Former India cricketer Kiran More has highlighted the lack of aggression shown by Team India in the third innings, which resulted in the visitors’ seven-wicket loss against England in the rescheduled Test of the 2021 season.
Brilliant centuries from Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped England register a record win against India in the fifth and final Test of the five-match Test series.
Chasing a mammoth target of 378, Root (142) and Bairstow (114) were in fine form as they shared an unbeaten 269-run stand and chased down the target with two sessions to spare.
Former chief selector More said the outcome of the match would have been different if India had cashed in on the advantage after scoring 416 runs in the first innings.
“I think they (England) came back strong in the second innings. Banning the Indian batsmen in the third innings and chasing 378 runs in the fourth innings was very commendable,” More told Jagran TV.
He further said, “India’s team did not show aggression in the third innings. Had India scored 300 runs in their second innings, the decision would have been different.”
With this win, England leveled the series 2–2, denying India their first series win on English soil since 2007. It was England’s biggest run chase in the history of Test cricket.
More also highlighted the lack of spinning options in the Indian bowling unit and said that the Indian bowlers failed to stem the run flow in the fourth innings despite showing intent in England’s first innings.
He said India missed out on a second spinner, which could have deterred Root and Bairstow from attacking the fast bowlers.
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