The ongoing test series between India and England has ended, with the Indian team failing to defend the target in the fourth innings. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Right. India have once again failed to defend a total in the fourth innings in an overseas test. Earlier this year, India toured South Africa for a three-match test series. While India won the first match and were leading, they were unable to stop South Africa from chasing down the target in the next two matches.
However, Edgbaston Test is a new low for the Indian team. This is the biggest total India failed to defend in Test history. In the past, the Indian team had won most of their matches when they posted a target of over 350. India used four pace bowlers in this match, with Ravindra Jadeja being the lone spinner. R Ashwin, the veteran spinner with second-most wickets to his tally for India in test cricket, was left out again. But the bowling department was the only one where India lacked behind.
India were bowled out for 245 in the third innings, which was disappointing as they were at 153 for 3 at one stage. There were some dropped catches in the slips. One in particular that hurt India the most was the dropped catch of Bairstow by Vihari, who then went on to score a match-winning century. Rahul Dravid reflected on the loss, highlighting that the team needs to maintain high fitness and intensity throughout the match.
We Couldn’t Maintain Our Intensity Over Five Days – Dravid
“We have been very good at that over the last few years, in terms of taking wickets and winning those Test matches. But, yeah, we haven’t been able to do that over the last few months. It could be a variety of factors: it could be maybe we just need to maintain that intensity, maintain that level of fitness, or maintain that level of performance right through a Test match.
They played well over the five days. We had our opportunities, we played well over the first three days. We couldn’t maintain that. That’s why Test cricket is hard. And that’s why Test cricket means that you have got to be able to keep putting those performances right through the five days. We were not able to do that and they did that better than us and they deserved to win this Test match.”