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Virat Kohli (left) and VVS Laxman (Courtesy: AFP)

VVS Laxman, Chief Cricket Mentor of CricketCountry, congratulated the Indian cricket team for their victory over England at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The win also meant India went up 3-1 in the 5-Test series with one Test to go. Laxman called the performance a comprehensive team effort: “I think everyone contributed well. That is the beauty of this Indian XI. Guys who miss out come forward to perform in the next opportunity. I would like to see guys like KL Rahul and Karun Nair to contribute in the Chennai Test,” said Laxman to CricketCountry. He added that India should go in with the same line-up in the final Test of the series, at Chennai, despite having already pocketed the series.

Laxman had special words of praise for Indian captain Virat Kohli: “He is just not satisfied with reaching one milestone these days. He just keeps on getting these big scores. This is his third double-hundred in a span of six months. On a wicket where batting was going to get difficult, his maturity and his hunger for runs made all the difference. It also shows that whenever he is batting he is also wearing the captain’s hat.”

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Laxman also lauded the efforts of the Indian bowlers, who did a splendid job by bowling out England for 195 in the second innings. Jayant Yadav, who scored 104 batting from No. 9, drew plaudits: “To get a hundred the way he did on a wicket which was not ideal for batting was impressive. During the partnership with Kohli he matched Kohli shot to shot. He has very good skills and temperament, but above all, he has got a lot of confidence in his ability.”

Laxman added how “disappointed” he was with Alastair Cook’s leadership: “He had four quality fast bowlers. He was just not able to get the best out of his resources. His field placements and bowling changes were very surprising.”

However, the blame did not entirely lie with the English captain, as VVS pointed out: “It is important that the batsmen who get their eyes in and get starts should convert them into big scores. That has been the difference between India and England throughout the series.”

He was also not impressed by the way Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid bowled: “I agree that they are not as skilful as the Indian spinners, but at this level the minimum one should do is pitch the ball in the right area. That, unfortunately, is something they were not able to do. They were gifting away one or two boundaries almost every over. They were bowling loose deliveries.”

India will play the fifth Test at Chennai on December 16. Mohammed Shami and Wriddhiman Saha have already been ruled out of the Test. As for the England camp, there has not been an update on Stuart Broad’s fitness yet.