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Ravi Shastri blames ‘Timid and Defensive’ approach for the Edgbaston loss, fans believe it to be a dig at Rahul Dravid

By BetBarter Staff

July 7, 2022

The Indian team faced a humiliating defeat against England in the fifth Test match at Edgbaston. The Ben Stokes-led team gained a seven-wicket victory while chasing a huge target of 378 runs. Team India led for the majority of the Test match, but they gave England an opportunity on Day four, and the hosts seized it with both hands. They hammered the Indian bowlers to record a remarkable victory.

Ravi Shastri, who had returned to the commentary box for the Edgbaston Test, gave his assessment. He said that the Indians’ timid and defensive strategy lost them the game, particularly in the second innings. According to the former head coach, India had the potential to knock England out of the match.

“I think it was disappointing, to say the least, because they could have batted England out of this contest. They needed to bat for two sessions and I thought they were defensive, they were timid, 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,” said Shastri, who was part of the Sky Sports Cricket team at Edgbaston.

Fans wondered if he was making a subtle dig at current head coach Rahul Dravid. “Dravid doesn’t come across as someone who’d support/enable in-your-face aggression. He didn’t show that in his playing career and so far, the senior men’s team hasn’t shown that in 3 tests where they were defending. Had doubts when he was appointed, and they have only solidified,” a fan wrote.

As for the series, India had a lead of 2-1 when Virat Kohli and Shastri were in power before covid hit the visitor’s camp in 2021. Under new coach Rahul Dravid and a stand-in captain in Jasprit Bumrah, they had a chance to win the series. Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the match in Birmingham due to a coronavirus test. Bumrah was appointed as the captain in his absence. The series, however, ended at 2-2.

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