India vs England recent Test cricket series: The big Indian loss: My own viewpoint

@ptrikha_2 (11083)
India
September 14, 2018 10:59am CST
India recently lost a five match Test cricket series 1-4 to England. Although much has been written and being discussed as to why India, who were even termed as the favorites to win the series by many lost so badly. Even sounding a bit repetitive, I would share my viewpoints, based on readings on Online sites, newspapers and my own thoughts. Here are some of what I would like to say : 1.Tactical mistakes: If you are in the drivers seat in a match, and still someone from the opposition side fights back and wrests initiative, it is ok once. However, this happened not once but 2/3 times. In the first test match at Edgbaston(Birmingham), England were 80 odd down for 7, and then English allrounder Sam Curran, with help of others made a good score and England put up a fighting total to win the match. Then something similar happened in the fourth and then fifth test. If you let prisoners escape from jail again and again, you can't expect saintly behavior from them! Would you? Then, why wasn't an extra fast bowler played during the second test match at Lords, London, when the prediction was of cloudy weather and swinging conditions? Then, not playing Ravindra Jadeja for many matches, and persisting with a not so fit R.Ashwin in fourth test at Southampton. Well, not each such mistake would be execused. 2. Not much practice matches- well this could partially be attributed to the tight Indian playing calendar. Can we have a shorter IPL please? 3.Giving too many chances to Shikhar Dhawan- one of your main openers keeps on failing and you try other players- even if new only at the end of series. Perhaps one could be more risk taking here. 4.Are Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri becoming a bit overconfident and perhaps trying to put off severe criticism with aggresive talk? - well, if you lose a series badly, by 1-4, and even if you have fought well, and some players have scored very well- like Virat Kohli and to some extent Cheteshwar Pujara, why to be harsh sounding when media criticizes. Coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli keep on saying- the team is still best, and the result could have gone either way- don't they sound a bit too boastful? Why not just say- Hey, we planned things properly but a few things do not work on actual playing days accordingly. Wouldn't that be better? Or are we in an age when being humble is increasingly getting equated to being defensive?? Lastly, it is just a game, and winning and losing are a part of it. But yes, the scope of improvement and with good players is always there. What do you say? Sources used: Times of India website, Hindustan Times newspaper My own thoughts and views
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
14 Sep
Yes I also felt disappointing that they lost so badly.
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@ptrikha_2 (11083)
• India
14 Sep
Yes @silvermist and I was hopeful that the result would not be so bad when India won the third test match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
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@dgobucks226 (14710)
15 Sep
I don't know much about Cricket but seems like England took advantage of some opportunities. Good luck on your next series.
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@ptrikha_2 (11083)
• India
15 Sep
@dgobucks226 yes they fought well and came back strongly whenever needed.
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@anya12adwi (4472)
• Bhubaneshwar, India
14 Sep
I have not watched cricket since ages.. Nor do I find them more exciting.. Donot be affected by my opinion..
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@ptrikha_2 (11083)
• India
14 Sep
@anya12adwi it is fine. Even I watch matches less often but I read a lot!