England cricketer Dom Bess has revealed that he started hating cricket after the India tour and had a good break from the sport after returning to England. Bess was part of England’s four-match Test series against India during February-March 2021. India defeated England 3-1 in the series to fix their birth in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
Dom Bess took 5 wickets in the series but he was also dropped for two matches. He took 5 wickets in the first match and was benched for the 2nd and 3rd Test. Later, he was inducted for the final game where he remained wicket-less. England started off the tour with a victory in the first game but struggled during the rest of the series. With a deadly spin attack by Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel, England batsmen had a very tough time on the field.
Stated Hating Cricket After India Tour: Dom Bess
While speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Dom Bess revealed that he faced too much pressure while performing in India. He also said that he started hating cricket after the India tour.
“After India, I had a good break away from it, because I really did start hating cricket. It got too much at times, certainly, in that bubble in India, there’s a lot of pressures going on and it was really important for me to come back and get away from it,” Bess said.
Bess also said that he is not pushing himself to play for England at present as he wants to make it a long-term process.
“In all honesty, I’m not thinking about England at all. Of course, it’s there, but I’m not pushing that. It’s about banking what I do, making sure it’s a long-term process. I’m 23, so I’m looking at four-five years’ time, and what I do now – if the chance did come, I can go back into the international scene and know my game more. If it’s this summer, it’s this summer,” Bess further said.
India needed to defeat England in the Test series to make way for the ICC World Test Championship final. England defeated India in the first Test by 227 runs. However, England had a tough journey in the next three games. England lost by 317 runs in the 2nd match, 10 wickets in the 3rd match, and an innings and 25 runs in the 4th Test. India will now face New Zealand in the ICC World Test Championship final. The match will commence on June 18 and is set to be played at Rose Bowl cricket stadium in London, England.