Indian bowlers delivered large time on the final day of the fourth Test on the Kennington Oval on Monday because the genius of mercurial Jasprit Bumrah, and all-round efficiency by Shardul Thakur within the match helped guests in defeating England by 157 runs to achieve a 2-1 within the 5-match sequence. This can be India’s first win within the Oval in 50 years.
“It’s frustrating, thought we’ll get something from the game today, we had an opportunity of winning a Test match. The opening partnership was outstanding, credit to India, they got the ball to reverse. I thought Bumrah’s spell was the real turning point of the game. From our side, we’ll have to look at other areas where we missed opportunities, maybe we should have made more of an advantage with the first-innings lead and should have taken the chances that were offered,” Joe Root instructed Sky Sports within the publish-match presentation.
With the situations ok for batting, England openers received the hosts off to a good begin, with each scoring fifties, nonetheless, Shardul got here into the assault and received rid of Burns in his first over of day 5.
Shardul Thakur who was half of the Indian quartet in scoring greater than 50 runs within the second innings, once more dazzled as he despatched again Joe Root to the pavilion. Hosts had been nonetheless within the sport till simply after lunch on Day 5 when Jasprit Bumrah produced a wonderful spell to present India a real shot at victory.
“We always look to get better, he’s a superb bowler and at times we need to be realistic and accept that he bowled really well, that was world-class bowling. Have to manage better if we’re in a similar situation in the near future, especially our game against reverse swing. Whenever we lose a game, we can always look back at the toss, we can always think about a few things and the way it happened, but at the end of the day, we need to be ruthless, should have got more than a 100-run lead.”
“We needed that big hundreds, big partnerships – we need to play good cricket right around in Old Trafford, can’t get complacent and get those big runs which sets up the game, which we did a week ago (in Headingley). You can pick out individuals, but need to work collectively as a batting group. Having got starts, you have to make those 20-30 runs count.”
“Yesterday was a difficult day, some difficult chances (on Burns’s drop at slip), it’s very difficult at times, we need to know which ones to go to and keep taking our chances. It’s not about the lack of effort, not about the lack of work, we just need to keep raising our slip catching standards. Woody is coming good, that’s promising. It’s been frustrating with the number of injuries that we have to contend with, but we can’t get away with that. We’ll have one big push going ahead at OT, injuries are something we need to manage, the guys have been excellent, they’ll go out and play next week in Old Trafford and I’m proud of their effort.”