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.

Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer was talking to John Pennington. To win a holiday to India with Lycamobile, click here.

© Cricket World 2014

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