“I don’t think it’s been easy”. Virat Kohli’s coach Rajkumar Sharma slammed Anderson for his remark.
England’s team selection requires a complete overhaul for the final Test against India, according to former opening batsman Geoffrey Boycott.
The 28-year-old hasn’t got the greatest record against England with his average over the past nine tests just a smidge over 20 with only a solitary half century to his name.
“I’m not the selector, I’m not the manager, I’m not the coach, I wouldn’t have got us in this position if I had been manager. We were tested but we came out on top”.
England then lost their final three wickets in each of Ashwin’s next overs – the offspinner first bowling Chris Woakes through the gate for a duck.
Hence, the series win, coming after wins over well-credential sides like South Africa, New Zealand and the West Indies, also elevates the fast-rising captaincy glory of Kohli. I won’t say I have done things by myself. We had success against him in England but the pace of the pitches over here just take any flaws he has out of the equation.
On Monday, the contretemps between Ashwin and Anderson threatened to boil over with England captain Alastair Cook saying it was unnecessary and left a “sour” taste. He has consistently proved a significant obstacle for England and, having ensured his team would leave with a draw in the first Test, made centuries in Visakhapatnam and Mumbai.
In impressive form with the bat in his debut series, rookie spinner Jayant Yadav on Sunday credited his Ranji Trophy team for helping him develop as an all-round cricketer.
“A lot of the times, you have an hour in the test match where you can take the game away and you are still not willing to go for it because you are close to your milestone or things like that”, he said. “Because of the quality of the opposition, and the kind of cricket that we’ve played, we’re very proud of that”. Ashwin finished with figures of 6-55 while Bhubaneswar kumar (1-11) and Jayanta Yadav (1-39) picked 1 wicket each and Ravindra Jadeja grabbed 2-63. You know how Ashwin is, to the point he can really strike you well without using bad words.
“We were in the game for three days but not good enough to take those opportunities and that’s what cost us”.
“The last two (matches) perhaps hadn’t been as positive and proactive as we’d have liked, and in this game we wanted to put a bit of pressure back on their bowlers – not let them settle into a rhythm”, said Anderson.
The fifth Test, which will be a dead rubber, starts in Chennai later this week.