Friday 11 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: A Draw Unless Something Dramatic Happens

Ishant Sharma bowls
Ishant Sharma took three wickets as India's bowlers impressed Farokh on day three
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It's been a mixed day today. England have recovered after a slump and my mate Jimmy Anderson has hit a few fours, much to the delight of the crowd and Joe Root is hanging in there.

He has played very well. It shows it's a good batting wicket. If Anderson can hang on and play some shots and India's tail-enders can play as they did it shows there's a lot of batting still left in the wicket.

There's nothing wrong with the wicket, it was wrongly criticised I think - I don't understand the fuss and criticism.

It's a perfectly good Test cricket wicket. Of course it will last five days, hopefully and again, there can't be much wrong with the wicket if Anderson is smacking it about on day three!

India have bowled very well, Bhuvneshwar Kumar with four wickets, Ishant Sharma with three but I thought the spinners would play an important part. Had India picked Ravichandran Ashwin, I think he might have picked a couple of wickets.

Tactically, at least India have bowled stumps to stump, wicket to wicket, unlike England who were bowling wide outside off stump. What England were doing was playing negative cricket.

At least india have tried to bowl at the wickets, which is why they've taken wickets, and while they've given away a few runs, they still have a good lead but the game looks to be heading for a draw unless something dramatic happens.

When Matt Prior was given out, as it happens, I was talking to John Major, and he certainly made a song and dance that he didn't hit it.

Regarding the DRS system, I am very critical of India. I am all for the DRS myself, unlike the Indian team, or the Indian board, for that matter.

India have said 'it's not 100 per cent correct', but in my opinion even if it's 90 per cent correct, it helps the umpire make the right decision and make a better game.

I'm all for it, and I always have been.    

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