England skipper Joe Root expressed his disappointment over his team’s inability to score runs after they lost to India by 151 runs at Lord’s.
On Monday, England were in a commanding position in the early part of the day soon after they got the wickets of the dangerous Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma.
But to England bowlers’ surprise, Mohammed Shami (56*) and Jasprit Bumrah (36*) clawed India’s way back into the game with their unbeaten 89-run stand for the ninth wicket.
Later the duo toppled England’s top-order before Mohammed Siraj (4/32) wreaked havoc in the opposition’s camp by striking late wickets in the second innings to bowl the hosts out for 120.
Credit to India for scoring in unusual areas: Joe Root
Root said his team will need to score big and credited India for their stellar performance in the game.
“I expected us to bat out so it’s disappointing we didn’t manage to. We need to score heavier. The guys will know that. Credit to India but I don’t think there is any hiding from the fact we need to get better,” Root said in the post-match press conference.
“We have to give them some credit. They scored in unusual areas and made it hard to set conventional fields and you were trying to manage taking wickets but not letting the game get away from us.
“But I would have taken a little bit more time and probably brought more modes of dismissal into the game sooner,” he added.
Don’t think there is any nastiness or hatred between anyone on the field: Joe Root
There were a few heated moments that occurred on the final day with players from both sides exchanging words amongst them. When England bowling all-rounder Ollie Robinson came in to bat, he was surrounded by Indian fielders, Siraj gave Robinson a nasty stare just before bowling him a short-length delivery, that hit the batsman’s chest.
Root said there was no hatred or nastiness between any players on the field and reckoned on India’s approach as an emotional one.
“Virat’s got his style and his way of doing things that’s probably contrasting naturally to the way I play my cricket. Fair play to Virat and his team, they’ve jumped on something emotional that’s given them an edge and something to cling on to tactically,” Root mentioned.
“India as a side grabbed onto something and used that to their advantage on this occasion. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t think there is any nastiness or hatred there between anyone out there on the field,” he added.
India takes a 1-0 lead at Lord’s and will move to Leeds to play the third Test against England that starts on August 25.
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