The only way India could have squared the home series against England was if they managed to dominate the proceedings at Nagpur. At while there were moments where India were on top, they failed to drive home the advantage at crucial moments, which cost India the chance to win the Test, and with it end the series at 2-2.
England are all set to win a Test Series in India after a long gap of 27 years following two and a half solid sessions of batting today at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur. India, who have been desperate to win this fourth and final Test to force a Series draw seem to have conceded that the game is heading towards a stalemate with the 22 yards surface remaining to be lifeless for the spinners.
The third day of the Nagpur Test finally saw India putting up some resistance for the first time since the Ahmedabad game. However, it was a case of too little too late for India. England were already 2-1 up in the series going into the Napur Test...
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni batted together for two and a half sessions during the crucial third day’s play to rescue India to 297 for 9. Kohli scored his 3rd Test hundred while Skipper MS Dhoni ran himself out on 99.
The first day of the fourth test at Nagpur was one of the most painstaking and painful witnessed in a long time. After a full day of cricket, 97 overs to be exact, England could only crawl to 199/5, a run-rate of 2.05 runs per over; this in an age when four runs an over is much closer to the norm.
If reports are to be believed, M S Dhoni, unhappy with the attitude of his opener Gautam Gambhir, has complained to the BCCI over the same. As such, the opener will be under greater pressure when he comes into bat at Nagpur.
India’s decision to go in with four spinners for the Nagpur Test is quite an interesting choice. While, on one hand, it seems that they are willing to experiment, on the other hand, it is also an indication that the Indians are now in a desperate state of mind.