Birmingham, Aug 12: India has undergo two Tests against England in the 2011 summer series and that should present ample time to discover, identify and redress their weaknesses and shortcomings. But by the way that the current third encounter is shaping up, one can only assume that India are slow learners, if learners at all!
While the visiting side's batting seems to have simply retained its mediocrity with Team India yet to amass over 300 in an innings, the bowling and fielding has hit rock bottom.
Get a load of this statistic - the Indian attack has spewed out over 500 overs to the English line-up in the tour thus far. Shouldn't such a bowling marathon present quality enough time for a side to figure out a few flaws and made a dent in the opposition's runaway innings?
Instead, after the butchering that England has subjected the No. 1 in the world team to, the latter's attack is running around like a bunch of headless chickens. No strategy, no plan, no direction, perhaps not even an iota of intent left.
Indeed, watching the Indian pace attack is a study in demoralisation and disorientation. Oh, Sreesanth may continue to bowl is outswingers, Praveen Kumar can still swerve the ball either way and Ishant can evoke a smattering of bounce, while leg-break Amit Mishra can even get the ball to turn once in a while.
However, the aptitude to collectively set a batsman up and bamboozle him into submission, has been conspicuous by its sustained absence.
Meanwhile, a certain Tim Bresnan, the man who has cut a heroic figure as a virile English seamer, hit the nail on the head when he said that the English paceman hunt in packs like devious, cunning wolves, coordinating insidiously with each other.
Thus we see Bresnan's immaculate line complement Stuart Broad's extra bounce which in turn spurs on James Anderson's swing. With these three ingredients flung in the pot, the hapless India batsman is bound to boil and pop out.
India have a little time left to learn from these lessons and implement them in what now sees like a tall order to even force a draw and in so doing, deny England the NO. 1 Ranking...