India underestimated England: Engineer

Farokh Engineer (R) believes this series will be an eye-opener for Indian cricket Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 18, 2011

Former India wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer believes that India s debacle in the ongoing Test series is due to lack of preparation and underestimating the England team.

Engineer was quoted in Times of India as saying, “India underestimated England, they were under prepared.

“England have played far better than everyone expected them – although the true test will come when they play on subcontinent wickets,” he said.

Engineer also praised English players and said Indians were outplayed in every department of the game.

“But they’ve outplayed India in every department: captaincy, bowling, batting fielding, even wicketkeeping.”

Engineer insisted that though Indian team had been unbeaten in any series for two years, this defeat should be an eye opener for the team.

He said, “It has been a shock to the system, this India side have never been so badly hammered by any team before.

“So let this be an eye-opener.”

Ahead of the fourth Test, Engineer advised Indian players to salvage pride by performing better.

“They’ve got to play for pride, because Indians are very proud of their cricketing heritage and it’s hurt the average Indian big-time that India have performed so miserably on this tour.”