VVS Laxman wants the Indian batsmen to start applying themselves going ahead
He admitted that the Indian batters were found clueless against the might of the English pace attack.
Updated - Aug 13, 2018 1:33 pm
India are ranked number one in Test cricket and hence, were expected to give England a run for their money in the ongoing five-match Test series on English soil. However, they have been thoroughly dominated by Joe Root and Co and have been found wanting especially in the batting department. Their bowlers have been impressive, but the batters haven’t been able to step up in the hour of need.
Virat Kohli scored a masterful century followed by a half-century at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Unfortunately, he didn’t get any semblance of support from the other end and India slumped to a defeat by 31 runs. The second Test at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground turned out to be a nightmare for the visiting team as they slumped to a defeat by an innings and 159 runs.
India were bowled out for 107 and 130 respectively as the English fast bowlers put them under the pump by hitting immaculate channels. Ravichandran Ashwin scored 62 runs and was India’s highest scorer in the match. Even Kohli couldn’t replicate his performance from the last match. The first day’s play was washed out courtesy of constant spells of shower.
Laxman’s message for the Indian team
Only 35.2 overs were bowled in the second day and even those many overs turned out to be enough for the Poms to shot India out for a paltry score. The likes of Mohammed Shami and others picked up a few early wickets to push England on the backfoot, but Bairstow and Woakes’ 189-run partnership dashed India’s hopes of getting a foothold into the contest.
Meanwhile, VVS Laxman, the former Indian batsman, admitted that the Indian batters were found clueless against the might of the English pace attack. The 43-year-old also urged the batsmen to apply themselves in the middle and not bow down without a fight.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “Caught in unfavourable conditions, not reading what the opposition threw saw India lose the Lord’s Test tamely without showing a fight. Hopefully, lessons are learnt quickly and the rest of the batsman start applying themselves going forward.”
Here is Laxman’s tweet
Caught in unfavourable conditions, not reading what the opposition threw saw India lose the Lord’s Test tamely without showing a fight. Hopefully lessons are learnt quickly and the rest of the batsman start applying themselves going forward.
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 13, 2018