In his column for the Times of India, Laxman wrote: “It was an abrupt and somewhat disappointing end to what had been a cracked series, but given the circumstances in which the final test at Old Trafford was canceled, it is unfair to point out with the finger or play the blame game. Over a year and a half since the pandemic, the world is still far from a safe place. It may be tempting for many to see the Indian team as the villain of the piece, but I can say from our IPL experiences this summer that once any team member you’ve been in close contact with tests positive, it’s impossible not to be apprehensive, actually fearful. ”
The fifth and decisive Test was dramatically canceled on Friday just over two hours before the scheduled start due to Covid-19 concerns in the Indian camp. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said fears over the coronavirus, related to an outbreak among backroom staff, had left India unable to line up a team at Old Trafford.
“Going out onto the field in that state of mind is far from ideal. So is the potential risk of endangering others in the park, be it your teammates, umpires or opponents. In that context, I think cancellation of The test was the right call, although I am deeply sorry for the fans who had invested so much time, money and emotion in the contest. I hope the ICC sees the situation as it is and awards the series 2-1 to India, particularly with the BCCI who has offered to play an audition during his white ball tour of England next year, “added Laxman.
India was 2-1 up in the five-game contest after a 157-run victory in the fourth round at the oval and was looking to complete a remarkable double just months after winning a series in Australia. India canceled its last training session and mandatory pre-match press conference on Thursday after a physiotherapist who had been in close contact with the players was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.
“What this episode reiterates is that we must not lower our guard. If that means having to stay in bubbles, even if the host country does not demand it, so be it. It may be tough on the players, he agreed, but it is. better safe than sorry. I understand bubble fatigue may become a factor, but there can be no compromise with safety. As for the show itself, it was heady and stormy. Fortunes changed wildly, though I don’t think Nobody had any doubts about which was the best team, the 3-1 to India would have been a true reflection of the strengths of the two teams and the quality of the cricket they wielded, “said Laxman.
In the fourth test at the oval, where 50 years earlier India won its first test on English soil, Rohit Sharma scored his first century test abroad and Shardul Thakur starred with both bat and ball. Jasprit bumrahThe devastating reverse swing spell – 2-6 in six overs – was instrumental in England losing its last eight wickets for 69 runs.
“It might be obvious, but the most important thing for the visitors was the quality and belief of their fast attack. Fast pitchers are the reason why India is winning tests and series abroad regularly, and once again. , they stood up and asked “What was even more impressive was that while there were defining spells, it was not a one-man show. They all contributed significantly, and even those who came in with little playing time behind them did not disappoint, “Laxman observed.
The leadership of the Indian team preferred the left-hand off-roader Ravindra Jadeja about roulette Ravichandran ashwin in test matches in England.
“If there is one thing the attack can improve on it is to remain patient and unite the maidens when the tone flattens, as happened on the third day at Lord’s and the second at Leeds. I know I have insisted on R The inclusion of Ashwin in these columns, with that being said, Ravindra Jadeja was more than effective throughout the series, especially on the final day at The Oval, in both a holding and window-taking role, “Laxman wrote.
Rohit Sharma’s 127 were the cornerstone of the second inning of India 270/3, a 171-race lead, when the bad light ended on the third day of the fourth test. It was the starter number 800 in 43 events, but the first outside of India in 24 games at this level. Rohit had 83 runs with his starting teammate KL Rahul (46) and shared a second-field dominance of 153 with Cheteshwar Pujara (61).
“India’s biggest advantage was the discovery of a fabulous starting partner. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are not only skilled but also experienced. They put those traits into play to make careers attractive and meaningful. They trusted their game plans and supported their defense; I would go so far as to say they are the best opening pair in test cricket today, shadowing Tom Latham and Devon Conway, “Laxman added.
Ajinkya Rahane He had a total of 109 runs in seven innings in the series against England. Rahane, who led India to a series victory in Australia earlier this year when the regular captain virat Kohli He was on paternity leave, now he has passed 20 entries without a Hundred Test.
“The only obvious concern for India to address is the inability of the seasoned middle class to capitalize on the big departures. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli showed signs of getting back into shape, but Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh trousers they were out of touch. Some technical issues have crept into the mid-order hitting, and with more challenging assignments in the store, it is imperative that they are resolved as soon as possible, “concluded Laxman.