Shardul Thakur, Rohit Sharma shine as India retake series lead with thumping win over England

Brief scorecard: India 191/10 (Shardul Thakur 57, Virat Kohli 50; Chris Woakes 4/55, Ollie Robinson 3/38) and 466/10 (Rohit Sharma 127, Cheteshwar Pujara 61, Thakur 60; Woakes 3/83, Robinson 2/105) beat England 290/10 (Ollie Pope 81, Woakes 50; Umesh Yadav 3/76, Ravindra Jadeja 2/36) and 210/10 (Haseeb Hameed 63, Rory Burns 50; Umesh 3/60, Jasprit Bumrah 2/27) by 157 runs

Statistical highlights of England vs India 4th Test 2021

  • India’s bowling attack overcame the batsmen-friendly conditions on the fifth day at The Oval as they bowled out England for 210 in their second innings and led the visitors to a comprehensive 157-run win.
  • It was India’s first win at the venue since 1971, while it was their ninth Test triumph against England on their soil.
  • Jasprit Bumrah was again the point of difference as he got the ball to reverse at speeds above 140 kph to breach the defences of Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow in the post-lunch session
  • The wicket of Pope took Bumrah to 100 Test wickets. Playing his 24th Test, he became the fastest Indian pacer, surpassing Kapil Dev (25 Tests).
  • Bumrah’s achievement was preceded by Umesh Yadav, making a comeback into the Indian Test side, reaching 150 wickets. He became the sixth Indian pacer to reach the landmark.
  • In a Test match where a variety of batting and bowling records tumbled, Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur played substantial roles in India’s dominant victory, achieved late into day five.
  • With India conceding a 99-run first-innings lead, Rohit struck a match-changing 127 to spark the fightback. After a shaky start to his innings, India’s top-scorer in the series brought calm and assuredness with his strokeplay en route to his maiden overseas Test hundred (and the eighth overall in the longest format). He pipped Thakur to the man-of-the-match award.
  • Thakur’s contribution was equally significant. With India tottering at 127 for seven in their first essay, he made a counter-attacking half-century to lead the visitors to 191 after being put in to bat by England captain Joe Root. Not just counter-attacking, Thakur registered the second-fastest Test half-century by an Indian (31 balls), behind Kapil Dev (30).
  • With India in a tight corner again in their second innings, Thakur played a more sedate knock in the company of Rishabh Pant as the pair added 100 runs for the seventh wicket to boost India’s second-innings lead and ramp up the pressure on England. Thakur bettered his first-innings score with a 72-ball 60, his third Test fifty.
  • Captain Virat Kohli struck his second half-century of the series as he made a 96-ball 50 in India’s first innings. During the course of his innings, he went past 23,000 runs in international cricket. He’s now the fastest-ever batsmen to reach the landmark in terms of innings (490), bettering Sachin Tendulkar, who had reached the feat in 522 innings.
  • Kohli’s on-field captaincy decisions on day five, as India pushed for a win, were key as his bowling changes and field placements brought timely breakthroughs to dent the home side. The victory was India’s 38th with him at the helm.