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Legendary India batsman Sunil Gavaskar believes that it will be “very difficult for India to save this Test match now” after they lost four wickets in their chase of 445.
India will now have to rely on Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma to produce a huge partnership as they have already lost Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli.
“It’s very difficult for India to save this Test match now,” Gavaskar told NDTV. “Someone will have to play an outstanding innings. They needed partnerships. If their top order had given them partnerships, then maybe they would have had a chance.
“For example, if India had gone to bed with one or even two wickets, then you could have said that a couple of stands on the final day could have taken them to safety. I can’t really see India saving this Test. If it happens, I will be happy but it really looks tough.”
Gavaskar was also disappointed with Dhawan’s performance and also blamed him for running Vijay out.
“There was no need for a risky single at that stage and Vijay was not even prepared for it,” he said. “Dhawan is not in the best of form and he got an awkward delivery which cocked up, so he wanted to head over to the non-striker’s end.
“Dhawan has been jabbing at the ball, much like Pujara and Kohli. In England, you need to wait for the ball to come to you, instead of jabbing at it. Kohli should take a look at the video of Sachin Tendulkar’s innings of 241 against Australia in Sydney in 2007 to try and correct his technique.”