Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has praised James Anderson and the English bowlers for restricting the Team India batsmen within a below par in the first innings of the third Test. India were rattled by the veteran pace bowler after electing to bat first as well.
In-form KL Rahul for a duck whereas James Anderson dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli soon after. Later, Ollie Robinson dismissed Ajinkya Rahane to put England in a commanding position as well. Zaheer Khan was asked if the dismissals should depend on poor shot selection or if the bowlers deserve the credit for this as well while speaking on Cricbuzz.
Zaheer Khan said: “I have to give credit to the bowler because he is forcing the batsman to make the error. It’s not like the bowler is bowling the same delivery over and over again. The manner in which the bowler is setting up; that is the fun of Test matches. When James Anderson took the wicket of KL Rahul, it’s not as if the first four-five deliveries were full in length, it was pitched on a good length after that only he drew Rahul into a drive.”
All of the dismissals so far have been of a similar fashion. The Indian batsmen have poked deliveries around the off-stump, only to get an edge and be dismissed. Jos Buttler has already claimed five catches so far in the ongoing innings.
Zaheer Khan shared that while batsmen were at fault for their dismissals as they chose poor shots, the bowler should also get the due credit as well. However, India were bowled out for 78 where Rohit Sharma top-scored with 19 as well.
“For Pujara, there was an on-side fieldset and only after he got a few deliveries to come in, he delivered the out-swinger outside the off-stump. I think it is a combination of both, so the bowler should be given credit. When batsmen are in good form, they are successful in surviving these phases,” Zaheer Khan concluded.