January 28, 2024, was a historic day for Test Cricket Fans and Test Cricket. Two debutants in different countries playing for different countries showcased their talent to beat their opposition on their home ground. Sharmar Joseph and Tom Hartly made their debut memorable by picking 7 wickets each in the 2nd inning of the match. Jospeh wrote England’s Historic Test Victory on Indian Soil.
Starting on Jan 25, 2024, England won the toss, batted first, and were bundled out for 246 in 64.3 overs.In these 64.3 overs, only 12.3 overs were bowled by Fast Bowlers, and spinners bowled the remaining 51 overs. Spinners shared a tally of 8 wickets within themselves.
Ravichandran Ashwin took 3 wickets, Ravindra Jadeja bagged 3 wickets, and Axar Patel made 2 batters to go to Pavilion. Stokes led his team from the front and scored 70 runs at a crucial time when England was down with 7 wickets for 155 runs. Apart from Stokes, no other batter created issues for Indian Bowlers. England was no way near to England’s Historic Test Victory on Indian Soil, after being bowled out in the first inning of the match.
Indian batters gave a brisk start in reply to England’s 246 runs. The opening partnership made 80 runs in a mere 12.2 overs when Rohit Sharma fell to Jack Leach’s bowl. Good Contributions from Yashasvi Jaiswal (80), KL Rahul (86), Shreyas Iyer (35), Ravindra Jadeja (87) and Srikar Bharat (41) gave India a Huge lead of 190 runs. To win from this situation of the match was the key point that became England’s Historic Test Victory on Indian Soil.
After 2nd Inning, everyone thought it was India’s Game from here due to their quality bowling lineup. But the England team had some other intentions. Ollie Pope went on to make 196 runs against the mighty spin attack of India. Ollie Pope was stranded on 65 when 6 wickets had fallen at the score of 166. But then he started to sweep and reverse sweep, and he collected almost 65-70 runs from that shot. He got reasonable assistance from Ben Foakes, Rehan Ahmed, and Tom Hartley, who scored 34,28 and 34 runs, respectively. This made England’s total reach 420 runs. The 2nd inning ease England’s Historic Test Victory on Indian Soil after the brilliant innings of Ollie Pope.
With a target of 231 runs and taking the home soil advantage and class of batting lineup, this looked like an easy target for the Indian cricket team. Tom Hartley took 7 wickets for 62 runs and bundled out India for only 202 runs. To win against India on home ground is undoubtedly England’s Historic Test Victory on Indian Soil.
Indian batters never looked settled with the field setting and agile bowling changes from Ben Stokes. Analysts and Cricket Gurus marked Ravindra Jadeja’s runout as the match’s Turning Point. It was a master pickup and throw from Skipper Ben Stokes. Stokes, with his captaincy master strokes, sent a message that spinning pitches were not going to bother him and his team.
Tom Hartley, whose first ball of their career was sent into stand by Jaiswal, turned the table around for England in the 4th Innings. Jaiswal played in the recent India test series against South Africa. India prepared their favourite spinning tracks but fell into the pit they dug for England. Remember the heroics of Ollie Pope here, who made it ridiculously easy for England to get England’s Historic Test Victory on Indian Soil.
It is the first instance after 106 Test matches for India to lose a test match after getting a lead of 100+ runs. This famous also broke the unbeatable streak of 43 test matches won for India on their home soil. After England’s historic test victory on Indian soil, England took the lead of 1-0 in the Anthony de Mello Trophy.