What former cricketers are saying about India’s performances in England

Florence Fletcher
August 14, 2018

"The stats proved that the ball moved in this (Lord's) Test match more than any other Test match in last three years anywhere in the world".

"India lasted 82 overs across 2 innings".

In September 2017, Anderson took the 500th scalp of his Test career.

After England captain Joe Root had declared his team's first innings closed at 396 for seven, Vijay pushed forward to a full delivery in Anderson's second over and was caught behind off a thin inside edge by wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Things, it has to be said, are going pretty well for England and nowhere more so than in the bowling department.Batting concerns remain, but with the ball in hand England have been rampant, with nearly everything going their way.Perhaps nothing sums this up better than the performance of Stuart Broad on the final day at Lord's on Sunday. Any chances of avoiding an innings then soon disappeared after Broad removed Kohli to leave India reeling at 61 for 5.

Unfortunately for Broad, he neither completed a record-breaking third Test hat-trick, nor got to continue bowling much longer, rain forcing the players off for an early Tea.

"India are doing everything they can, but.we've given them nothing".

Kohli, needing prolonged on-field treatment, fell for 17 when caught by debutant Ollie Pope at short-leg off Broad.

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Anderson took his tally for the match to nine wickets by removing Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Shami for ducks, before Woakes fittingly finished the job with Ishant Sharma caught at leg slip to put the hosts in firm control of the series.

"It is a lower back issue, coming up again and again, purely because of the workload and the number of matches I have been playing", Kohli said when asked if he batted with an injury which affected his movement on the crease.

However, Trevor Bayliss, England's coach, believes that the key component for Rashid's game is confidence, and in spite of his TFC status at Lord's, the experience of being a part of a winning Test team will transcend any other concerns that he might have about his role. I don't see any lack of fight, or lack of trying (from them).

"He's something that doesn't come along very often and we've got to enjoy him while he's around", he added. "But they're world class and they showed how good they can be this game".

"I was gutted when that rain arrived, " Broad said. I am really pleased for Woaksey (Chris).

Barring skipper Kohli's 200 runs over two innings in Edgbaston, none of the batsmen have managed to stick it out against the English bowlers who have been on song with weather conditions favouring swing and bounce.

Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag, who never minces his words when putting across things on Twitter was not very impressed with the way the team folded without putting up a fight. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don't do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch.

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