Murali Vijay needs to change his thinking: Nasser Hussain
He also feels that the Indian team hadn't got used to the English conditions yet.
Updated - Aug 12, 2018 4:52 pm
The ongoing Lord’s Test match has been reminiscent of India’s poor form in England over the years. Whether it was the 0-4 whitewash in 2011 or the 1-3 drubbing in 2014, the Indian team has certainly not learnt from its mistakes. The Edgbaston Test also witnessed Virat Kohli singlehandedly making a game out of nothing.
While the conditions were tough on day 2 of the ongoing Lord’s Test, the Indian batsmen seem to be unprepared for the challenge. Former England captain turned commentator Nasser Hussain addressed the current mindset of the Indian batsmen and how they can improvise. He also feels that the Indian team hadn’t got used to the English conditions yet.
Vijay needs to change his thinking
For someone who was India’s highest run-scorer on the previous England tour, Vijay has been going through a horrid patch. While he scored a century against Afghanistan, his performances against the likes of South Africa and even against Australia at home have been disappointing. Nasser felt that Vijay needs to walk into the second innings with a different attitude.
“You have to have the mindset in England that you are going to get that unplayable delivery. Murali Vijay has to go into the second innings not thinking ‘my technique is all over the place’, you have to say ‘I got a really good delivery, move on’,” he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
It didn’t change a lot in the second knock either as the opener once again fell to England pacer James Anderson and inside edged one that jagged back in. He was dismissed for a duck and raises serious questions about his ability to handle the new ball.
It’s difficult to get used to the conditions in the middle of a Test match
Getting bundled for 107 and then conceding a lead of 289 runs, a defeat at Lord’s is imminent for the Indian team. Unless the weather gods show mercy, this Test match is done and dusted. Nasser highlighted that India have been in England for a reasonable period to get used to the conditions. He asserted that it would be difficult for them to change their attitude in between a Test match.
“The Indian batting line-up has needed more time to acclimatise to these conditions and the moving ball. They have played one warm-up game, the three-day match at Chelmsford. Let’s see if they can do that in the middle of a Test match, that is their challenge,” Nasser said.