Ace Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake was once again blown away by the beauty of Test cricket as he followed the match between India and England at the Chepauk which the visitors won by 227 runs on Tuesday.
Blake, who won the 2011 World Championship gold in 100m, posted a video message for the English cricket team, Joe Root and legendary fast bowler James Anderson, who starred with the ball on the final day.
Blake, the second fastest man after Usain Bolt in 100m and 200m, also lauded India captain Virat Kohli for accepting his teams mistakes before going on to say how impressed he was with young Shubman Gill and Rishabh Pant.
“Whoah! What a wonderful Test between England and India. I must say, ‘Joe Root well played, England team well played’. Jimmy Anderson as usual… They say you get better with age, it is just a number. And ‘Jimmy keep on showing that. Well done Jimmy’.
“What I really love about Team India is that Virat Kohli doesn’t find any excuses. That’s what I really love about his captaincy, he took the blame for everything. He said the bowlers didn’t find the right areas, the batsmen were not as consistent. He said ‘we got to go back to the drawing board and come back’. And that’s what I love about Virat Kohli and his captaincy.
“And also what stood out for me was Shubman Gill, he’s a wonderful batsman. Ofcourse, Rishabh Pant is excellent. Not every time he’s going to put on a show but he’s excellent for the game of Test cricket. That’s why I love Test cricket, it mentally tests you. (Cheteshwar) Pujara in Australia showed that wonderful fight and that’s what I love to see.
“Test cricket is absolutely the best. Second Test should be interesting, India was 1-0 down in Australia, they are 1-0 down at their home ground now. The second Test, I’m looking forward to it,” Blake said in a video.
This is what test cricket is all about. @BCCI @ECB_cricket @SkyCricket @MichaelVaughan @root66 @imVkohli @jimmy9 @RealShubmanGill @RishabhPant17 @cheteshwar1 #testcricket #Cricket #INDvsENG. pic.twitter.com/z6ZpbCQAh6
— Yohan Blake (@YohanBlake) February 9, 2021
England captain Joe Root and 38-year-old Anderson led the way for the visitors as they first set India a massive target of 420 and bowled them out for 192 in the final innings to go 1-0 up in the four-match series.
Root had scored 218 runs in England’s first-innings total of 578 while Anderson produced a breathtaking spell of reverse swing on Day 5 to bamboozle the Indian batsmen in their own den in Chennai.
The 2nd Test will be played at the same venue from February 13 where a victory will ensure a place in the ICC World Test Championship final for England.