Saturday 9 August 2014 

Farokh Engineer: A Pathetic, Embarrassing Display

England celerbate a wicket
Farokh says India were embarrassing as they were beaten inside three days by England
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What can I say about India's performance at Old Trafford? No passion at all. No pride, no passion, a gutless performance, absolutely embarrassing. Those are the words that come to mind straightaway after watching that defeat.

As an Indian I am embarrassed that my countrymen can put up such a pathetic display.

There was no fight at all, from the moment we made a mistake in the first place by electing to bat.

That, by the way, shows the team are being advised poorly and I lay blame at the door of the coach, Duncan Fletcher. He knows conditions in England, surely he should have pointed them in the right direction?

It was a pathetic, embarrassing display by the Indian cricket team.

What makes it worse was in the second innings, Stuart Broad wasn't even bowling and I don't know how Moeen Ali is getting all these wickets. He doesn't have a doosra in his armoury and if we can't play an off-spinner like him, we are in trouble.

In Mumbai, in every club, on every maidan, they'll have an off-spinner of the quality of Moeen Ali - believe me. So if they can't play him on a flat wicket, it's embarrassing.

It gives me no pleasure but I said early on that this match could end in three or four days. India made the wrong decision on the first morning and I knew it was going to be a four-day Test but I didn't think India were so bad that they wouldn't even last three days.

It was humiliating and they should hang their heads in shame.

Look at Virat Kohli, who I have high regard for as a player. It just hasn't clicked and MS Dhoni's wicket-keeping has been poor - the run out he missed, and the stumping he missed - it's baffling.

I played the last time England beat India in three days over here but even I have never been involved in a game where nine wickets fell after tea - that was embarrassing.

I have to admit that with eight wickets down, I walked out of the ground. Enough was enough for me.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was run out while trying to save a game, and India did the same thing at Southampton.

The forecast is dreadful for tomorrow, the ground could be flooded, and the game could have been a draw but with no passion, and no fight at all, India gave themselves no chance.

Lycamobile ambassador 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