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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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