Many teams have forgotten what it’s like to win a Test on Indian soil. Virat Kohli has lost only four Tests at home since 2013. Australia have won two matches, England’s second win yesterday. England captain Ben Stokes got his best win of his captaincy in Hyderabad.
Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that India lost the first Test of the five-match series because of Rohit Sharma.
India ended the second innings with a lead of 190 runs on the third day of the Test. In that situation, no one named England as a possible winner of this Test. But the English batsmen got off to a great start. However, Ravichandran Ashwin quickly brought the team back into the match. England lost 5 wickets for 163 runs. Only one batsman could not be dismissed.
Ollie Pope’s brilliant century kept England out on the third day. And spent the entire first session on the fourth day with tail enders. When Pope got out, 4 runs short of a double century, England had taken a 230-run lead.
Vaughan was famous for positive captaincy. So he did not like Rohit’s captaincy during Pope’s batting, ‘I think Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was very very average. I thought he was very reactive, I don’t think he changed the fielding himself or thought about the bowling change beforehand. And he had no answer to Ollie Pope’s sweep or reverse sweep,”
In his column in The Telegraph, Vaughan said that while the English batsmen were playing aggressively, India’s bowlers did not try to do anything different, ‘Shane Warne, the best spinner I ever saw, used to bowl round the wicket, forcing the batsman to sweep to the leg side, saying see how many times you can. I have not seen anything like that from India.’
Vaughn claimed that England’s style of play is now known to everyone. But India did not take advantage of this, it was very easy for them to score runs. The way England play, they will always want to hit boundaries and by spreading the field Sharma was actually telling his bowlers that even their best balls would have boundaries (without falling wickets).’