Three consecutive defeats, one worse than the other. The statists below show the performance of the World No 1 Test side that boasts of the likes
of Sachin and Raul.
England v India at Birmingham – Aug 10-13, 2011, England won by an innings and 242 runs
Northants v Indians at Northampton – Aug 5-6, 2011, Match drawn (Northants won on 1st innings)
England v India at Nottingham – Jul 29-Aug 1, 2011, England won by 319 runs
England v India at Lord’s – Jul 21-25, 2011, England won by 196 runs
The third humiliating defeat, that stripped them off their No 1 status that they held dearly for nearly 2 years, have rang alarm bells and raise a few questions. The media, old players and the billion people, everyone is up against the Team India. Like in every tour, they started poorly, except that they couldn’t bounce back and stay positive nor could they prove their supremacy at any stage. The saving grace being two back to back hundreds by Dravid and a scintillating performance by Pravin Kumar throughout the series.
Despite the shoddy performance so far, and amongst the litany of criticism, one wonders if all is lost for this team. The thrashing they received from the English side is the result of poor home work done before facing such a good team that dethroned the Kangaroos from the No 1 spot. They just did it again against a team that came half prepared, half fit, half slept!
Guys wake up, all is not lost.