England vs India’s Test series is going on. Only two Tests has been played so far in this five-match Test series. But touring India has lost both the Tests. It happened due to their miserable performance with the bat. Especially, in their last Test at Lords, they have faced an innings defeat due to the helpless surrender of their batsmen. That’s why the number 1 team from current ICC Test ranking is under serious criticism from everywhere.
India’s tour of England starts with a win in the first match of the ODI series. And that was it for Kohli and Co. After winning the next two matches, host England won the one-day series quite convincingly.
In the last 86 years, India has played 17 Test series in England, and won just 3 of them so far. So, it was not difficult to predict that the Test series is going to be a tough ask for the visitors. But it was beyond anyone’s expectation that the strong batting lineup of this No.1 Test side will respond like this. So, it was quite expected that the Indian media and former cricketers will react.
Anyone can guess the heat of the situation from the headline of ‘Times of India’. After losing the match, they headlined “Poor India at Lords”.
You can’t blame the newspaper for that judgemental headline. India has lost each wicket for only 16.82 runs in the first two Tests of the series. Except for the extraordinary hundred from the skipper Virat Kohli in the first innings of the first Test, rest of the Indian batsmen did not have any contribution in the series so far.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag tweeted after the match,
“Very poor from India. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don’t do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch. Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to come back from this.”
Another former national cricketer, Mohammad Kaif, tweeted,
“India lasted 82 overs across 2 innings. They are not learning from the mistakes have been very disappointing to watch. Thoroughly outplayed in all the departments in this one.”
But India captain Virat Kohli has accepted these criticisms without any objection. He said,
” It’s our duty to play for the country. We need to play better than this. If we do not accept it then it can never be improved, and it’s also impossible to compete. Mistakes can happen, but the importance is not to repeat them.”
While the confidence of India’s batting line-up has come down to this level, the English media has started to talk about the whitewash. But the English captain, Joe Root, is very cautious about this.
In response to such a question, he said,
“Of course, this should be a dream, five full performances, five wins, but it is important not to suffer from self-indulgence, not to show arrogance,
Later, he added,
“We are playing against number one team in the world. There is no lack of talented players, we have to ensure that the improvement continues.”
Now it’s time see that, after all this discussions and criticisms, how much the devastated Indian camp can turn back. However, they are getting enough times to regroup themselves. The third Test of the series is scheduled to begin on August 18 at Edgbaston.