India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri are under fire following their Test defeats at Edgbaston and Lord’s. The Indian team has been slammed for its poor attitude on tour of England. The visitors have not dedicated much time to practice and played just one warm-up match against Essex prior to the Test series.Besides, the Indians chose to take a five-day break after the ODI series. Consequently India’s batsmen were found out in the opening Test match at Edgbaston. Virat Kohli scored 200 runs while the rest of the top-five scored 99 runs across two innings as India lost by 31 runs.In the second Test at Lord’s, India could not even put up a fight and went down by an innings and 159 runs.Not surprisingly, the Indian cricket fraternity including Sunil Gavaskar, Sandip Patil and Harbhajan Singh have sharply criticised the team for its lackluster performances.Not that just, former England cricketers Nasser Hussain and Geoffrey Boycottused extremely harsh words to describe India’s appalling show at Lord’s.Here is what the cricketing world is saying about India’s Lord’s disaster:India in love with London, hope they practice from Tuesday: Sunil Gavaskar Kohli and Co. have only played one practice match before the Test series (Reuters Photo)But clearly as we have seen from the start of the ODI series, they are in love with London. You cannot get practice facilities in London as easily as you would in Nottingham – I hope they practice from Tuesday. And there should be no optional practice. Everybody needs to get down to practice There’s no such thing as optional practice when you are 0-2 down: Sunil GavaskaradvertisementSend India’s chief selector on tour with team: Sunil GavaskarIndia have just three days to practice and iron out their flaws ahead of the third Test at Trent Bridge. A lot will be at stake when the third match gets underway from August 18. If India lose in Nottingham, they would have lost their third successive Test series in England and if India can win the match, they would have answered and silenced a lot of their critics, who have raised some sharp but pertinent questions: GavaskarVirat Kohli’s team only enjoying coffee in English conditions: Sandip Patil Former cricketers have criticised the Indian team for their attitude in England (Reuters Photo)We all clearly remember captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri’s joint press conference before leaving for the tour of England earlier this summer. One bold statement stood out, we have enough days to acclimatise in England and we are going to enjoy coffee. Seeing the performance of the Indian team in the first two Tests so far, the team really seems to have taken their skipper’s statement seriously – they are truly only enjoying the coffee in English conditions: Sandip PatilHarbhajan Singh furious after Lord’s defeat: Make coach Shastri accountableThe coach has to come on record, today or tomorrow he has to speak up. He is answerable to everyone. If India loses the series, then he might have to eat his words and admit that conditions do make a lot of difference. We haven’t showed any intent to fight back. The willingness to win is missing and that is most disheartening. We are losing without posing any challenge to the opponent. It is extremely disappointing: Harbhajan SinghNasser Hussain says England-India Test series is men vs boys at the moment The Indian team have failed to chase down 194 to win the first Test and lost by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s (Reuters Photo)England are arguably the best in the world in these conditions but the real eye has to be on India – they have to be wary of the wheels completely falling off. India are No 1 in the world and it was meant to be a gun, tight series but at the moment it is men against boys. Their curve is going in the wrong direction: Nasser HussainIndia deserve the thrashing they are getting, says Geoffrey Boycott Indian batsmen have struggled to deal with the movement in England during the Test series (Reuters Photo)So far, the Indian players have let themselves and their supporters down. The batting has been so naive and irresponsible, it has bordered on stupidity. Wafting drives at tempting outswingers is thoughtless. Trying to work straight outswingers through midwicket and then being surprised when you get bowled or nick it to the slips is brainless. Playing the ball on the up in front of your pad is a no-no: Geoffrey BoycottadvertisementJasprit Bumrah declared fit for Trent Bridge Test, concerns over Virat KohliIn some good news for India, Jasprit Bumrah has been declared fit and has been made available for selection while Ravichandran Ashwin adn Hardika Pandya have also been cleared to play. Some concerns remain over Virat Kohli’s fitness but he will most likely play even if he is not 100 per cent fit.India have been bruised and battered in the Test series so far. Can they bounce back and show why they are the No.1 team in the world.
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