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India were bowled out for just 161 in their second innings in less than two sessions. This after getting cleaned out for 152 on Day One. Shiamak Unwalla lists 10 reasons behind India’s abject failure in this series.
1. Ravichandran Ashwin leads India’s batting average (86.00), while Bhuvneshwar Kumar is at No 4 with an average of 34.00. And these are men who have batted at Nos 8 and 9 respectively. It says a lot about the Indian batting.
2. India, a team usually regarded as the most accomplished in the world against spin, have awarded 19 wickets to Moeen Ali — a man who was considered a mere part-time spinner at the start of the series.
3. In their last three innings, India have lasted 66 overs, 46. 4 overs and 43 overs respectively. An utter lack of application could not have been made more apparent.
4. At Old Trafford, India lost four wickets in the first innings with the score stationary on eight, and nine wickets in a session in the second innings.
5. India’s opening wicket has been a total failure, which means the pressure has been there on the line-up from the very start. In the four Tests, India’s opening stands have been worth 33, 49, 17, 26, 8 and 26.
6. India’s lower order — batsmen Nos 7 and below — have scored more half-centuries (8) than their top order (7) in this series.
7. Virat Kohli, the man on whom the Indian batting depends so much, has scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 0 and 7 — 41 runs at an average of 6.83.
8. James Anderson, Moeen Ali, and Stuart Broad with 21, 19 and 16 wickets respectively have given little respite to the Indian batting. Apart from them, there are two other bowlers — Liam Plunkett and Ben Stokes — who have taken seven wickets each. In sharp contrast, the unsettled Indian bowling line-up has depended largely on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has taken 19 wickets in four Tests.
9. India have dropped a staggering 11 catches this series — something that has cost them a humongous 337 runs.
10. Finally, though the numbers may not reflect the way MS Dhoni has led the Indian side, just about every former player in commentary from Sourav Ganguly to Shane Warne has expressed outrage at the way he has captained the team. Many of his decisions have been inexplicable, and seemingly lacking purpose. The negative mindset that has been a feature of his captaincy for a while now does not seem to be going anywhere.
(Shiamak Unwalla is a reporter with Cricket Country. He is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic who likes to pass his free time by reading books, watching TV shows, and eating food. Sometimes all at the same time. You can follow him on twitter at @ShiamakUnwalla)
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