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Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

India vs England: Gautam Gambhir slams Virat Kohli & Co for ‘lack of fight’ in Lord’s defeat

Gautam Gambhir believes that the Indian cricket team were outplayed by England in all sectors and they need to improve ahead of the third Test match in Nottingham.

cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2018 22:25 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Virat Kohli reacts at the end of the second Test match between India and England at Lord’s.
Virat Kohli reacts at the end of the second Test match between India and England at Lord’s.(REUTERS)

Gautam Gambhir criticised the Indian cricket team for their ‘lack of fight’ during the second Test match against England at Lord’s. The Virat Kohli-led side were bowled out for less than 150 in both innings and a heavy defeat at the ‘Home of Cricket’ means that the visitors are 2-0 down in the ongoing five-match series.

“The way we lost the Test match was very disturbing. There was no fight shown by the Indian batters and yes the conditions were a little difficult in both the innings for them, but you don’t expect this team to bundle out in literally three days. They should have shown some fight in the second session to take the game into the final day and anything could have happened from there on,” Gambhir told Times of India.

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The Indian batsmen were unable to perform against a disciplined England bowling attack and the hosts won the match by an innings and 159 runs. India slumped to 130 all out in their second innings, with James Anderson taking his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s en route to four for 23, with Stuart Broad’s four for 44 featuring two wickets in two balls. India lost the first Test in Edgbaston by 31 runs.

Gambhir believes that it is possible for the Indian cricket team to stage a comeback in the series but it seems unlikely considering their present condition.

“India can make a comeback, but it is always difficult to make a comeback to win all the three games. They still have an opportunity to think about drawing the series. They can look to win 2 Tests out of the remaining 3 and then look at the way forward. They should take one Test match at a time,” he said.