Cricket

Will Review Performance After Team Manager Submits Report, Says Vinod Rai

Commenting on the recent performance of the Indian cricket team in the ongoing Test series against England, Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai on Sunday said that once the team manager submits his report, a view would be taken on it. Rai told ANI, “I am not committing anything but there is always a review, once the team manager submits his report, we will take a view on it.”

India conceded a series defeat to England, which has raised a number of questions on the team’s performance. Although the team gained an upper hand in some sessions of the Test series, the batsmen have been inconsistent and the bowlers, who impressed with their tight lines, failed to zip past the lower-order of the English batsmen.

Currently, England have an unassailable 3-1 lead in the Test series. India had lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, chasing a target of 194. While the Men in Blue were blown away at Lord’s in the second game with an innings defeat and 159 runs, India bounced back with an improved performance to win the third Test in Nottingham by 203 runs.

However, in the fourth Test at Southampton, India had frittered the advantage they gained earlier in the first innings, with the English lower-order batsmen making merry in the second innings. Setting a target of 244, India were cruising at 123 for 3 at one stage, before collapsing to be all out for 184. It was the team’s third consecutive defeat in England.

Currently, at the fifth and last Test at The Oval, India are in a spot of bother, with a score of 174 for 6, in reply to England’s 332 in the first innings, and are trailing by 158 runs.