Farokh Engineer feels the Indian batsmen have forgotten their basics

Farokh Engineer feels the Indian batsmen have forgotten their basics

Lord's debacle has left many questioning the temperament of the batsmen.

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Cheteshwar Pujara of India is bowled by Stuart Broad. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Will Team India be able to make a comeback in the Test series at Trent Bridge? Not many will come up with a positive answer after the way they capitulated at Lord’s scoring only 107 and 130. The batsmen had no idea against the moving ball and repeated the same mistakes they committed in Birmingham. However, the former India cricketer Farokh Engineer feels that they have forgotten the basics and the coaches need to help them big time.

The openers, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, have been extremely poor in their techniques and have not been able to play out the new ball which has put the pressure on the middle-order too often. They are being easily bluffed by the master of swing bowling, James Anderson. Also, their temperament to play Test cricket in being questioned for flirting the ball outside the off-stump every now and then.

Don’t know what coaches are doing

Farokh Engineer, while speaking to the Times of India, was disappointed to see the wickets falling like a pack of cards and felt that the basics are wrong. He also lashed out at the coaches for not pointing out the same and believed that the batsmen should be told about the glitches in their technique.

“It’s a basic that you don’t try to play a shot on the on-side against the moving ball. I don’t know what they are doing and whether the coaches are telling them where they are going wrong,” he said. A lot of former Indian cricketers have come down heavily at the team for not playing well as many had felt that this was a great chance for the visitors to win the series in England.

The third Test match of the series will commence on Saturday and India will be itching to make a statement by putting up an improved show in this encounter.

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