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Shoaib Bashir stated, 'Anything is possible on that wicket'
Shoaib Bashir dedicated his five-wicket haul to his late grandfathers, by hindustannewshub.com

Shoaib Bashir stated, 'Anything is possible on that wicket'

The offspinner dedicated his five-wicket haul to his late grandfathers as he prepared for the challenge of the fourth innings.

Shoaib Bashir dedicated his first five-wicket haul for England to his late grandfathers. He is preparing for a final push in the fourth Test in Ranchi after a day of Indian dominance put the hosts on course for a series-sealing victory.

Bashir finished with figures of 5 for 119 after bowling 44 overs in India's first innings. During the second afternoon, he claimed the first four of his wickets in an unbroken 31-over spell. On the third morning, he completed his five-for when Akash Deep fell lbw for 9.

However, India had already taken the initiative thanks to a crucial partnership of 76 runs between Kuldeep Yadav and Dhruv Jurel. Jurel top-scored with 90 runs from 149 balls, reducing the overnight deficit of 134 to a more manageable 46.

India's spinners continued their dominance by bowling out England for 145 in their second innings. R Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav shared nine wickets between them. Bashir bowled a solitary over as Rohit Sharma and Yashasvi Jaiswal added 40 runs to their winning target of 192.

Despite his side's tough day, Bashir admits that even at the age of 20 and in only his second Test, he will have to play another crucial role on day four if England are to regain the advantage and head to Dharamsala next week with the series level at 2-2.

Despite the result, Bashir admitted his rise to prominence has been surreal, having played just six first-class matches in his entire professional career before his debut in Visakhapatnam. He recently played county cricket with Berkshire and club cricket with Guildford after being released by Surrey before his current stint with Somerset.

Bashir stated:

"I just want to dedicate this to my two late granddads who passed away a year and a bit ago. They used to watch Test cricket all the time on TV, sitting in front of the TV on the couch. And their wish was to watch me play, and that didn't happen. So yeah, it was quite emotional, but I'm grateful."

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