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.
Cook Was a Master Chef: Although there were many defining performances from both sides, the difference between the two sides was undoubtedly the English skipper Alastair Cook who made the series his own by being a thorn in the flesh of Indian bowlers. Not only was the English captain a master stroke with the bat, his bowling combinations and meticulous details helped his team nail a very experienced Indian batting line up in their own backyard.
Indian Bowling Dilemma: There is no denying the fact that bowlers win test matches while batsmen set them up for the team but the Indian team failed on both counts rather surprisingly. While knifes were out for Sachin Tendulkar for having yet another quiet series considering his abilities and track record, it was the lack of penetration from the bowlers that made a critical difference between the two sides. While English spin duo of Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann managed to not only extract more bite and turn from the pitches, the Indian spin dilemma underlined the need to sharpen its bowling resources. Indian pitches have been a watershed for a lot of spinners in the past but the English spin duo managed to achieve the impossible by bowling out Indian batsmen in all the innings.