Farokh Engineer: A Pathetic, Embarrassing Display
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.
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