Friday, 2 September 2011

The Unforgettable Tour


I am not talking about Amitabh bachchan's world tour i am talking about India's tour of England. Where world champions team fell apart against the over hyped team named england. Before India went on the tour, England was out of the world cup as they lost against the underdogs like bangladesh & Ireland. On the other hand Indians were hot favourites before the tour started & when the started rest is history.


Overhyped England whitewashed India 4-0 in the test series. Let's see what's happened in test series? Before 1st test started India was coming of a west Indian tour beating them 1-0 in the test series. India was looking good with the come back of their injured players gambhir & zaheer.

1st Test:
India won the toss & elected to field first as per conditions that was a good descision so it proved to be until zaheer was bowling he sent back both the openers very early & then there comes India's first setback Zaheer pulled hamstring & left the field from that moment Indian bowling fell apart except praveen kumar no one really contributed. Same was the case with the Indian batting they failed in reading the conditions. England were up 1-0.

2nd Test:
Records says India most of the times didn't start well in the test series on the foriegn land but comes back very strongly. On that note India was expected to come back very strongly. India did so on the 1st day as Indian bowlers wrapped english side under 250 but again Indian batting fell apart. Yuvraj & Dravid gave India some sort of lead but that wasn't enough. In 2nd Innings both Indian Bowling & batting wasn't good enough even to draw the match. Again England won the match & lead the series 2-0.

3rd Test:
In the 3rd test there was one good news & one bad news for India. Good news was Sehwag was making a come back in the side on the other hand Yuvraj was injured during the 2nd test left the squad.
Sehwag's come back was a dud as he got king pair in the match. He got out on the golden duck in both Innings & again England dominated the match & after loosing this test India lost their no 1 spot in the test rankings.

4th Test:
In the last test of the series RP Singh got the chance in place of injured PK he surprised all of us with his bowling in a negative way because he wasn't confident enough to ball & secondly he was bowling at the pace PK bowls.
England set the big total. For the first time in the series we touched the 300 mark & unfortunately it was the last time in that series & we again lost the match.


So in this way India lost the series & no 1 spot to England. Media says this is 'forgetable' tour for India but I think it is 'unforgettable' tour for most of the Indian players.


In this series only Rahul Dravid fought hard for India. He played so well as he showed the glimpse of his whole career in his last tour in England. For England who really dominated was Stuart Broad before this series he was strugling with his form but he came back very strongly as an all-rounder.


I still think England don't deserve to be no 1 test side because this the same side which lost to Ireland & Bangladesh in the world cup. I think in this series everything gone right for England & all went wrong for India that's why India lost no 1 test ranking.