The England vs India 4th Test match finally began at Kennington Oval, London. Virat Kohli-led side was heading into the match with very low confidence as they were defeated by Joe Root and co. in the Headingley, Leeds Test by a big margin. Meanwhile, During the Oval Test Virat Kohli was seen complaining to umpires about the move by English opener Haseeb Hameed.
India didn’t have a very good start on the Day 1 Oval Test, As they were bowled out by England at the score of just 191. Openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma didn’t contribute many runs and Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane once again had a poor show with the bat. Also, Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant who is having a very poor series once again failed to contribute with the bat.
Notably, All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was sent ahead of Rahane and Pant, and this move was heavily criticized by fans. However on the bad batting day Indian captain Virat Kohli took responsibility and scored an amazing fifty. Meanwhile, The surprise package was a fifty from Shardul Thakur who smashed the fastest fifty in the history of the game on English soil.
Virat Kohli complains umpire about Haseeb Hameed marking his guard
Meanwhile, when England came to bat, the English opener Haseeb Hameed did something that Virat Kohli didn’t like at all. Haseeb was seen taking guard ahead of the crease which was very close to the forbidden area. After seeing this Virat Kohli instantly went towards the umpire complaining about the move of Hameed.
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According to the rules, a batsman is not allowed to mark the guard near to protected area which is 5ft from the crease. Notably, Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was caught doing similar things in the last match which led to umpires suggesting Pant change his stance.
After the Leeds Test in a press conference, Rishabh Pant said: “Because I was standing outside the crease and my front-foot was coming into the danger area, so he (the umpire) told me that you can’t stand there”.
As per Law 41 – Unfair play, the striker cannot mark the guard or take a stance in the protected area or so close to the protected area that frequent encroachment is inevitable.
Meanwhile, Haseeb Hameed didn’t have a great outing after that as he was dismissed on a duck by Bumrah. Also another English opener Rory Burns was dismissed by Bumrah. Meanwhile, the biggest wicket of the day was picked by Umesh Yadav as he dismissed Joe Root on 21. Virat Kohli-led India will be happy as England was at the score of 53/3 when Day 1 ended.