The rescheduled fifth Test between India and England bought underway on Friday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. At stumps on Day 1, India’s rating learn 338/7 after an excellent fightback by Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja that noticed the previous scoring 146 runs off simply 111 balls. At one stage, India had been 98/5, however Jadeja and Pant put a 222-run stand for the sixth wicket. The fifth Test was rescheduled after the ultimate recreation final 12 months needed to be pushed again after just a few constructive COVID-19 instances inside the Indian camp.
Ravi Shastri, who was the coach of the Indian workforce until November final 12 months, has defined why India had been “justified” in what they did final 12 months.
“See, at that time, it is very easy to jump the gun and say go out there and play. But there were a lot of players with young families. The word on COVID was not a 100 per cent certain coming from anywhere. Anyone could have gotten it, if someone would have got it in the middle of a Test match, then that would have been even worse. As opposed to now, where that fear factor of getting COVID and being isolated is not the same. People know that they have to get on with it, if that mindset was there earlier and it could not have been there eight months ago because even the authorities did not know if they had the right to say that get on with it, nothing is going to happen, it’s just a flu,” Shastri told Sky Sports on Friday.
“Today people say it is just a flu, get on with it, no matter what happens. At that point of time, they were justified to do what they did because of the mindset. Today if that happens, the game has to move on. Even then, I wasn’t in the dressing room but I tell you, I had half the mindset of probably thinking what you were thinking of getting the reserves out there and finish this series. But it was a tough one, had anyone tested positive during the Test match, it would have been a big problem,” he added.
Last 12 months, India had taken a 2-1 sequence lead after successful Tests at Lord’s and Oval.
If India handle to win or draw the continued Edgbaston Test, then they’d win the sequence in UK for the primary time since 2007.
Coincidentally, in 2007, the now head coach Rahul Dravid was the captain of the Indian workforce.
Talking concerning the sequence that bought underway final 12 months, Shastri mentioned: “I think it was a fabulous series. I think the entertainment that was provided by both teams was fabulous to see. When you have couple of Test matches going into the 5th day and you have a result on the 5th day, it is fabulous to see.”
“Lord’s, Oval and England bouncing back at Leeds. Unfortunate, it could not be completed for obvious reasons, COVID what it was eight months ago, the mindset of the players as opposed to the way they treat it now, it is chalk and cheese. But I am glad that this series would end here,” he added.
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