Team India should hold their heads in shame or rather just don’t hold it! Because losing within three days is not funny as England inflicted yet another defeat on India.
Team India should hold their heads in shame or rather just don’t hold it! Because losing within three days is not funny as England inflicted yet another defeat on India as the hosts won the fifth and final Test at The Oval by an innings and 244 runs on Sunday to complete a 3-1 series win.
It was England’s second victory inside three days in as many matches after they thrashed India by an innings and 54 runs to win the fourth Test at Old Trafford.
Team India’s capitulation was done and dusted when the visitors collapsed on 94 all out, an even worse effort than their meagre first innings 148, after Joe Root’s unbeaten 149 had powered England to 486.
The Indian team started their downfall well and early as opener Murali Vijay was out leg before to James Anderson while southpaw Gautam Gambhir, who had struggled for his three runs, was run out by Chris Woakes’s direct hit.
Sorry to say but this could be the last Test for Gambhir on overseas shores as the Delhi opener failed to impress.
India were in a spot of trouble in the 2nd innings as play resumed, out-of-form Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli did very little to enhance their reputation. Pujara (11) edged Anderson to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler while Kohli was trapped plumb by Chris Woakes.
The Lord’s centurion Ajinkya Rahane, nicked Stuart Broad as India’s scorecard showed an abysmal reading that became 46 for five. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had played a lone hand in making 82 in the tourists’ first innings. But in the second innings, he fell for a five-ball duck.
English pacer Chris Jordan then sent Ravichandran Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar packing that culminated a blistering spell of four wickets for 17 runs in 19 balls. The dismissal of last man Ishant Sharma saw England rejoice after a painful summer in Australia.
Joe Root was named man-of-the-match for his brilliant century while James Anderson walked away with the man of the series award. India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar was awarded the India’s man-of-the-series award, nominated by England coach, Peter Moores.
“We’ve lost a lot of confidence over the five-Test series, it is disappointing, there will be many experiences which the youngsters will learn – not too many have played Tests away from home and hopefully they can take that it into the future. Right from the start, our batsmen never really performed, the lower order helped out…” were the words of MS Dhoni at the post-match presentation.
This abject surrender and a gutless fight shown by the Indian Test team shows that this team is NOT destined to win on away tours! Team India, firstly, needs a recheck and it must begin from that corrupted BCCI!