IND vs ENG 5th Test in Dharamsala

Michael Atherton on England Team: 

Former England cricketer Michael Atherton feels it is difficult to "criticize" the Three Lions' performance against India too much after the Test series defeat in Ranchi.

England took the lead during some occasions in the Test match due to the strong performance of Joe Root and young spinners Shoaib Bashir and Tom Hartley.

While chasing the target of 192 runs, the unbeaten 72-run partnership of Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel led India to victory.

"I'm not too worried about being too critical of England. It's a tough place to come here and win, obviously, no one has been able to do that since 2012/13," Atherton said on the Sky Sports Cricket Podcast. Is."

Atherton (Michael Atherton on Team India) said that the series has been competitive since the first match, but India was very good in home conditions.

"When we were talking about the series before a ball was sent down I don't think we expected England to win here given the relative strength of the spin attack. I think it's been a competitive series I feel like India, I know they have been struggling, but in the end they were very good in home conditions," Atherton said.

England made a strong start to the series with a 28-run win in Hyderabad.

In the remaining three matches, they had great chances but failed to take advantage of them.

Joe Root's (Michael Atherton on Joe Root) 122* in the fourth test put England in a strong position.

However, in the second innings, Ravichandran Ashwin shook the team by taking five wickets and restricted England to 145 runs.

"I thought it was a particularly good effort from India to win the Test. They lost the toss, they were behind in the first innings, but they handled it. It could have potentially been 4-0 for India. They will feel they should have done that. "They won the first game in Hyderabad and probably should have done that," Atherton said. "You can also say it could have been 2-2 because England won the first game in Hyderabad. Had achieved victory and destroyed its strong position here.

Even in Rajkot, I know they lost by a big margin, but that third day was similar.

Atherton said, "I felt there was a fight and India knew they were in a fight."

In the last match of the series, England will face India on March 7 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala.