Geoffrey Boycott
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Geoffrey Boycott hasn’t held back as he shredded apart the way Indian cricket team has approached the England Test series, saying they were ‘arrogant’ and hoped things will work out on their own.

Writing in his column for The Telegraph, the former England cricketer was critical of the way Indian batsmen have dealt with the swing so far in the series. In Edgbaston, thanks to a masterly knock from captain Virat Kohli, the visitors managed to give their hosts a tough fight. However, in the second Test at Lord’s, their innings collapsed in a heap under overcast sky and swing-friendly conditions. They scored a meagre 107 and 130-all-out in the two innings.

“So far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down,” Boycott wrote. “The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless.

Boycott, 77, dissected the elementary mistakes batters committed, terming it ‘brainless’. “Trying to work straight outswingers through midwicket and then being surprised when you get bowled or nick it to the slips is brainless.Playing the ball on the up in front of your pad is a no-no. These are elementary things you do not do against any decent swing bowler in English conditions,” he wrote.

Her further wrote that India were complacent in the way they headed for the series, claiming it seems they haven’t at all done their homework on the challenge that England offers. “They have not sat down, talked or practised in the nets and got their heads around how they are going to bat differently in England. India have come to England complacently and arrogantly thinking they can bat the same way and everything will be OK on the day,” he wrote.

However, the luck wasn’t in India’s favour as well. They lost a crucial toss and were forced to bat under dark clouds and after the opening day’s play was abandoned due to rain. And when it was England’s turn to bat, the sun appeared in all its glory, making it easier for the batsmen to score runs.

Boycott has some sympathy on these grounds for India but felt they could have done much better. “I accept they have been unlucky with overcast, cloudy conditions, rain around and juicy, fresh pitches that have put them at a disadvantage. But come on, you can, and need, to do better,” he observed.

He also warned India to not hope things will get easier at Trent Bridge. James Anderson has a superb record at the venue with 60 wickets in 9 Tests. “Do not expect it to get any easier at Trent Bridge, because that is where Anderson excels. His bowling figures are exceptional in Nottingham and Stuart Broad will be up for the challenge with his home crowd behind him,” he said.