‘Don’t know what it is’: India head coach Rahul Dravid on England’s Bazball approach during 5th Test

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, July 06, 2022, 05:01 PM IST
article-image
India's head coach Rahul Dravid | PTI

India head coach Rahul Dravid admitted he was unaware of the concept adapted by England during his side's seven-wicket defeat in the fifth Test on Tuesday.

A 269-run partnership between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow helped England create history, with the side completing their highest successful run chase ever in the longest format of the game with a seven-wicket win over India in the fifth and final Test of the series at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

They were able to successfully chase down the target of 378 runs set by India. This win comes after England was bundled out for 284 in their first innings, trailing by 132 runs after India posted 416 in the first innings. India was bundled out for 245 in the third innings of the match setting a target of 378 for England to win.

With this, England has levelled the series 2-2, denying India their first series win on English soil since 2007. They have also completed the most successful run chase at Edgbaston. India has also been handed over their first Test loss while defending a total of 350 or more.

“Pata nahi yeh kya hai (don’t know what it is),” Dravid said half in jest and breaking into a smile during the post-match press conference.

On a serious note, he said: “I must say the cricket they (England) played for four Tests, chasing like this in fourth innings doesn’t happen often in this country. But the brand of cricket you play depends on players and their form. You can play positive cricket and take the game forward when you have in-form players. And we also showed that during the partnership between (Rishabh) Pant and (Ravindra) Jadeja in the first innings. We also play positive cricket.”

(To receive our E-paper on whatsapp daily, please click here. To receive it on Telegram, please click here. We permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

RECENT STORIES

Bihar: Six police officials suspended for facilitating home visit of life convict RJD leader Anand...

Bihar: Six police officials suspended for facilitating home visit of life convict RJD leader Anand...

'This is horrible': Fans hit out at Manchester United for putting James Garner on transfer list

'This is horrible': Fans hit out at Manchester United for putting James Garner on transfer list

Omicron-specific vaccine in India? Here's what SII CEO Adar Poonawalla has to say

Omicron-specific vaccine in India? Here's what SII CEO Adar Poonawalla has to say

Criticism of courts and judgements must be within bounds: India's next Chief Justice UU Lalit

Criticism of courts and judgements must be within bounds: India's next Chief Justice UU Lalit

'ICC needs to put more time': Kapil Dev on survival of ODI, Test cricket

'ICC needs to put more time': Kapil Dev  on survival of ODI, Test cricket