Birmingham, Aug 13: The Indian Test squad can hang their heads in shame for their mediocre run of team innings' totals in the Test series against England so far. With team scores of 286, 261, 288, 158 and 224, India have made an outright mockery of the superlative credentials of their much-celebrated batting line-up. As though such gross under-performance wasn't demeaning enough, they now have to face the ignominy of seeing ONE English batsman (Alastair Cook with his 294) score more in a single innings than each of the Indian team's collective offerings.
Another worry this shocking trend highlights is that if a player like Alastair Cook could come off an array of poor scores to resurrect his stature as a enduring opener, why can't any of the Indian batsmen follow suit. There is nothing so biased in the nature of the pitches they have played on this tour. India can't claim at being lost at sea amidst seamer conditions. They have faced the demon-laden wickets of South Africa only a few months ago, where they have been able to hold their own.
All that India have had to bank on in the summer of 2011, is two glistening, well-focused tons from Rahul Dravid while his fellow batters have whipped up a travesty of failure. Furthermore, after all the hype preceding the series which had pitted two "world-beaters" against each other, India has eschewed launching any kind of sustained retaliation, thus clearly and squarely coming out vanquished.