India lost the fifth rescheduled Test against England by seven wickets as the Ben Stokes-led team chased down 378 with sheer ease. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow paired up to snatch a win from India’s grasp and deny India a series victory. With this loss, India managed to draw the Pataudi Trophy series 2-2, and their quest to win a Test series on England soil for the first time since 2007 continued.
England’s new brand of cricket, the Bazball, has worked wonders for the team as they have won all four games so far even since Brendon McCullum took over as England’s head coach. England have chased down record totals, thanks to their aggressive batting. Against India as well, England created history as they chased down 378 in the fourth innings.
This win once again brought the trending term ‘Bazball’ to the fore and reached India head coach Rahul Dravid through a reporter. At the post-match press conference, Dravid was asked to share his views on this new way of playing Test cricket. Speaking to press after the seven-wicket loss in Birmingham, Dravid was asked by a reporter, "People are talking a lot about Bazball. Some say this will change cricket entirely. As a coach what is your take on Bazball."
To this question, Dravid gave an epic reply that left the people in the room in splits. With a smile, Dravid replied saying, “Don't really know what's that.” He then said, “I would definitely say that the kind of cricket they have been playing in the last few months has been really good. They have been really good at chasing. That chasing is not easy in fourth innings in England.
“Whatever brand of cricket one wants to play, it depends a lot of the players and the kind of form they are in presently. When the players are in good form, you obviously play a more positive game, like we did in that innings where Pant and Jadeja were batting,” Dravid added.