First step to redemption, India go 1-0 up
India had lost all four Tests by massive margins, as well as their number one rank in the longest format. However much the team may have spoken of taking the return series a session at a time, and not looking too far ahead, they would have thought, from time to time, about reversing that scoreline.
For three days at Motera, everything went India’s way. Sehwag got a century after two years. Pujara hit a double, and seemed to be slipping Come back strongly to end England fight, quicks, spinners share honours quickly into the shoes of Rahul Dravid, India’s only successful batsman in England last year. Yuvraj returned to Test cricket with a fine half-century. The spinners confounded England’s batsmen, and left them following on, 330 behind.
Day four, therefore, was a reminder — to the players, if they needed any reminding, and to fans — that winning a Test match, never mind winning a series, never mind 4-0, would call for a lot of hard work. The pitch slowed down, the spinners tired. Alastair Cook and Matt Prior played wonderfully to ensure India would bat again, and instill hope among teammates that England could yet save the game.
But that wasn’t to be.
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