England’s heartless triumph over the Indians

Sep 4, 2011 by     Comments Off on England’s heartless triumph over the Indians    Posted under: Sports Buzz

It is only when you get smacked cold in the face that you realize the mistakes that have led you to the current situation. One might think a fluke or a chance of nature caused the knock-over witnessed between the former and current World Test Champions.

Before the start of this much anticipated series, there was a high prospect of an Indian win, and thus, the retention of the Patuadi Trophy. What was hoped to be a battle of the titans turned out to be a one-sided affair with Brits dominating every outlook in each of the four matches. The only time the Indians portrayed an authentic act of competing was in the first innings of the last day of the fourth test match. That, too, was a show which saw five lives being conferred to Sachin Tendulkar as he made his painstaking way towards the elusive 100th hundred.

England has since long had an edge over India in each area of the cricketing unit; thus, the batting was not the only feature that took a setback for the Indians. The bowlers struggled for impact and consistency throughout as the England batsmen piled runs in every test. Exceptional bowling by England bowlers got them 80 wickets compared to 47 taken by Indians. England’s wickets-per-match figure in the series (20) is well above their mark in the tests preceding the series (15.84). The respective figure for India (11.75) is much lower than the corresponding number in the tests before the series (15.63). The table below shows the dismissal performance in the series compared to their pre-series numbers.

“I always think it is very dangerous to try to hold on to what you have got,” Flower told reporters after the Edgbaston Test. “We used that goal – to be No. 1 – as a motivational tool that drove us in training and in matches. Now, that we have achieved that, what [Andrew] Strauss and I don’t want to do is hang on to No. 1 status. That’s not a very exciting way to go about our business. We are going to have to reset our goals.”

“Now that we are ranked No.1, people will be very hungry to knock us off that perch. There is no doubt about that,” said Flower. “It is one thing being good for a short period of time – but having a side that delivers some special results and has some special times together that they will remember for the rest of their lives, that will be a much better thing to look back on than a few victories here and there.”

Image Courtesy of England and Wales Cricket Board.
Stuart Broad, Man of the Series; taking 25 wickets at 13.84 and scoring 182 runs.

Prospects of both the former and new champions certainly seem divergent, especially with each preserving the goals of being number one. One end holds a united and admirably coerced team of England with hands on play in defense. The other, however, holds a team bruised and negligent of professional management in need of immense amendments as a repercussion of one of their atrocious defeats of the decade.

Below is the compiled stats of the two teams since Jan 2009.

Some stats for the series, clearly showing England’s dominance over the Indian Team:

*England has won by a 4-0 or greater margin for the seventh time in their Test history.

*India’s sixth series defeat by such a margin – their previous one was in Australiain 1991-92.

* England averaged 59.76 runs per wicket in the entire series, at the lost 47 wickets; India averaged 25.55, and lost 80.

* In competition to Michael Slater, Sachin Tendulkar with his 91 runs has the ninth ranking of scoring in nineties in Tests matches. Rahul Dravid and Steve Waugh, having similar scores in nineties rank tenth.

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