Calcutta: A disappointing first session on Saturday forced a ‘review’ in the England dressing room at the lunch break.
Well, Alastair Cook and Co. came out transformed.
“We’d been flat in the first 120 minutes... We lost our last four wickets for 14 runs and, then, allowed India get off to a good start in their second innings..."
“At lunch, the players were reminded that we, and not India, were still 121 runs in front and that we, not India, had the better chance of winning the Test..."
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“That did have an effect and a wicket (Virender Sehwag’s) on the very first ball after resumption turned things around... Five others got out and we were right back on the top,” Graham Gooch, England’s batting coach and a former captain, told The Telegraph.
Speaking in the evening, Gooch added: “You could say that having got eight wickets for 159, we should have won today (Saturday) itself, but we’re far from disappointed..."
“Indeed, if at the start of Day IV, you’d asked if we’d be happy to finish it in the position we have (India ahead by only 32 runs with one wicket in hand), we’d take it 10 times out of 10.”
Gooch complimented Ravichandran Ashwin for his courageous effort. “Ashwin counter-attacked and shielded the tail... He deserves credit.”
Incidentally, Gooch praised the Eden wicket, pointing out that its behaviour wasn’t out of the ordinary. “The day saw exciting cricket… The Test format needs shots in the arm, like today (Saturday).”
If the Test does get over very quickly on Sunday, then don’t be surprised if Gooch again heads to the South Club to de-stress.