England left-arm spinner Jack Leach has aimed at using the delivery that castled the Indian Opener Rohit Sharma in the second innings as “Visualization Aid In Future Games”. Joe Root’s men managed to beat India in their own backyard by a hefty margin of 227 runs and have taken a 1-0 lead in the series with three tests to go. Jack Leach produced a peach of a delivery to dismiss Rohit in the second innings in a chase of 420 runs.
Rohit had a good start to the second innings with a six of Jofra Archer’s bowling but was completely beaten down the other end by Jack Leach playing the wrong line. It was an important wicket in the circumstances nearing the end of day four and it opened up a lot of doubts in the minds of the next coming batsman. Jack Leach was taken to the cleaners in the first innings by Rishabh Pant but came back really well.
“Felt Good To Get A Player Of That Stature” – Jack Leach
Jack Leach mentioned that he would use the delivery that got Rohit out as the blueprint for the future and also a visualization aid. He added that he felt confident after dismissing a player of stature like Rohit and also told that the fact that they don’t have to get ten wickets on the final day was a big relief.
“I think I will be using the delivery that removed Rohit Sharma at the end of day four as a visualization aid in future games! It felt good to get a player of that stature out with a decent delivery and the timing was good too, so we did not feel like we had to come back and get 10 wickets on the final day,” Jack Leach wrote in a column for Sky Sports.
“Important To Stay Strong And Patient” – Jack Leach
Leach explained how he had to wait patiently as the pitch in the first three days did not assist spin and it was challenging when Rishabh Pant took on him. He told about staying strong at the moment with the help of his teammates and his spin partner Dominic Bess guidance which paid off rich dividends on day four and day five eventually.
“As a spinner, you understand that your best ball is not always going to take wickets – it equally can go out of the park – and bowling on day three certainly had its challenges. In those moments, it’s important to stay strong and patient and the boys really helped me to do that.
I had a really good chat with Dom and a few others and came back strong on days four and five. You have to understand that one day might not go your way but there are plenty of others in a Test to make an impact, so it’s important to keep going and keep fighting. That’s what we will all be doing for the rest of the series,” Leach added.
Leach finished with figures of 6 for 181 runs in the first test with his first overs alone costing him 77 runs. England is all set to face India in the second Test from February 13.