London, July 22: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may have had the right intentions and logic on his side when he chose to field first on a damp Lord's wicket. But he could see his plan amount to naught and rue his decision after a tenacious display of batting by the England side on Day 1.
21 years ago, then India captain Mohammad Azharuddin also chose to field first at the same venue before his English counterpart Graham Gooch rained on his parade by blasting 333 and ultimately taking his side to a thumping 257-run victory.
There were mixed reactions from elite panel of former cricketers and commentators as to whether Dhoni committed a mistake to field first.
Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram for one believes that it was Indian opening bowlers and not Dhoni who should be blamed for allowing the English batsmen to steal a march on them. Akram further pointed out that Dhoni had reposed faith in his pace attack and it had left him down.
Former West Indies speedster Michael Holding seconded Wasim's opinion, pointing out that the Indian pacemen wasted the new ball as even though they extracted quite some seam and swing, they didn't really force the English batsmen to play too many shots.
Meanwhile, Geoffrey Boycott felt that fielding first was an erroneous decision, saying that tradition decrees that a team should choose to bat first at Lords. Former Indian batsman Sourav Ganguly sat on the fence, saying that although he believes in batting first, he supported Dhoni's call.