In what was termed to be a revenge series for team India after their humiliating 4-0 loss in England earlier this year, the recently concluded India England test series turned out to be a damp squid especially for Indian cricket enthusiasts. Not only did England manage to beat India at their home, they rewrote cricketing history by winning a test series in India after 28 long years. At the end of the day the 2-1 series loss gave a fair reflection of the kind of cricket played out by the two teams, with England team managing to win more session and apply sustained pressure on the Indian bowling line up while the Indian spinners failed to create their magic on turning Indian pitches.
Ricky “The Punter” Ponting, former Australian cricket captain, retired from international cricket at the end of the third test match against South Africa. The former Aussie skipper at 37 years is the second highest run scorer in Test history. The match in Perth was his 168th Test for the baggy greens. At the press conference Ricky confirmed that the decision was not influenced by the selectors as he was not performing at the highest level for the last 18 months or so. He just amassed a meager 20 runs in the first two test matches against the Proteas and this prompted the decision to retire.
The seven wicket defeat India suffered against England has had its fallout. As a result of the dismal show, key players of the team like Zaheer, Harbhajan and Yuvraj have been dropped from the squad.
England scored a convincing 7 wicket victory over India in the third test match at Eden Gardens to lead the series 2 – 1. This is a remarkable achievement as very few teams have managed to win 2 tests on the trot while touring India. The total batting collapse from India ensured that England only needed to chase a modest 41 runs to take the unassailable lead.
After the defeat in the test series at the hands of England, India intends to put up a spirited fight against the English team in the upcoming T 20 series. Two matches are scheduled to be played in the T 20 competition and the same will be held in Pune and Mumbai respectively on December 20th and December 22nd respectively.
Despite a lackluster performance in the second test in Mumbai, the board has not done any change in the team for the third test to be held in Kolkata. The test begins on 5th December and the under performing players have got another chance to prove their worth.
Wankhade stadium in Mumbai has always been a happy hunting ground for the Indian cricket team, but not this time. It turned out to be a nightmare for the men in blue, led by captain cool M.S. Dhoni.
The Indian team was beaten fair and square by the visiting English team in their very own back yard. But the most humiliating aspect of this test lies in the fact that the track for the play was a tailor made ‘rank turner’ as desired by the Indian captain.
India never looked a team and not even resembled a bunch of professionals on the field. England was deservingly winners by 10 wickets, beating them hands down in every department of the game.