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James Anderson (right) and Ravichandran Ashwin have a word after the end of the Test. (Courtesy: AFP)

After sneaking out with a draw at Rajkot, India went on to beat England at Visakhapatnam, Mohali and Mumbai to register a series win 3-0, reclaiming the Anthony de Mello Trophy. But the last four is not the Tests that are being referred here. You may even read the headline as the ‘tail of last 4’. England lost the series and at the same time confidence in their tail. ‘Tail’ is not something they even like to refer. Let me put it as ‘lower-order’, something they took a great pride in, which even until the Bangladesh tour showed its strength when they won at Chittagong.

When England got 400 at the spin-friendly Wankhede track, they sniffed success they got at this venue in 2006 and 2012-13, the last two occasions they played a Test here. India, cruising at 262 for 2, were reduced to 307 for 6. Ravichandran Ashwin got a rare duck and Virat Kohli decided to drop the scoring shutters. India have a knack of creating superstar batters out of tailenders in the opposition ranks since eternity. But this time, India dished out similar treatment to their opponents, and it was surprising to see that the tail determining this Test. India excelled and rather ‘excelling’ sounds a diminutive adjective. And this is set to become a pattern!

Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 4th Test at Mumbai

Did the performance of the last four determine this Test? Maybe.

Kohli was batting on 64 when he lost Ashwin. India scored another 324 and Kohli’s next three partners helped him add another 171.

Walked out, Ravindra Jadeja. Using the clich , ‘the man with three triple tons in Test cricket’, Jadeja has started showing signs of converting his potential at Test level. He launched a counterattack. He smacked the seventh ball he faced for a six, and by now he had struck a boundary already. He was timing the ball excellently and added 57 with Kohli for the seventh wicket. Jadeja threw it away at 25.

Then arrived Jayant Yadav. Nasser Hussain pronounces his name as Giant Yadav. Not a giant yet but the off-spinner all-rounder entered the record books with calmness, intelligence and of course, skills. Jayant displayed maturity to register his maiden hundred.

He added the record eighth-wicket stand of 241 with Kohli. He notched up the highest score by a No. 9 batsman and more importantly for India, his exuberant 104 was full of gorgeous stroke play.

Even the last wicket pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, in bid for quick runs added 17 to the total.

Fifth morning

Test cricket is all about grit and fight backs. At the start of the live blog in the morning of the day’s play I mentioned about Galle 2015.

India were ahead by 192 runs and Sri Lanka were 95 for 5, and still went on to beat Kohli’s men by 63 runs.

Could Jos Buttler replicate Dinesh Chandimal’s counterattacking 162? Perhaps that’s too far an example. England could not even draw inspiration from the Indian lower-order.

England resumed at 182 for 6. Sourav Ganguly had given his verdict that the game would be wrapped in the morning session. Virender Sehwag went a step ahead and tweeted.


Fifth morning resumed and those at the stands at Wankhede Stadium too must have hoped to get return for their ticket’s worth. They got. Just over 8 per cent of their final day’s ticket’s worth as England lasted just over half-and-hour.

A carrom ball from Ashwin squared up Jonny Bairstow before striking his pad. It goes without saying that Bairstow immediately reviewed. Three reds in HawkEye later, he made the long walk back.

Chris Woakes, a man with 9 First-Class hundreds to his name, thought driving Ashwin on this surface was a cakewalk. He was lured for a drive and the ball spun back to shatter his stumps.

Adil Rashid probably takes his First-Class tally of 10 hundreds too seriously and is of notion that the top-order just gave away their wicket in boredom.

Batsmen were not supposed to throw their wicket on this surface. Rashid felt otherwise.

He targeted the deep midwicket fence and found KL Rahul there. He was being macho? Perhaps, foolish.

The arrival of James Anderson was followed by some war of words courtesy Kohli and Ashwin, with Jadeja being a spectator to this, sporting quite a blank look.

Anderson openly spoke on his doubt over Kohli’s technical deficiencies in the press.

Kohli threw light on the incident, “For the first time, I was trying to calm things down (meanwhile, journalists burst into laughter). Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he [Anderson] said in the press (yesterday). Ashwin told me on the ground. Obviously, I had no clue about it. I did not know what to make of it. I was just laughing about it, but Ashwin wasn’t impressed. He let him [Anderson] know, not using any bad words. He told him he was disappointed about he said. And it is important to accept defeat. You know how Ashwin is. He is to the point. He can really strike you well, and he doesn’t need to say bad words.”

This bit is insignificant but thanks goodness. This allowed the clock to pass the 30-minute mark of the day’s play. He soon chipped one from Ashwin to mid-on to ensure more break to the players on the fifth day.

Ashwin had no wickets almost until the end of the fourth day’s play. One spell, he bowls 9.3 overs, gives 15 runs and claimed 6 wickets. Jadeja, who was bowling beautifully, must have felt that ‘life is unfair.’

He has to bowl with Ashwin and Jadeja will have to live with that.

Meanwhile, India scored 324 for the last four wickets in the first innings, while England managed 13 for same.

(Suvajit Mustafi consumes cricket for lunch, fiction for dinner and munches numerous other snacks throughout the day. Yes, a jack of several trades, all Suvajit dreamt of was being India s World Cup winning skipper but ended up being a sports writer, author, screenwriter, director, copywriter, graphic designer, sports marketer, strategist, entrepreneur, philosopher and traveller. Donning so many hats, it s cricket which gives him the ultimate high and where he finds solace. He can be followed at @RibsGully [Twitter] and rivu7 [Facebook].)