The second Test match between England and India at Lord’s is en route and the way it is unfolding, it seems that the Indian team has not learnt from their previous mistakes.
Cricket news: The Indian team has not got used to the conditions in England, says Hussain
India had previously lost 0-4 in 2011 and 1-3 in 2014 and in the first game of this series at Edgbaston, it was a single-handed show from Virat Kohli but that also failed to change the fate of the game.
Although the conditions in Lord’s seem tough, yet the Indian batsmen seemed to lack the required preparations for the challenge.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes that the batsmen of India needs to change the mindset and he also feels that the team has not yet adjusted to the conditions.
Murali Vijay, who was India’s highest run-scorer last time at England, is going through a torrid time. Although he scored a century against Afghanistan, he did put up a disappointing performance against South Africa and Australia at home.
Hussain said that Vijay should change his thought process and from the next time should walk on to the pitch with a different attitude.
“You have to have the mindset in England that you are going to get that unplayable delivery. Murali Vijay has to go into the second innings not thinking ‘my technique is all over the place’, you have to say ‘I got a really good delivery, move on’,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
Vijay could not get off the mark in both the innings at Lord’s, as he got bowled by Anderson in the first innings and in the second, he edged Anderson’s delivery that jagged back in and was caught by wicketkeeper Bairstow.
His inability to handle new balls has been exposed and there are many serious questions rising about his inclusion in the squad.
India got bundled for 107 in the first innings and conceded a lead of 289 runs, which suggests that a defeat at Lord’s in imminent for the visitors.
The Test is already done and dusted unless the weather gods show some mercy and wash off the rest of the match.
Hussain also said that India have been in England for quite some time and they should have got used to the conditions. Now in the middle of the Test series, it would be difficult for them to change certain and adapt equivalently.
“The Indian batting line-up has needed more time to acclimatise to these conditions and the moving ball. They have played one warm-up game, the three-day match at Chelmsford. Let’s see if they can do that in the middle of a Test match, that is their challenge,” Nasser said.