“Other than Virat Kohli, who was head and shoulders above everyone else, both teams found it difficult. Having said that, I think that the team will feel that this was an opportunity missed because of how well the bowlers were bowling.”
The Indian pace battery, which consisted of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah took 58 wickets in the entire series and these three bowlers finished in the top five of the wickets chart.
The current coach of India A and Under 19 teams said this bowling was “as good as he had ever seen before” and “the stuff of dreams.”
“So, I think they will look back and feel that if we had batted a bit better in some key situations or maybe push through and scored a few more runs, we could have won this series. It will seem for the boys like – and even for us who are involved in India cricket in some ways – we will look at this slightly as an opportunity missed.”
India’s lack of preparation ahead of the series was also heavily criticised. And the ‘Wall of Indian Cricket’ believes that more white-ball cricket had led to batsmen playing more attacking shots, which isn’t ideal for Test match batting.
“Just the amount of white-ball cricket that the boys are practising, maybe they are not practising as much red-ball cricket as they probably were in the past,” he said. “And that is bound to have some level of impact when conditions get a bit more difficult, get a bit more challenging, whether it is swing or seam or spin or it could be anything.
“For example, we went to England on the A tour and some of the boys had not practised with a red ball for seven months, because when the Ranji Trophy finished in December the teams that got knocked out early, they had no chance because there was a domestic one-day competition, there was a [T20 competition] followed by the IPL [Indian Premier League] … Now that is a long time,” he added.
India’s next assignment overseas would be that of Australia where they will play four Tests apart from three ODIs and as many T20Is.