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Former KKR head coach Brendon McCullum plans Shreyas Iyer’s wicket twice in same Test match

The England head coach signaled something from the dressing room and shortly after that Iyer lost his wicket.

Ritesh Pathak Author

Updated - 4 July 2022 7:05 pm

Brendon McCullum

The fifth rescheduled Test between India and England is getting more interesting with every passing minute. While India are trying to post a massive target for England, the Ben Stokes-led team’s focus is to bundle out the hosts as early as possible. England have got success in their pursuit as they have sent six of the Indian batters back to the pavilion.

The last man to get dismissed was Rishabh Pant who succumbed to his unorthodox shots. Pant was caught at slip while trying to reverse sweep Jack Leach. Before Pant, England got rid of Shreyas Iyer who fell to the short-ball ploy yet again. Iyer was caught at midwicket by James Anderson while trying to pull Matthew Potts.

Much like the first innings, it was Brendon McCullum, the former head coach of Shreyas Iyer’s IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who plotted the batter’s dismissal. Having succumbed to the short ball already in the first innings, Iyer was bombarded with bouncers right after he walked out to bat. However, the batter somehow managed to score a few runs off those deliveries and it seemed he will survive the ploy.

But Brendon McCullum was not done yet with his plans for Iyer. The England head coach signaled something from the dressing room and shortly after that Iyer lost his wicket. The video of the same started doing rounds. In the video, McCullum was seen asking the England bowlers to bowl cross-seam bouncers rather than seam-up deliveries.

India extend their lead to 330

Coming to India’s batting in the second innings, there was an improvement from the first innings as Cheteshwar Pujara chipped in with a handy 66. Rishabh Pant once again impressed everyone with his knock of 57 off 86 balls. On the back of these two half-centuries, India extended their lead over England to 333* (at the time of writing the story).

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