- As per Sunil Gavaskar, India’s performance shows lack of red-ball practice and preparation
- After being put into bat on Day 2 of the 2nd Test match, India was bowled out for just 107
- At stumps on Day 3, England’s lead is 250 with 4 wickets in hand, and the match is moving quickly away from the grasp of the Indians.
After being bowled out due to a disastrous batting display on Day 2 of the 2nd Test Match, Indian bowlers did their best on Day 3 to restrict the English batting line up, but a brilliant hundred by Chris Woakes helped the hosts end Day 3 with a lead of 250 runs, leaving the visitors hanging by a thread as they look to go 2-0 up in the 5-match Test series.
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Sunil Gavaskar, who is in England part of the commentary team heaped a lot of praise on the Indian bowlers for their effort even though the conditions weren’t anything like what the English bowlers got to work with on Day 2. He said,”India’s bowlers have once again raised their hand and taken the responsibility of giving the team a chance to come back in the second Test at Lords.
The conditions were a lot easier when England came out to bat. However, they kept the ball full and got it to seam off the pitch – not as prodigiously as the England bowlers did, but just enough to cause problems.”
However, Sunil Gavaskar wasn’t this sympathetic to the Indian batsmen who once against failed to apply themselves and put the team on the backfoot. Chasing a score of under 200 in the 1st Test match, everyone except captain Kohli failed to produce anywhere close to what we have come to expect from them.
Like Sunil Gavaskar, many of us thought that the lessons from the 1st Test match would have been taken on board and we would witness a much better batting display in the remainder of the series but unfortunately the overcast conditions and some brilliant bowling by James Anderson rendered all preparation ineffective as India was bowled out for just 107 runs, which included a rare failure by Virat Kohli.
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Speaking about the Indian batting contingent, Gavaskar said,”India, despite losing the first Test where their batsmen, apart from skipper Kohli, looked all at sea, didn’t strengthen their batting and left out perennial scapegoat Shikhar Dhawan.
For that to happen (Win a Test match) the much-vaunted batsmen have to raise their hands and show not just grit and determination but also a semblance of technique. Their lack of red-ball practice and preparation is evident and the seaming conditions in the three innings so far haven’t helped.”
Day 1 of the 2nd Test match was completely washed out and after India lost the toss and were put into bat on Day 2, the conditions around the iconic Lords stadium hardly offered any assistance to the batsmen, something veteran fast-bowler James Anderson wasn’t going to miss out and eventually finished the day with 5 wickets, trapping Ishant Sharma on the final ball of the day to wrap up the Indian innings in just over 35 overs.
It was a test not by fire but by ice because of the overcast conditions. The Indian batsmen seemed frozen and unable to move their feet. Having said that, it wouldn’t have been easy for any other team either England have a top-class new-ball attack,” Gavaskar said describing the challenges Indian batsmen faced batting on Day 2.
With England 250 runs ahead and 4 wickets in hands, the match is quickly moving away from India’s grasp and if the bowlers don’t manage to pick up quick wickets on Day 4, it could very well end in an innings defeat, which is shocking given how close India ran the hosts in the 1st Test match.
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