India vs England 4th Test Day 1 : Akash Deep’s first wicket, but it was a no-ball

India vs England 4th Test

Ups and Downs of Akash Deep’s Debut

The beginning of Akash Deep’s international cricket career had a mix of good and bad moments. In his first Test match against England in Ranchi on February 23, he almost got his first wicket but missed by a tiny bit. Everyone thought he got it when his delivery hit the stumps, but the bails didn’t fall off. Even though he didn’t get the wicket, people could see he was a talented player with a lot of potential. As he walked back to his position, you could see he was determined to do better next time. It was a moment that showed the ups and downs of cricket, but also the excitement of watching new players take the field.

Crawley was helpless against the sensational delivery from Akash Deep. The bowler himself was naturally ecstatic, thinking he had secured his first Test wicket. However, the moment of celebration was fleeting. The joy turned to disappointment when the third umpire intervened, indicating that Akash Deep had overstepped the crease, resulting in a no-ball. This meant that despite the impressive delivery and the batsman’s dismissal, Crawley was given a reprieve, and Akash Deep had to continue bowling without the prized wicket he had thought he had earned.

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Akash Deep Was Deeply Upset

Akash Deep was deeply upset, which was completely understandable considering how close he was to achieving a significant milestone for himself and his team. It could have been the ideal beginning that would have boosted both his confidence and India’s morale. On the other hand, Crawley, who had experienced some unlucky decisions in previous matches of the series, would have felt a sense of relief and satisfaction at finally getting a break in his favor.

Akash Deep’s Maiden Wicket

Akash Deep’s hard work finally paid off when he clinched his first Test wicket, dismissing Ben Duckett. With a delivery that straightened from an angle around the wicket, Duckett could only manage to edge the ball to wicketkeeper Dhruv Jurel, ending his innings at just 11 runs.

The fiery pacer from Bengal didn’t stop there. He added to England’s woes by trapping Ollie Pope for a duck. Initially, the on-field umpire didn’t give it out, but after a discussion between Jurel and skipper Rohit Sharma, they decided to review the decision. The replays showed that it was hitting the stumps, overturning the decision and turning the tide in India’s favor in the first hour of play.

Despite the pitch seeming decent for batting, England found themselves struggling after choosing to bat first, all thanks to Akash’s brilliant bowling performance.

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