Ahmedabad: England captain Alastair Cook said that “some strong considerations” would be made for the second Test beginning in Mumbai on Friday, and blamed his batsmen for the defeat. Ian Bell would be one sure change as he is returning home for the birth of his child.
“If we want to win this series, everyone needs to contribute, no doubt about that. Everyone who has missed out would be pretty disappointed, that’s cricket. We have to back that strongly as a team and fight,” he said.
“When you get beaten by nine wickets, you have to look at lot of areas and hope. We could have done better as a team. We are looking straight ahead and some strong considerations will be made.” Cook, who scored a superb 176, was happy with his own performance. “As a captain, I’m glad the way I batted. Any hundred is very special, but it is the result what matters at the end of the day,” he stressed.
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“We showed a lot of character in the second innings, but we got bowled out for 191 in the first innings on a good wicket. It was turning but it was there where we pretty much lost the game.”
India captain MS Dhoni, on the other hand, admitted that he and his colleagues had to work hard to beat England.
“It was not so easy. We were on the field for two-and-a- half days. The bowlers had to bowl very patiently. [Pragyan] Ojha bowled close to 80 overs, [R] Ashwin bowled 72 overs. And they were supported well by the fast bowlers,” Dhoni told reporters.
“It was the last session on the second day and first session on the third day that really shifted the game in our favour.”
Dhoni praised Cheteshwar Pujara for his temperament while scoring his double century.
“He’s very calm and cool. He knows his role. He accepts responsibility, which is very important,” he said. “After scoring 200-odd runs he was not shy to stand at short-leg. He’s among our best fielders in that position, close in.”