Former cricketers slammed the Jasprit Bumrah-led Team India after the visitors suffered a humiliating loss to England in the fifth and final Test at Edgbaston on Tuesday. India's seven-wicket defeat to the hosts came after England batters Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root slammed centuries to complete a record chase of 378 runs in the fourth innings of the Test in Birmingham. India's defeat to the Ben Stokes-led side meant that the South Asian team failed to win yet another series on English soil. They last triumphed against the Three Lions in England back in 2007. India's bowlers looked “listless” and lacked ideas as Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root pummeled them for runs at will. Bairstow and Root were involved in a match-winning unbroken 269-run partnership and eventually finished with scores of 114 and 142 respectively as England leveled the series at 2-2.
The England batters resumed the day on their overnight score of 259/3 and never appeared in any sort of trouble as India's bowlers failed to put them under any kind of pressure.
After witnessing India's capitulation against England, former pacer Irfan Pathan tweeted: “This victory of team England should hurt Team India. That was too easy.”
More than India's bowling, it was their batting in the second innings that was held for their defeat. Only Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were able to hit half-centuries, and no other better crossed the 30-run mark as England captain Ben Stokes took four wickets.
“India have quite a few issues to address, only Pujara & Pant from the top 6 scoring runs and Jadeja batting brilliantly, but need batsman to be in form. Bowling in the fourth innings was absolutely listless,” Virender Sehwag said on the micro-blogging site.
“They needed to bat two sessions and I thought they were defensive, they were timid today, especially after lunch. Even after they had lost those wickets, they could have taken some chances. Runs were important at that stage of the game and I thought they just went into a shell, lost those wickets too quickly, and gave enough time for England to bat today,” Former India coach Ravi Shastri said.
Even current head coach Rahul Dravid acknowledged that India's failure to post an imposing total on the board in the second innings cost them dearly.
“I would say that we controlled the game on three days but maybe, we did not bat that well in the second innings, and in our bowling, we were not able to sustain that intensity and we must give credit to England for the way they played. Root and Bairstow formed a brilliant partnership, we got 2-3 chances but were not able to capitalise. But you need to applaud the opponent,” Rahul Dravid said in the post-match press conference.
“We have not batted well as well, but if you look at all the second innings of Test matches overseas this year, the batting has probably been not up to the scratch as well so in both areas, we have started the Test well but have not been able to finish well and yeah, we need to get better with that and certainly improve,” the India stalwart added.
“Obviously, it has been disappointing for us. We had a couple of opportunities in South Africa as well, here as well, I just think it is something we need to look that and need to work upon. We have been very good at that in the last couple of years in terms of taking those 20 wickets and win those Test matches but we have not been able to do that in the last couple of months. It could be a variety of factors, it could be just maybe we need to maintain that intensity and maintain that level of fitness or performance right through the Test match,” Rahul Dravid further said.
Talking about England's brand of aggressive cricket, Dravid said: “Look, I think England played really well. I must admit I did not get to watch much of the England-New Zealand series, we saw parts of it when we were doing our planning and preparation. But, they played well, to chase down the kind of totals they have in all those four Test matches, has been exceptional. They have a couple of batters who are probably in the best form of their lives, they are playing exceptional cricket. I think they are playing really good cricket at the moment, hats off to them.”
“I do not know what Baz Ball is, but the way they have played their cricket, it has been really good. There are not many chases that happen successfully in England, so credit must be given to them. When your players are doing well, you can play positively and you can take the game forward. This was shown by us as well in the first innings when Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were batting well. It is good for cricket and obviously, it is good for England as well,” he concluded.