Editorial

Humbled and humiliated

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 9/13/2018 10:57:50 AM IST

 After the latest  thrashing at the hands of England in the five-match test series in England, the flashy, starry and much hyped Indian cricket team has been forced to bite the dust. The 4-1 thrashing of the self hyped ‘superstars’ by a consistent  and thoroughly professional English team will force the selectors to do some serious thinking about all facets of the Indian team. Of course, the weakness of the Indians was exposed even in previous test matches but the Indians cut a sorry figure in all the test matches barring the lone win at Trent Bridge. For ‘Kohli’s boys’ they will do well to remember that no  test side has suffered as many losses in the last 10 years in England than team India. In batting and bowling stats too, India is languishing near the very bottom. Well, Kohli may be the world’s number 1 and even slide down to number 2 etc but he alone cannot make up for the rest. The  thrashing at the Oval marked the eleventh test match that India has lost in England in the past decade. Among the eight test-cricket playing nations that have travelled to England in the past 10 years, India reportedly has the highest number of losses. Whichever way one cuts the data, India in England in the past decade, compared to other sides, is a very sorry tale. In England in the past decade, India have been abysmal in all facets of the game. On the bowling side, the English batsmen have averaged 47 per wicket against India during this period. This is, once again, the second-worst, after Bangladesh. To put this in perspective, the sides that have achieved some level of success have restricted English batsmen to an average in the mid-30s: for example, English batsmen averaged 31 against South Africa and 32 against Australia.  The weakness of the Indian batsmen to outswingers on bouncy pitches was more than exposed when  the played on the  up in front of the pad and either got out LBW or nicked to slips. In India, the Indians are great because the pitches as non bouncy and flat pitches which does not allow much swinging. The greatest weakness of the Indians was ironically Virat Kohli as the team was over dependent psychologically and physically on his performance.   Cricket is played like a team just as how England did. But India played like a bunch who pinned their hopes on a few. When  KL Rahul , Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik  and  Ajinkya Rahane  were inconsistent, how could the team put up a good total? The bowling department was short of another pacer since Pandya failed to shine. The Indians should be asking themselves if they went   prepared or simply were over complacent with their performances at home in familiar surroundings?.    The fact is that the Indians lacked practise and planning before heading for England  and that was the main reason made them perform like a bunch of college kids who were   kicked and thrashed humiliatingly like never before. After the humiliating defeat in England, the Indian selectors have to realise that Virat may be a performer but he is not an astute and matured leader. Now that Ravi Shastri has been humbled perhaps he must also accept the blame and make way for another coach.

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