England vs India 2021: We Failed To Pile The Pressure On India, Admits Chris Silverwood

On the final day of the fourth Test at Kennington Oval, England head coach Chris Silverwood confessed that his team failed to put pressure on India.

At the end of the fourth day, England were 77/0, and openers Rory Burns and Haseeb Hameed were in fine form, but once they reached 100, Burns nicked Shardul Thakur’s delivery behind the wicket to give India the advantage.

Dawid Malan was kicked out just before lunch for attempting to take an unwelcome single that Hameed had called. Bumrah shook England’s middle order by dismissing the highest scorer in the first innings, Ollie Pope, and then Jonny Bairstow, reducing them to 147/6.

Despite the efforts of captain Joe Root and all-rounder Chris Woakes to resuscitate the innings. Root was uprooted by a nice length ball from Thakur, while Woakes and the England tailenders were bowled out for 210 by Umesh Yadav as the hosts were bowled out for 210.

Silverwood wishes his team had crossed 190 earlier in the day, which would have put pressure on the visitors, but he praised India’s tenacity.

“If we’re being truthful, I would like to have gone further past them at that point, that’s going to be the opportunity to really put pressure on the Indians. We failed to do that so it’s something we’ll reflect on in the dressing room and talk about amongst ourselves,” Silverwood told Sky Sports.

“It would have been great to go maybe 190 past them and really pile the pressure on, but again credit to the Indians, they know how to fight back,” he added.

Umesh Yadav (3/60), Shardul Thakur (2/22), Jasprit Bumrah (2/27) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/50) helped India to another big win in an overseas Test. The fourth Test was won by India by 157 runs, giving them a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

India stands a good chance of winning their first Test series in England since 2007.

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