Vikram-Rathour-photo
Vikram-Rathour-photo

Vikram Rathour, India’s batting coach rued the team’s batting against England, saying he was expecting one of them to play a big knock in the second innings of the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

The visitors added 245 runs in their second innings, with Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant scoring 66 and 57 respectively. India set the 378-run target for England which wasn’t enough as England won quite comfortably by 7 wickets in the end.
File photo of Rishabh Pant (left) with Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
File photo of Rishabh Pant (left) with Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Vikram Rathour Agrees India Had A Pretty Ordinary 4th Day As Far As Batting Is Concerned

India was required to bat for the entire day and pile on a score of over 400 to make things difficult for the English team. The visiting team’s plan was unclear as they tried to take on the English bowlers early on and lost their wickets in the process.
What stood out in the eyes of cricket experts and fans is India’s tactics in negotiating the short delivery. England used a barrage of bouncers and made India’s batting look extremely ordinary. India folded out for 245 and set England a target of 378 runs which was chased down quite comfortably in the end.

“I’ll agree we had a pretty ordinary day as far as batting is concerned,” Vikram Rathour said in the press conference.

“We were ahead in the game. We were in a position where we could have batted them out of the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. A lot of them got starts but really couldn’t convert those starts. We were expecting one of them to play a big knock and have a big partnership, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen,” Vikram Rathour said.

Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI
Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI

In reply, England took the aggressive route with openers Alex Lees and Zak Crawley putting up a 107-run opening partnership. Alex Lees registered a fifty, while Zak Crawley fell short by four runs as India stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah bowled him.

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Jasprit Bumrah struck for a second time and removed Ollie Pope for a three-ball duck. However, England recovered in no time as former captain Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow saw off Day 4 with a solid unbeaten 150-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

When asked about India’s bowling approach, Vikram Rathour said: “We need to bowl better in better areas. A couple of dropped chances so that made a difference. So that’s it.”

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root
Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root (Credits: Twitter)

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow scored centuries as England pulled off their highest-successful run chase in Test cricket to defeat India by seven wickets in the rescheduled fifth match of the series. England and India share the trophy with the series – which started in August last year – ending in a 2-2 draw.

When Day 5 began, England needed 119 runs, and India needed seven wickets, and in the end, the hosts raced through to achieve the mammoth target of 378 in just 76.4 overs. Jonny Bairstow continued his blistering form by registering the second century of the match, becoming the 12th England cricketer to knock off twin centuries in a Test. However, Joe Root was the first to get to the three-figure mark off just 135 balls.

England came to Edgbaston having gunned down targets of 277, 299, and 296 in their last three Test matches against New Zealand. On Tuesday they made it four in a row, pulling off their highest successful chase in Test cricket as Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow completed sparkling unbeaten hundreds.

England 284 (Bairstow 106, Siraj 4-66, Bumrah 3-68) and 378 for 3 (Root 142*, Bairstow 114*, Lees 56, Crawley 46) beat India 416 (Pant 146, Jadeja 104, Anderson 5-60) and 245 (Pujara 66, Pant 57, Stokes 4-33) by seven wickets