Monty Panesar wants India vs England Test series to be named ‘Tendulkar-Cook Trophy’


Team India have been taking on England in a full-fledged series where the series has already been started with the Tests. India have started with a 227-run loss to the visitors. However, former England spinner Monty Panesar has suggested that the Test series could be renamed to ‘Tendulkar Cook Trophy.’

While a few liked his suggestions, a lot of people didn’t like it. However, this will have a name similar to Border-Gavaskar Trophy where a series is named after two cricket legends of the game as well. Currently, the India-England Test Series is known as the Pataudi Trophy which has been named after former India captain and the legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.

Meanwhile, Monty Panesar took to Twitter and wrote: “Eng v India test series should be called “Tendulkar Cook trophy ” because both have highest test runs for their countries,they played a lot against eachother and we know Tendulkar is the biggest legend and we dont have a series named after him. @englandcricket @BCCI #INDvENG”

After the huge loss, India captain Virat Kohli said that lack of intensity and poor body language was one of the main reasons for their defeat. However, with this win, England have taken a lead of 1-0 in the four-match test series.

“Our body language and intensity was not up to the mark, second innings we were much better. We were better in the second half of the first innings with the bat, not the first four batters,” said Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony. “We have to understand the things that we have done decently in this game and the things that we haven’t and as a side we are always looking to improve. England were far more professional and consistent throughout the Test match than we were.”

Batting first, England have shared a fair share of successes as they posted a huge total of 578 in the first innings, courtesy captain Joe Root’s stunning knock of 218. Dominic Sibley and Ben Stokes have also contributed 87 and 82 runs respectively. In reply, India managed 337. However, in their second innings, Indian bowlers bowled England out for a below-par score of 178 on the back of the veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s six-wicket haul for 61 runs. Meanwhile, chasing 420, India could manage 192 in 58.1 overs in the second session of the fifth and final day and lost at the end as well.

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