Axar Patel emerged as the new star for Team India, while Washington Sundar, R Ashwin and Rishabh Pant continued to impress. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar praised the team for their performance, and slammed the England team after the match.
Akhtar was critical of the fact that England only focused on the pitch and not their batting. While on the other hand, Indians went about their business rather smoothly.
“While many might talk about the wickets in the series, but look how India scored 365. They also played on the same wickets, where the England batsmen struggled. If Rishabh Pant and Washington Sundar can score runs, why can’t the English. With utmost ease, India has beaten England in the series, and sealed a spot in the final of the World Test Championship final,” Shoaib Akhtar said on his Youtube channel.
The Rawalpindi Express went on to talk at length about the star of the series, Axar Patel, who bagged wickets in heaps. “Not only did he get a suitable wicket to bowl on, but he is an intelligent bowler too. He wouldn’t have given a chance to the English players when the control was in his hands, and that is what he did. If he keeps getting a few series like this, he might just become fastest bowler to 100 wickets. Having said that, England should have played him better.”
“All in all, it was an embarrassing defeat for the England team, and they have got a reality check in India. But they need to now learn the art of playing spin in the sub-continent well. Not sure, how are they going to lift themselves up from this humiliating defeat and motivate themselves to play better.”