After a hard-fought victory at Nottingham during the 3rd Test match, confidence was high with team India going into their 4th Test match at Southampton. The ongoing grueling Test series saw India trailing behind their hosts after losing the first two Test matches. The score going into the 4th Test match was 2-1 with the hosts in the lead. The idea, hope, and plan were for team India to level the score. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Team India lost the 4th Test match by 60 runs. The hope and dream that team India will stage the greatest comeback in the history of cricket since Sir Don Bradman was lost. The score is now 3-1 with the hosts winning this series.
Like adding salt to a wound was the performance of the team. During the final part of the match, only captain Kohli and Rahane were the ones to put up a fight. The most shocking and heartbreaking moment was when the Indian batsmen fell to Moeen Ali. The bowler who wasn’t known for taking many wickets destroyed the Indian batsmen on two occasions, first with a five-wicket haul then with four wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
There are many fans who have taken this loss with respect and maturity. They have congratulated England on their win and also team India on giving it their best. Here are some positive reactions:
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) September 2, 2018
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 2, 2018
From 36 for 4 in the 1st Innings to Win by so many is some performance … Sam Curran deserves a lot of the credit as do all the bowlers who have been outstanding this week .. & the catching 👀#EngvInd
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 2, 2018
India defeated but certainly not disgraced. Well played lads. The next time there is a five Test tour in England the players must insist on half a dozen games against county sides as preparation for the Tests.
— Ramachandra Guha (@Ram_Guha) September 2, 2018
Like with the series in South Africa, this will go down as what-could-have-been rather than what actually was. Neither South Africa nor England were as good as they have been in the past. But then, maybe, India isn't as good as we believe it to be
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 2, 2018
It’s 3-1 England but India have played some excellent cricket
— David 'Bumble' Lloyd (@BumbleCricket) September 2, 2018
Haters will talk about his captaincy and blah blah but a true Indian Cricket fan and even a neutral fan will understand the value of this guy. They really know who is currently the best cricketer in the world! It breaks my heart seeing him like this 😢#EngvInd #IndvsEng @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/SmwY67KDpU
— Tejaswani Srivastava (@TejaswaniSriva1) September 2, 2018
Many even praised Moeen Ali’s shockingly stellar performance. So far in his career, Moeen wasn’t known for taking huge wickets but this 4th Test match showed a different side of him. He first took a five-wicket haul followed by 4 wickets during the last innings.
What a return to the England Test side for this guy, with nine wickets and a crucial first innings knock! 🙌
— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2018
England outspin India in England……didn’t see this coming. Mooen Ali, take a bow 🙇♂️ #ENDvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 2, 2018
Again, what could have been.
Sam Curran made the difference with the bat both in the first test as well as here, but Moeen Ali was the difference between the two sides.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 2, 2018
India needed Ashwin to do a Mooen yesterday….Kohli, Pant and Rahane. To go with 5 wickets in the first innings. #EngvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 2, 2018
It's all over at Ageas Bowl. England win the 4th Test by 60 runs to take an assailable 3-1 lead in the series. Moeen Ali shines for the hosts with 9 wickets in the game and a solid first-innings batting performance.
🏴 – 246, 271
🇮🇳 – 273, 184 #ENGvIND
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) September 2, 2018
As with any loss, some fans had to voice their opinion and started pointing fingers. Some at the players, some at the coaches, some at the dependency on Virat carrying the team.
— Gaurav Pathak (@itsGauravPathak) September 2, 2018
Had #India batted sensibly in two of the four tests in 4th innings and shown a bit more fight, the scoreline would have been Ind 3 – Eng 1 instead of Eng 3 – Ind 1
Completely dejected by lack of grit, character & fight shown once again. Time for some heads to roll!#IndvsEng
— Gaurav Kheterpal (@gauravkheterpal) September 2, 2018
Was pretty frustrating to see the team going down like that last evening. The Kohli-Shastri tag team needs to stop. The CAC needs to step in a get Kumble back. Shastri can be hired as a spokesperson at best. #IndvsEng
— Raaghav Ram (@southindianbuoy) September 3, 2018
— Kh (@Khanmohammed12) September 2, 2018
KL Rahul should get another tattoo saying – ‘Cant play inswingers’ !!
Probably on forehead so selectors can see.#IndvsEng
— Boring… (@graphicalcomic) September 2, 2018
When India can STOP OVER RELIANCE on Kohli ?
It was Sachin then and Kohli now. #IndvsEng
— Kamaal R Kaan- KRK (@KamalRKaan) September 2, 2018
— Hardik Gupta (@HardikG15) September 2, 2018
@msdhoni is the only difference in captaincy of @imVkohli in ODI, T20 & Tests. Now the world knows who’s the master brain behind #Virat ‘s success in short formats & failure in Test cricket. Please Dhoni come back to Test cricket at least once for the Australian series#ENDvIND
— Adarsh K Nair (@ImAKN9) September 2, 2018
— harsha (@harsha737) September 2, 2018