3rd Test Edgbaston: India Team Analysis

Will TurnerContributor IAugust 15, 2011

3rd Test Edgbaston: India Team Analysis

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    India's tour of England reached a new low as their second innings dismissal at Edgbaston compounded them to an embarrassing loss by an innings and 242 runs.

    Not only did this loss hand England the top spot of the ICC test rankings but magnified a dreadful team that was seemingly unwilling to fight.

    One BBC commentator made the observation that if Bangladesh had performed in such a manner and with such an attitude, their questionable test status would once more be thrust into the spotlight.

    However, not only did they fail as a team, but individually.  Here is a breakdown of how they individually contributed to India's defeat in Birmingham.

Gautam Gambhir: 5/10

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    With just 52 runs in the match, the disappointment is there for all to see, yet Gambhir's poor performance, like many of the Indian side, goes beyond the numbers.

    He had a bright start in the first innings, particularly against James Anderson—who he hit for five early boundaries. However this was short-lived as he flashed too hard to Tim Bresnan and saw his stumps disturbed.

    Once again he began well, but as India returned the next morning, defence was going to be the key. Gambhir however didn't seem to have read the script as he tamely pushed outside off stump almost instantly on the morning of day four as he set the tone for another Indian collapse. 

Virender Sehwag: 0/10

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    I imagine Virender is sick of this digit by now, but the flashy opener flattered to deceive to the extreme.

    Billed as the saviour to the Indian effort, Sehwag's king pair sent any new positivity down quicker than a lead balloon.

    His first dismissal, a good delivery from Stuart Broad, set him up for an almighty downfall in the second innings fueled by his stubbornness as he failed to apply himself to the circumstances and the needs of the team, instead playing shots from the off.

    What was hoped to be a positive inclusion turned out to negate the team's effort. Not only did he get them off to the worst starts possible but showed a poor mentality to a side who needed a lift.

Rahul Dravid: 5/10

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    'The Wall' holding off a formidable attack on his own finally proved too much at Edgbaston as cracks of constant bombardment began to show.

    Luck was certainly not on his side in Birmingham as he was undone by arguably the ball of the match from Tim Bresnan before being given out caught behind when he flicked his shoe laces.

    But for this luck his usually safe hands were absent, shelling two catches at slip. His frustration was shown as he slammed his cap to the ground.

    Elsewhere this fire was missing.

Sachin Tendulkar: 6/10

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    The second innings would have seen the Little Master bring up his 100th international hundred had it not been for a rotten piece of luck when Graeme Swann deflected the ball onto the stumps where Tendulkar was backing up.

    After a nervous opening period, Sachin had slotted back to his confident best and began playing with a certainty that had been missing in previous showings in England.

    Yet in the first innings he looked far from his dominant self as he departed for just one, uncomposed and timid.

    He never gave up in the field, and unlike some of his teammates, he hung on to the chance that came his way.

VVS Laxman: 2/10

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    Possibly one of the most frustrating performances came from this member of the big three.  He gave away his first innings wicket before proceeding to stand at slip, removing his hands from his pockets only to pay lip service to the efforts of India's bowling attack.

    His dismissal—a weak flick that floated to Stuart Broad at fine leg—came at a crucial time for his side. They needed one of their experienced men to dig in and continue the fight. Well set on 30 the hard work had been done but Laxman wimped out as his shot perfectly personified.

    James Anderson removed his with a beauty in the second innings to compile a miserable match for VVS but he never looked up for the battle.  With his position in the dressing room, the younger members needed to see more from him.

Suresh Raina: 5/10

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    With little coming from his seniors, Raina's positive attitude was refreshing if not surprising.

    He was largely lively in the field during England's 710-7, and furthermore gave his all when the ball was tossed his way.

    Although his celebration was frowned upon by parts of the crowd when he took the catch to remove Alastair Cook for 294, at least it showed that he cared and that the Indian side still had some life in it.

    Unfortunately there aren't as many positives to draw from his batting displays. He again continued to look at sea against the short ball, which clouded his vision when it came to his strengths reflected in the 14 runs that he managed to score.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 2/10

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    This series is sure to bring big question marks about his captaincy.  Not only have India surrendered their number one spot, but they have shown an attitude which has no place in test cricket.

    Dhoni was unable to lift a team with a lot to fight for.  As far as his performance went, he scored his runs when his team was already down and out and the pressure had already got the better of his side.

    During England 710-7 there was no plan, no forward thinking and nothing different. He looked like a man who had accepted defeat and even with this admission decided to sit back and watch the game pass by.

Amit Mishra: 5/10

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    With the seamers providing little pressure and most importantly breakthroughs, all eyes moved to Mishra.

    The pitch offered very little for the majority of the English innings, but when the ball did begin to turn, he was a big threat.  By this point, the damage was well and truly done. However, his problem with his front foot saw him overstep on far too many occasions for a spinner.

    With the bat he squeezed out 22 in the second innings but again this was only delaying the inevitable.

Praveen Kumar: 8/10

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    The one light of the tour so far—again he gave his all for his country even when those around him did not.

    Of the frontline bowlers, he was the only one to not concede 100 and in the process put down 13 maidens.

    He removed both Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen with good deliveries.  This could have helped India back into the match, but nobody else would stand up.

    Kumar was the second highest Indian scorer with 66 runs.  This included a barnstorming 40 from just 18 balls in the second innings, which acted as a real fingers up to the rest of the Indian lineup back in the dressing room.

Ishant Sharma: 2/10

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    Possibly the quietest test performances to date came and went with the bat and bowled 37 uninspiring overs.

    His only match contribution came when he claimed the wicket of Cook but this was entirely the fault of the batsman.

Sreesanth: 2/10

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    He had no impact with the bat and went one worse than Sharma.  He went wicketless for 36 overs in which he mustered only four maidens, showing once again that his inconsistency is quickly lowering the curtain on his test career.

    The moment to sum up his contributions came when he dropped a floated drive at point, the ball passing through his hands and hitting his midriff.