Former India cricketer Farokh Engineer has raised speculations on India’s preparations questioning the role of the batting coach Sanjay Bangar in the squad.
Meanwhile, India jut managed to put register only 237 runs across the two innings at Lord’s. However, India left for England with hopes riding on some excellent performance and as the No 1 Test side. They came close in Edgbaston but suffered a humiliating loss at Lord’s within three days, with the first day thoroughly washed out due to rain.
Farokh Engineer laid of the basics of bating on challenging wickets while speaking to TOI. He also raised questions over Sanjay Bangar’s role in the squad.
“It’s a basic, you don’t play across the line against the swinging ball. I don’t know what the batting coaches are doing,” he said.
However, nothing went according to the plan for the Virat Kohli-led side. The visitors lost a crucial toss, and England skipper Joe Root asked them to bat first. The England seamers led by James Anderson shredded magic routing India for a mere 107 runs.
The condition suddenly became better as the host entirely used it to put a good score on the board. They banked on Chris Woakes unbeaten hundred to take a massive lead before declaring in the morning session of day four.
Things became overcast again as India this time managed to post only 130 in their second essay, seven less that Woakes’ tally.
This performance was worse than 1974
This match brought back memories from India’s tour of England in 1974 when they were all out for 42, their lowest score ever. However, India did score 302 in their first dig, and Farokh Engineer feels that the latest Lord’s disaster is much worse than what his team went through 44 years back. Engineer was India’s top-scorer in the first innings, scoring 86.
“Yes, we were all out for 42, but this performance has been much worse. “We at least put up a fight in the first innings of that Test and I was the top-scorer,” he said.
“There were some great bowlers in operation then and we didn’t have so much protection as these guys have. Personally, I love these boys, but their technique leaves a lot to be desired,” Farokh Engineer concluded.