Patience, concentration, consistency, winning minor duels in one session and then winning multiple sessions: these are the things that India has not been able to dominate and England. And that is the reason why England won the Pataudi Trophy by 3-1 against the No. 1 test team. This is how the vice-captain of India, Ajinkya Rahane, sums up the events of the series so far. India has not done "anything bad", he feels, but England has just been "better".
Rahane, whose resolute second half-century episode was one of the few highlights of the Indian batting in the Southampton loss, said that India only has to persevere in the final game of the series, which is also its 50th event. "In Test Cricket you have to win each and every one of the sessions," Rahane said. "You look to win every session, I do not think we've done anything wrong, but England played cricket better, they were consistent in their bowling, they played with patience."
Rahane admitted that the Indian hitters, despite being an experienced unit, "fell short", unable to support the hard work of the fast bowlers who dominated England virtually during the first four Tests. In the high-pressure passages, he said, England constantly came out on top. "When you travel abroad, every session you have to give 100%, there are often difficult times, in those difficult times, how you capitalize and how you capture it is very important, in my opinion, England did very well. difficult, the way their numbers 7, 8, 9 hit, their contributions were very important, even their bowling, although we were dancing well, showed patience in their bowling, that's the only reason they are 3 -1. "
Rahane has been one of the best overseas hitters in India, but on this tour he has not been able to convert starts despite the vigilant beginnings. He has only two half centuries in eight innings and is the third best Indian batter in terms of runs scored (220) behind Kohli (544) and Cheteshwar Pujara (241). Kohli has scored more than twice as many runs as any other batter in both teams.
Rahane said that Kohli entered the series with everyone talking about his nightmare touring England in 2014, when he had trouble putting the bat on the ball and James exposed him. Anderson Rahane said the reason why Kohli has been successful was because he kept his focus on the ball and nothing else, something he and the other batters in India can only learn. "As far as the Virat hitting, the way he led himself, the way he showed consistency … There were a lot of people talking about him, whether he performed in England or not, but in my opinion his focus was only playing cricket and he paid no attention to anything else.
"We should all learn from him, about how he should focus his attention on what he needs to pay attention to. As a teammate and as our captain, we have a lot to learn from him and we have learned a lot from him. "