England’s misery in India finally came to a bleeding end after the visitors capitulated against the guile of Ravindra Jadeja in Chennai. On a relatively flat deck that was nowhere near a rank turner, Jadeja stepped up to the occasion as he annihilated England’s batting line-up with an eye popping seven-wicket haul, his career best figures (7/48). After an impressive first session where England were 103-0, they collapsed like a pack of cards to lose the game by an innings and 75 runs.
Skipper Alastair Cook, in the post match presentation, bared a dejected look on his face that pretty much summed up the torment endured by England in the five-match Test series. Cook hailed the Indians for an inspiring series performance and was critical towards his fielders. The England captain admitted dropped chances during the crucial moments of the game hurt his chances big time.
“You can’t have excuses. India are the better team and they deserve to win,” said a disappointed Cook in the presentation. “This was a good fifth day wicket. Turned from the rought apart from the odd ball. We weren’t good enough to bat out. It was about missed opportunities.”
Elaborating about England’s poor catching, Cook further dwelled:
“We dropped crucial chances and India kept punishing us.” We haven’t been better than the opposition. Our catch drops have cost us. We just haven’t scored enough runs and not taken wickets.”
Admitting that playing a five-match Test series was never an easy task, he said:
“It is a tough dressing room to be in. Tough to play five Tests in six weeks. It’s a tough place to come and win and we have not been good enough.”