Five heart-breaking Test defeats for India since 2018

Five heart-breaking Test defeats for India since 2018

These defeats came at a time when the Indian team held the dominant in a Test match.

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In the last few years, the Indian team has fared well in the red-ball format but has been short on luck on some occasions. The players have failed to step up when required, which has paved the way for the team to get results not favouring them. Although the Indian team stayed at the pole position in the Test rankings for five years since 2017, they were pushed to the second position by Australia in May 2022.

With the introduction of the World Test Championship (WTC), this format has forced teams to field their best XI, and the focus has primarily shifted to doing well in the longest format. The advent of T20 cricket has also been one of the major roadblocks in the Indian team’s path to success in the Test format.

Here are five heart-breaking Test defeats for India since 2018:

1. Edgbaston, 2022

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This was the fifth and final Test match of India’s tour of England 2021, which was rescheduled to 2022 due to the Covid-19 cases in the Indian camp. Ahead of this game, India led the series 2-1 and were a confident group due to their strong performances last year. However, the Covid-19 illness and injury to opening batters Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, respectively, forced them to miss the crucial fixture. Thus, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was given the opportunity to lead the side.

India posted a strong first-innings total of 416 on the board, with centuries from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were terrific in the bowling unit to restrict England for a score of 284 and take a lead of 132 runs. However, the Bumrah-led side could not respond well in the second innings and managed to score only 245, with fifties from Cheteshwar Pujara and Pant.

The Ben Stokes-led team had a huge task to chase 378 against the fiery Indian pacers. But, in-form batters Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow hit their respective centuries to guide the team to their highest successful chase in the history of red-ball cricket. The Indian team was able to pick up only three wickets, and the series was levelled 2-2. This meant that the Indian team would now have to wait for the next tour to secure their first Test series victory in England after 2007.

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