India kept repeating mistakes, Says VVS Laxman

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman pointed out that India’s top-order consistently misfired and their bowlers let good starts slip by during the course of their 4-1 Test series defeat in England.  According to Laxman, the main reason India went down 4-1 is that they repeated their mistakes.

“The Indian think-tank will, I am sure, introspect and look inwards in the aftermath of the series defeat,” Laxman wrote in a column for The Times of India.

“The one thing they will recognise is that they kept repeating mistakes – allowing the tail to wag after making serious inroads into the top order, and not getting off to starts which is not the hallmark of the number one Test team of the world.”

Laxman was “delighted” with the attitude of Pant and Rahul. “Their conviction and positivity is something India should take heart from,” he said.

“The 4-1 scoreline in England’s favour might not necessarily be a true reflection of the quality of the two sides, but it reiterated the fact that in Test cricket, you can’t take your eyes off the ball for even an hour,” he said, hailing England’s intensity in the dead rubber at The Oval.

“India could have looked for a draw in the immediacy of Rahul’s dismissal, but they kept going for the target till Pant was around, like they had done in Adelaide in 2014 in Virat’s first Test as captain. That is the character of this team — to strive for a result, no matter what. Their shot at redemption will come later in the year in Australia.”


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