As India suffers under the grip of COVID’s second wave, cricket and other sport activities across the country have been suspended temporarily. IPL 2021 which started gloriously and was happening amidst all the chaos was suspended midway when players started contracting the virus despite living in the bio bubble.
That said, Indian team is set to encounter New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship at Southampton on June 18, and few players have already reached the destination. While the Kiwis are taking on England currently in the two match Test series, they will soon be joining with India to gear up for the World test championship.
Taylor’s catch to dismiss Root:
The first test match between England and New Zealand went very well at the Lords, meeting all the expectations. It was certain that Kiwis wanted to defeat the hosts at their own arena and they also did manage to steer well in that direction. Inspite of losing some wickets, Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls held the hopes high for NZ. The former scored a double century and the latter secured an half-century to their names.
It was even more special for Conway as this was his Test debut double century, more so at the birthplace of the sport. He hit a terrific 22 boundaries and a six as part of his double ton. At number 11, Neil Wagner also satisfied his purpose. The situation for England was quite different as they were struggling to dominate their guests.
When the England skipper Root was dismissed at 42 in the 44th over, a confusion sprouted! Kyle Jamieson bowled, and Root, unable to tackle it, succumbed to an inside edge as the ball went towards Ross Taylor at the slip. Despite this being a clean catch, Taylor didn’t want to celebrate this and rather asked the umpires to go upstairs and check it. Post review, it was declared that the catch was clean. Ross Taylor won fans’ hearts!