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.
What might have gone wrong?
After a match winning show by the spinners in the first test and some good batting, complacency might have taken over the team. Inclusion of Harbhajan Singh who is out of decent match practise points out to this attitude. Moreover the turbanator did not get enough overs to bowl and neither the support. Moreover, it seemed from the attitude of our bowlers, particularly the spinners that they have started to take the visitors for granted on a tuner track.
In-effective bowling and bowling strategy:
Possibly this is what happens when you know all the answers of a question paper. You end up confused. The Indian bowlers knew too much of spin bowling on a turning track, and kept on experimenting for unknown reasons. They forgot the first lesson every newbie is given, stick to the basics. They seemed to be bowling without any proper strategy and looked lost.
That is what the British turbanator- the one only Monty Panesar who came as a substitute and his partner Graeme Swann did. They kept the line and length tight, used flight to mixed-up the pace to fool the Indian batsmen, who are actually famous for playing spin. The duo shared 19 wickets between them and probably can give a few tips about sticking to the basics to their Indian counterpart. The use of flight and pace using the wind to his favour made Panesar a treat to watch.
The famed Indian batting line up collapsed to a meek surrender in front of Paneswar and Swann combination. The batsmen seemed to have seen a tiger in the pitch, where they have grown up and know almost every inch of the field.
KP who is turning out to be the English version of VVS Laxman showed how to play spin on a rank turner. Cook led from the front and scored another ton stamping his class. They butchered the Indian attack mercilessly. The only batsmen to make their mark, from the Indian contingent were Pujara and Ashwin not with the ball, but with the bat.
Midas seems to have lost his magic touch somehow. Whatever decisions earlier used to favour him are not doing so. This is getting further complicated with misfields, bowlers bowling haywire and batsmen throwing their wickets playing irresponsibly.
Some might add that India lost this test as this was the one hundredth test for Virender Sehwag, and other a few lucky ones, most have struggled on their 100th test and India have lost the test.
In a nutshell almost nothing went right for India and everything went wrong in the second test at Wankhade.