virat kohli during 5th Test at The Oval
Virat Kohli (AFP Photo)

Virender Sehwag has said that inconsistency with the bat was the prime reason for India’s 1-4 defeat in the five-Test series to England. On Tuesday, England wrapped up a 118-run win at The Oval to seal an emphatic series triumph over the world’s No. 1 Test team.

While Virat Kohli was exceptional with the bat, scoring 593 runs across 10 innings, others weren’t consistent enough. India’s top-order failed to deal with the swing-friendly conditions on repeated occasions. Shikhar Dhawan scored 162, averaging 202.5, KL Rahul recorded 299 runs 149 of them coming in one innings, Ajinkya Rahane managed two fifties in his series total of 257 runs while Cheteshwar Pujara scored 278 including a century.

While congratulating England on their series win, the former India opener praised the fightback from Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul as they scored centuries to revive India’s chase of 464 on Day 5.

“Congratulations England on the 4-1 series win. India were good in patches,but not consistent enough with the bat. Pant & Rahul s display on last day was very heartening, so were Kohli s & the bowlers consistency throughout. Need to work a lot to travel better. Ab Mission Australia [Over to Australia now],” Sehwag tweeted after the match.

It was Rahul’s first significant score of the tour as he recorded 149 while Pant played a strokeful innings of 114. Sehwag termed their individual efforts as ‘shining light amidst a difficult tour’

“Opened account in Test Cricket with a 6, first century in Test Cricket with a 6. Very impressive young man- Rishabh Pant. A brilliant innings from KL Rahul as well. Shining light amidst a difficult tour,” he wrote.

India’s next overseas assignment is a four-Test tour of Australia in December.