IND vs ENG, 1st Test: Jack Leach Thanks England Teammates For Comeback After Rishabh Pant Hammering


2021-02-09 09:53:20

India vs England, 1st Test Day 5: Jack Leach Thanks Teammates For Comeback After Rishabh Pant Hammering

IND vs ENG: Jack Leach picked up four wickets in the second innings of 1st Test.© BCCI




England’s left-arm spinner Jack Leach on Tuesday said his teammates helped him stay strong and make a comeback after the hammering he received from Rishabh Pant in India’s first innings of the first Test. Riding on Leach (4/76) and James Anderson’s (3/17) fine bowling, England crushed India by 227 runs in Chennai on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. Leach, who was taken to the task by a belligerent Pant on the third day, shone bright when the hosts came out to bat again. “Thought he (Pant) was playing in the IPL. It’s a challenge that comes for a spinner. Was a tough evening that one but boys helped me stay strong,” Leach said after the match.

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Coming from the extremely cold England, it wasn’t easy to get acclimatised to the humid conditions in this part of the world.

“Had a long time without any cricket (before the Sri Lanka series). It was about bowling those long overs in the heat,” Leach said.

“My first time in India. They have a great batting lineup and I knew the pressure that comes with it. Happy to take some wickets and get the boys over the line,” he added.

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Set 420 runs to win and to go one up in the series, India were bowled out for 192 in the second session on Day 5 after captain Virat Kohli’s 72 off 104 balls on a challenging MA Chidambaram surface.

India began the day at 39 for one, needing 381 runs on the last day.

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