New Delhi: Against Team India, England had to face a crushing defeat by 151 runs at the Lord’s Stadium, which is called the Mecca of cricket in its own home. After this defeat, the English team is facing a lot of criticism from everywhere. A veteran player has even called the England team ‘stupid’.
This veteran severely criticized
Former veteran cricketer Geoffrey Boycott believes that England appeared ‘stupid’ in their strategy in the second Test against India and allowed emotions to take over. After starting the fifth day of the Lord’s Test in a strong position, England suffered a 151 run defeat due to India’s brilliant game. During the match, there was a heated exchange between the players of both the teams and India took advantage of these situations by raising the level of their game while the England team failed to do so.
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott wrote in his column of ‘The Telegraph’, ‘This Test match has proved two things. First of all, if you’re an idiot, you don’t deserve to win a Test match. As much as we love Joe Root for his brilliant batting, the more he disappoints with his strategy. Second, England cannot depend solely on Joe (Root) for all their runs. The situation is going beyond fun now and the top three batsmen will have to improve very soon.
Bumrah and Shami praised
When Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were batting during the Indian innings, England spread the fielding. Both these fast bowlers made an unbroken partnership of 89 runs with the bat, which helped England set a target of 272 runs in the fourth innings of victory. When India declared the innings, England had to bat for about 60 overs. His team got out for 120 runs in front of the sharp bowling of Mohammad Siraj, Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Shami.
Geoffrey Boycott said, ‘Joe (Root) was doing well with his fielding decoration and captaincy but seeing Jasprit Bumrah at the crease, he started reacting like a bull does after seeing red clothes. He encouraged Mark Wood to hit Bumrah with fast short pitch balls. It is obvious that the England captain and some of his players wanted to avenge such bowling by Bumrah against James Anderson in the first innings.