Sunil Gavaskar criticizes India’s top-poor order’s performance at The Oval.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was critical of the Indian batting unit’s poor performance for the second match in a row. England won the toss and elected to bowl in the fourth Test of the five-match series against India at The Oval. However, the Indian top-order failed to capitalize on its start once again, and wickets began to tumble like a house of cards for the Indian squad. Despite half-centuries from skipper Virat Kohli and bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur, India was dismissed for 191 runs in 61.3 overs. Sunil Gavaskar had harsh comments for India’s star-studded batting lineup after their poor performance.
Sunil Gavaskar stated on the Sony Sports Network regarding the Indian top-order batters, “You watch the length that is being delivered and see where the batsmen are batting.” They’re so dedicated to the front foot that dropping their bats is tough. They just have a tendency to go for it. If you’re just a little bit on the back foot, you have a millisecond to lower your wrists and let the ball go.”
After being dismissed by Chris Woakes, who made his comeback in this match, opener Rohit Sharma was the first batter to walk back to the pavilion. Rohit managed only 11 runs. KL Rahul, on the other hand, hit 17 runs before being sent out lbw by bowler Ollie Robinson. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara left the game after scoring only four runs. Gavaskar remarked of Pujara’s dismissal, “You may look like a fool, but you’d still be batting.” It makes no difference if you appear like a moron or a genius. It refers to the number of runs you score. You get yourself into difficulty when you pursue the ball as Pujara has been doing – he is dedicated to the front foot”.
The five-match series is presently set at 1-1, with the first Test match at Trent Bridge ending in a draw when the last day was rained off owing to rain. India won the second Test match at Lord’s by a massive 151 runs thanks to a fantastic all-round effort. Meanwhile, in the third Test at Headingley, England came back strong, dismissing India for only 78 runs in their first innings and going on to win the match by an innings and 76 runs.
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