Sunil Gavaskar Highlights the Reason Behind India’s Loss

England v India – Specsavers First Test – Day Four – Edgbaston

England v India – Specsavers First Test – Day Four – Edgbaston

To sum it up, both teams had plenty of positives to take out from the Test.

"Fabulous advert for the game of cricket, isn't it? It's just disappointing, more so for them than anyone else", he said.

Curran's father Kevin was an worldwide all-rounder who collapsed and died while out jogging five years before sons Tom and now Sam began their England careers. As well as batting collapses in both innings - they subsided from 216 for 3 to 287 all out in their first innings and were 87 for 7 in their second before Sam Curran's intervention - England's slip fielding continued to cause concern with both Alastair Cook and Dawid Malan, who has been omitted for the second Test, putting down relatively easy chances by Test standards.

"This morning we spoke about showing the belief and desire that we had done in in the previous three days. I do think he should take some of the responsibility for the loss, though".

"The series is set up nicely now", he said.

In the batting table, Curran has jumped from 152nd to 72nd, while he climbed 49 places in the bowling table 62nd spot.

At a venue which has seen its share of Test theatre over the years, notably England's two-run victory over Australia in the 2005 Ashes, there was unsurprisingly still a little way to go.

Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout your day and week but we want you to get involved too. But the way that this Test match had gone to that point, it always seemed that if you took one wicket you were going to get two or three. An excellent white ball player, does Dhawan have the nous to combat movement? We're very much in the hunt here.

Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers.

"I don't think the captain is responsible for the loss". "I asked the guys to play with passion and show belief".

Joe Root,right and Ian Bell
Joe Root joined Ian Bell left in inspiring victory over Australia in 2015

"The fact we didn't play to our potential at all and were still close in the game says everything about us as a side".

"I couldn't be prouder of that". The others in the team are not almost as talented as him.

Needed to kick on in the first innings after running Root out.

Talking about England's game plan for this second innings, Root said that he wanted to cut off runs for the batsmen and the hosts knew that one wicket would lead into two or three given the conditions. They played 89.4 overs totally.

However, after the match, former England captain Nasser Hussain chose to single out Kohli for India's defeat. Another opener Jennings scored 42 runs.

The India captain, already at the head of the equivalent one-day global batting chart, found himself at the summit of these standings after scoring 149 - his maiden Test century in England - and 51 during the series opener at Edgbaston.

"The reason Sam's played is firstly for his performances that he's put in for Surrey".

The biggest point to ponder from this is can the Indian team make a note of this and the significance their captain brings to the table in this series and the rest to follow? Unlike ODIs, Tests are played now and then and a batsman who plays only one format tends to feel the pressure if he is selected in the squad for an overseas tour but is given the impression that he can never be sure of his place in the Test playing eleven.

Gavaskar said that India's preparations should have been more intense coming into the series.

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