Bazball flops as IND beat ENG to record biggest Test win, lead series 2-1

Bazball flops as IND beat ENG

The Indian cricket team created a sensation by recording its largest victory in test cricket as England’s strategy of Bazball flops at Niranjan Shah Stadium, Rajkot. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and his men secured a massive win against England by 434 runs and took a strong lead as hosts in the 5-match test series with 2-1.

Also, it is England’s biggest defeat in test cricket with a huge margin. Previously in 1934, England lost against Australia with a highest difference of 562 runs at the Oval.  

The gigantic victory against England steered India to the 2nd position in the World Test Championship 2023-25 points table. Currently, Team India is just below New Zealand with 59.92 points.

Yashasvi Jaiswal after scoring back-to-back hundreds in the ongoing test series sealed his position among other legends like Virat Kohli.

Similarly, the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja stole the show with his 5-wicket haul. Moreover, it is the second time that Jadeja claimed a 5-fer and scored a century. Previously he accomplished this feat with his magnificent performance at Mohali in 2022.

Furthermore, the debutant Sarfaraz Khan struck half-centuries in both innings and intensified India’s batting. 

The famous technique of Bazball flops severely in tests after back-to-back losses against India in Vizag and Rajkot.

Team India scored 445 and 319 in both innings. Also, Rohit Sharma became the first captain to declare an innings against England in the Bazball era when he called back Yashasvi and Sarfaraz on Day 4.

On Day 4, the Bazball flops for England while chasing a mammoth target of 557 runs, thereby surrendering themselves with a low total of 122-10 in 39.4 overs.

Reasons why Bazball flops against India in the 3rd Test Match at Rajkot: A Detailed Analysis

Providing detailed analysis and highlighting the important performances helps comprehend the crucial reasons why Bazball flops against India in the 3rd Test match at Rajkot:

1. Rohit Sharma’s Century:

Rohit Sharma’s 11th test century of 131 runs from 196 balls ( including 14 fours and 3 sixes) ranked him as the leading century-maker among all opening batsmen in the WTC cycles since 2019. Also, it was the beginning moment of the flop show for England’s Bazball strategy in 3rd test match.

From Day 1 itself, England’s bowling attack seemed to be ineffective against India. Opting to bat first after winning the toss, India suffered three early blows. At one stage with 33-3 in 8.5 overs situations seemed to be easier for England.

But, the 204-run partnership between the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja turned the tables.

2. Ravindra Jadeja’s Century and 5-wicket haul:

Ravindra Jadeja’s century of 112 runs from 225 balls( including 9 fours and 2 sixes) in 1st innings and 5-wicket haul on Day 4 ensured England’s Bazball flops.

On day 1, the Indian skipper promoted Ravindra Jadeja to the batting order. Rohit Sharma’s brilliant tactics helped his team build the first-century partnership of this test series. Also, the double-century partnership between Rohit and Jadeja revived Team India’s collapsing start.

On Day 4, Jadeja’s bowling figures of 41-5 in 12.4 overs helped him grab wickets quickly.

3. Mohammed Siraj’s 4-wicket haul:

Despite Ben Duckett’s 150 runs, Mohammed Siraj with his 4-wicket haul, restricted England to 391-10 in 71.1 overs in their first innings.

Siraj’s exceptional bowling performance of 84-4 in 21.1 overs, helped India lead with 126 runs before their 2nd innings started with the bat.

4. Jaisball vs Bazball:

Netizens trolled on social media with the caption Jaisball vs Bazball- a contest of aggressive playing style.  

The Trolls became popular when Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his 2nd test double hundred against England.

Once again England’s Bazball flops with their bowling performance by allowing  Yashasvi Jaiswal to achieve his unbeaten knock of 214 from just 236 balls (including 14 fours and 12 sixes).

Also, Yashasvi became the first Indian as well as International cricketer to tally Pakistan former cricketer Wasim Akram’s record of smashing the most number of sixes in test innings.

5. Sarfaraz Khan’s back-to-back fifties:

Indian middle-order batsman Sarfaraz Khan slammed back-to-back fifties in both innings of his debut test match. His presence propelled Team India’s batting unit against England’s Bazball approach.

After making his much-awaited test debut, Sarfaraz became the 43rd International player as well as the 4th Indian cricketer to score half-centuries in both innings as a debutant:

  • 1st innings: 62 runs from 66 balls ( including 9 fours and 1 six)
  • 2nd innings: 68 runs from 72 balls ( including 6 fours and 3 sixes)

6. England’s poor batting performance:

One of the prime reasons why England’s Bazball fails is because of their poor batting performance in both innings.

Apart from Ben Duckett’s 153 runs from 151 balls( including 23 fours and 2 sixes) and England skipper Ben Stokes playing a supportive knock of 41 runs from 89 balls (including 6 fours) in their 1st innings, none of them managed to make an impressive score.

England’s Bazball approach with the bat completely failed in the 2nd innings by succumbing to Team India’s bowling attack.

Particularly, these two legendary England batsmen Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have been struggling on the Indian pitches. So far, Jonny scored only 98 runs in 3 test matches of the series. Out of the 5 innings, his highest score was only 37 runs. Likewise, Root scored only 77 runs in 6 innings of 3 test matches. It includes his highest score of just 29 runs in the first test match at Hyderabad.

7. Mark Wood’s 4-fer in vain:

Despite Mark Wood’s 4-fer, England’s efforts went in vain by allowing India to score 445-10 in 130.5 overs of their first innings. Especially, in the first innings, Rohit Sharma (131 runs), Ravindra Jadeja (112 runs), Sarfaraz Khan ( 62 runs), and Dhruv Jurel (46 runs) stole the entire game from England