Mumbai: India thrashed England by an innings and 36 runs in the fourth Test at Mumbai on Monday to claim the five-match series 3-0.
England were bowled out for 195 in the morning session of the fifth day, after resuming on the overnight score of to 182/6 in their second innings, and still trailing by 49 runs.
Jonny Bairstow (51) was the first to get out in the morning, followed by Ben Stokes (18), Adil Rashid (2), James Anderson (2). Star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismantled England, picking up 6/55 in the second innings to take 12 wickets in the match. Kohli was adjudged Man of the Match for his career-best 235.
In the end, England were completely outplayed, and regained the Anthony de Mello Trophy after losing it against Alastair Cook’s men in 2012.
Were India too strong for England or did the visitors simply let down their guard at Mumbai? Let’s go through some Twitter reactions as former cricketers and cricket journalists weighed in on what ails Cook and Co.
Courtesy: Kohli’s 235 and Ashwin’s 12-wicket haul
It is very rare that a team scores 400 and loses by an innings; especially in India where 1st innings runs are gold!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 12, 2016
Shot selection on Day 5 was indeed questionable
England playing out a death wish this morning. Fine bowling by @ashwinravi99 but some terrible stroke selection by batsmen
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 12, 2016
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 12, 2016
Sehwag was in some hurry
Just booked flight tickets for 3pm .
1 hour for post match show,1hour to reach airport,45minutes before departure.This will end before lunch
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 12, 2016
Pretty straightforward, eh?
Reasons England lost this series –
1. India are better at playing cricket in India
— Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) December 12, 2016
India win by an innings and 35 runs. An utter shellacking. They were 307 for 6 in their first innings, still 93 behind. Amazing win.
— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) December 12, 2016
A record England won’t be proud of!
England (in 1930 & 2016) & Sri Lanka (2011) are the only sides to lose a Test by an innings after making 400 or more batting first!#IndvEng
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 12, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 12, 2016
Most depresisng thing for England: they’ve got worse with every Test in India. No real signs of any improvement
— Tim (@timwig_cricket) December 12, 2016
For an attacking player it, was great to hear Virat say how defence is important in conditions like this. Hope Eng is listening.#INDvENG
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 12, 2016
Well played, India. Showed tosses and pitches don’t matter when you play as good as India have. Clinical.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 12, 2016
3 of 4 tosses lost, no rank Turner’s, spinners proved their class, batsmen showed application & depth. Eng outclassed. No.1 much deserved.
— jigar mehta (@jigsactin) December 12, 2016
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 12, 2016
With inputs from IANS
First Published On : Dec 12, 2016 13:18 IST