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:
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.
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.