England outplayed India in all departments
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 15:58
  
England outplayed India in all departments Success can always tell a lot more than failure can. When you are doing well, if you know why you are doing well, it is always easier to just keep doing the same thing and keep improving alongside. That is what good teams do.

When England lost the Ashes 5-zip they vowed to not get humiliated again and came back with a vengeance. Hoping this jolt does the same for India as well.

The reason why we were so underprepared for the England tour was because for a very long time we buried our heads in the sands and refused to believe a problem existed. The BCCI thought India are No. 1 and would just turn up and do well.

You have to be extremely ruthless in your preparation. We cannot just have one strike bowler and head into a hostile territory. Clearly, neither the Indian team nor the BCCI anticipated what England had in store for us.

England had a bunch of top class players waiting in the wings meaning the bench strength was looked after very well. Tim Bresnan filled in for Chris Tremlett when he got injured after the first Test and England clearly never missed Tremlett after that. Even, Steven Finn and Graham Onions were in the stand by.

You have to have a pool. Imagine if Zaheer had broken down during the World Cup; we would have lost it there and then. In fact, about a year ago we knew we were over-reliant on Zaheer in Tests and one-dayers.

Even when Zaheer got injured, you had to bring in RP Singh. The bowler has not been in the international circuit for over three years. This shows the lack of bench strength in the India team.

The current England outfit, especially the bowlers, reminds me of that Australia attack. The archetypical ideal Test side. They set the standards so high that most teams ended up playing second fiddle, going only as far as to become the second best side in the world, if at all.
Every England bowler bowled according to a plan, a plan devised to torment the Indians just like a top class team like Australia did it successfully for years.

James Anderson was in charge of pitch the ball up, and with his swinging abilities in the air he was a genuine contender to get some early breakthroughs. He did exactly that took wickets even if he concedes a few runs. Captain Andrew Strauss backed him well and even when he leaked those runs he might well have known that the prodigious swing of the ball will have a natural tendency to drift down the leg side every now and then.Stuart Broad, whose place in the squad was doubtful even before the series was again backed up by the captain and the management and he proved to be the chief Enforcer for England. He was also given instructions to keep it fuller. He`s one of the most consistent England bowlers, for you rarely see him conceding runs on the leg-side. Even when he goes wide or comes close to the stumps, he keeps the line slightly outside the off-stump.

Chris Tremlett likes to hit the deck hard and pepper opponents with short-pitched stuff and with six foot and seven inches height that was an easy task for him. His primary objective was to hit the deck hard, for once the ball loses its hardness and shine you need bowlers who can get something from the surface.

Tim Bresnan, who bowls with a heavy ball, is also one bowler who can hit the deck hard and can extract maximum out o the pitch and both Tremlett and Bresnan were assigned to rough up the Indian batsmen who had aversions to short-pitched deliveries. Last but not the least; Graeme Swann was also encouraged to attack.

England not only outplayed us in all departments but also outwitted us. Whenever we sit down to dissect India`s dismal showing, we would do well to give credit to the England bowling.

First Published: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 15:58


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