England has defeated India in the first Test by 227 runs on Tuesday to take 1-0 lead in the 4-Test match series. Skipper Joe Root starred in the opening Test, playing a sensational knock of 218 runs to help England put on a massive 578-run total in the first innings.
However, even after maintaining a big lead, England didn’t declare early in their second innings and went on to bat until they got bundled out for 178 runs.
England’s approach left many cricket pundits confused with some fearing that the late declaration could well lead to a draw rather than England winning the Test. The visitors, however, won the Test in the end by a massive 227 runs.
Skipper, Joe Root, following the victory, explained why England did not declare the innings on Day 4.
“The idea was to get to 400 and then try speed things up a little bit. It didn’t quite materialise like that. But having spent quite a lot of time out there, I knew the wicket had changed quite drastically, and it was going to change again going into Day 5,” said Joe Root.
India came into the first Test on the back of a heroic Test win against Australia at the Gabba. Keeping the epic run-chase in mind, England perhaps wanted to post as many runs as possible to sideline any possibility for India to win the Test.
“The most important aspect was to make sure an Indian win was out of the equation so that we could focus on creating ten chances. Thankfully that worked out brilliantly for us today.”
India and England will play the second Test between 13th February and 17th February 2020 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. As of now, England leads the four-match series 1-0.