London, Aug 19: With a depleted and progressively demoralised bowling attack, India has just once in the ongoing Test series been able to keep the hosts' innings' to under 400. The visitors' pace attack all but crumbled into mush in the last encounter when England piled on a humongous 710/7 dec.
Now on a pitch which is known to lend a hand to the batsmen, India's attack has undergone an unfruitful first session of Day 1 of the fourth Test. They let the hosts garner 75/0 before rain stamped out the possibility of any more play for the day.
Now with sunny skies all set to grace the venue on Day 2, India finds itself under another cloud of gloom. While English openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook are all revved up to continue churning out hay while the sun shines, India will be hoping to rain on their parade.
They could of course pray for another cloud-burst, but wickets is what India ideally needs and quickly. R P Singh has had time enough now to shrug off the frost iced on by three years of cold storage from Tests, and should start deploying more potent weapons from his armoury.
His contribution will be crucial seeing as Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma have all but emptied their bag of tricks. While Ishant's bouncers are coming few and far between, Sreesanth's swing has reduced and his accuracy is far from where it should be.
Advice seems difficult to imbibe once spirits have been screwed into the ground and the incumbent merely starts going through the motions. But if the Indian pacers are still listening, they should bowl forward off a length more often and present a straight seam (for starters). Hopefully, they will get back to the basics before England have a chance to get back to their blitzing...