Jack Leach went through a topsy-turvy ride during the third and fifth days of the Test. Day three was about him being hammered by Rishabh Pant all over the park. Pant came down the track and launched sixes almost at will off Leach’s bowling. That ended up messing with the bowler’s confidence and he ended up having a flat performance.
Following the game, Jack was quick to acknowledge Pant’s heroics against him. Pant hit five sixes off his bowling and for a while, the left-arm spinner thought he was in the IPL given that his economy rate was close to 10! And at one point, his figures read 0 for 77. Jack Leach credited his teammates for helping him bounce back into the game.
“Thought I was playing in the IPL! It was definitely a challenge. As a spinner, you got to expect that at times. But I’m never going to enjoy 8 overs for 80. So, it’s just about trying to stay strong and the boys really helped me out. It was a tough evening but I just wanted to come out stronger in the last 2 days,” Leach was quoted saying by Hindustan Times.
On the final day, Jack Leach managed to redeem himself and became the architect of a famous England victory at Chennai. He dismissed Rohit Sharma at the top just before stumps on Day 4 and carried on the good work by getting rid of the mercurial Cheteshwar Pujara. England knew they had a big fish when they overcame the threat of Pujara’s stay on the pitch. Jack also dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin to open the floodgates for a sensational England win and also picked up the wicket of Shahbaz Nadeem.
“This is my first time in India. They’ve got a great batting line-up and I sort of knew the pressure that comes with it. Really happy to get some wickets and help the boys over the line,” Jack Leach added.