India vs England 2nd Test Lord’s Report Card: It was a total annihilation for India, the number one-ranked side in the ICC Test rankings, against hosts England in their own backyard. England crushed India by an innings and 159 runs to take a handsome 2-0 lead in the five-Test series. The hosts won the match in under four days, which again is a big achievement.
For England, Chris Woakes’ all-round show, brilliant bowling from the seasoned duo of James Anderson and Stuart Broad starred as they thumped the higher-ranked hosts. It was sad to see off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (29, 33) emerge as the top-scorer in both the innings batting at No 8 of the Lord’s Tes. So what went wrong for the hosts, apart from the toss, something that cannot be controlled.
In this piece, we will rate the Indian players, where we give them marks out of ten:
Murali Vijay 0/10: Indian opener Murali Vijay bagged a pair and that set India back up front. His job was to see off the new ball but he failed. It seemed he was out of place against the swinging ball. One also has to agree that the deliveries that got him were absolute jaffa’s. In the last 10 innings, the right-handed batsman has scored only 82 runs, a big worry for the team management.
KL Rahul 2/10: A lot was expected of him as he was replacing Shikhar Dhawan, but he too failed, getting scores of 8 and 10 in both innings of the Lord’s Test. It seems in the mind, he is still in the limited overs mode, trying to reach out for deliveries outside off stump and giving away his wicket. Playing away from his body has on a number of occasions led to his downfall. He like Vijay, fell prey to Anderson in both innings.
Cheteshwar Pujara 4/10: Dropped in the first, Pujara was unlucky to be run out the first time around for 1, but at least he showed that he was ready to grind it out, something that has been missing. In the second innings, he showed he came out with his usual temperament to battle on in trying conditions, but it was a peach of an inswinger that rattled his stumps as he departed for 17.
Virat Kohli 4/10: The India captain, the number 1 ICC Test batsman, had a lot riding on him during the course of the game. He got scores of 23 and 17 in the Lord’s Test after smashing a century at Edgbaston. Kohli looks to be the lone warrior for the visiting team and that makes the role of Pujara and Rahane important as they bat either side of him, hence protecting him from the new ball should be key, come Nottingham.
Ajinkya Rahane 3/10: In both the innings, he got a start but was unable to capitalise on it and literally threw away his wicket. The India vice-captain got 13 and 18 in the two innings he played. Known to be an overseas specialist, Rahane would have to up his game to help India compete at Trent Bridge.
Dinesh Karthik 1/10: The wicketkeeper-batsman looked clueless against a top-notch fast bowling attack of England. He got scores of 1 and 0 in the two innings at Lord’s. He was bowled in the first innings and was trapped in front of the wickets on the very first ball he faced in the second. Also, he like KL Rahul, is still in the ODI mode and that is not serving the purpose for the team.
Hardik Pandya 7/10: The Indian all-rounder, on whom Virat Kohli has an ample amount of trust, was one of the better Indian batsmen at Lord’s. He looked settled in the middle against the swinging ball. However, he was not able to take the team out of hot waters and scored 11 and 26 in the two innings, besides picking three wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin 7/10: Contrary to the role he was expected to play, Ashwin looked one of those Indian batters who seemed to be settled and remain unfazed by the conditions at the home of cricket. He was technically sound, played the ball at its merit and looked to be in a different zone compared to the rest. His scores of 29, 33 was the highest for India in both innings.
Mohammed Shami 8/10: It seems Shami has emerged as India’s best overseas bowler in the past season. After rattling South Africa at Port Elizabeth, he showed the same fiery attitude as he picked up three wickets. He combined well with Ishant Sharma and the bowling of India seems to be the only silver lining at the moment.
Kuldeep Yadav 2/10: To be honest, young Kuldeep did not have things going for him in the overcast conditions at Lord’s, hence it would be harsh to make too much of the nine overs he bowled.
Ishant Sharma 2/10: One of India’s most consistent pacers, Ishant was guilty of being inconsistent as well as expensive at Lord’s. However, one needs to understand that conditions for batting were best when he was bowling to the visitors. He picked up a solitary wicket and went for 101 runs in 22 overs that he bowled.
With the Test at Trent Bridge five days away, India have to get their act together if they want to keep the series alive.