The Indian cricket team lost the Edgbaston Test by seven wickets.© AFP
From a favorable position in the fifth rescheduled Test against England in Edgbaston, the Indian cricket team could not contain their nerves and lost the game by seven wickets. England rode undefeated centuries from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow to record their highest successful pursuit in Tests of 378 runs. After the loss, experts judged that the team composition could have been different. Former Indian cricket team player and ex-national selector Jatin Paranjape said Ravichandran Ashwin could have been chosen in the XI.
“I don’t think so. You can understand why they chose Bumrah as captain; those in power must have thought that Bumrah as captain is a good choice. Sometimes it’s better to be careful, and that in itself turns out to be a better decision Jatin Paranjape said in an interview with senior sports journalist Jamie Alter.
“I can understand why they played against Shardul as he would have done well in the test match at The Oval where he could have been the Man of the Match. But here you had R Ashwin in the squad. It’s like parking Ferrari is in the garage the color of the wicket was not your usual English wicket and Edgbaston is known to spin a bit so I thought India could have gone with two spinners It gives you a little more control over the game when nothing Happens. And if you have three seamers and then play a fourth, someone gets underbowled. You can’t use all four, it just doesn’t count. But in hindsight, it’s 20/20 vision.”
In the fifth Test, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, who have made the pursuit of tricky targets in test matches fashionable, tackled the famous Indian pace attack with imposing hundreds as England recorded their highest ever chase of 378 runs with minimal fuss to level the five. match series 2-2. It is the fourth consecutive successful pursuit for England, having gone over tricky goals of the fourth inning of 278, 299 and 296 against New Zealand in the previous series.
When England were rocked by stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah on the fourth afternoon, the two star batters did not waver from their game plan. The entire Indian attack, except Bumrah, looked pedestrian. All England needed were just under 20 overs to knock off the remaining 119 runs on the fifth day morning.
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