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“India haven’t quite been ruthless as they would’ve liked to be” – Nasser Hussain
By SMCS - Feb 8, 2024 6:00 pm
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Former England captain Nasser Hussain said that India failed to dominate the England team with the bat during the first two Tests in Hyderabad and Vizag, respectively. The veteran also added that the batting unit looked out of sorts apart from Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, and KL Rahul in the two matches as well. He said that the majority of Indian batters, including skipper Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, and KS Bharat, failed to do well.

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Team India

On Wednesday (February 7), Nasser Hussain told Sky Sports: “He’s [Virat Kohli] an aggressive cricketer. He’s in your face cricketer, but actually, I think with the bat, in three of the four innings, India haven’t quite been ruthless as they would’ve liked to be. It’s 1-1 and they’ve batted very well. The likes of KL Rahul batted well, and Shubman Gill and young Jaiswal, with his double hundred, played brilliantly, but if you ask Rahul Dravid.”

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Nasser Husain also added that players failing to score big was the main reason behind India and England’s losses in the first and second Tests as well. He also reacted as Ollie Pope (196), Yashasvi Jaiswal (209) and Shubman Gill (104) were the only batters to score centuries in the first two Tests as well.

Team India
Team India

“England’s problems in the second Test match, apart from Crawley, there were a lot of 30s and 40s, and they may look good on the scorecard, but they don’t win you Test matches, and that was similar with India in Hyderabad. None of their batters went on to get a 100 and a big hundred, and if you look at the second Test with Jaiswal getting the double hundred in the first innings and Shubman Gill getting a 100 in the second innings, that’s what wins you Test matches. However, you wanna do it, you can do it in an attacking way like Jaiswal did or in a classy way like Shubman Gill did. That’s what Dravid would be trying and knock home into that team. ‘If we’re gonna miss the runs of Kohli, we can’t be getting 60s and 70s, we need big runs’. That applies to England as well. A lot of batters got in and got out in Vizag and that’s something they need to put it right,” Nasser Hussain concluded.