England vs India 2018: India Should Not Doubt their Abilities – VVS Laxman
Former flamboyant batsman VVS Laxman believes that India should not doubt their abilities after going down in the second Test. India had lost the second Test match at Lord’s by an innings and 159 runs. Therefore, such a big defeat can put doubts in the minds of the players.
In fact, India had come up with a fighting performance at Edgbaston where they lost by only 31 runs. However, it was a completely different performance from the visitors in the second Test match. India’s batting performance was disappointing after they found themselves on the ropes after scoring a mere 107 and 130 in both the innings.
Mental toughness will come into play.
“After excellent commitment at Edgbaston, the lack of fight (at Lord’s) was galling,” Laxman wrote in his column for Times of India.
“England did have the better of the conditions, but they also made the most of the assistance they received, while India caved in meekly, especially when it came to batting.”
VVS Laxman went on to add that Virat Kohli’s men lacked the self-belief in themselves in the second test. The Indian team didn’t turn up well for the game and it was palpable by their poor performance.
“As much as the technical inadequacies, what stood out was a lack of belief. It manifested itself in tentativeness,” Laxman analysed. “Once you start doubting your abilities, there is no way back.”
Virat Kohli has been the lone warrior.
The Hyderabad based former batsman said that the Indian players should ask themselves the tough questions and should find the right answers. VVS Laxman said that the players should be mentally tough at this time.
“Every member must look at himself, ask tough questions and find honest answers. India have the wherewithal from a cricketing perspective to fight back from 2-0 down, but for that, they must first sort out the issues in their minds, which clearly are several,” the former Test specialist said.
Meanwhile, India’s batting has been a one-man army as they relied heavily on the shoulders of Virat Kohli. However, the Indian batting line up is an experienced unit. Thus, it is not good signs for the team.
“In their last 10 overseas innings, India has topped 250 only twice, and on both those occasions, Virat made a big hundred. That doesn’t reflect well on an experienced batting line-up that has played previously in England and is, therefore, aware of what to expect,” said Laxman.
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