commentator Aakash Chopra has criticized Team India for their underwhelming batting performance on Day 3 of the second Test against England. However, India were bowled out for 255 in their second innings in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, February 4. England ended the day at 67/1 in pursuit of a 399-run target.
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “India lost all their 10 wickets on a flat Day 3 surface. They could make only 255 runs. It was slightly heartbreaking. I will still consider this as a batting failure. Yashasvi Jaiswal – 17, Rohit Sharma – 13, Shreyas Iyer – 29, Rajat Patidar – 9 and Srikar Bharat – 6. Axar Patel did score runs in the middle. Yashasvi scored runs in the first innings and Shubman Gill scored a century in the second innings but the other players’ contribution has been extremely ordinary. It’s been four innings in this Test series and we haven’t seized the advantage even once.”
However, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 209 runs in India’s first-innings total of 396. Meanwhile, Shubman Gill scored 104 of the 255 runs the team made in the second innings as well. Aakash Chopra also praised James Anderson for giving England the initial breakthroughs by dismissing both Indian openers as well.
“James Anderson is in a different world. He picked up two wickets. He comes and picks up wickets. The way he dismissed Rohit, the ball pitched, moved away and hit the top of off. A little less urgency was seen as the front foot hadn’t moved much forward. Then he dismissed Yashasvi as well,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “There was a partnership between Shreyas and Shubman Gill. Then Ben Stokes caught Shreyas Iyer while running backwards. It was absolutely stellar. Then Rajat Patidar got out – not a good story. Axar and Shubman had a partnership. Then Gill committed a mistake, played a reverse sweep and got out.”