Former India cricketer, Virender Sehwag has urged for support following India’s loss to England in the second Test at Lord’s and hoped that they will come back stronger.
Meanwhile, the hosts banked on their seamers to go 2-0 up at Lord’s beating India by an innings and 159 runs. Chris Woakes, who replaced Ben Stokes, was the star of the show. His all-round show with both and ball got him the man of the match award.
Woakes bagged four wickets in total including the prized wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli in the first innings. He came then and scored 137* runs, to bring his first Test century, to put England on the driver seat. James Anderson contributed equally returning with nine wickets in all.
However, it was the same old story for the Indian batters in seaming wickets. They once again struggled to put in an improved effort as they suffered another humiliating defeat. Ravichandran Ashwin was the highest scorer for India in both the innings which shows sign how much the top-order needs to improve.
The visitors have used two different opening combinations, however, both have struggled which has halted their chances. They need to sort things ahead of the third Test in an attempt to save the series.
Virender Sehwag hopes India will come back
The swashbuckling opener criticised the team’s performance in the second Test. However, he urged to support their team at this hear and admitted watching this kind of performance is disappointing.
“Very poor from India. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don’t do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch,” Sehwag wrote on Twitter.
However, Virender Sehwag is hopeful that Indian cricketers have the mental strength to come back from here. Especially, the Indian batsmen need to come good against England bowlers.
“Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to comeback from this,” he added.
Very poor from India. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don’t do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch. Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to comeback from this.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 12, 2018