England vs India Day 4 Trent Bridge
The final post on this blog is reserved for the Bell run-out reversal by Dhoni and the Indian team at Tea-time yesterday. Asked about the incident at the post-match presentation ceremony, England captain Andrew Strauss was all praise for his Indian counterpart and said: “It was a very commendable decision. It was the right thing for cricket. As captain it is a very difficult decision to take and I think Mahendra has set a great example for me and other Test captains.”
India need to pull up their socks and use the two-day warm-up match against Northants on August 5 and 6 to get some of their confidence back even as they gauge the match-fitness levels of Zaheer and Sehwag, who is due to arrive in England tomorrow morning.
The concerns though centre around Harbhajan's bad form with the ball and inability to either take wickets or contain the run flow; the make-shift opening partnership; Dhoni's unimaginative captaincy and lack of runs; the failure of the middle-order to be able to play short deliveries and make meaningful contributions; and Dravid being the only consistent batsman on the tour so far. And, an important statistic, the much-vaunted Indian batting line-up is yet to score more than 300 runs in an innings in this Test series.