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I thought they were defensive, they were timid: Ravi Shastri slams Team India’s batting on Day 4 of Edgbaston Test

The Men in Blue were bundled out for 245 runs, setting a target of 378 for England.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 5 July 2022 4:21 pm

Ravi Shastri

Former India coach Ravi Shastri has expressed his disappointment with India’s performance against England on the fourth day of the fifth Test match. The Men in Blue were bundled out for 245 runs, setting a target of 378 for England. But they also failed in restricting the English batting lineup which set a brilliant platform for their win.

Ravi Shastri felt that India’s batting was “timid” and “defensive”, which allowed England to get back into the game. He said, “I think (it was) disappointing, to say the least, because they could have batted England out of this contest.” 

“They needed to bat two sessions and I thought they were defensive, they were timid today, especially after lunch. Even after they had lost those wickets, they could have taken some chances. Runs were important at that stage of the game and I thought they just went into a shell, lost those wickets too quickly, and gave enough time for England to bat today.”

We had a pretty ordinary day as far as batting is concerned: Rathour

Similarly, Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour spoke to the media after stumps on Day 4 during a press conference and he called the team’s batting performance “ordinary”. He said, “I’ll agree that we had a pretty ordinary day as far as batting is concerned. We were ahead in the game.”

We were in a position where we really could’ve batted them out of the game. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. A lot of them got starts but really couldn’t convert. We were expecting one of them to play a big knock and have a big partnership but unfortunately, it didn’t happen like that,” Rathour said.

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