCCI.
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“We all enjoyed his company and his cricket. His life is meant to be cherished; what he has taught our generation will remain with us until our last breath. When his body was taken, I just said to him, ‘Goodbye Captain, you’ll be in a better place’. I’m sure he’s going to have a better time there, like we all did here. ‘ wrote Sunil Gavaskar while paying tribute to Mr Paranjape in a column for the Indian Express.