England tour of India 2021: Losing captain Joe Root has pointed out that India was able to grab the key moments of the game while England failed to do the same.
- Pant’s 101 turned out to be match-winning for India in the 4th Test
- India grabbed the key areas of the game, like Rishabh’s knock: Root
- India will play New Zealand in the ICC WTC final at Lord’s in June
Extending his heroics at The Gabba, Rishabh Pant once again helped India set up a climax in a series decider, this time against England at home. On the second day of the fourth Test, Rishabh Pant (101) revived India, on 146/6, and added a 113-run partnership for the 7th wicket with Washington Sundar (96 not out) to take India to a first innings total of 365.
The 160-run lead turned out to be enough for India for the entire game as England lost by an innings and 25 runs after being bundled out for 135 in the 3rd innings. According to England captain Joe Root, it was during Pant’s innings that the edge was transferred from England to India.
“The first game was a positive. The last three games have been testing for us but credit to India, they’ve outplayed us. We’ve got to improve individually and become a better side for this experience. In key areas of the game, India grabbed them and we didn’t. Rishabh’s innings was one, but at no stage did we lie down. We didn’t score the runs that we would have liked, they’ve outplayed us on the surfaces in front of us, and good luck to them in the (WTC) Final,” Root said after the match.
The Narendra Modi stadium, in Motera, hosted its inaugural game last month -which the day-night Test between India and England. The match ended with 2 days with India winning the game by 10 wickets.
“These were the first two Tests here, and I’m sure there are going to be some great Tests here later, and there was no history here, but hopefully we can get better in future in these conditions. It’s really important that we have to look after our players in terms of resting them, and we can’t keep playing them until they fall over. We need to look after them and rotate them as necessary. It’s been a good series, enjoyed the hospitality and loved being here for the series,” Joe Root said about the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera.