After a brutal thrashings at the hands of England, the current Indian team is hapless and looking for survival from criticisms that comes from various quarters including the Indian fans, media and the board. In the midst of this, the British Media is rubbing salt into the wounds of the Indians after the innings and 244 runs humiliation in the fifth and final test at The Oval. The British Media gave back India what they got from Australia during the 2014 Ashes Down Under.
Geoff Boycott quoted that the Indian batsmen were spineless and looked like lambs to the slaughter. Whenever India came on to bat or bowl, they were pathetic on two seaming pitches at The Oval and at Old Trafford. In his column for Daily Telegraph, he also added that the batsmen lacked application, determination and the technique to handle the best Test bowling duo in the world- James Anderson and Stuart Broad. On these sort of pitches they are a dangerous for any batsmen and these talented flat-track kids had no experience of playing in conditions that doesn’t suit them. The Indian batsmen were like lambs to the slaughter.
The Independent chose Virat Kohli for its turn. It said the reputation of India’s batsmen has undergone its own mini volte-face as well, with Virat Kohli suffering more than the rest. Kohli arrived in England being appreciated as the only man who could challenge South Africa’s AB de Villiers for the title of best batsman in all formats of the game, had a miserable series and ended up with an average of 13.40. He leads James Anderson by 22 runs and had batted five innings more. After this series, nobody will call him the new Tendulkar anymore. Their batting was woeful and the final chance in the series was so pathetic that even Boycott could banter on it for the remaining two and a half days test match.
The Guardian went on to quote that Derbyshire would have defeated the Indian team at Old Trafford and The Oval. Since their victory at Lords, the team has performed so lamentably. Being a power horse in the Cricket’s Big Three, India are expected to maintain and enhance the status of Test cricket. With performances like these, their players are doing the opposite.
BBC pinpointed India’s performance with the bat in the final two Tests should not detract from England’s achievement. They quoted “The problem for the tourists was initially they were distracted by the Anderson-Jadeja push-gate saga and then they didn’t get any time for the players to regroup and find form in between the Tests. When you feature in five matches played in such small interval of time, you are going to get cataclysmic results because there is hardly any chance for a comeback for the team low on confidence.”