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Now he has made a big statement against the team whose head coach Ravi Shastri was. According to Shastri, Team India is on the verge of defeat due to fear and defensive attitude.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that India’s fear of batting in the second innings on the fourth day of the fifth Test and defensive attitude gave England a chance to make a comeback. India, which took a 132-run lead in the first innings, were reduced to just 245 runs in the second innings. England’s team is now just 119 runs away from the target with seven wickets left. “I think it was disappointing because they could have knocked England out of the match with their batting,” said Shastri, part of the Sky Sports commentary team at Edgbaston. “He needed to bat for two sessions and I think he was defensive, he was scared today, especially after lunch. ,
How did England come back?
Ravi Shastri said that the Indian team itself gave England a chance to return. He said, ‘Even if he lost the wicket, he could have taken the risk. Runs were very important at that time in the game and I think he became very defensive, lost wickets very early and gave England full time to bat on the fourth day. Shastri was the head coach of the Indian team in 2021 when the team took a 2-1 lead in the series but then the tour was canceled after several cases of Kovid-19 were reported in the Indian camp.
Pietersen raised questions on Bumrah’s captaincy
Former England captain Kevin Pietersen questioned India’s stand-in captain Jasprit Bumrah’s strategy, saying he made it easier for the batsmen to rotate the strike by decorating the fielders in a defensive manner. Pietersen said, ‘I don’t think Bumrah’s strategy was right at all today. In spite of the reverse swing of the ball, it made the batsmen’s job easier as the batsmen were finding it difficult to understand in which direction the ball would swing.
“When the ball is reverse swinging at 90 mph, the best place to bat is at the bowling end and today they were able to go to the bowling end quite easily,” he said. Pietersen hoped that Bumrah would adopt a different strategy on the fifth and final day.