Birmingham, Aug 12: A review of India's efforts in the ongoing third Test against England would read as follows - batting: below-par, bowling: below standard and fielding: rock bottom. They say that fortune favours the brave and with England's courageous exploits with the bat, a healthy doze of luck was only bound to come their way. Unfortunately, it had to come not only at the expense of India, but by the visiting side's own doing!
Rahul Dravid, the man who possesses arguably the safest pair of hands in the slip cordon and a record haul of over 200 catches to his credit, was the chief culprit during England's run onslaught. In the eventful 65th over with the score at 229/1, Indian pacer Sreesanth got a good length ball to swing late enough into drawing English batsman Ian Bell to edge it. The ball went straight to Dravid and even though it was drying on him, it went into both hands. But because the delivery hit a section of his wrists, it popped out... and Bell survived on 30.
Fast-forward to the 104th over. With the English total at 413/3, Eoin Morgan slashed at a delivery from Ishant Sharma straight to Sreesath at gully. The fieldsman was caught napping as he clanged the simple chance and allowed Morgan to remain at the crease on 18. Another chance went abegging and the Indian shoulders slouched further.
Finally, as the day was winding down, Morgan was in for more good fortune.The bowler was the innocuous Suresh Raina, who defying expectations, got Morgan to edge towards slips. Here was a golden chance for Dravid to redeem himself. But the ace slipsman slipped up again, throwing down his cap in disgust. Sorry Jammy, India doesn't sympathise with you...