Trent Bridge, Aug 2: So much for India possessing a much-vaunted batting line-up, the team hasn't yet been able to dish up an innings' total of 300 in the two Tests it has played and lost against England of the current tour. With such pedigree batsman in Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, who are expected to tap into the talent they have honed over several years, India has come up with mediocre scores of 286, 261, 288 and 158.
An equally shocking statistic is that only one Indian batsman figures in the top five of the list of run-makers in the series thus far, that being Dravid whose workmanship has held the line-up from completely falling apart. Meanwhile, English premier bowler and one of the top wicket-takers of the tour Stuart Broad, has notched up a run-aggregate which is more than that of Laxman and Tendulkar. Not surprisingly, the English tail has put the Indian top order to shame by performing better than them.
Furthermore, it's not like playing in England has been anything new for the three big guns in the Indian line-up. They have virtually made their bones on the tracks of Old Blighty by playing and flourishing in two previous tours here. Granted, the present English pace attack is a more penetrative unit, but surely the senior India batsman can up muster up the courage to hold their own in such-seamer friendly conditions.
If the Lord's Test was treated as a warm-up encounter for the Indians, they should have at least found their groove at Trent Bridge...