Former Australia spinner, Shane Warne opines that the Indian batsmen should have been bold and attacked the English bowlers in the first session of Day 2 in Ahmedabad. Warne’s comments come as a result of the collapse India suffered from 99/3 at the start of play to 145 all out.
India started the day with a trail of just 13 runs and instead of capitalizing on the strong position, the hosts got bundled out and ended with a lead of 33 runs giving England a chance to romp back in the game.
Both the overnight batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane fell to Jack Leach. It was then the English skipper, Joe Root who wreaked havoc with five straight wickets giving away just 8 runs. It was also Root’s maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket.
Indian batsmen lacked intent: Shane Warne
Shane Warne feels that the Indian batter should have been ‘super aggressive’ in the first session – on a difficult batting pitch, as Warner reckons, quick runs were vital instead of playing out deliveries as one ball would eventually get the batsman.
The legendary spinner asserts that the hosts lacked intent with the bat. He says that if India could take a lead of more than 50 runs – which they didn’t – then they would have been sure favourites.
“Very surprised that India weren’t super aggressive this morning. Seemed like the mindset and attitude was to be patient and just bat – lacked intent ! 50+ run lead India become favourites. Worth Archer steaming in for an over or two I reckon. Nose and toes !!!!!!!!” tweeted Shane Warne.
Very surprised that India weren’t super aggressive this morning. Seemed like the mindset and attitude was to be patient and just bat – lacked intent ! 50+ run lead India become favourites. Worth Archer steaming in for an over or two I reckon. Nose and toes !!!!!!!!
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 25, 2021
On the other hand, former England captain, Michael Vaughan felt that it was England with their noses ahead after India’s innings as they have to bat last on this pitch.
England now favourites … incredible session !! #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2021