Dhruv Jurel failed by missing 100 but is enthusiastically welcomed by Dravid and Rohit | cricket

The cracks had widened. The pitch had uneven bounce. England looked primed to take a big first-innings lead against India and move towards a possible 2-2 draw in Ranchi in the five-match Test series. The deficit stood at 134 as Day 3 continued with India's tail exposed. However, after No. 9 Kuldeep Yadav's resilient performance of 28 off 131 ended after the opening hour on the third morning at the JSCA International, young Dhruv Jurel marched on alone.

Dhruv Jurel scored 90 runs in India's first innings against England in Ranchi

Jurel reached his first test fifty before moving steadily towards the big three-figure mark. However, the wicketkeeper-batter was left devastated just before lunch when Tom Hartley denied him the chance. But an enthusiastic response from the Ranchi crowd and the Indian dressing room lifted his spirits.

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Jurel did nothing wrong against this delivery from Hartley. He grabbed the flying ball particularly well and spun from middle and leg past the bat to hit the off-stump. The boy was in complete disbelief when he saw that the stumps were broken. He was well placed for a century, which he really deserved after the fight he put up against the English spinners and on the Ranchi track which showed little bounce.

As Jurel slowly returned to the pavilion, he received a heartwarming reaction from the crowd, who stood to give him a standing ovation. Even the England players, especially Joe Root, who had called him a “talented” batsman the second day before, congratulated him with a pat on the back. As he entered the dressing room, there was an enthusiastic welcome from head coach Rahul Dravid, captain Rohit Sharma and his Indian teammates.

England did manage to secure a first-innings lead in the fourth Test, but Jurel's efforts on Sunday reduced the deficit to just 46 runs.

At the start of the opening session on the third day, Kuldeep and Jurel put up a brave 76-run stand before James Anderson ended the former's vigil. The wicketkeeper-batter then exchanged a couple of quick boundaries with Akash Deep in company as India finished their first innings on 307.