Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev said on Monday (September 3), that Virat Kohli-led Team India made too many mistakes in England which has resulted in a series defeat for the number one Test team.
On Sunday (September 2), India suffered a 60-run defeat in the fourth Test in Southampton and with the loss, India lost the five-match Test series 3-1 to England with the final to be played from September 7 (Friday) at The Oval.
However, former Indian skipper admitted that India is a better side than England on paper but they could not translate their superiority on the field, which is the biggest problem with the national side.
As per reports in Telegraph India, Dev said, “It is very simple... We lost the series because they (England) played better. I still believe we are a better team than them. But again, as I said, they played better.”
On being asked what was the reason behind the failure of the Indian batsmen in England Kapil replied, “If all things had happened correctly, then India would have won the series. But bygones are bygones... Now I would like to see what positives India can take home despite the defeat. If you look back at the series, you will realise there were enough occasions when we were on the verge of finishing the matches in our favour. But we committed too many mistakes and allowed them to bounce back.”
The former Indian skipper also blamed India's over-reliance on Virat Kohli as another reason for their series loss. He added, “Cricket is a team game, it is not dependent on one or two players. Virat Kohli got 500-plus runs and Joe Root could not do much. But that could not stop England from winning.”
Many believe that Team India would be a weaker side in the Asia Cup 2018, as Kohli has been rested for the upcoming event in the UAE to ease up his workload. Rohit Sharma will lead in the campaign in the absence of Kohli. However, the former Indian skipper has denied the fact saying that Kohli's absence doesn't make India a weaker team and that cricket, he repeated is a team game
He signed off by saying, “I don't believe the team will be weaker. It is a team game. Yes, he (Kohli) is an important player. You can rely on him. But whenever you start depending on one player, you are not going to win the series or the tournament. A few players are always important, but collectively you have to play like a team.”