India’s exit from the ICC T20 World Cup also marked the end of the partnership between Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri as captain and coach.

Team India defeated England by 151 runs in the second Test match at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Stadium. England were clearly ahead on the fifth and last day of the match but sensible batting by Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah not only brought the visitors back into the game but also ended England’s chances of taking a lead in the five-match Test series.

The bowlers then rose to the occasion and dismissed England inside two sessions. Earlier, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Ajinkya Rahane also played important knocks. On the other hand, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were the only batters who looked solid for the hosts. Highlighting the same, former England cricketer David Lloyd lambasted Joe Root-led England.

He raised concerns over the performance of Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley and Haseeb Hameed.

“Look at India’s opening pair. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stand correctly and even though they are facing England’s greatest ever bowler in Anderson they find ways to defend and score. Our top three seem to have no intention of scoring — they are just on a massive blockathon! It’s a broken record with Root always trying to get them out of an almighty scrape,” Lloyd told the Daily Mail.

“In 57 years I have never seen an opening pair stand like Rory Burns and Dom Sibley do. Ever! It’s comedy cricket and that is the biggest issue,” he added.

He further added that skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri were confident of winning the game. “Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri knew they could get under England’s skin. England were too meek and mild. They didn’t have enough leaders to say: ‘Right, we’ll go right back at them,’” the 74-year-old said.

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