England vs India 1st Test

There have been numerous reports in England and on the internet stating that England deserved to win, how unlucky they were and how the bad light cruelly intervened. There is no doubt in my mind England lost it on their own. Slow over rates didn’t help them- however there was a prediction of rain for the day and it came a lot later than expected so there is no excuse that rain intervened, it should have intervened an hour earlier.

England picked up the key wickets very early on in the morning which brought Laxman and Dhoni to the crease. England knew that the lengthy tail followed and one more wicket could bring about the same collapse as the first innings. Just one wicket was required and England managed to claim that wicket however it took just under 28 overs to do so. Two hours without a wicket in perfect bowling conditions and a low scoring game is unacceptable. England can blame the weather gods or anyone else for that matter, but in reality the blame lies within the England camp.

India got lucky – there are few times a side has been nine down with more than a session left being offered the light. India got out of jail no doubt, however they were let out more than they escaped. If this is the best bowling attack England can produce for the summer, the English better prey for more rain as the Indian batsmen will destroy them in the upcoming tests.