Sunday 17 August 2014 

Farokh Engineer: A Diabolical Performance

Diabolical - the word Farokh uses to describe India's performances since Lord's
Diabolical - the word Farokh uses to describe India's performances since Lord's
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Farokh says that James Anderson (left) was magnificent for England
Farokh says that James Anderson (left) was magnificent for England
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What can I say after another dreadful day for India? They've thrown in the towel, they've embarrassed themselves and they have been absolutely pathetic by losing in three days - twice. It's diabolical.

I just don't understand what was going on. Two run outs - were they chasing runs or something? I just don't understand the logic, it's been mind-blowing the performance of the Indian batsmen and I think Duncan Fletcher has a lot to answer for here as it's been one pathetic performance after another.

In my view, heads should roll after this and the one I would like to see go is Fletcher's because he's been on a good wicket for a long time and what has his contribution been?

Year after year we see disappointment and excuses and there has been no leadership shown. Morale is down. The boys' heads are down. Somebody should be lifting them up, telling them they haven't become a bad team overnight.

The Indian public will be absolutely furious, particularly having spent so much money on tickets - perhaps they should ask for their money back because what they have seen has been pathetic.

India were well and truly beaten on all counts by England and remember this England side was on the rocks before this series started.

Alastair Cook's captaincy was being questioned and now they have come out with flying colours, gaining in confidence after every game following Lord's and the Indians have allowed them to do that.

They have allowed England to regain the momentum and what a geat thing that is for England ahead of next year's Ashes.

All credit to England. For me, James Anderson was magnificent and there was a huge gap between him and the rest of the bowlers on both sides and I think he is the one who has made all the difference.

No credit to India. Diabolical is the word I would use for them.

Everybody is disappointed to some degree because the series hasn't lived up to expectations, especially after the Lord's Test, where I praised India for their recovery.

If England shot themselves in the foot there, India shot themselves in the foot in Southampton and since have been shooting themselves in both feet.

No technique, no heart, no passion. At times it was like they were trying to give England slip-catching practice

I'm extremely disappointed to say the least. I feel such a mixture of emotions - anger, frustration and disappointment but I feel for the players, particularly some of the young players, who may never recover from the mental scarring from this series.

I hope they do, though, and get their confidence back because India is such a cricket-mad country. They'll get some stick when they get home, depending how the ODI series goes, which I suppose offers India chance to save some face because India are a better one-day side.

Perhaps winning the ODI series will help redeem themselves, which I hope they do.

Farokh Engineer was talking to John Pennington. To win a holiday to India with Lycamobile, click here.

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs