Former England captain Nasser Hussain has claimed that India does have some weakness in the side and the second Test was actually hard-fought until the last day’s play. He also stated that other batsmen need to step up and support Joe Root in scoring runs.
For the second Test in a row, the English openers were all at sea against India’s pace attack. They brought in Haseeb Hameed in place of Zak Crawley but it didn’t solve any of their issues. In a conversation with the Daily Mail, Hussain reckoned the hosts will struggle to win if it’s only Root putting up runs on the board.
“England did play a lot of good cricket at Lord’s, let’s not forget that. When Rishabh Pant was walking off on Monday, we all thought it could be 1-0 to England. India do have frailties in their batting.”
“But England can’t win Tests with just one player in Root getting runs. Robinson has been an incredible find when there have been so many injuries to bowlers. So let’s not write them off just yet, but they desperately need others to score runs,” Hussain mentioned.
“The theatre and drama was exceptional” – Nasser Hussain on the Lord’s Test
With a lot at stake going into Day 5, both teams got into plenty of verbal tussles and the umpires had to regularly intervene. Although the tension in the field was palpable, none of the players crossed the line and let it get physical. It was a great advertisement for Test cricket overall.
England had their noses in front in session one of Day 5 but let it slip when they let their emotions rule their mind. It played a huge part in their devastating 151-run loss. Nevertheless, it was an exceptional viewing experience for the fans, as per Hussain.
“No. I love the way Kohli plays his cricket and this India side will not be bullied. The theatre and drama was exceptional. You don’t want people to get physical but we didn’t see that at Lord’s.”
“It’s a heated game and there is a lot on the line. I loved what was going on out there over the five days. It was box office – Test cricket at its absolute best,” Naseer Hussain stated.
India registered 12 points in the WTC 2021-23 table after the epic win at Lord’s. The teams now move on to Headingley where the third Test begins on August 25.