India‘s recent loss against England by an innings and 54 runs in Manchester was the 11th time when India has tlost England against England by an innings. Indian batting order has been ver disappointing in this tour of England and as a result of which India now trails in the 5 match test series by 1-2 with one more match to go. Meaning now India has a no chance of winning this series and will have to fight very hard to even draw the series.
First let us take alook at previous instances when India has lost to England in England by an innings –
|Innings and 54 runs||India||Manchester||7 Aug, 2014|
|Innings and 8 runs||England||The Oval||18 Aug, 2011|
|Innings and 242 runs||England||Birmingham||10 Aug, 2011|
|Innings and 83 runs||England||Birmingham||12 Jul, 1979|
|Innings and 78 runs||India||Birmingham||4 Jul, 1974|
|Innings and 285 runs||England||Lord’s||20 Jun, 1974|
|Innings and 124 runs||India||Lord’s||22 Jun, 1967|
|Innings and 27 runs||India||The Oval||20 Aug, 1959|
|Innings and 173 runs||India||Leeds||2 Jul, 1959|
|Innings and 59 runs||England||Nottingham||4 Jun, 1959|
|Innings and 207 runs||England||Manchester||17 Jul, 1952|
Stat updated till 9 Aug, 2014
India’s biggest loss in terms of runs has been in the year 1974, when they lost by Innings and 285 runs at Lord’s.
There will many questions raised on the Indian team at the end of this tour if India does pick up their game now. Already they have been few questions, if MS Dhoni should be leading the team in Test Cricket or should the new guns take over. Also if it is the new talent that has to take over then our only option is Virat Kohli, who is also going through a very bad phase.
There will also be few questions raised as to if India needs to rethink their strategies of team selection from a young team to a mixed team. Which would mean bringing back the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Sehwag who have the best experience to play in such conditions. But as well all know Dhoni, he is a man of surprises and who know which other surprise he might reveal in the coming time.