Members of the Indian cricket team are getting in some much-needed relaxation time in a bid to revitalise themselves for the fourth and final Test match against England that is set to be held in Ahmedabad. Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal, who is yet to play a match in the series, took to Instagram to share a photo showing fans who Team India’s “Mafia Gang” are. The picture shows members of the squad including Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya as well as members of the coaching staff. Taking to Instagram, Mayank captioned the photo as, “The Mafia Gang @rashwin99 the Mediator #bubblelife #indiancricketteam”.
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Meanwhile England’s batting coach Jonathan Trott feels that it would be a “disservice” to solely blame the 22-yard strip instead of focussing on the chinks in their armoury.
The pitch of the Pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad received a lot of flak from some quarters after England were bundled out for 112 and 81 in the two innings during their 10-wicket loss on Thursday.
“I thought it was tricky at times for everybody to play on, obviously pretty dry and that’s what we have seen here in India. We had first use for it, so we would have like to score more runs and put India under bit of pressure,” he said in a virtual press conference.
“We saw when we bowled well, we could restrict them too.”
Trott didn’t want to get into the blame game and said things could have been different if England would have batted well in the first innings.
“I always like to see what we could have done better instead of blame things.
“If we could have got 200 or 250 in the first innings, it would have been different game. The mentality (mental approach) of batting in the second innings would have been very different.
“So looking and blaming the pitch, I think, would be doing ourselves a disservice. Yes, the ball did spin and there were balls which skid on but it was same for both sides.”
Asked does it do Test cricket disservice to see a Test match end inside two days, Trott said: “Whether it finishes in two days or whatever, you always want to see good cricket and good battle between bat and ball and clearly bowlers had the upper hand in this Test series so let’s see what happens in last Test.
“I wouldn’t say it does disservice I would say different conditions, different countries all around the world, that’s make Test cricket so unique and that’s the way the game is played.”