Farokh Engineer: India Did Everything Wrong
We seem to be saying it a lot this summer, but this was another disappointing day for India after being bowled out for just 148. They just lack the technique to bat in England and they lack the application as well to cope with the conditions in England.
They didn't move their feet, didn't get behind the ball and they did everything wrong today.
The wicket eased up after lunch so MS Dhoni made the best of it and he was the only one to get a decent score but England have got to stumps without losing a wicket which is almost halfway towards India's score.
Should England get about 350 or 400, India will be struggling. India are not good at saving games, as shown at Southampton and Emirates Old Trafford.
Unfortunately, it is all doom and gloom if you are an Indian supporter. They have batted very badly and paid the price.
And again, their refusal to use the DRS system has hurt them because they would have seen off Alastair Cook if they had been able to refer that LBW decision. They continue to pay the price for their stupidity in not agreeing to use the system.
It was good to see Ishant Sharma back in the side - although perhaps not bowling already from an Indian point of view - as he bowled very well at Lord's, winning India the game, so that was a welcome change.
Meanwhile, Stuart Binny is back in place of Ravindra Jadeja and I think he's been dropped for the manner in which he has been getting out.
He has got no technique at all against the moving ball and showed signs of desperation by charging down the wicket and trying to hit the ball out of the ground.
I don't think he's a Test player, or he certainly isn't one in England.
I can't see this game lasting five days, perhaps it won't even go four days, but by Sunday I expect England to be well on the way to victory.
Farokh Engineer was talking to John Pennington. Win a holiday to India with Lycamobile by clicking here.
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