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India vs England: India “deserved to do what they did”: Ravi Shastri on 5th Test being postponed to 2021 cricket news

The rescheduled fifth Test between India and England began at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday. On the first day at stumps, India were 338/7 after a scintillating fight from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja, who made 146 off just 111 balls in the former. At one point India’s score was 98/5, but Jadeja and Pant shared a 222-run partnership for the sixth wicket. The fifth Test was rescheduled as the final game last year had to be pushed back following some positive COVID-19 cases within the Indian camp.

Ravi Shastri, who was the coach of the Indian team till November last year, explained why India were “justified” in what he did last year.

“Look, at the time, it’s very easy to point the gun and say go out and play. But there were a lot of players with young families. The word on COVID was not 100 percent sure it was coming from somewhere. Anyone could have found it, if anyone could. Had it been found in the middle of a Test match, it would have been worse. Unlike now, where that fear factor of having COVID and being isolated is not the same. People know they have to move on with it, if that mindset was there before And it couldn’t have happened eight months ago because even the officials didn’t know if they had the right to say go ahead with it, nothing is going to happen, it’s just a flu,” Shastri told Sky Sports on Friday. .

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“Today people say it’s just a flu, live with it no matter what happens. At that time, it was appropriate to do what they did because of the mindset. Today if it happens, the game has to move on.” Even then, I wasn’t in the dressing room, but let me tell you, half of my mindset was that maybe you’re thinking what you’re going to get out there and finish this series. But it was a tough one. ‘Had anyone tested positive during the Test match, it would have been a big problem,'” he said.

Last year, India took a 2-1 lead in the series after winning Tests at Lord’s and The Oval.

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If India manage to win or draw the current Edgbaston Test, they will win a series in the UK for the first time since 2007.

Incidentally, in 2007, now head coach Rahul Dravid was the captain of the Indian team.


Talking about the series that started last year, Shastri said: “I think it was a great series. I think the entertainment provided by both the teams was fantastic to watch. When you have it on day 5 Some Test matches happen and you have the result on day 5, it’s great to see.”

“Lord’s, The Oval and England made a comeback in Leeds. Unfortunately, it could not be completed for obvious reasons, COVID which was eight months ago, the mindset of the players the way they treat it now, it is chalk and cheese but I am happy that this cycle will end here.”

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