India on the road to self-destruction after the second test capitulation on Lord & # 39; s

India follows England 2-0 in a five-game series after losing by one inning and 159 runs in Lord & # 39; s

India's lead at the top of the ICC Test classification is so great that not even a 5-0 loss to England will take them out of No. 1. With the evidence of their capitulation in Lord & # 39; s, is just as good.

Biting his nails at Edgbaston, where England won by 31 runs, seemed to have set a memorable series, but conditions at Lord & # 39; s – and the ability of local marshals – proved too much for a team raised on pitches that are flat or conducive to turn.

With one or two exceptions, it is the same when England goes to India. On their last visit, in 2016-17, they were separated by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja and lost 4-0.

India follows England 2-0 in a five-game series after losing by one inning and 159 runs in Lord & # 39; s

India follows England 2-0 in a five-game series after losing by one inning and 159 runs in Lord & # 39; s

However, India is supposed to be the best side of the world. Losing 20 wickets in 82.2 overs, the equivalent of less than a day of play, was weak by anyone's standards.

In their defense, the weather gods seemed to have taken a plug from Joe Root. The first entries from India took place in conditions more suitable for surfing than cricket, while the only bursts of sunshine took place during the response from England on Saturday.

However, the excuses will not get you anywhere, as they seek to become the second team in the history of the test, after the Australians of Don Bradman against England in 1936-37, to win from 2-0.

It was easy to forget that most of the society of 189 sealing districts between Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes was held under cloud cover.

Cheteshwar Pujara and company were simply unable to cope with England's impressive coup

Cheteshwar Pujara and company were simply unable to cope with England's impressive coup

Cheteshwar Pujara and company were simply unable to cope with England's impressive coup

In short, batters in India could not cope with England's late strike: the dismissal of Stuart Broad from Cheteshwar Pujara in the second inning was a classic of this type, and his bowlers could not replicate it.

More than anything, India was frightened by the spell that Woakes produced for Virat Kohli after the long recess of Friday's rain.

Alone among the tourists, Kohli had passed the 31st in Edgbaston, but Woakes returned him to work as a rookie, and finally came up with a second slip, and if the best hitter in the world could not cope, how would the rest be? ?

With Kohli doing a modest 23 and 17 in Lord & # 39; s, we had our answer. After a total of 274 and 162 in Birmingham, India achieved only 107 and 130 here.

The team of Virat Kohli has found the path to self-destruction while seeking to achieve a rare feat

The team of Virat Kohli has found the path to self-destruction while seeking to achieve a rare feat

The team of Virat Kohli has found the path to self-destruction while seeking to achieve a rare feat

Worried about their hopes at Trent Bridge, Southampton and the Oval, so far they have fared worse than on their previous two visits.

In 2011, when they lost 4-0, their average total was 255, and in 2014, when they lost 3-1, it was 254. Those numbers now look like riches.

It is true that the attack of England seems as implacable as it has been for some time, without interruption of Woakes and Sam Curran after Broad and Jimmy Anderson.

However, the best teams in the world find a way. At this time, the only way India has found is the path to self-destruction.

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