The Men in Blue has been handed a thumping defeat by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test match played at Lord’s against England.
Cricket news: The do-or-die third Test will begin from August 18 at Trent Bridge
With the defeat India are down by 0-2 in the series and many have questioned about the mentality of the players as they think the players do not have the ability to compete in these conditions.
England declared their first innings with a massive lead of 289 runs. With the weather forecast of light to heavy rains, many had thought that the Indian batsmen would fight hard to save the match at least.
But what followed was a total surrender as all the top order batsmen could not find their foot in the seaming conditions.
It was only Cheteshwar Pujara who showed some grit to fight it out but he also eventually succumbed to the pressure.
An injured Virat Kohli couldn’t help much to the team’s cause and now many are fearing that the series is going to be whitewash like the one in 2011.
After their 107 in the first innings, India succumbed again as they managed to score a meek total of 130 runs in 47 overs.
The fast bowling trio of James Anderson, Stuart Board and Chris Woakes were all over the opposition batsmen and even Sam Curran also proved to be threatening from now and then.
Although the visitors are still very much alive in the series yet the way their batsmen have performed until now, a very few would be hoping to see a comeback.
The former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, who was also the part of the 2011 debacle, was very disappointed with the team’s efforts and criticised them for their performance. However he is still hopeful that the team will fight back from this situation.
“Very poor from India. 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. Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to come back from this,” he wrote in his tweet.
The third Test of the five-match Test series will begin from August 18 and will be played at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, and the match will undoubtedly be a do-or-die game for the visitors.