‘All at sea’: Alastair Cook says Sharma and India were baffled by positive England

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  • ‘They weren’t sure where to turn or what to do’
  • Former England captain praises Hartley’s resilience

Alastair Cook has said Rohit Sharma, the India captain, appeared to have no idea how to counteract England’s positive play during the first Test. As a result, Cook believes, the players “didn’t really know where to turn or who to look at” and were “all at sea” as they fell to a stunning 28-run defeat.

Cook, speaking before his role fronting TNT Sports’ cricket coverage, captained England in 59 Tests – only Joe Root has played more Tests as captain – including during their series win in India, the last by any touring side, in 2012. “It was probably one of the greatest away wins, or wins anywhere considering where they found themselves at the end of day two,” he said of England’s performance in the opening Test.

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Written by Simon Burnton
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2024/feb/01/alastair-cook-sharma-india-baffled-by-positive-england under the title “‘All at sea’: Alastair Cook says Sharma and India were baffled by positive England”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.