At 117-5, England were staring at a certain defeat. It would have been their second at home this summer, and a demoralizing one at that because the opposition had dominated for the most part of the test. But Woakes and Buttler scripted a remarkable turnaround to help their nation register a famous win.
This victory will be remembered for a long time because, of late, chasing hasn’t been easy in test match cricket, especially when the target is in excess of 200. A strong team like India have faltered time and time again chasing targets around 200 in the fourth innings for the past 2-3 years, although mostly overseas. So, when Pakistan had set a target of 277 runs, Azhar Ali would have been pretty confident of defending it.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at the BCCI, alleging the Indian cricket board had a hand in the postponement of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup to pave the way for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held. Akhtar also expressed disappointment at the Asia Cup being cancelled.
Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq recently revealed how former India opener Sunil Gavaskar’s advice enabled him to overcome a tough phase in his career. Inzamam went on his first tour to England following a memorable 1992 World Cup in Australia. However, he was facing constant troubles with short-pitched deliveries.
There have been numerous instances of cricketers being involved in bizarre controversies both on and off the field. Former India coach John Wright once revealed that he held Virender Sehwag by the collar after he got out playing a poor shot.
After the announcement that three Pakistan players had tested positive for Coronavirus on Monday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Tuesday informed that seven more players have been infected by COVID-19.
Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is hopeful that India-Pakistan cricket ties would resume soon. India have not played a bilateral series with Pakistan for quite sometime in the wake of political tensions among the two nations. The teams have only met at ICC events like the World Cup and the Champions Trophy.
India vs Pakistan rivalry is considered among the most intense in world cricket. Although there is a lot of pressure on the two sides, players have often stated that they have enjoyed playing in these encounters the most.
Former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq is the latest Pakistani to claim that India deliberately lost to England in the 2019 World Cup league game, to hurt Pakistan’s chances of qualifying. Razzaq’s comments have come a couple of days after ex-spinner Mushtaq Ahmed alleged that West Indies players told him that India lost the match to stop Pakistan from reaching the knockout stages. The comments from the ex-Pakistani players have come despite Ben Stokes clarifying that he never claimed India deliberately lost the game