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England vs India 2018

Rishabh Pant, Ravi Shastri
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We’re Still the Number 1 Side in the World – Ravi Shastri

The Indian team had a very ordinary time touring England. They lost the Test series 1-4, and even head coach, Ravi Shastri had to eat back his words.

Shastri, known for his flamboyant image, backed the boys before the start of the tour. He had said the current side is by far the best Indian team to travel to foreign soil. To his misery, the results turned out to be different.

The England all-rounders had a great time, scoring runs with the bat and bagging wickets at all. One such player was Sam Curran, who impressed one and all from the start.

Curran bailed his side out of trouble on multiple occasions and bowled well too. Shastri said it was the young man who did much more damage alone than the entire squad.

“I would not say (we) failed badly. But we tried. We must give credit where it is due. Virat and me were asked to pick the Man of the Series (for England), and we both picked Sam Curran. Look where Curran has scored, and, that is where he hurt us. More than England, it was Curran who hurt us,” Shastri told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview.

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Sam Curran. (photo by Steve Feeney/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Ravi Shastri defends his side

India missed the plot in the very first game once the hosts recovered after losing six wickets inside 90 runs. India started off well with the bat but lost wickets in regular intervals.

“In the first Test, England were 87 for 7 (in the second innings) at Edgbaston, he (Curran) got the runs. In the fourth Test, they were 86 for 6 (first innings) in Southampton; he got the runs. We were 50 for 0 (first innings) at Edgbaston, he got the wickets. So at crucial stages in this series, he chipped in with runs and wickets. That was the difference between the two sides,” Shastri explained.

Ravi Shastri, England vs India 2018
Ravi Shastri says India is still the number one side in Tests despite results. Image Courtesy: Getty

On the criticism and mocking, the coach said his side is still number one in the rankings. He went on to say Joe Root and his men know that the Indian team pushed them hard to earn victories.

“We are still the No 1 team in the world. And England knows how well we fought. Their media knows how well we fought. Our fans know how well we fought. Their public knows how well we fought. We know inside how well we fought,” he added.

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Ajit Agarkar remains unconvinced about Shikhar Dhawan as a Test player. Image Courtesy: Getty

I am Not Convinced with Shikhar Dhawan – Ajit Agarkar

The Indian team had a torrid time while they were in England. Opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled to get off the visitors to good starts. The southpaw managed to score mere 162 runs at an average of 20.25 from eight innings, as India lost the series 1-4. There were clouds over the selection of the left-hander, but he did get to play four out of the five games.

However, former India quick bowler, Ajit Agarkar isn’t much impressed with Dhawan’s recent run of for. He said he isn’t convinced about Dhawan playing red-ball cricket.

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Ajit Agarkar is not convinced about Dhawan playing Tests. Image Courtesy: Getty

Barring skipper Virat Kohli, no other Indian batter scored consistently. Kohli made 593 runs while the remaining players struggled to get past the 300-run mark. The line-up failed collectively as a whole.

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Dhawan’s opening partner KL Rahul had a consolation ton to his name in the fifth Test. Keeping his 149 aside, the Karnataka-born cricketer managed to score just 150 runs in nine innings.

He along with young Rishabh Pant tried to bail India out of trouble at The Oval, but their respective tons couldn’t avoid yet another loss.

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Rishabh Pant scored his maiden Test hundred at the Oval. Image Courtesy: Getty

Agarkar questions Dhawan’s red-ball credentials

“India have got a decent batting lineup. They need to get their batting right to get the results to go in India’s way. KL Rahul’s 100 has given some sort of confidence that he can open the innings. But, I am not convinced with Shikhar Dhawan. We got Pujara, Rahane and Virat in the middle-order. We don’t know whether they are better players than that. If India figures out their batting problems, they can win the games,” Ajit Agarkar said on ESPN Cricinfo show.

However, Ajit Agarkar praised the bowling unit, and he also said Pant needs to work on his keeping. The Indian keeper conceded quite a lot of extras, as India missed Wriddhiman Saha, who is nursing an injury.

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Virat Kohli was consistent throughout the series. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

England vs India 2018: India Played Far From Their Potential in UK: Mohammad Kaif

Team India had a rather forgettable series in England against a promising side led by Joe Root. A 4-1 margin shadows the fight Virat Kohli’s men put in, especially the bowling department. Former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif believes the visitors played far from their potential.

Fans and eventually critics have gone hard on the team even though the management voiced their support for the players.

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Sunil Gavaskar reckons Virat Kohli lacks experience in captaincy at times. Credit: Getty Images

Kaif is quite active on the micro-blogging website Twitter. On Thursday (September 13), he took part in a Q&A session with his fans and expressed his thoughts on various issues.

One of his followers asked his opinion on the recently concluded Test series in the United Kingdom (UK). Kaif reiterated Indian side played far from their potential but subsequently credited the bowlers for putting up a good show. He also went to say that getting the tail out quickly could have added to their advantage.

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Mohammad Kaif reveals the name of his favourite cricketer.
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Kaif not impressed with India’s show

In his words, Kaif said: ”Played Far from potential. Bowlers were good in getting the top 6-7 out but consistently failed in getting the lower order out. Batsmen, barring Kohli, no one could be consistent.”

Many of the leading cricket pundits and former players slammed the Team India side for the poor run. Skipper Kohli isn’t too happy by the treatment.

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Virat Kohli calls for a review. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

“You can see how people conveniently want to target only one side. I’m not saying it’s not a fair scoreline because they deserved to win, but it doesn’t mean that we have been outplayed,” said Kolhi.

“Barring the second Test, we have been competitive in every game,” Kohli concluded.

Kohli scored close to 600 runs while no other batsman could reach the 300-mark. Clouds are looming over Shikhar Dhawan’s Test career while Murali Vijay has already been shown the door. India next plays the Asia Cup 2018, Kohli has been rested, and Rohit Sharma will lead the side in his absence.

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Here is the combined XI of England and India from the recently-concluded Test series. Image Courtesy: Getty

England vs India 2018: Combined Test XI

India’s tour of England was a much-anticipated series. The fans witnessed excellent rivalry, sublime stroke-play, lethal spells apart from eye-catching work on the field. Though the scoreline of the series – 4-1, suggests a rather one-sided affair, in reality, it was a hard fought set of matches.

England beat India by 118 runs, win five-match Test series 4-1
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At Birmingham, Virat Kohli’s men went down fighting, resulting in a 31-run narrow win for the hosts. At the Home of Cricket- Lord’s, the poms handed an innings defeat to the visiting team.

The series could have been done and dusted at Nottingham, but an inspirational comeback from the Indians ensured Southampton turns houseful. India lost the 4th Test by 60 runs, as England followed it up with a handsome 118-run victory at The Oval.

Now, we take a look at a combined Test XI featuring the best of cricketers from the recently-concluded Test series. Let us know, your XI too.

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Alastair Cook.

1. Alastair Cook

The England opener finished his last Test series with 327 runs. But the fact of the matter is that the 33-year-old scored more than 200 runs in the fifth and final Test match.

The former skipper announced his retirement ahead of the fifth Test, and by then England had already sealed the series 3-1and he felt there is not much left in the tank which could motivate him to return next season.

Alastair Cook ended on a high just like his team. His drives through the off-side and the dabs on the on-side were complimented with applause.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

2. Moeen Ali

Both the sides struggled to get solid starts throughout the Test series. While Cook lost count of the number of times he had to open an innings with a new face, India’s Shikhar Dhawan’s best performance of the series turned out to be the two-minute bhangra in front of the spectators at The Oval.

With the ball, Moeen Ali was magic. He bagged 12 wickets with a best of 5/63 that ensured a series win for the hosts. When it comes to batting, Ali scored 119 runs in two matches with a best of 50.

India ride Pujara's unbeaten 132 to post 273, take 27-run lead
Cheteshwar Pujara.

3. Cheteshwar Pujara

The curse of being Cheteshwar Pujara will someday make a great story. The right-hand batsman scored a total of 278 runs at an average close to 40.

An unbeaten 132 was the highlight for him, after getting dropped from the 1st Test. While he is known to consume the pressure and ensure that the ball turns an oldie, Pujara was far from his best.

India needed a strong guard who could complement the skipper. Pujara was hit in bits and pieces but failed to make a strong impact overall, resulting in a series loss.

England v India 2018: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

4. Virat Kohli

The 29-year-old India captain put all the queries of his ill-form in England to rest. Virat Kohli fetched 593 runs at an average of 59.30. He started off with a magnificent 149 in the first Test match and batted with precision. With three fifties and two tons, he is way ahead of all the other batters.

The leader in Kohli might not have risen to the occasion all the time, but the willow did do the talking.

Virat Kohli is the only cricketer to have faced more than 1000 balls in the series and made the highlight package worth a watch.

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Ben Stokes appeals against Virat Kohli. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

5. Ben Stokes

There were clouds looming over his selection in the playing XI but Ben Stokes gave his 100% with both the bat and ball.

Ben Stokes stitched vital partnerships in the middle and picked up wickets at crucial intervals. With 200 runs and 14 wickets under his kitty, Stokes turned out to be an asset.

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Jos Buttler.

6. Jos Buttler

Let’s not put too much attention on what he writes in his bat because Jos Buttler has been England’s leading man whole through the season. He threatened to take the game away from India at Trent Bridge with a gutsy hundred and kept finding the gaps at a time when others struggled to put bat to ball.

He is second on the list with most runs scored in the series – 349 runs at an average of 38.77. And is the perfect man to replace Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps.

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Sam Curran was the pick of the England bowlers in the first innings. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

7. Sam Curran

The Surrey all-rounder is the find of the series for England. The Indian bowlers had a tough time breaching his promising stay at the crease. Sam Curran stood tall between victory and India and as the scoreline suggests, he won most of the battles hands down.

He scored 272 runs and scalped 11 wickets. The youngster keeps experienced campaigner Chris Woakes at bay, as he is the elite all-rounder in the XI.

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Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his fifty.

8. Ravindra Jadeja

The India all-rounder had to polish off his sword after being out in the cold for most part of the season. But the street smart cricketer made his case with an unbeaten 86 off 156 balls. He batted well with the tail-enders and took India to a respectable total.

He bagged a total of seven wickets at The Oval but ended up on the losing side. Jadeja is a captain’s delight, as he is also a sharp fielder.

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Stuart Broad. Getty

9. Stuart Broad

The veteran pacer bagged a total of 16 wickets in the series. He along with James Anderson troubled the Indians which resulted in 40 wickets in total. On a larger picture, Broad would have thought of claiming more sticks but with all the English bowlers doing their job to perfection, the pacer did well to sum it up.

Ishant credits Sussex stint for success in England
Ishant Sharma.

10. Ishant Sharma

He is aggressive, knows his game well and is currently India’s spearhead bowler. India missed him dearly in the final Test match. Ishant Sharma walked off the field with ankle pain and India were a bowler short.

Ishant troubled the Englishmen in their own backyard. The Indian Indian pacer battery did a commanding job and the Delhi pacer deserves much of the credit.

Anderson fined by ICC for showing dissent
James Anderson.

11. James Anderson

The most successful pacer in the history of Test cricket is the final addition to the XI. Jimmy Anderson was England’s main man with the ball and he led in style. Though he failed to bag the prized scalp of Kohli, even after getting former to edge a few, Anderson is a hero at the end of the tale.

At 36, he played all the five Test matches, picked 24 wickets and helped his side win the series. You just can’t ask for more from an elite performer like him.

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England winners of Specsavers Test Series during International Specsavers Test Series 5th Test match Day Five between England and India at Kia Oval Ground, London, England on 11 Sept 2018. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

England vs India 2018: Shane Warne Wants Curators to Prepare Competitive Pitches

The Australian legendary spinner Shane Warne wants curators around the globe to prepare competitive pitches. The former leggie believes a particular pitch should assist the seam bowlers on the first couple of days. Subsequently, the pitch should aid the spinners in the fag end of the match.

In fact, the recent five-match series between England and India was a perfect example of a good preparation of pitches. The bowlers were right in the contest throughout all five Test matches. The pitch helped the fast bowlers on the first few days and then, later on, assisted the spinners.

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Warne has some suggestions to offer.

Therefore, the credit should be given to the English curators as well as the England and Wales Cricket Board for preparing fair pitches. It is imperative for the home side’s board to send the right signal across to their pitch-makers.

As a result, the five Test matches were even contested between bat and ball, which is always good to notice. In fact, England didn’t take undue advantage of being the home side.

Furthermore, Shane Warne congratulated both the sides for putting on display a well-fought series. The leg-spinner also gave his best wishes to Alastair Cook who ended his illustrious career on a high. Cook scored 218 runs in his swansong to finish his career on a fine note. Warne also requested ICC to use Duke Balls in the longest format of the game.  top 10 bowlers of all time

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Moreover, the second leading wicket-taker in Test match cricket congratulated James Anderson for leapfrogging Glenn McGrath’s record. Anderson now has 564 Test wickets and therefore he is the leading wicket-getter as a fast bowler in red ball version.

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Shane Warne took to Twitter to share his thoughts. Warne post read as, “Message to all curators around the world-make pitches that seam at the start of a test match then spin-make conditions tough to bat-this makes for exciting cricket & lastly to the ICC, please make all countries use duke balls for all red ball cricket (I’ve said this for 3 yrs)”.

Warne tweeted one more Tweet. “Congrats to England & India on a terrific series of test cricket & the curators for producing wonderful pitches too. Well done to Cooky on an outstanding career of determination, stubbornness courage & all done with class. Lastly, to Jimmy who overtook my great mate Pigeon-✔️?”.

Keaton Jennings, England vs India 2018
Keaton Jennings (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

I Would Not Pick Keaton Jennings for Sri Lanka Tour – Nasser Hussain

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain said he would not pick Keaton Jennings in England’s squad for upcoming Sri Lanka tour. The southpaw opener scored 163 runs in ten innings at an average of 18.11 in the five-match series against India.

Meanwhile, Keaton Jennings has shown great promise while playing in the sub-continent conditions. The left-hander had scored a fine century on his debut against Indian in latter’s own conditions.

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Keaton Jennings. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Keaton Jennings didn’t impress.

However, the way he got out in the first innings wasn’t impressive. Virat Kohli placed a leg-slip for Jennings and the left-hander hit the ball straight to KL Rahul while facing Ravindra Jadeja. Thus, Nasser Hussain said he would not put Keaton Jennings on the flight to Sri Lanka.

“If you’d asked me before this game whether I’d have taken Jennings to Sri Lanka, I’ve had said yes. But his two dismissals here at The Oval have – reluctantly – changed my mind,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“He’s supposed to be a good player of spin, which is why England are keen to take him on tour, but to get out caught at leg slip, more or less off the face of the bat, was a dozy piece of cricket.

“The bowler Ravindra Jadeja often gets players out that way with his left-arm spin, so it was careless of Jennings – almost as if he’d forgotten the man was there.

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Jennings was also poor with his catching.

Meanwhile, Keaton Jennings has been poor in the slip cordon. Jennings has fielded with butterfingers as he fluffed many chances. Thus, Jennings needs to improve a lot.

“Jennings has also dropped a few catches this summer, including an easy one at silly point that would have polished India off for 260. I prefer to give a guy one game too many rather than one too few, and it’s certainly true that life for left-handed openers has been tough in England over the past couple of years. But I wouldn’t take him to Sri Lanka.

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“There are only so many opportunities being a good guy and a good team man – and supposedly a good player of spin – will buy you.”

England will play five One Day Internationals, one T20I and three Test matches on the Sri Lanka tour. The English team has risen to number four in the rankings and would like to put a better performance in the Island nation.

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Sam Curran. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

England vs India 2018: Sam Curran Has Been the Standout Player – Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar believes England’s prodigy Sam Curran has been the standout player in the series. The Master Blaster believes Sam Curran is a smart thinker. Sam Curran scored 272 runs and scalped 11 wickets in the four Test matches. Thus, it was a fine all-around performance from the 20-year old Surrey lad.

In fact, Sam Curran scored runs at crucial junctions of the series. England was 86-6 in the first Test match and had found themselves in dire states. However, the southpaw batsman was able to bail them out with a fine half-century.

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Sam Curran. (photo by Steve Feeney/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Furthermore, Curran repeated a similar performance in the fourth Test match when he again turned the tide in host’s favour. Therefore, Curran played a key role in wins of two Test matches for the hosts as he turned the series on its head. Consequently, Sam Curran was also awarded the Player of the series for his fine overall performance.

Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar also congratulated the England side for winning the series by 4-1. England was able to put a better collective effort and thus they were the better side. Hence they deserve to win the series.

On the other hand, Alastair Cook ended his career on a high. Cook scored 218 runs in his swansong match and thus bid adieu in style. The southpaw batsman ended with 12,474 runs and 33 Test hundreds.

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Alastair Cook celebrates his hundred. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Consequently, he finished his career as the fifth highest run-scorer in the red ball version. Subsequently, Sachin Tendulkar gave his best wishes to the second innings of life to Cook.

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Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to share his thoughts. The legendary batsman post read as , “Congratulations, @englandcricket on winning the Test series. #AlastairCook, wishing you even better post-retirement innings. #SamCurran has been the standout player of this series. Smart thinker”.

Here is Sachin Tendulkar’s post:

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MS Dhoni.

England vs India 2018: MS Dhoni Sheds Light on India’s Series Loss

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has shed light on India’s series loss against England. The tourists were not up to the mark and lost the crucial junctions of the series. In fact, India had England on the ropes on some occasions. However, they were not able to apply the finishing touches.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni believes India missed out on their chances as they played a solitary practice match before the Test series. Therefore, the batsmen struggled to get going. Indian captain Virat Kohli was the lone warrior as he scored 593 runs. However, he was not able to get the same support from the other end.

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Indian team misses the trick once again.

India played only one warm-up match against Essex but the batsmen let the team down. Thus, India was ill-prepared for the series. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli had recently said while talking to Michael Holding that it is important to play the practice matches against good sides and in the conditions which they may encounter in the match.

Attending the CISF at the Birsa Munda Airport which was about a program, Ranchi, MS Dhoni said, “Indian team missed out on playing practices matches before the series, which is why the batsmen are finding it difficult to adjust. This is a part of the game. We shouldn’t forget that India is currently No. 1 in the rankings”.

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It is crucial to play the practice matches to get acclimatized to the conditions. However, Virat Kohli and Co. haven’t paid much attention to the warm-up games. Thus, the lead up to a series has been poor for India.

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Virat Kohli (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

In fact, India didn’t play any practice matches on the South African tour, thereby they went on to lose that series by 2-1. It has been a surprising approach by the Indian team as the practice matches have always played a key role in the success of every team. Virat Kohli might be batting at a different level and thus he has scored a truckload of runs. However, he needs to understand the fact his batsman are not at the same level.

It is imperative to play the practice matches as you get into match situations. Subsequently, runs scored in match conditions adds more confidence than the time spent in the nets sessions.

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Glenn McGrath and James Anderson. Getty Images.

Glenn McGrath Backs James Anderson to Scale 600 Test Wickets

Australian legendary fast bowler Glenn McGrath has backed his Ashes rival James Anderson to go for 600 Test wickets. England’s pack leader James Anderson went past McGrath tally of 563 wickets when he clean bowled Mohammad Shami. Subsequently, Anderson became the leading wicket-taker as a fast bowler in the red ball version. Thus, England was also able to seal the series by 4-1.

Meanwhile, Glenn McGrath also congratulated Anderson for going past him. McGrath scalped 563 wickets in 124 Test Matches whereas Anderson took 143 matches to leapfrog former Australian great.

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James Anderson. (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

On the other hand, James Anderson ended as the highest wicket-getter of the series against India with 24 scalps to his name. Anderson is still fit as a fiddle and would like to continue at the topmost level.

Anderson now has 564 wickets and thus he is 36 wickets away from the 600 wickets. “Just to see Jimmy now, he looks fit and keen and running around, it depends on what he wants to do. He has gone past me and I think the next bar is 600 Test wickets,” McGrath told BBC.

In fact, McGrath believes if Anderson gets to 600 Test wickets, it would be an incredible achievement. It is not easy to be a fast bowler as you have to ball your heart out.

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Glenn McGrath and James Anderson. Getty Images.

“If he can get to 600 Test wickets, that’s an incredible effort, and if he is still got that drive, that passion to get yourself up, to put the hard work in off the field to carry you through on the field… if he has still got that desire, then he can play as long as he wants.”

The former Australian great believes that there is still some fuel left in James Anderson’s tank. Thus, he can definitely go for 600 wickets in his career highest wicket taker in odi in one match

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“I think he’s still got a little bit left in the tank yet,” McGrath said. “I’d like to see Jimmy go and get 600 and then whether he wants to try and knock off one of these dodgy spinners that are still at the top of the tree. I think Kumble is about 619. That’s within range.”

James Anderson is one of the best fast bowlers in the world. He has been a perfect swing master and occupies the summit of the ICC Test rankings.

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England vs India 2018: India Was Good in Patches – Virender Sehwag

Former Indian combative batsman Virender Sehwag believes India were good in patches. However, the tourists were not able to win the crucial junctions of the series. They had England on the mat on many occasions, however, they lacked to land the knockout punch. Thus, the series results could have been different had India won the imperative stages of the series. On the other hand, it was England who was able to hold their nerves better and won the series by 4-1.

The scoreline might not suggest it was a competitive series but sometimes the numbers don’t tell us the complete story. Meanwhile, Virender Sehwag congratulated the England side on bagging the series as they were the better side.

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India was inconsistent with the bat and had to pay the price. The tourists captain Virat Kohli scored 593 runs in the five-match series. However, Kohli didn’t receive the support from the other end as he was the lone warrior in the side. Thus, the visitors lacked the collective effort with the bat.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane scored some runs in between but were not consistent throughout the series.

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Meanwhile, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant were able to end the series on a high. Both the batsmen took an aggressive approach and scored their runs in the topmost gear. Thus, they came up with a ray of hope for the Indian side. However, the result was evident when both these batsmen got out.

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Virender Sehwag also hailed Indian captain Virat Kohli for his consistency as he amassed 593 runs in the series. Sehwag also praised the bowlers for their hitting the nail on the head with their skills.

However, Sehwag emphasised that it is time we need to work hard to be a better travelling side as the upcoming Australian tour is going to throw new challenges.

Virender Sehwag took to his Twitter account to share his thoughts. Sehwag post read as, “Congratulations England on the 4-1 series win. India was good in patches, but not consistent enough with the bat. Pant & Rahul’s display on last day was very heartening, so were Kohli’s & the bowlers consistency throughout.Need to work a lot to travel better. Ab Mission Australia”.

Here is Sehwag post:

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