Friday 15 August 2014 

Farokh Engineer: India Did Everything Wrong

India got it all wrong on day one at The Kia Oval, says Farokh Engineer
India got it all wrong on day one at The Kia Oval, says Farokh Engineer
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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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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