During the final session of Day 3 in the 2nd Test between India and England, a discussion unfolded in the commentary box involving former England captain Kevin Pietersen and India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. The focus was on India’s declining scoring rate, with Ravi Shastri and Pietersen contending that India displayed timidity with the bat post-Tea, missing out on potential runs. Contrarily, Dinesh Karthik defended India’s approach, even as the team lost 4 wickets after Tea and eventually got bowled out for 255.
The trio of KS Bharat, Kuldeep Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah failed to make significant contributions with the bat. R Ashwin managed 29 off 61 balls before being dismissed by leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed. India scored only 28 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the final session. Pietersen and Shastri questioned the lack of intent, suggesting that India should have aimed for a lead beyond 420-430. Consequently, England was set a target of 399 in the second Test in Vizag.
During the partnership between R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah, criticism arose for their slow approach, facing 70 balls together with no clear intent. Shastri expressed dissatisfaction, stating that India’s approach post-Tea was difficult to understand. Karthik defended the strategy, explaining that Ashwin aimed to deteriorate the pitch further, making it challenging for England’s batters later in the day.
Former head coach Ravi Shastri remained unconvinced, asserting that India should have targeted a score of 430-440. Shubman Gill’s gritty century significantly contributed to India’s total of 255, with Axar Patel being the second-highest run-scorer in the second innings with 45. Left-arm spinner Tom Hartley continued to impress on his maiden tour to India, following a 7-wicket haul in the previous Test with a 4-wicket haul in the third innings in Vizag.