What former cricketers are saying about India’s performances in England

Justin GreeneAug 14, 2018

"I was feeling in really good rhythm".

Sam Curran had licence to attack and he smashed six boundaries - including one maximum - as he continued to show the credentials of an assured Test player at the age of just 20.

It was overcast on the first day when James Anderson ran through the Indian batting, it turned nice and sunny when India bowled and the clouds returned when it was India's turn to bat again in the second innings.

In fact, Woakes' batting performance alone encapsulates India's agony perfectly, for he scored 137 without getting dismissed and 10 Indian batsmen couldn't cross his personal score in either of the innings.

Having conceded the first-innings lead by 289 runs, India's batting line-up could register only 130 runs in their second innings here to add to their first innings total of 107. Kohli & Co. dropped a few crucial catches in the first Test, especially in the second innings when they were dominating the match.

England are now two up with three Tests to play - the third begins on 18th August and at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

While India's captain Virat Kohli offered no excuses for the capitulation, Indian commentators highlighted how the Indian top order has faltered in all four Test innings so far with opener Murali Vijay getting a pair at Lord's and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara failing to fire.

It was a collapse preceded by Ajinkya Rahane, who threw away his wicket after a quiet post-lunch session with a loose shot at a wide ball from Broad. On the very next delivery, he accounted for Dinesh Karthik to all but seal India's fate. Credit has to go to England. Three more Test matches to follow. Play on a basketball court, or football pitch, in London, Los Angeles or Lagos and the fundamental terms of engagement between the two sides is the same. 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. Very proud to take 100 wickets at Lord's.

Virender Sehwag lamented the poor showing from the visiting batsmen and hoped that they have the mental strength to overcome disastrous displays in the remainder of the England tour.

As much as Virat Kohli is revered and will be remembered as one of the finest batsmen to grace this game, he'll also be remembered as a captain who didn't play an identical XI in two consecutive games for 37 games and counting, and also as someone who made some interesting choices! "More than anything, we allowed the English bowlers to come out on top by not playing our natural stroke playing game.The #TeamIndia think tank has a lot to ponder over in the coming days", he said.

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