Hosts England are in a state of shock after losing Lord’s Test which in all probability they should have won. England management are in Catch-22 situation going into the third Test starting at Southampton on July 27. India’s impressive 95-run win at Lord’s on Monday have sent the England team management in a frenzy which will be reflected in their team selection for 3rd Test on Tuesday.
Apart from dealing with an out of captain, England will have to address the nature of wicket they want to dish out for the remainder of the Tests.
Meanwhile, back home, former Indian cricketers are jubilant. Sunil Gavaskar claims the Lord’s victory is a start of many good things to come, while former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly feels the “roles have reversed” and India “can bounce out opposition too.” Among all these, there is also a word of caution from India’s greatest ever batsman Sachin Tendulkar who is advising team to show caution, even though he feels these are wonderful times to be an Indian cricket fan. The odds are clearly against England heading in to third Test match.
According to Indian Express, Tendulkar claims the England team made mistakes under pressure at Lord’s.
“Going into the final day, it was always going to be just a matter of time before the pressure got to them despite the two English batsmen having almost seen off the first session. There is nothing comparable to the pressure that you feel while batting on Day 5.”
“I remember telling my son Arjun that India had the upper-hand in the GAME after the first day’s play at Lord’s. Our boys put in a very creditable performance in the first Test and then followed it up by batting brilliantly on Day One on a testing pitch (at Lord’s).”
“I also felt that the key from the second day onwards was for them to capitalize on that start, to build on the foundation laid down by the batsmen and to keep the pressure on them. And they did just that,” Tendulkar added.
According to The Little Master India’s biggest strength is every member of the playing XI contributed in their own way.
“Winning Tests in England is very special. What really stood out for me from this match was the number of performers we had across all five days. It reminded me of our wins in Johannesburg (2006) and Durban (2010). In both those games, everyone chipped in with special performances,” Tendulkar concluded.
Tendulkar, though, had a word of caution too. “These are wonderful times but let’s not think ahead,” he exclaimed.
Wise words these from India’s best cricketing mind.