Mumbai: England captain Joe Root said he was still very much alive in the series as he looked forward to the third Test against India.
The Indian bowlers performed brilliantly on the first day, as England managed to score 164 runs in their second innings.
Axar Patel, who made his Test debut in the match, took five wickets in England’s second innings, while Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav took three and two wickets respectively.
“One thing our batsmen need to learn is how well they (India) managed to rotate strikes. We are looking at areas we can improve on. We are looking forward as a team and we won’t be getting too hard on ourselves after this week. We are very much in the series and we played three brilliant games coming into this game. So, as long as we stay level and keep working hard, we are very much alive in the series,” Root said in the post-match press conference.
When asked about the pitch, Root said it was a challenging wicket but India showed that players can score goals on it. “It was a challenging wicket and I do think that the toss was an important one to win but it would not have had guaranteed the win. The fact is that India has shown that you can score runs on that. So, we have got to learn from that,” Root said.
India equalized the four-match Test series 1–1 against England after a 317-run win in the second Test at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
The third Test will begin on February 24 and it will be a day-night affair in Ahmedabad.