- VVX Laxman joined the group of former cricketers who have openly criticised the Indian team after their performance in the 2nd Test match
- After suffering a narrow defeat in the 1st Test match, India succumbed to a massive defeat by innings and 159 runs
- None of the Indian batsmen even managed to get to a half-century in the 2nd Test match including Virat Kohli
After a humiliating defeat in the 2nd Test match against England, Captain Virat Kohli and team have received severe criticism for the manner of their defeat. In the 1st Test match, heroics of the Captain helped the team narrow down the margin of defeat but his failure in the 2nd Test match opened the gates for a disastrous performance from the 1st ball to the last ball of the match.
Former players including the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, and even Sunil Gavaskar has expressed their disappointment at the fashion in which the Indian team capitulated on the Day 4 of the Lords Test match. Another former player, who was shocked by the lack of belief in the Indian batting line-up was VVS Laxman.
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Writing in his column for Times of India, Laxman wrote, “After excellent commitment at Edgbaston, the lack of fight. England did have the better of the conditions, but they also made the most of the assistance they received, while India caved in meekly, especially when it came to batting.”
Virat Kohli who scored 200 runs in the 1st Test match couldn’t convert his starts in the 2nd match, which eventually meant that none of the Indian batsmen were able to score ever a half-century, leading India to defeat by an innings and 159 runs. The result came in a matter of just three days after Day 1 of the 2nd Test match was completely washed out.
“As much as the technical inadequacies, what stood out was a lack of belief. It manifested itself in tentativeness. Once you start doubting your abilities, there is no way back,” said Laxman explaining India’s failure to find any sort of foothold in the 2nd Test match.
Latest Cricket News: Issues in the mind need to sorted out before the 3rd Test match
Apart from Virat Kohli who is the leading run-scorer in the Test series currently, none of the Indian batsmen have even managed to reach a half-century till now, which is in complete contrast to their performances in the Indian subcontinent. The veteran Indian batsman, who has played a number of memorable was shocked to see the lack of fight by the Indian batsmen even though they had played ODI and T20 series before and were very much aware of the conditions they were going to encounter in England.
Speaking about the Indian batting performance, Laxman said,”Every member must look at himself, ask tough questions and find honest answers. India have the wherewithal from a cricketing perspective to fight back from 2-0 down, but for that, they must first sort out the issues in their minds, which clearly are several.”
This isn’t a one-off case as VVS Laxman explains next. Even during the South Africa Test Series, Kohli was by far the best Indian batsman and ended the series as the highest run-getter, something he will be close achieving even this time around if he can manage to stay fit.
“In their last 10 overseas innings, India have topped 250 only twice, and on both those occasions, Virat made a big hundred. That doesn’t reflect well on an experienced batting line-up that has played previously in England and is, therefore, aware of what to expect,” said Laxman criticising other Indian batsmen apart from Kohli.
Coach Ravi Shastri and the management will be working hard in the next couple of days as the Indian team prepares for the 3rd Test match at Trent Bridge at Nottingham. One big worry for the Indian team is the fitness of Virat Kohli, who reported back issues at the end of 2nd Test match and is in line for late fitness test in order to participate in the remainder of the series.
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