We’re well into Day 2 in our coverage and we’ve had another one-sided encounter to seal the series. However, the fight that both the teams have exhibited in a broader context, coming back after losses and never backing down, they’re signature features of champion sides. India have a few questions to answer, regarding their bowling today, as well as their batting depth after the top-three. As for England, they’re flying high at the moment, but they too need to address their bowling woes, which don’t seem to be big problems after a win, but certainly were after the 1st ODI. An exceptional comeback in this series by the hosts, though, and a great exhibition of character and skill development. On that note, we move on from white, flat seams of the white Kookaburra to the proud protrusion of the crimson-red Dukes, come August 1: The first Test. The grandiose of a Test series in England is always a sight to behold. Anyway, I’m getting ahead of myself. For now, this is Rishi Roy, bidding you goodbye alongside Raju Peethala, Hariprasad, Nikhil Jadhav and Harish. See ya on the flip-side. *Curtains Down*
Eoin Morgan England captain: Outstanding performance. The tone was set by the bowlers. Wood and Willey were on the money, had their lines and lengths down. The ball swung a little for 4-5 overs. We took our opportunities well whenever we got the chance. We know the conditions here well, and we are happy we took advantage of that. I didn’t think it would be a belter, probably a 300-320 ground, but our spinners today were brilliant. The chase was started by the two openers, and then Joe and I carried on. It’s the guys on my right, my team, that make my decision look good. You’re only as good as your team. Our guys were brilliant. In Trent Bridge we were off, and India punished us, and since then we have done well, and grown as much as we could. It’s satisfying that we learnt over the series, made plans, and executed what we said we’d do. So that builds confidence in the team. We need to be at our best before the World Cup, and remove any glitches from our game.The players go up on the podium to receive their medallions. Seems to be a preparation for the World Cup final next year.
Virat Kohli We were never up to the mark as far as runs were concerned. We had 25-30 runs too little. England were clinical in all departments and throughly deserved to win. We need to be at our best against a team like England. The pitch was slow throughout the day which was surprising, not damp, just slow. Against the new ball it was two-paced but slow with the spinners. Haven’t seen pitches like that here before. The bowlers did well, especially their spinners who didn’t get greedy and contained the runs before getting wickets eventually. We thought Dinesh did well, but he couldn’t convert his start, so I don’t regret the batting order changes. Shardul was meant to get some exposure, and Bhuvi needed to make a comeback. When the changes don’t come off, they look unnecessary so it must be taken in our stride. These kind of games will tell us what we need to improve upon for the World Cup. We need to have a good balance in the side, and we need to get our act right before the World Cup. We can’t rely on one skill, and we need to do well in all departments. The Test squad is pretty settled, and it’s going to be a lengthy series. We want to play tough cricket and we know the English side will provide us with that. (About the ball that got him out) I’ve been playing against Rashid since U-19 and it was a terrific ball, so it’s just one of those balls that you have to take in your stride and say “Wow”. I’m surprised that his turn has reduced over the years, but this one was an amazing ball.