Root and Bairstow Heroics Help England To Level The Series 2-2

Root and Bairstow Heroics Help England To Level The Series 2-2

The fifth and final test match of the Pataudi trophy has concluded. England won the test comprehensively to level the series at 2-2. No one would have imagined England to be so dominant in the chase. Indeed, the era of ‘Bazball’ in English Cricket has begun in great fashion. There’s no stopping England at this point as they thrashed the Indian bowlers with ease. India had a great chance to win the series, as they had to only draw this match to do so. But they failed to defend a target of 378. It must be highlighted here that it’s the first time in Indian Test Cricket history that they lost a match when they posted a target of over 350. 

India have won on 37 such instances in the past, drawing 15 matches. Indeed, this match and this run-chase was historic in many ways. To make it worse for the visitors, they were docked two WTC points by ICC for maintaining a slow over-rate. Earlier, ICC used to fine the captain from his match fees for this violation. But since that didn’t change much and the offense still occurred, ICC decided to bring in a new rule. India need to look into their plans and analysis where they are going wrong.

India Are Failing To Defend A Target in Fourth Innings At Overseas

The ‘Dravid Era’ hasn’t begun as well as expected. Earlier this year, India lost two matches while defending in the fourth innings. This happened against South Africa in South Africa where India won the first match and were leading. Again, at Edgbaston, they failed to defend a target. Plenty of times in the recent years, Indian batsmen have not performed well and it’s the bowlers who bailed them out.

But now by the looks of it, even Indian bowlers are not able to deliver at the level they used to. While credit must be given to the opposition for their attacking approach to chase down the target, the way India got completely ‘outplayed’ was totally unexpected. It has got less to do with the new captain Bumrah, as the whole Indian team downplayed in the last two innings. Joe Root was declared the Player of the Series for scoring 737 runs, at an astonishing average of 105.28. Indian management must have serious conservation with Kohli as well since he has not delivered for a fair amount of time in the white jersey. This series was unusual, as whichever matches the two teams won, they won it quite comfortably. 

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.