Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar thinks it will be very difficult for England to return to the series after the defeat at Lord’s. England dominated the Tests most of the time but lost on the last day under pressure to go down by 151 runs. Gavaskar believes losing the Lords would have hurt the hosts emotionally, making it harder for them to recover.
In his column for The Telegraph India, Gavaskar said, “India has dealt a mental blow to England and it will take a superhuman effort from the home team to get back in the series. It will happen. “
Reaching the final day, India had a 150-run lead with four wickets in hand. However, the ninth wicket partnership of runs between Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Shamir gave India a target of 272 runs in overs 60 overs for England. However, England’s batting was all out for a disappointing 120 runs.
Gavaskar further wrote in the column that England’s batting is completely dependent on their captain Joe Root and once he falls it becomes difficult for the team to compete. He added: “At the start of the fifth day’s play, the general thought was that England would win the match. However, the pitch on the last day was 180 tough, as the team was reduced to 120 and lost one.” His batting depends so much that if he doesn’t catch the innings together, the innings break down quickly. “
The former Indian opener has admitted that everything could have been different for England if Ben Stokes had been found. Gavaskar said: “If I were Joe Root, I would be in Ben Stokes’ hutter and ask him to come back and play, he’s an impressive player who can turn it around for England. The game is incapable of doing that and it’s unfortunate not only for England but for the cricket world. Because players like Stokes are going from generation to generation.
Before the Test series against India, Stokes withdrew citing mental health problems
Meanwhile, India started training for the third Test today. The match will be held at Headingley from 25 August.