Trent Bridge, Aug 2: As though India's loss in the Lord's Test by 196 runs wasn't humiliating enough for the visitors, the embattled side managed to go down to England by an even larger margin at Trent Bridge. A defeat by 319 runs here emphasises just how indifferently India has approached the series thus far. It was a performance from the tourists that far from lived up to all the pre-series hype and simply did not justify the battle for the No. 1 ranking in Tests, as the tour has been touted.
Going through the pitiful Indian scorecard of the Trent Bridge encounter, one gets the impression that India has let a sense of indolence and outright complacency to set in. In the first innings a century from Rahul Dravid and fifties from VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh was all that the team had to bank on as the rest of the line-up was only able to collectively scrimp together a meagre 43!
India's showing in the second innings was even worse. Only three batsman were able to get into double figures, while the rest of team contributed 22 runs! One couldn't tell the calibre of the Indian tail from the top order as both played equally poorly.
The Indian fans and indeed their English counterparts, would have expected at least Dravid and Laxman to show more verve and gumption, but sadly they had no response to the onslaught launched by a fiery English attack and perished cheaply by the way side. In the end it was upto Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, no less, to prolong the inevitable, foregone defeat.
With two days left to play, India gave a very poor account of themselves, even according English pace-bowlers Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad the opportunity to grab up 5-wicket hauls. It was shocking to see Dhoni and Sachin padding up to off-cutters that wound up hitting them in line with the stumps.
India have a lot of thinking and regrouping do to before they endeavour to fulfill the tall order of pulling one back, let alone squaring the series. What will they do now?