Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Times view: India don't deserve to be No.1 Test side in the world

MS Dhoni and Tim Bresnan
Indian skipper MS Dhoni was out first ball as India lost by 319 runs. (Reuters Photo)
Thousands of those who glimpsed India's craven submit at Trent Bridge on Monday will find it hard to accept as factual that this is actually the world's No.1 Test team. Actually, it isn't. Thisgroup is on peak of the heap because of a statistical sleight of hand.

What are the stats? Since October 2008, India have performed11 sequence before this one, triumphant eight of them and drawing the other three. That's outstanding statistics. But theyconceal the detail that five of those sequence wins have arriveat dwelling and the other three are contrary to Bangladesh, West Indies and New Zealand - the three weakest teams.

India have performed South Africa at dwelling and away in thistime span and only organised drawn sequence on both occasions. Similarly, they have been incapable to get past the Sri Lankans on their dwelling turf.

Still, India were No.1 on the charts. And the England sequencewas the unpleasant test. So, how did the "champions" set aboutthe dispute for the crown? With total need of groundwork, bodilyand brain, and without the requisite hunger to stay No. 1. They conveyed some players with niggles and wounds, and some other ones, like Harbhajan Singh, by virtue of past reputation.

While India have been without Virender Sehwag, a key contestant, and have furthermore missed Zaheer Khan and Gautam Gambhir for most of this sequence, West Indies under Clive Lloyd and the Aussies under Steve Waugh havefurthermore missed key players from time to time, but they didn't easily hurl in the towel. The reality is that this Indiangroup doesn't appear to have a champion's power of character.

The statistical miracle, unhappily, is over.


1. Failure to grab key moments:

India decreased England to 124/8 in the first innings before letting them come to 221. When they batted, India weresolidly in command at 267/4 in the first innings before slumping to 288 all out.

2. Still missing key players:

With no Sehwag and Gambhir, India were effectively topless in the batting department. Zaheer's nonattendanceintended bowling was without its spearhead.

3. Poor application:

It was not an unrealistic throw to bat on but the batsmen, usually, failed to display mechanical nous to put up a fight.

4. Swing and rebound India's bane:

Indian batsmen could not contend with the action and rebound English bowlers extracted from the Trent Bridge pitch. The situation are enormously distinct from what they are in India.

5. Quality disagreement

England were a formidable foe who are filled with all-round strength. To contend with them, India required to play out of their skin.
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