India was badly humiliated by England at Manchester as they suffered a defeat by an innings and 54 runs. The defeat has been heavily criticised by media and former players. Latest addition to that is the former India wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer. Farokh criticised both the players and the coach Duncan Fletcher for the embarrassing defeat.
Engineer, who played 46 Tests from 1961-1975, told BBC Radio Five on Sunday that the defeat at Old Trafford was embarrassing. He feels that India took the wrong decision to bat on the first day on a green top and the weather being cloudy and favourable to the bowlers. In the 1970s, Engineer was a player for Lancashire and played lots of seasons in their home ground Old Trafford. So he is well acquainted with the conditions. According to Engineer, Duncan Fletcher should have advised Dhoni correctly. Fletcher being an England coach earlier should have been well aware for the pitch conditions of Old Trafford. Engineer feels that a highly paid coach like Fletcher is responsible for the result as he was unable to advise Dhoni properly. After Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat on the first morning, India slumped to 8 for 4 inside the first 6 overs. Three top order batsmen for India, Vijay, Pujara and Kohli were out for duck. The embarrassment continued on the 3rd day as well as India lost 9 wickets in the post-tea session. This helped England to win the test and go 2-1 up in the 5-match series. The last match starts at The Oval next week.
For trivia this was the first time England had won a Test against India inside three days since a 132-run victory at Birmingham’s Edgbaston ground back in 1967 – a match in which Engineer played. Engineer feels that India showed no backbone and played without any passion. He also criticised BCCI for not wanting to use the Decision Review System (DRS). Pujara was unfortunate in the second innings. Engineer feels that with DRS a lot of decisions could have gone India’s way. He said that ICC needs to put pressure on BCCI to implement DRS in the matches involving the Indian side.
According to Engineer, highly rated player Virat Kohli was failed to deliver. Engineer feels that Kohli who went to England with high reputation has failed to take off and been dismissed to silly deliveries.
However, India can still make a strong comeback and level the series at The Oval. The final match starts on Friday. But the batsmen will have to improve a lot as they are badly out of form if India has to post a big score on the board.