Finally, the long wait came over as England skipper Joe Root handed over the ball to Adil Rashid in the 40th over of the innings. It’s noteworthy that the leg-spinner did not face a single delivery in the Lord’s Test and subsequently did not get a chance to display his skills as well with the ball against India.
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However, India is in driver’s seat after the stumps on the day one against the Three Lions.
However, things at the Trent Bridge were not the same as that of Lord’s. James Anderson and his company couldn’t derail Indian batting line up this time around.
The free arms shown by Indian batters forced Root to opt for something else. He called Rashid to provide a breakthrough.
Rashid finished his first spell of five overs without getting any wicket. He leaked 29 runs in the first spell of his bowling. In the late second spell, he dismissed Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who missed his century by just three runs.
It was the second time when Kohli fell the victim of nervous nineties. Kohli’s 97 powered India to reach a respectable total of 307 for the loss of six wickets on the stumps of day one.
“It was a nervy start, I needed a few overs to get into it,” said Rashid.
“I was looking to bowl wicket-to-wicket,” he said of the ball that dismissed Kohli. “just trying to keep it nice and tight and mix my pace up. Fortunately for me that one was a bit slower and in the driving range. He just nicked it so it’s natural variation,” Rashid remarked.
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Rashid asserted that speed on his bowling is with a key that provides him a chance to spin. He said that he got instructions to look for the wickets and play aggressive cricket. Rashid said that he was a clue in not to worry about the flow of runs.
“Usually when I am in rhythm I am around that 50mph mark, giving it a chance to spin. But sometimes you don’t feel great, and it doesn’t come out the hand right, so you have to find a Plan B,” he stated.
“Whatever I did in the one-dayers and the T20s, that’s what I’ve been told to do – to just go out there and be aggressive and look to create chances, try to get wickets. That’s my role. They’ve not told me to go at under threes or twos or anything, I need to create some chances and if I get hit for a few it doesn’t matter, so it’s a nice place to be,” he conlcuded.