Coming back to the series- I feel Botham and Vaughan might have to eat their words about 4-0 whitewash of India!
Yes. This break must have been a good one for regrouping and reworking strategies. If the openers come good, then we can see dravid,tendulkar and laxman proving their mettle. I still don't think this english bowling attack is as lethal as we made it to be. The sehwag effect will only tell.
Couple of questions (I know the die-hard India fans will not like this):
1. Why is it always a difficult pitch for Indian batsmen to bat on when on the same pitch the other team (this time England) can score merrily and our bowling is toothless (and conversely why is it that when we bowl, the pitch is not good for bowlers)?
2. Before this test started there was so much talk about India bouncing back with Viru's return and what happens ? He gets out first ball for a duck !
And now looking at the situation with England on 456/3, the writing is on the wall and we're mostly headed for a 3-0 margin (3/3 for England!) unless some great batting in second innings saves us from defeat
This has got to be one of the worst test series for India in recent times.....also I guess its time for the cricket administration in our country to wake up and reduce the number of tours/games...its getting a bit too much and I am sure the players are feeling it as well. They need a break like everyone else. Every game has a season, but the BCCI has decided that they need to mint money more than look after the players...
Why is it always a difficult pitch for Indian batsmen to bat on when on the same pitch the other team (this time England) can score merrily and our bowling is toothless (and conversely why is it that when we bowl, the pitch is not good for bowlers)?
I guess the same applies when overseas teams visit India & struggle on our turning pitches while our Indian batsman make runs by the truckloads on the same pitch!
Getting back to the match, was watching Sunil Gavaskar giving his views on a news channel this morning. According to him, some players are giving an attitude that they have done a huge favour to the country by winning the World Cup and that is the reason they are listless & disinterested in this series.
You know something is seriously wrong with the team when world record holder Rahul Dravid drops 2 straightforward catches & his reaction after the drop says it all ! Seems like we are going to go down 4-0 in this series but its good to see that some of the commentators are still optimistic !
Maybe we will come out victorious in the one-day series & this test series will be forgotten.