New Delhi: The day 2 of second Test between India and England continued to produce many talking points, from Mohammed Shami's unplayable delivery to Alastair Cook to Wriddhiman Saha's MS Dhoni-act to dismiss Haseeb Hameed.
Here are the five talking points which dominated the second day at Visakhapatnam:
1. Broken stump and swearing Cook: One of the greatest sights in today's batting dominated game of cricket is bowlers having the last laugh. And what better way then destroying the wicket itself, a piece of wood where the whole game revolves.
Mohammed Shami, the Indian quick produced a virtually unplayable delivery to send back imperious Alastair Cook early in the England innings. England started the day in a confident note, dismissing Virat Kohli early, then seemed to have scripted a brilliant turn around by dismissing India for a 455. But it was a long day for them, and it started with Cook's wicket.
Visitors needed a great start to negate India's batting dominance, but by the 15th delivery, England were without their skipper. And the sight of Cook's dismissal must have sent shock waves in their camp.
Because, it left a shocked Cook swearing. Here's the VIDEO
2. Wriddhiman Saha's MS Dhoni-act: Cricket world went gaga when India limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni conjured up THIS wicket-keeping magic against New Zealand during the fourth ODI match at his home town Ranchi last month. It was a rare sight, again. And many hailed Dhoni's confidence, the artistry involved in the act.
Then, today, his understudy Wriddhiman Saha produced an equally emphatic act of wicket-keeping to the amazement of everyone. The victim was Haseeb Hameed, the talented England opener. The video became viral. But more importantly, from the match's viewpoint, it was just the perfect dismissal to compound England's woes.
After losing Cook early in the innings, England needed to a fresh start. But in the 21st over, Joe Root played towards square leg off the last ball of the over of the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja. After taking the first run, the English pair mixed-up and Jayant Yadav's throw was directed by Saha, without watching at the wicket, and it hit with a marksman's precision. WATCH
3. Ashwin has all the answers: Ravichandran Ashwin is now the de facto all-rounder. Having already hit four Test hundreds, the 30-year-old is making giant strides towards cementing his name as among the greats of the game, not only as a bowler but as an all-rounder.
India resumed from their overnight score of 317/4 with skipper Virat Kohli and Ashwin in the centre. Kohli could add only 16 runs and soon Moeen Ali was stalking the Indian line-up. Saha and Jadeja joined the procession, leaving Ashwhin stranded with the tail.
But he took the opportunity to produced yet another counter attacking fifty, and he along with Yadav posted a 64-run stand for the 8th wicket which eventually helped India moved past 400-run mark. And it was only the beginning.
He returned to removed the wickets of Root and Ben Duckett to give India the complete control in the match.
4. The great English fizzle: The general verdict after the Rajkot drawn match was that this England line-up can not only survive the trial by spin in India, but also outbat the hosts. With as many as four Englishmen hitting centuries, the premise read like an unshakable truth. But today at Vizag, that claim was reduced to dust, with England fizzling.
In reply to India's first innings total of 455 runs, England were left scurrying at 103/5 after 49 overs' play. When the third day's play resume on Saturday, Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow's collective task would be to hang on there, as long as long possible, no matter what.
And by the look today's procession of wickets, it would be a Herculean task for England to survive Indian attack for long.
5. Confidence is contagious: Kohli's leadership is not only about aggression. The 28-year-old has given each of his team-mates the confidence to stand up for what they believed is true and just. A rare sight, again, in India, where orthodoxy still remains the accepted currency in every aspect of life.
But at Vizag today, a debutant stood up and his 'crusade' found the backing of his 'comrades' in convincing the 'leader' for a call.
That happened off the second ball of the 35th over, and only the eighth in Yadav's Test career. Moeen Ali came down to defend but ended up blocking the ball with leg. A huge shout for LBW from the bowler and the wicket-keeper but the umpire denied.
A confident Yadav, on Saha's insistence called to a review. Kohli, he himself, a go-getter only did what he ought to do. And the result was a prize wicket for a debutant.