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Too Soon? Michael Vaughan's Tweet on England Being Favourites Hours Before Collapse Goes Viral

By: Buzz Staff

News18.com

Last Updated: February 26, 2021, 22:50 IST

File image of Michael Vaughan.

File image of Michael Vaughan.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan was convinced that his country had become the new favourites in the Third Test after Joe Root's bowling spell helped the visitors make an exceptional comeback in the match which didn't last very long.

Team India on Thursday thrashed England in the Third day-night Test at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad by 10 wickets, a match that was done and dusted well inside two days. Axar Patel bagged five, Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his 400th Test wicket as England came falling down in the second innings scoring a mere 81 after posting 112 in their first innings. With only a target of 49 to achieve, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill ensured the play wasn’t pushed to the third day.

However, there was a moment in the match, on the drama-filled second day itself, when England made an exceptional comeback reducing India from 99/3 to 145 all-out, all thanks to skipper Joe Root’s maiden five-for in Test cricket.

While Root was deservedly lauded for his lethal spell, former English captain Michael Vaughan was convinced his country had become the new favourites in the match.

In a tweet, Vaughan wrote: “England now favourites … incredible session !!"

One may argue that his tweet was in sync with the proceedings on the field, England’s collapse in the second innings saw the match completely turn into India’s favour.

After the win, Indian cricket fans flocked to Vaughan’s Twitter page and reminded the former crickter of his “too soon" post.

In subsequent tweets, Vaughan expressed his displeasure and called the pitch “awful" for Test cricket.

Meanwhile, Thursday’s win helped India take a 2-1 lead in the four-test series. England are now out of contention for a place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.

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