Birmingham: Despite being the favourites, India lost the fifth and final Test against England by seven wickets at Edgbaston on Tuesday. A poor batting performance in the second essay on Monday that saw India skittled out for 245, and some ordinary bowling on the final cost India the match.
Credits must go to English batters Joe Root (142) and Jonny Bairstow (114) who chased down a mammoth 378 to register a victory in the rescheduled fifth Test and this ended the series 2-2.
Head coach Rahul Dravid indicated that a below-par batting on the fourth day cost India the match.
“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,” Dravid said at the post-0match press conference.
“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,” the head coach added.