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Team India lose 1-4: A Dismal Showing in England
Team India, during their tour of England, has been the epitome of how guests ought to show their gratitude to their hosts. They have very graciously allowed England to dismantle their reputation as one of the best teams around while allowing the hosts to massively boost their own morale. Without taking anything away from England’s creditable performance, the series has been more a case of missed opportunities and inept strategies that lost the day for India, than outstanding play by England did. England celebrate Cook's catch to dismiss the last Indian batsman source The first test could easily have gone anybody’s way. It was Kohli’s brilliant 149 that led India to restrict England’s lead to 13 runs at the end of the first innings. But India let England recover from 86-6 and score 180 runs more and set India a target of 194 runs. Despite Kohli scoring another well compiled 51, India conceded the match by 31 runs. The English summer had truly set in bringing with it clouds that befuddled the minds of the Indian batsmen and disrupting the team management strategies. Sam Curran celebrating K L Rahul's wicket in the first test source After the first day of the second test was wiped out, Kohli’s announcing that India had opted for two spinners saw most cricket aficionados bewildered. India was promptly dismissed for 107 runs on a cloudy day. The Indians again left the English off the hook in their innings after having them at 131 for five. A 179 runs partnership between Bairstow and Woakes, who went on to post a century, saw England declaring at 396 on the third day. India was bowled out for 130 with Pandya as the highest scorer with 26 runs. England won by an innings and innings and 159 runs. The first day of the second test at the Lord's source India bounced back convincingly in the third test. Asked to bat first, India lost the first three wickets for 38 runs. Virat Kohli and Rahne put together 159 runs for the fourth wicket and were all out for 329 runs. A devastating 6 over spell by Hardik Pandya in which he took five wickets saw England losing all wickets in one session and scoring 161 runs. Another reasonable start and a century by Virat Kohli meant that England had a target of 420 runs. That was a tough ask and England lost the test by 203 runs promising a livelier series. Pandya after a successful spell in the third test source All speculation of whether a revived Indian team can fight back after an impressive victory was put to rest after the fourth test. England again got a reprieve after being 86 for 4 with Moeen Ali and Sam Curran helping England the reach a total of 246 runs. A doughty 132 by Pujara and 46 from Kohli saw India restricting England’s lead to 27 runs. This time India had included Ashwin who was injured in the previous match and was visibly uncomfortable while bowling. Though the Indians got wickets regularly, good batting by later order batsmen saw England reaching a total of 217 runs and India were set a target of 245 runs. half centuries by Kohli and Rahane were not enough and England won by 60 runs. England celebrate the wicket of an Indian batsman at Southampton source Alistair cook scored a solid 71 runs in the first innings of the last match of his career and the fifth and final test of the series. England at one stage was reduced to 214 runs for 8 wickets. But Jos Butler (89) added 128 runs in the company of the last two batsmen to take England to 332 runs. In reply, India fought their way to 292 runs. Alistair Cook then showed why he is rated as one of the greatest opening batsmen of all time. He scored a brilliant 147 and with Joe Root’s 125 England declared their innings setting India a target of 464 runs. India started disastrously losing their first three wickets for three runs including that of Virat Kohli and then to 121 for five. Alistair Cook celebrates his century in the last innings of his career source Young Rishab Pant joined Lokesh Rahul, then on 94 runs. What ensued was a startling counter attack with 204 runs scored in 265 balls before Rahul got out for 149. Rishab Pant followed shortly afterwards for 114 runs scored in a cavalier fashion. But it was too little too late. One is left wondering whether if the Indian batsmen had followed their instinct and without being cowed down by the much-dreaded vagaries of the English summer, the result of the series would have been much different. Nevertheless, India lost the fifth and final test by 118 runs and England won the series 4-1. Alistair Cook took a catch to dismiss the last batsman. He had also scored a century in his debut Test and taken his first catch to dismiss Anil Kumble against India at Nagpur in 2012. Indian players shake hands with Alistair Cook after his final dismissal source A reasonably successful captain so far, and a batsman for all seasons, Kohli has not been the same aggressive self in putting the pressure on England when they were in precarious situations and India was fielding. His choice of bowlers, particularly the spinners in the starting eleven, was at times confounding, to put it mildly. The role that Ravi Shastri, a very experienced cricketer and a veteran of many test series as a commentator after his retirement, played also leaves a lot to be desired. He seems to have relied on the brave discourses at the media press briefings and a bit of self-aggrandizement to motivate his wards. That does not seem to have any gratifying results. All that did not help in the least and brought Team India down from cloud nine, no matter what ranking is accredited to them by the ICC. 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