Cricket

India vs England: Skipper Joe Root rues squandered chances to seize control after series defeat

  • Press Trust of India
  • March 6th, 2021
  • 19:17:40 IST

Ahmedabad: England captain Joe Root on Saturday rued the opportunities his team squandered in the lost fourth Test, saying they let slip the advantageous positions from where they could have been on top of the game.

India trounced England by an innings and 25 runs when at one stage the hosts were 121 for five but ended up taking a 160-run lead which proved to be match-winning.

Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Axar Patel took the game away from England with their fearless approach.

"There have been times we had a chance to wrestle the game in our favour, to get on top, just didn't manage to do it," Root said at the post-match press conference.

"India played those important, key moments better than us in these last three games and credit for being able to do that better than we do.

Ian Chappell felt early declaration in first Test would have allowed England to send a strong message to India. Image: Sportzpics

File image of England skipper Joe Root. Image courtesy: Sportzpics

"So, it has been disappointing, it has been frustrating to finish the series on a note that we have but we are going to keep looking forward as a team," said Root.

But not all was doom and gloom for Root, who found solace in the fact that his wicketkeeper Ben Foakes and left-arm spinner Jack Leach performed their roles to the best of their abilities.

"Ben's keeping this series has been excellent, I think, he is arguably the best keeper in the world, he is a fine player," the skipper said.

"What I am impressed is with how Jack has performed on this trip, he has been brilliant, he has certainly got better and better as the tour progressed and he has been a very attacking option," added Root.

For India, Ashwin grabbed 32 wickets in the series, while Axar snared 27 wickets in the series to leave England floored.

Updated Date: March 06, 2021 19:17:40 IST

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