India’s Batting Struggles Elicit Concerns: Aakash Chopra Analyzes Second Test Performance

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In the aftermath of the second Test clash between India and England in Visakhapatnam, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra expressed his disappointment with India’s batting display on Day 3. Despite setting England a target of 399, India’s lackluster batting performance left room for concerns.

At Tea, India stood at 227 for six with a lead of 370 runs, but the final session witnessed a meager 28 runs in 14.3 overs, and India was eventually bowled out for 255 runs in the second innings under the leadership of Rohit Sharma.

Chopra commented on the disheartening batting performance, stating, “India lost all their 10 wickets on a flat Day 3 surface, making only 255 runs. The batting spirit seems low. Contributions from players like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Rajat Patidar, and Srikar Bharat were minimal.”

Despite Axar Patel’s and Yashasvi Jaiswal’s contributions, Chopra highlighted the ordinary performance of most players in the Test series, emphasizing the missed opportunities to seize control.

India’s questionable batting approach not only prevented them from establishing dominance but also allowed England’s bowlers an opportunity to pursue a challenging 399-run target in the second Test. The inexplicable batting decisions in the final session of the third day played into England’s hands, keeping the series alive.

England’s openers, Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, approached the target aggressively, ending the day at 67 for one. With the pitch showing no significant demons, England remains optimistic about chasing down the target and securing a 2-0 series lead.

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