Saturday 12 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: Both Sides Have Adopted A Negative Attitude

Ishant Sharma and Joe Root clash
Even this clash between Ishant Sharma and Joe Root hardly livened up proceedings on day four
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Well, unfortunately that was quite a boring day's Test cricket, because neither side wants to lose. Neither side were giving or taking an inch, but that's cricket these days.

Unfortunately MS Dhoni went very defensive with his field placings and Joe Root missed so many singles, he should have scored 200 or more and Jimmy Anderson should have passed his century.

They missed so many runs - it didn't make any sense. England would have been in the driving seat.

Things livened up all of a sudden towards the end of the day with two quick wickets but the game is still going to be a draw, unless India collapse monumentally, otherwise I can't see too much happening really.

All in all, it hasn't been the most exciting day's cricket. Both sides have adopted a negative attitude and I think England would have been in a commanding position had they played proper cricket.

Yet I am still amazed that India have left out Ravichandran Ashwin for this match. He is a world-class spinner and England have six left-handers in their side - I'm sure he would have been successful here.

Both wicket-keepers have come in for scrutiny in this game. I had a very close look at the chance that Prior missed today and I have to say his - and Dhoni's - wicket-keeping technique is completely wrong. They are both getting up too soon.

Dhoni is hardly getting down at all. It's difficult when you get up to go down again, which is why wicket-keepers and slip fielders try to stay as low as they can, for as long as they can, enabling them to dive for low catches either side of the wicket.

Once you stand up, it's difficult to go back down again in time, and it's a massive flaw that both of those international wicket-keepers have. Both have dropped catches in this way in this game.

They won't learn, will they? They have these highly-paid wicket-keeping coaches and fielding coaches but are they telling them these things or not? It makes you wonder.

Honestly, cricket would do better without day's like this so let's hope for better tomorrow.

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