"Selectors deserve a lot of credit for..." - Ian Bishop lauds Shoaib Bashir for his impressive 5-wicket haul in Ranchi

Updated - 25 Feb 2024, 03:02 PM

Ian Bishop and Shoaib Bashir
Ian Bishop and Shoaib Bashir (Image Credits: Twitter)

Young England off-spinner Shoaib Bashir showcased his talent by securing his maiden five-wicket haul during the ongoing fourth Test against India. Shoaib Bashir’s remarkable bowling performance significantly contributed to England’s dominance in the match.

Shoaib Bashir became the second youngest England bowler to take a five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Sunday. Bashir claimed the wickets of Shubman Gill, Rajat Patidar, Ravindra Jadeja, and Yashasvi Jaiswal on day 2. He dismissed Akash Deep on the third day in Ranchi.

The home team resumed the third day at 219-7 at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi. Veteran pacer James Anderson provided a breakthrough for his team by dismissing Kuldeep Yadav. Bashir then removed Akash Deep, who scored nine runs off 28 deliveries.

Tom Hartley dismissed Dhruv Jurel for 90 runs, bowling out the opposition team for 307 runs in the first innings. Dhruv Jurel played a crucial role for Team India in narrowing the deficit. The Ben Stokes-led team took a crucial 46-run lead after India’s first innings.

Ian Bishop Lauds England Selectors For Shoaib Bashir’s Selection

Former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop credited the England selectors for selecting Shoaib Bashir despite his limited experience in first-class cricket. Ian Bishop acknowledged the selectors’ innovative decision-making in backing Bashir.

“Selectors deserve a lot of credit for such an innovative selection and method in picking Shoaib Bashir,” Ian Bishop wrote on X (formerly known as Twitter).

Bashir made his debut against India in the second Test in Vishakhapatnam. The off-spinner had a modest outing, leading to his exclusion from the Rajkot match. However, he made a comeback for the fourth Test and showed his determination to contribute to the team.

Credit To England Management For Taking A Punt – Anil Kumble

Speaking to Jio Cinema, Anil Kumble praised England’s decision to select Shaoiba Bashir. The former Indian cricketer highlighted Bashir’s impressive bowling lines, particularly his ability to keep the ball outside the right-handed batters.

“Credit to England management for taking a punt on Bashir. What I understand is that Sir Alastair Cook was batting against Bashir and some 20 balls that Ben Stokes saw, prompted him to get him on tour to India. He’s been very impressive. The kind of lines he bowled as an off-spinner, he’s kept it outside of the right-hander’s eye-line,” Kumble said.

Before his exploits with the ball, Bashir was dismissed for a duck while trying to hit Ravindra Jadeja Jadeja. England posted a total of 353 runs in their first innings, with Joe Root anchoring the innings with an unbeaten 122 off 274 deliveries, featuring ten boundaries.

India holds a 2-1 lead in the series following convincing victories in the previous two matches, while England seeks to stage a comeback. The fourth match holds significant importance for both teams as they vie for an advantage in the five-match red ball series in India.

Also read: “Best I’ve seen England spinners bowl” – Alastair Cook in love with Shoaib Bashir, Tom Hartley’s performance

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