Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011

There were four games played today, with Manchester United vs Chelsea the pick of the lot followed by Liverpool’s visit to White Hart Lane. So who did what in this double header super Sunday? Lets find out. Continue reading “Barclays Premier League Results Roundup: 18 September 2011”

India in England: Analyzing the visitors’ poor performance

Nahh! India are too good for England. India is the No.1 test playing nation. India should win it. Well is it really the case? India was expected to win against England but instead is on the verge of losing the series 4-0. Where do you think India lost the series? I think they lost it when they reversed Ian Bell’s decision. I think the Boo’s from England supporters could have put them on top of England. Lets see test by test where they actually lost their way.

1st Test!

India won the toss and chose to bowl. Well, was this the best decision? England batted 1st and went on to score a huge score of close to 500. Till then it just became too late. India was playing to save the match on the final day and missed out by 30 overs. The 1st test wasn’t a huge defeat and was quite acceptable as it could have gone either way. 1st test in an overseas series is always difficult and we can accept one bad test match.

2nd Test!

India was right on top of England until they allowed Stuart Broad to steal the show. England was 124-8 at Tea on the 1st day and Broad came in and scored some important runs for his side. Still 221 wasn’t a huge score as compared to how the pitch was. A good flat batting track. India was looking set for a huge lead at 267-4 before a collapse and a Stuart Broad hat-trick. India were bowled out for 288 and with a mere 67 run lead England marched on from there. England cut off those 67 runs quiet easily and head their way to conceding a huge target for India. Initially, India lost the game by a huge margin.

3rd Test!

What a disastrous game this was. India batted first and were bowled out for a very low total. Then came in England with a fantastic opening partnership with Alistar Cook smashing 294 to give England a lead of 488. India were bowled out quite quickly and still have not scored more than 300. This innings defeat was the third consecutive defeat at the hands of England.

4th Test!

India came down to the Oval to play for some pride and get ready for the one-day internationals. But this game has been another headache for the Indian fans as the team looks like going down 4-0 in the series which would be a first whitewash for India in many years.

So, India have lost their No.1 status and look set to go down 4-0 in the series. They have been consistently playing like an amateur team despite having the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, and India’s lone standout performer of the series Rahul Dravid among their ranks. So, What next for India? Where do you think India lost the series?  What should India do to get back in form? Was it wrong selection by the selectors?

Many questions, few answers. Do Leave your comment! 🙂