India vs England, 3rd Test: Five talking points from Day 1

England's Ben Stokes during a nets session at Trent Bridge during the week

AP England's Ben Stokes during a nets session at Trent Bridge during the week

The "soft signal" had been out and replays suggested that the ball bounced only after Rahul had got his fingers underneath it. Root was rightly declared out, but he walked off shaking his head while boos rang out.

307 - India's tally of 307/6 is the third-most they have scored at the end of day one of a Test in England. He is also only the third player after New Zealand's Mark Craig (first ball) and Australia's Eric Freeman (2nd ball) to have also hit a 6 as their 1st scoring shot within the first 2 balls they faced.

It was Stokes who had proved the weakest link in England's first innings bowling and helped India reach what has proved a very competitive score after being put into bat and now the returning talisman failed with the bat too. India lost debutant Rishabh Pant (24), all-rounder R Ashwin (14) and tailender Mohammed Shami (3) and Jasprit Bumrah (0) early in the first session of the day 2 and managed to score 329-runs in the first innings. Ollie Pope essayed one confident cover drive for four but he was soon gone for 10, tickling Ishant down the leg-side as Pant claimed a good, diving catch. How long he lasts as a Test cricketer is anyone's guess.

Yet Root did not have any cause for complaint and was perhaps just frustrated at getting out to Pandya because all cricketing logic and available evidence pointed to the catch being absolutely fine and the umpires spot on.

It was Pandya's first five-fer in Test cricket. The tension was ratcheted up, and India sensed another opening was not far off.

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India's young wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant, made his Test debut, on Saturday, against England at Nottingham. That gave him five catches, a new record for an Indian wicketkeeper on debut.

That meant Anderson, who prior to this match had 60 Test wickets at Trent Bridge at just 18.95, had become only the second bowler after Sri Lanka´s Muttiah Muralitharan to take 100 Test wickets against India. Trent Bridge was stunned.

Pandya was not so fortunate two overs later, however, and edged Anderson to Jos Buttler in what turned out to be the final delivery of the day. Mohammad Azharuddin had scored 1517 runs in 27 Tests while Rahul Dravid is fifth with 1219 runs. A sports journalist since 2005, he has served as Sports Editor of the Times of India Digital and Editor of Cricbuzz, Cricketnext and IBN Sports, apart from almost five years working for ESPNCricinfo.

James Anderson picked the last two wickets in the same over.

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