England beat Pakistan strongly to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Nonetheless, the shearing aggression shown by Ben Stokes ensured that former cricketers and pundits cited the buzzball as the way forward in Test cricket, triggering a debate with Indian fans who felt Virat Kohli He is the one who really brought the aggression in Test cricket.
Stokes made a bold decision to declare England’s second innings at 264/7, setting Pakistan a target of 343 in 100 overs. Pakistan were chasing fast and seemed to seal the deal before the tea break after which their innings deteriorated.
Responding to England’s hyper-aggressive approach, David Lloyd said: “It’s not new at all. The Australian team of the 90s was very positive and the great West Indian team was full of exhilarating stroke makers. I think That a team capable of this style is now India. They have all the tools. The former cricketer-turned-commentator wrote in his column for The Daily Mail, “It is doubtful that Indian batsmen are swayed by statistics, but Virat Kohli does. Who can run it.
When did Virat Kohli take over as Test captain? M S Dhoni Left the post in the middle of Australia tour of 2014-15. Under Kohli, India achieved some memorable victories, especially the Test series win in Australia. Also, he led India to victories in England and South Africa. He resigned from the post after the defeat in South Africa in the 2021-22 tour.
England’s victory has shown that Test cricket can be played in a unique way that cannot be detrimental to its fortunes. Under baseball – an ultra-aggressive approach under Brendon McCullum yielded results for the Three Lions with the team playing 8 Tests, winning 7 and losing just one.
Captain Ben Stokes on Monday hailed England’s victory in the first Test against Pakistan as one of the “best” of his career – especially considering the lifeless Rawalpindi pitch conditions.
After five days of thrilling cricket, with only a few minutes left in the dying lights, England finally withstood a heroic last stand from Pakistan’s tailenders and won the first Test by 74 runs.
It was only the third time that England have won a Test in Pakistan, although they have not toured since 2005 due to security issues.
“It’s great to get a result on a wicket like this,” Stokes said ahead of the second Test starting in Multan on Friday.
“I think it’s probably one of the best. The effort everyone has put in this whole week is unbelievable.”
England have “buzzball” to thank for their victory – a free-wheeling brand of cricket coined from the nickname of new head coach Brendon “Buzz” McCullum, a New Zealander.