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. 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.
Former England captain Boycott wrote in his column for ‘The Telegraph’, ‘This test match has proved two things, first, if you are stupid then you do not deserve to win a test match. As much as we love Joe Root for his brilliant batting, we are disappointed with his strategy.
He said, ‘Second, England cannot depend only 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.
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.
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, giving England 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.
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 said, ‘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.
He said, ‘There was also a heated exchange of words at that time as England was trying more to hit the ball on their body than to get Bumrah and Shami out.’
Boycott also credited India for achieving this memorable victory. He said, ‘England team was a contender for victory at the start of the game. I couldn’t believe that England’s performance was so bad, but congratulations to India. You were absolutely wonderful.