Why Bazball Failed at Ranchi Test Match? India wins the test series with 3-1!

Bazball Failed at Ranchi Test Match

Once again, the England cricket team has to undergo the worst nightmare as the Bazball failed at Ranchi in the 4th test match. The Indian cricket team led by Rohit Sharma gained a thumping series win of 3-1 in the 5-match test series.

However, England’s bowlers seemed to be a threatening factor to the Indian batsmen. Yet, Dhruv Jurel played a steady knock in both innings that ultimately snatched away the victory from the claws of the Three Lions. Mainly, the half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill on Day 4 guided India safely to achieve the target. 

Despite England’s spin bowler Shoaib Bashir achieving a 5-wicket haul on Day 3, his team could lead only with 46 runs.

After losing in the first test match at Hyderabad by 0-1, India bounced back by securing three consecutive wins to emerge victorious in the test match series. Moreover, it is the 17th consecutive home series win for India.

Also, it is the first series loss for England in the Bazball era under Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum. Though England played good cricket, they couldn’t make history by winning at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi.  Unfortunately, it is the third consecutive loss for England in a test series on Indian soil following the years 2016, 2021 and 2024.

Analyzing the stats from Day 1 to Day 4 proves why Bazball failed at Ranchi even after the England bowlers put the Indian batsman under pressure in the 4th test match. As a result, the Bazball failure proved to be a wake-up call for the England cricket team.

How Bazball failed at Ranchi: A Detailed breakdown of Stats from Day 1 to Day 4

Here is the detailed breakdown of how Bazball failed at Ranchi starting from Day 1 to Day 4 of the 4th test match against India:

DAY 1:

On the first day, Indian pace bowler Akash Deep made a stunning debut on MS Dhoni’s home ground.  He took 3 wickets successively of these best batsmen and pressurized England with a total of 57-3 in 12 overs:

  • Ben Duckett: 11 runs from 21 balls (including 1 four)
  • Ollie Pope: 0 from 2 balls
  • Zak Crawley: 42 runs from 42 balls (including 6 fours and 1 six)

After the dismissal of England skipper Ben Stokes (3 runs from 6 balls) by Ravindra Jadeja, the situation seemed to be challenging for England at 112-5 in 24.1 overs.

However, Joe Root’s 10th ton took his team to a total of 307-7 at the end of Day 1. He maintained a 113 partnership with Ben Foakes and ensured that Bazball did not fail against the men-in-blue.

DAY 2:

Ravindra Jadeja’s 4-wicket haul wrapped England’s innings to a total of 353-10 in 104.5 overs.

Joe Root remained unbeaten with his exceptional knock of 122 runs from 274 balls (including 10 fours). Additionally, Ollie Robinson (58 runs from 96 balls-including 9 fours and 1 six) maintained a 102-run stand with Joe Root.

The early dismissal of Rohit Sharma (2 runs from 9 balls) provided a great relief for England bowlers. Indian opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (73 runs from 117 balls) with his consistent performance posed a threat to England as if the Bazball failed at Ranchi.

But, the dismissal of Yashasvi by Shoaib Bashir left Team India’s winning position in jeopardy. England spinners Tom Hartley and Shoaib Bashir restricted India to 219-7. It was up to Dhruv Jurel and Kuldeep Yadav how to overcome the 134 trail with 3 wickets remaining at the end of Day 2.

DAY 3:

It was a crucial day for Team India when Dhruv Jurel and Indian skipper Rohit Sharma turned the tables against England.

Dhruv Jurel scored a crucial 90 runs from 149 balls (including 6 fours and 4 sixes) and stitched a 76-run partnership with Kuldeep Yadav. But, Tom Hartley concluded Dhruv Jurel’s innings, thereby falling 10 runs short of his maiden international century.

Team India managed to reach 307-10 in 103.2 overs with England still leading by 46 runs.

Specifically, the 2nd innings for England was a failure with the bat. The Indian spinners restricted England to a total of 145-10 in 53.5 overs.

Apart from the English opener Zak Crawley (60 runs from 91 including 7 fours), other batsmen succumbed to Ravichandran Ashwin’s (5-51 in 15.5 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav’s (22-4 in 15 overs) spin bowling attack.

India were set off to chase the target of 192 with the decent opening performance of Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

At the end of Day 3, Team India still required 152 runs after scoring 40-0 in 8 overs.

DAY 4:

England Bowlers put up a fighting show to keep their chances alive of winning the series.

On the other side, the Indian skipper Rohit Sharma reached his half-century in just 70 balls. He also crosses the 4000 runs in test cricket. It includes his 11 centuries and 16 half-centuries in 100 test innings.

But, Tom Hartley succeeded in dismissing Rohit Sharma after scoring 55 runs from 81 balls (including 5 fours and 1 six). At lunch, India was 118-3, requiring 74 runs to chase.

After the lunch session, India’s chances of winning the series were at stake following Sarfaraz Khan’s dismissal (0 from 1 ball) at 120-5 in 38.2 overs.

However, Shubman Gill (52 runs from 124- including 2 sixes) and Dhruv Jurel (39 runs from 77 balls) built a 72-run partnership. Dhruv Jurel struck the winning runs that powered India to a winning total of 192-5 in 61 overs.

Consequently, Team India won by 5 wickets and became the series winner with another test match remaining. 

Overall Facts about why Bazball failed at Ranchi

Dhruv Jurel was awarded the player of the match for his exceptional performance in both innings against England’s Bazball approach.

With this win, India currently remains in the second position of the WTC 2023-25 points table behind England. But, the points percentage has surged from 59.52 to 64.58. The Indian cricket team under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy managed to win the test series without core players like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

Till the 1st innings England were completely in control with both bat and ball. Mainly, the Bazball failed at Ranchi because of England’s subdued performance in the 2nd innings.

Furthermore, several fans pose questions such as if it is the end of the Bazball era for England. The fifth and final test match of the series starts on 7th March 2024 at HPCA stadium, Dharamshala. Moreover, experts will scrutinize how the Bazball approach will work in overseas pitch conditions in the upcoming test matches.