Indian captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri and the Indian team management have been at the receiving end of criticism ever since Kohli took the reigns of the Indian Test team. The skipper has set a unique feat of playing a different squad in every match except the last Test against England at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. Kohli has fielded 38 different combinations in his 38 Test matches as a skipper so far, with the 39th in Southampton being the only one which saw an unchanged lineup. The strategy in way might be a positive one but results speak otherwise. As per an Indian Express report, some players are crestfallen over this tactic.
A team member who visited England was quoted as saying, “It would have been better if they had said at the start of the tour, ‘guys, we will go with the same team for the first three Tests. Do your best.’ That gives a different kind of confidence. Kohli is a good man and wants the best for the team and doesn’t mean to create it but the changes make you doubt yourself. It’s our mistake to feel like that probably but we are humans.”
“You start to second guess. Kyun aisey kar rahe hain? You then start feeling you are on your own here,” added one player.
Another player is of the opinion, “Before the start of the series, it was clear to me that England’s lower-middle order is its strength. You might get their top out but they will fight later. In nearly every game, we let the lower-middle order to score. I got the feeling that when we took the first four wickets cheaply, there was a feeling as if the job was over. We had crushed them. Bit more discipline and proper planning and focus would have been better.”
India have now conceded their 3rd Test series in England as they trail 1-3 in the five-match series. The visitors will be hosted by Joe Root and Co in the final Test at Kennington Oval from Friday, September 7.