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India’s biggest win against England

 India has beaten England by 10 wickets in one-day international cricket only once.

 

 Rarest of the rare

 

 Between 2016 and 2022, India registered only two wins by 10 wickets, one against Zimbabwe in 2016 and the other one against England in 2022.

 

 At the same time, England has only lost by 10 wickets twice between the 2011 ODI world cup and 2022. They lost in the quarter-final of the 2011 world cup against Sri Lanka by 10 wickets but have been on the upswing since then, particularly after the 2015 WC.

 

 The architect of the Indian victory was JaspritBumrah, who took 6 wickets for 19 and claimed the third best figures for an Indian in one-day internationals.

 

Keeping things simple

 

 When asked for a reply about former England skipper Nasser Hussain terming him the world’s “best all format bowler” at the moment, Bumrah played the appreciation down.

 

 “Not making things too complicated and shutting the outside noise has worked for me. I don’t get buoyed by praise nor do I get bogged down by criticism. I respect what experts have to say but I don’t take them seriously, good or bad. I live in the present, because there is a lot of outside noise, your mind can be cluttered by a lot of opinions and it can create confusion. So, it is important to stick to one’s own evaluation about one’s self, stay focussed on one’s own preparation and tick all boxes required.”

 

 “If you do things like take care of your fitness, diet and whatever is within your control and the process you follow, then you accept the results you get, that gives stability. I don’t look at the end results and judge myself really. There have been occasions where I have bowled so much better than this and not gotten wickets but I always follow the same routine. Today was a day when the white ball swung and there was some seam movement as I wanted to exploit that.”

 

Anomaly

 

 It stands as an anomaly that a team which has been beating oppositions left, right and centre was totally outplayed and lost the match by 10 wickets.

 

 India’s 10-wicket victory also came with as many as 188 balls remaining which is their third biggest win in terms of balls remaining. They previously won against Kenya with 231 balls to spare in 2001.

Saksham Mishra

Justifying hours of watching sports by scribbling down a few logical lines that might just about hold your interest. Was not talented enough to make it as a professional cricketer, so the next best logical option was to enroll in a Mass Communication course, and write about sports instead. Because, what else is there to write about in this world, right?
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