The bad times for Indian Cricket team are tormenting them terribly. After going up in the test series by 1-0 in the second test, they were inflicted by back to back defeats. The second defeat was rather a humiliating one at the Old Trafford, where they were defeated by a margin of an innings and 54 runs and they were defeated in a matter of just 3 days.
The Indian skipper, MS Dhoni however defended his batsmen even after this poor show up in both the tests consecutively.
He stated that he feels that even in the first innings of the fourth test, Indians were not upto the mark in the department of batting. He also added that so far in the series, India’s batting has not really clicked that well. He pointed that India need to get better in the batting sphere. He admitted that he is still clueless of where they are constantly going wrong and to add to their miseries, a few of the greatest batsmen in the line up are going through a terribly rough patch in their batting form. Dhoni stated that outside Indian subcontinents, this group of batsmen had done well until now. It was in the third and the fourth test, things went completely against India’s way.
There was a cent percent chance for raining today. Had India survived the final session of the third day, they could have great chances of saving the test. And it was a shame that they had lost as many as 9 wickets in a span of just 2 hours in the test.
Dhoni made a valiant knock of 71 runs in the first innings and even got a start in the second innings too, but did not manage to convert. The captain admitted of the fact that the batting has failed to click but insisted all they needed to do was apply themselves better.
Also the failures of their star batsmen in the likes of Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara had been woeful to India and has resulted in their biggest setback. Dhoni also pointed of the fact that Pujara is exposed to the new ball quite often because their opening partnership are not getting good enough starts.
But the captain is still hopeful for the final test and he is thrilled to see Varun Aaron bowling with that sheer amount of pace and he said that India’s bowling is quite sort of balanced at the moment and they need to improve on the sphere of batting.
India is now looking forward to restore the series in the final test at The Oval which starts from the 15th August.