New Delhi : Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has opined that Joe Root-led England side concentrated more on the upcoming Ashes series than the current challenges posed by Team India. The former batting legend said this mindset caused England’s downfall as India is now leading the series 2-1.
So far, England have lost two games despite starting brilliantly on both ocassions. During the second Test at Lord’s, India made a massive comeback in the second innings and outfoxed the hosts to win the game. Similar thing happened at The Oval when the visitors showed character on the last two days of the fourth Test and registered a historic win to take an unassailable lead in the series.
In a conversation with Aaj Tak, Gavaskar analysed the mistakes made by the English team. He said,
“Pressure will be on Root in the fifth Test at Manchester because India will be heading into that match with a 2-1 psychological advantage. Another big mistake of the England team and English media was that they were talking about the Ashes series and how they want to play in that series. They should have focused on the present challenge from India instead. England underestimated the Indian team, and it eventually cost them dearly in the series as they cannot win the series now.”