Day Five: Jimmy takes five as India go 1-0 down

Posted: July 26, 2011 by thecognitivenomad in Cricket, India in England 2011

Chandrasekhar Jayarama Krishnan

Head of Cricket, CouchExpert

26 July 2011

Day Five was clearly a case of poor shot selection metastasizing into embarrassing giveaways. Barring a few, the Indian outfit looked less an eminence champion than a pithy self-promoter that had the tendency to go off the target message.

The build up to this test match, having been served by record-driven statistics, had everything that a modern day test match should – most important of them being a result on the final day. A catastrophic default in a typical Lords test, inflicted by weather and/or a flat track, was thankfully avoided to add to the significance of this historic test.

This Lords test, in reality, backed the modern day selector’s trend of adopting a myopic “One-Test-at-a-time” approach towards team selection. Those who had their performances being viewed under the microscope, from both teams, came out with cementing performances.

Most notable of them being an unlucky Stuart Broad, who should’ve seen a larger number under his wickets tally this test had it not been for very ordinary catching, and a couple of incorrect decisions from umpire Billy Bowden.   A crucial partnership with Prior in the second innings, where he scored an unbeaten 76 to move England from a position of relative danger to acute comfort, offered the selectors a bed of roses to recline on with respect to the depth of their batting.

James Anderson didn't require overcast conditions to topple the Indians

The day’s targets seemed easier for England than it was for India. The situation appeared to be infinitely more complicated with the injured Gambhir and Tendulkar batting out of positions. India’s only comfort lay centric around that nascent hope linking Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and their feats at Kolkata and Adelaide.

By the time MS Dhoni arrived at the crease, with the brilliant Suresh Raina holding fort at the other end, the skipper was probably leery of the short term ascetic measures that could hurt a seemingly tepid recovery.  With his dismissal, one that added to the growing list of poor shot selections by Indians this test, given the situation, an English victory was only around the corner.

In the end, England unraveled a lot more positives than they would have imagined prior to the start of this test. Jimmy Anderson’s second innings performance, Broad’s rise in ascendancy, and a collective unit’s ability to ride with the momentum and seize the initiatives presented stood atop the tallest monument at the Lords.

With the gradual insolvency of the Great Indian Dream featuring Sachin Tendulkar, the optimistic English dream of dethroning India gained momentum with this comprehensive home team victory.

This series, apart from featuring two teams battling for pole position, also involves what possibly could be described as the two most ‘feared’ media entities in the world. The Indian and the British media are known for their ruthlessness during the dark times, and their mollycoddling nature when things look bright.

Before the blamestorming and hero-worshipping pieces are out, it is wise to surmise that it stands 1-0 England now. With India’s pride and Fletcher’s early reputation at stake, we could be in for a thriller at Trentbridge.

  1. Naveen Thapliyal says:

    Though we lost Lord’s, but still I can say it’s a BAD LUCK FOR LORD’s. Here’s what Geoffrey Boycott & Harsha Bhogle discussed during the Lunch Show:

    Geoffrey Boycott during the lunch show: Sachin maybe a great batsman but he has never been on the Lords honours boards !!!!!

    Harsha Bhogle : So whose loss is it more, Sachin’s or the honours board’s ?

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