The Indian cricket team, on Day 3 of the ongoing Test against England, exposed their batting frailties not seen for long in a home Test and more so at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai which has been a fortress since 1999.

Tail-enders Jack Leach and Dominic Bess started the day for England at 555 for 8, before the visitors were bowled all out for 578 within 11 overs of the first session. With 190.1 overs at the crease, England registered the longest first innings in Test cricket since South Africa’s 190.4 overs against India in 2004/05.

When India came out to bat, the pressure levels were at a point where the hosts couldn’t afford to lose early wickets. However, their worst fears came true after openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill fell within the first 10 overs.

Team India captain Virat Kohli’s dismissal at Dom Bess’s hands kickstarted the downfall of the top-order setup and put the hosts in a state of an emergency.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant, however, revived the batting for Team India with scores of 73 and 91. Pant, in particular, earned plaudits for changing the face of the game on Day 3.

Team India managed to end Day 3 at 257 for six, with Washington Sundar and Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease, but they will enter Day 4 with the intention of putting up a minimum score of 300-plus.

Former players and cricket fans took to Twitter to signal out the significance of Rishabh Pant’s innings, while also talking about how Team India's batting failed to make a statement on a beleaguered day in office:

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