Sachin Tendulkar gestures in their fourth test match against England at The Oval cricket ground in London.
I had said before the game that India should have gone with Munaf Patel instead of RP Singh, as the latter had not played at this level for quite some time. I have no doubts about RP's ability, but in Test cricket it is tough for someone to show up without practice. RP's first over set the tone for the fourth Test.
There was too much of a gap between the two sides. England batted, bowled, fielded and kept wickets far better than this Indian side. The Indian players must have been on a high after their World Cup victory, and could never have imagined they would get walloped 4-0; which is possibly why they came so unprepared, and with injured players.
Only a handful of Indian batsmen were able to offer any resistance to England's bowling attack. While Rahul Dravid showed his class, India’s big names were no match for England's team performance.
Funnily, I am not too disappointed with Sachin not having reached his 100th ton in international cricket in the Test series, as the milestone would have covered some of the cracks that need India’s immediate attention. People would be talking about the landmark rather than what went wrong.
Also, it would have placed the fantastic performance of Dravid in the background.
Dravid's dismissal was odd, as the third umpire over-ruled the on-field umpire despite the technology proving inconclusive.
Dravid later agreed he might have nicked it.
I believe technology is never going to be 100% correct every time, and we have to accept that.
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