Former Pakistani captain and selector Inzamam-ul-Haq criticized the Indian thugs for showing no intention of scoring against England on day one of the third Test.

He pointed out that Rohit Sharma was in a good position before he was released because there was not much that could be said against his name.

Sharma survived the first outbreak of the English Quicks and looked set after 105 balls. But he didn’t get going and with his score of 19 he finally fell back to the pull shot.

Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel The Match Winner that players should try to look for runs as soon as they spend a reasonable amount of time on goal.

“The Indian batter never put pressure (on the bowlers). As a cricketer, no matter what the field of play, whether swing or spin, when you’ve played 25-30 balls, your eyes, your eye coordination, your hand coordination get used to the field of play.

“After that you have to take risks. Like Rohit Sharma, he played 105 balls. You can’t say that you are not seeded after 105 balls. You have to take responsibility and play your strokes.”

Inzamam also criticized Virat Kohli for digging himself in a hole before getting out cheaply.

“Virat Kohli also played 31 balls. But what did he do? He did 7 runs and was completely handcuffed, “added Inzamam-ul-Haq.


“If you win this throw, put them back in the rackets” – Inzamam-ul-Haq estimates that England’s rackets would have been under tremendous pressure

Inzamam-ul-Haq believes India should have bowled first after winning the toss
Inzamam-ul-Haq believes India should have bowled first after winning the toss

Inzamam-ul-Haq was of the opinion that after winning the throw, Virat Kohli should have bowled at Headingley first. He believes the England Batters were under tremendous pressure when they came into the Test after a meltdown in the fourth innings at Lord’s last week.

“(England are) a team that you defeated a few days earlier. In the fourth inning, on a dry field, you made them absolutely flat. You destroyed their blows. If you win the litter here, put them back in the bat. “

The former Pakistani thug believes India could have sacked them cheaply if England had been sent into the thugs.

“With the benefit of two hours (humidity), I wouldn’t say England were all out at 78, but they wouldn’t have shot big,” added Inzamam-ul-Haq.

However, India struck first after winning the throw and were cheaply bundled for 78, their third-lowest first innings total in Test cricket.

Edited by Sudeshna Banerjee