Former India captain Kapil Dev has reprimanded the team for dropping catches that permitted England’s batsmen to take control of the third Test in Southampton.

Subsequently, India lost by 266 runs, wasting their lead in the five-match series that now remains at 1-1. The visitors had won the second Test at Lord’s by 95 runs after the first Test in Nottingham was drawn. The fourth Test starts in Manchester on Thursday, August 7.

Any semblance of Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, battling for form, scored runs at last as did debutant Jos Buttler and in-form Gary Ballance, every one of them taking advantages of chances missed by India in both the English innings.

Maybe the key minute was when Cook, on 15 not out, was dropped by Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings, the bowler passing up a major opportunity was debutant Pankaj Singh, who then strove for not all that amazing figures of 0-179 in the Test.

“Poor chap [referring to Pankaj]. He was playing first-time in international cricket. On a flat wicket like this, he bowls fine to take the edge and you drop it.

At that point he doesn’t get a wicket in the entire match. He played well in the Test, however poor chap!” Kapil commented about the luckiness less debutant.

“There is no simple fix for this,” he included, alluding to the catches dropped in the slip-cordon that is very nearly turning into a pattern with the Indian team.

“You simply need to continue drilling, in light of the fact that you can’t take 20 wickets in the event that you continue dropping catches. It gets to be exceptionally troublesome for bowlers. We were great in this department at Lord’s. Yet in Southampton there were truly a couple of drops and on pitches like these, for our bowlers there’s very little. So you can’t let these chances go away.”