Veteran England opener Ben Duckett shared that their side was left surprised with the attacking approach of the Indian openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Rohit Sharma on Day 1 of the first Test at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. However, after restricting England to 246, Indian openers got off to a quick start and put on a massive 80-run stand for the first wicket off 74 balls as well.
Jaiswal, playing his first Test in India scored 76 off 70 balls smashing nine fours and three sixes as well on Day 1. While talking about the day’s play for England, England opener Ben Duckett added that they could’ve easily had 3-4 wickets more in the Indian innings but they were caught off guard with their aggressive approach as well.
“We could have easily had three or four [wickets] there tonight and it could have been very different. The way they played at the top was quite positive, and that’s fair play to them. I don’t think we necessarily thought they were going to come out and play like that, but Stokesy [Ben Stokes] got us to what we think was an above-par score. They don’t always go about it like that, so to go about it that way shows that they probably think that pitch is going to get quite a bit worse,” Ben Duckett was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
“I think he played beautifully. These are home conditions [for India] and you’d expect nothing less of their lads than to play well out here. Even the wicket to get Rohit, they were looking quite set with those two and then that happened. Fingers crossed, if moments like that happen tomorrow, we can stick three or four [wickets] on them and you never know. If we can keep them to around our score, or even a little bit of a lead, I think we’re right in the game,” Ben Duckett concluded.