England completed a crushing innings and 159-run victory over India on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Pacer James Anderson took 4/23 to finish with nine wickets in the match and Stuart Broad shone with 4/44 as India were bowled out for 130. Clearly disappointed with the touring party’s poor batting performances, an avid cricket fan and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took to Twitter to express his disbelief at Team India’s abject failure.
“One can’t help a feeling of disbelief at the abject failure of our much-vaunted batsmen in England. There’s shock, denial, grief, & finally a resigned sense of inevitability. But a corner of one’s mind hopes that it’s just a collective bad dream from which we’ll soon wake up,” Tharoor wrote.
Tharoor even hoped that opener Shikhar Dhawan, who was dropped for the second Test after a poor show at Edgbaston, might make a comeback and wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant may get to make his Test debut in Nottingham.
The third Test of the five-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Saturday.