London, Jul 25: Nasser Hussain, the former captain of England has come down heavily on the Indian team saying that Dhoni's men do not seem to value their number one ranking. The reason, he said was that they appeared under-prepared for the match.
Writing in the Daily Mail, Hussain said, "I am so pleased that England won because they set the perfect template on how you should prepare for and then perform in a very important game of Test cricket."
And added, "India were exactly the opposite. They just turned up with totally inadequate preparation and expected everything to be alright on the night. Do they not value their status as the best Test team in the world? They did not seem to here."
Praising England for their preparation, he wrote, "Everything that England have done this summer has been geared towards making sure their players are as ready as possible for this Test series, including Andrew Strauss playing at Taunton and Stuart Broad playing for Notts."
Taking up the injury of Zaheer Khan that hampered India's chances at the Lord's Hussain said , "In contrast, India expected their top strike bowler in Zaheer Khan and their premier batsman in Sachin Tendulkar to rock up without playing a Test since January and just have a bit of a hit and giggle against Somerset before the big one. They did not help themselves."
The Chennai-born former English captain said that India appeared ill-prepared for the match and expressed no wonder at their loss. He wrote, "India simply were not ready for them in this game. India have real issues. Zaheer is injured, quite probably because his body was not right for this game, and it is difficult to see how he can play in the second Test."