New players were a little careless, according to an ex-India selector, which led to the defeat by England at Edgbaston.
Former Indian cricket team player and ex-BCCI selector Jatin Paranjape went into the areas where India fell short in the loss against England
The fifth rescheduled Test between India and England was lost demoralizingly in Edgbaston. England’s fourth-innings target of 378 was enormous, but they were unable to meet it. While players like Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara performed admirably, others, including Shubmann Gill and Shreyas Iyer, left much to be desired. Jatin Paranjape, a former BCCI selector and member of the Indian cricket squad, examined the areas where India fell short in the defeat.
“India should have performed better on two or three occasions throughout the game. The third innings are crucial in Test matches, and I felt that India’s third innings lacked confidence and composure. They ought to have left with a clearer purpose. So in these situations, I believe it is the younger players’ responsibility to speak out and be counted. Many young people have a lot of opportunities. Now is the moment to put in some serious work, play a full or partial session, try to think like a captain when you are at the crease, “In an interview with renowned sports journalist Jamie Alter, the former India player, and selector revealed.
“These are chances for students to truly think about and absorb the opportunity areas that are in front of them. In a game like this, the third innings are incredibly tight and important, and I believe that’s when England turned things around when Anderson got Gill. So the game’s turning point came with the important wicket. Imagine India scoring 50 runs with no loss if Gill had batted like that for the entire first innings. The outcome of the match would have been very different.
“Some of the younger players may have been a touch sloppy in their approach, and that worries me a little. Either you want to play that and feel it is the best way to express yourself, or you don’t understand the seriousness of a particular circumstance. The latter is extremely, extremely risky. Rahul [Dravid] and Vikram Rathour would strive to immediately develop this understanding with the younger players.”
So the vaunted Indian pace attack was put to the sword in the fifth Test by Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, who has made chasing difficult targets in Test matches popular. England achieved their highest-ever chase of 378 runs with little fuss, leveling the five-match series at 2-2. With difficult fourth innings objectives of 278, 299, and 296 against New Zealand in the preceding series, it is England’s fourth consecutive successful chase.
The two top hitters stuck to their game plan when stand-in skipper Jasprit Bumrah shocked England on the fourth afternoon. Except for Bumrah, the entire Indian assault appeared uninteresting. On the morning of the fifth day, England just needed to score the final 119 runs in slightly under 20 overs.
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