Kolkata: England’s seven-wicket victory over India at the Eden Gardens came within an hour of play on the final day. Set a target of 41 runs to win following a gutsy show by Ravichandran Ashwin, who remained unbeaten on 91, England was home after a brief scare when it lost three wickets for eight. Ian Bell ensured there were no further hiccups by guiding the side home in the company of Nick Compton.
The result brought into focus the role of the back-stage forces in the two camps. England skipper Alastair Cook gave “big credit” to Coach Andy Flower and bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed for plotting the Indian debacle.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, while praising Coach Duncan Fletcher for his “excellent technical reading,” singled out the batsmen for the poor show. Their cross-batted, away-from-body style also invited criticism from many former greats.
India, trailing 1-2 in the four-Test series, made three changes to the squad for the next match at Nagpur. Veterans Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were dropped for their inconsistent performances.