At the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, during the 5th and final Test match between India and England, Jonny Bairstow engaged in two separate verbal exchanges with the opposition. One, involving Shubman Gill during England’s second innings, went viral on social media; the other, involving the Dharamsala crowd singing Bazball gets battered during India’s first innings.

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Team India’s Domination

It was believed that England would be more relaxed in Dharamsala, and maybe they were hoping for a heartfelt victory in the fifth Test following their series loss in Ranchi. Yet the host team amassed a 259-run advantage in the first innings because to the magnificent centuries of Shubman Gill and India’s skipper Rohit Sharma, as well as fifties from Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, and Devdutt Padikkal.

On the third day of the match, England was dismissed for a mere 195 runs thanks to five wickets taken by Ravichandran Ashwin, who was playing his 100th Test match for India. Kuldeep Yadav, who had taken four wickets in the first innings, claimed two more. In the last Test, India won by an innings and 64 runs to seal the series 4-1.

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“Bazball gets battered everywhere they go” – Screams Crowd

The crowd screamed, “Bazball gets battered everywhere they go,” as they tried to read Bairstow’s mind during his deep fielding during England’s thumping in Dharamsala. The England hitter, who was also playing in his 100th Test match, first opted to remain silent, but he was subsequently caught grinning in response to the onlookers.

This was the first series defeat for England in the Bazball era and the first four consecutive Test match defeats for the team led by Ben Stokes.

Stokes warned detractors to write him and his team off at their own risk despite the crushing loss that kept them at No. 8 in the WTC points table and significantly diminished their hopes of a tournament return.

 

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“It’s making sure we are staying true to ourselves as players and as a team. It’s knowing that sometimes taking risks brings your downfall, but when there’s a reason behind taking these risks that don’t quite work out, that is fine,” he said in the post-match press conference.

Stokes continued, “It is a tough game, cricket, and it can eat you up, but this tour in particular, there is always one that can lead you astray or make you a better player. I have done a lot of Indian tours now. I am obviously disappointed with my performance for the team, but write this team off, write me off at your own peril…”

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