Asserting that it will be difficult for India to make a comeback in the ongoing Test series against England, out-of-favour batsman Gautam Gambhir believes Virat Kohli’s men should still think about drawing the five-match rubber. Also Read - Virat Kohli's Reaction to Anushka Sharma's Sun-Kissed Instagram Post is Unmissable
India had lost the first Test at Edgbaston by a narrow margin of 31 runs while chasing 194 for victory in the fourth innings. However, in the second Test at Lord’s, the number one side went down without showing any fight and suffered a humiliating loss by an inning and 159 runs to hand over England a 2-0 lead in the series. Also Read - Really Can't Compare Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma, They Complement Each Other: Brad Hogg
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At Lord’s, India’s batting lasted just 82.2 overs both innings combined. In the four innings in two Tests so far, India put up disappointing totals: 274, 162, 107 and 130. Kohli scored a hundred in the first innings at Edgbaston and followed it with a half-century in the second innings. But apart from the Indian skipper, none of the other batsmen has been able to come out even with a decent performance.
“The way we lost the Test match was very disturbing. There was no fight shown by the Indian batters and yes the conditions were a little difficult in both the innings for them, but you don’t expect this team to bundle out in literally three days. They should have shown some fight in the second session to take the game into the final day and anything could have happened from there on,” said Gambhir as quoted by TOI.
The left-handed opener, however, feels India if not win can definitely draw a series.
“India can make a comeback, but it is always difficult to make a comeback to win all the three games. They still have an opportunity to think about drawing the series. They can look to win two Tests out of the remaining three and then look at the way forward. They should take one Test match at a time,” he said.
India would be staring at another overseas Test series defeat when they take on England in the third match beginning August 18 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.