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Lord’s Debacle Reactions: Veteran cricketers slam team, Twitterati seek ‘help’ from Sushma Swaraj


India's Ravichandran Ashwin dives back to his crease as England's Jonny Bairstow attemtpts to take his wicket on the fourth day of the second Test cricket match between England and India at Lord's Cricket Ground in London on August 12, 2018. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

India’s abject surrender in the first two Tests against England has drawn sharp criticism from some of the country’s celebrated former cricketers, who hoped the side would have the strength to bounce back. Even social media platform Twitter was filled with trolls by users, who came out with various memes and jokes over poor performance of Indian team.

After defeat in the first Test by 31 runs, Indian team suffered worse fate in the second Test at Lord’s as well. India batsmen were all-out for 130 runs in the second innings, losing the match by an innings and 159 runs. Indian former cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Bishan Singh Bedi, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif, Vinod Kambli were among those who lamented the lack of fight shown by India in the second Test against England.

Virender Sehwag tweeted, “Very poor from India. While we all want to stand by our team and support them when they don’t do well, going down without a fight is very disappointing to watch. Hope they have the confidence and mental strength to comeback from this.”

Bishan Singh Bedi wrote, “Dismal Indians at Lord’s…everyone remotely connected with Indian Cricket knows where the problem lies or stems from…..but will not utter a word for want of strength of character & courage of conviction…which is even more depressing really than the batting debacle actually…!!”.

VVS Laxman said that Indian team lost without showing a fight. “Caught in unfavourable conditions, not reading what the opposition threw saw India lose the Lord’s Test tamely without showing a fight. Hopefully lessons are learnt quickly and the rest of the batsman start applying themselves going forward,” he wrote.

Mohammad Kaif said that watching Indian team’s performance was a painful experience. “India lasted 82 overs across 2 innings. They not learning from mistakes has been very disappointing to watch. Thoroughly outplayed in all departments in this one. Lack of fight has been the most disappointing aspect. This is really painful to watch. No batsman exudes any confidence,” he said.

Former Indian batsman Vinod Kambli said India have plenty to think about ahead of the next Test. “Our entire approach in this Test was defensive. More than anything, we allowed the English bowlers to come out on top by not playing our natural stroke playing game. The #TeamIndia think tank has a lot to ponder over in the coming days,” he said.

Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle also mentioned that India’s performance at Lord’s was very poor. “I think India should be the first to admit they were inadequate at Lord’s. Had their moments at Edgbaston but this was poor. Very long journey up from here,” he said.

Indian captain Virat Kohli felt team’s mounting batting troubles are more mental than technical and urged his fellow batsmen to keep it simple in the head to save ongoing Test series against England. “I don’t see any technical deficiency. If a batsman is clear in the head and he’s clear about the plans he’s taking, then if the ball does something off the pitch, you’re able to counter it,” said Kohli at the post-match media interaction.

He also said that Indian team was completely outplayed by England in the Lord’s Test. “Not proud of the way we’ve played. First time in the last five Tests that we’ve been outplayed. We deserved to lose this game, the way we went about things,” Kohli said.

Moreover, people also did not stay behind in trolling Indian team’s performance on Twitter. Twitterati posted comments and memes while making fun of the poor performance from India at Lord’s. Have a look at some tweets.

With Agencies input