They say revenge is a dish best eaten cold. However what was billed as a revenge series is turning into an agonising slow turn over the barbecue for India as captain Cook is making 'captain cool' look hot and bothered and with nowhere to escape. A captain is only as good as his team but the team looks for the captain to be the inspiration and example from which they can learn.
Alastair Cook is providing that to his team with the discipline, dedication and determination that is so essential in Test cricket. When a skipper is not in the best of form the team needs a lift up from another player in the ranks and unfortunately for India there has been none who has raised his hand high enough to make a difference.
No player likes to be on the losing side and the Indians are no different yet why is it that just about everybody, not just Indians, who have seen
them in action feel that their attitude and approach and not talent is what is causing the problems. It’s not only those old fogeys like me but even
recently retired players who shared the dressing room with many of the current team who are talking of the lack of intensity in the Indian players’ approach to the Test matches.
When players are not prepared to go the extra mile even on the five days of a Test match, then do they deserve the honour of representing a cricket mad country? Doing well in one innings and then resting on that has for long been an Indian fault. The lack of ambition comes from a society which instead of encouraging people to strive higher will look to pull them down.
Irrespective of what happens in the last Test in Nagpur, England have won the war, won the battle never mind the skirmish in the first Test. That is due to a concerted team effort that was well led and well coordinated. The leader Alastair Cook showed he is human too by jumping out of his crease in the second innings and getting stumped.
That is not a good sign for India because by the law of averages he was bound to fail and he did in an inconsequential innings. So more runs are in the bag for Cook even in Nagpur.
India will be hoping for what the eastern neighbours Bangladesh did when they came back in the last one-dayer to win and with it seal the one-day series. That again was a team effort and will go a long way in making the country believe that similar efforts may yield better results in Test
cricket too. They did it without their iconic player Shakib-Al-Hasan who was injured.
It was easy to pick the CEAT international cricketer of the week. It is the England captain Alastair Cook.
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