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India vs England: Team India seal series win — and a faith in tomorrow’s Team India

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The home team dressing room overflowed onto the stadium as rising young talents Shubman Gill and Dhruv Jurel darted across the pitch to secure India’s five-wicket and 3-1 series triumph against England. It was impossible to overlook the moment’s meaning. India was reeling at 120-5 at lunchtime, but an undefeated partnership of 72 runs between Gill and Jurel lifted the team beyond the fourth-inning mark of 192. India, not renowned for chasing down difficult totals under duress, had pulled off a remarkable victory. And credit was owed to a group of middle-aged cricket players.

India’s 3-1 series win over England showcased the triumph of young talent and marked a shift in strategy.

In addition to emphasizing the victory of youth, the 3-1 result demolished England’s well publicized aggressive style of cricket. Additionally, it made a strong signal that India no longer needed rank turners to maintain its domestic invulnerability. Captain Rohit Sharma made a suggestion that these new, youthful faces would continue to be a part of the Indian Test squad in the future.

“I get very positive answers from them when I speak to them and gaze at them. These guys will be performing in this manner more often. They’re only getting started, but there’s a lot of potential,” he said.

Earlier in the series, India hadn’t been feeling so upbeat. Following their first Test defeat in Hyderabad, they looked thoughtfully forward. The team’s MVP, Virat Kohli, was forced to skip the whole series due to aged stars. Veteran players Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were pensioned off; the changeover didn’t seem to be going smoothly.

In this manner, India seemed to be navigating through uncertain times. However, you could witness the fresh energy wave at the end of the fourth day here. They have found a cool head in front of the stumps and deft hands behind it in Jurel, 23. At the location where his hero, M S Dhoni, resides, he won Player of the Match for his incredible innings of 90 and 39 not out. “Absolutely fantastic,” he would tell the reporters.

Standing next to him during the presenting ceremony was 24-year-old Gill, who was still wearing the same hat from the pursuit. He was laughing carefreely, like a teenager. This series had lifted a burden off his shoulders. His ability to bat against a spinning ball was called into doubt during the first Test, but he rebounded with scores of 91, 52, and 100 not out, demonstrating the adaptability of his game and the desire and openness in his mind to improve his technique.

Shubman Gill appears to be taking the lead in India’s batting after Rohit Sharma, along with the young talent Yashaswi Jaiswal.

With one Test remaining and 655 runs achieved in the series, Gill may lead the Indian batting team in the post-Sharma era with the excellent Yashaswi Jaiswal. Beyond his years, Jaiswal, 22, demonstrated the kind of strong technique, sharp thinking, and resilient endurance that might very well guarantee him a long and fruitful career at this level. He piled two double hundreds.

With his two half-centuries in Rajkot, Sarfaraz Khan, 26, another discovery of the series, demonstrated both his value and the caliber of batters rising through the domestic cricket levels.

He made up for his poor scores in Ranchi with energetic short leg fielding. With the 27-year-old bowler Akash Deep, who had a spectacular debut here, India may have had more leeway to rest match-winning veterans Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah more often. The Indian spin group has an indestructible aura thanks to spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who is now an even more formidable hitter.

The pitches in this series weren’t the diabolical turner that England received in 2021, which was another encouraging feature. England captain Ben Stokes gave his approval, saying, “I have to say all four pitches were fantastic.”

This is a special series, as Rohit would say. “There’s no denying that this has been a really competitive series, and winning it after four Test matches feels fantastic. We had various difficulties in each Test match, but overall, I felt we were quite calm about our goals and our approach to the game,” the player said.

Many of the young cricket players may reflect on this series years later and claim it was the one that defined them. And Stokes would question how they failed to cross the last barrier that had withstood several assaults.

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