No laughing matter this: In defeat, mistakes are assessed. A look at what went wrong for India in the opening Test at the Lord's against England, possibly contributing to the eventual defeat. This though is more a suggestion than unforgiving and scathing criticism of the Number 1 Test team.
Baseless foundation: The opening stand in both innings of the Test was 63 and 19 respectively. Though better than England's 19 and 23, it is by far not a statistic India would like to take from this tour. The base has to be more solid than what it was here.
It's eleven, not TENdulkar: Cricket is a team sport. For all the hype around Sachin and his 100th Test century, the real objective continued to be a victory and not individual brilliance. Though he missed out here, records do not evade legends for too long. Get on with the actual game till then.
Stop jabbing, please: The age-old problem of dabbing and flirting with the ball going outside off has claimed many an Indian wicket. High time for the veterans to set an example by correcting this habit that continues to threaten Indian batting.
Attack is defense too: Let's bring the fielders where they should be in Tests - close to the batsman. The drooping body language aside, India must have more men manning the catching positions. Even the best of batsmen make mistakes and mistakes need to be exploited.
Strike to kill: Ishant bowled a magnificent spell in the second Test but later said he chose to rest. This after coming out of a break anyway. While individual requirements vary, to ease up on a good spell before the knockout punch is like no good spell at all.
Yes, that is exactly how: Trott was dropped twice in the first innings. He scored 70. Kevin Pietersen was dropped too. He scored an unbeaten 202. Yes, England dropped catches too but tit-for-tat in terms of gifting lifelines is best left out of cricket.
Get the combo right: Critics will criticize. And more so when an aspect of a team fails to click. Indian bowling ran out of steam such that skipper MS Dhoni had to bowl himself. Now there is a reason why we don't see wicket-keepers bowling too often.
You're a bowler but you're out: Unpredictable as strains may be, Zaheer should have been more careful about his hamstring, in hindsight. After all, he is the premier bowling spearhead for India, a team that is rated the best in Test cricket.
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