Team India continue their miserable form in England playing the longest format of the game. The Men in Blue lost the 2nd Test match as well at Lord’s by an innings and 159 runs, after losing the 1st Test match at Edgbaston.
India’s struggle in all three departments of the game has forced the Indian cricket fanatics to call out former wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni, to return to the Test format and lead the Indian side out of the hole they are in.
England, on the other hand, have a 2-0 lead in the 5-match Test series, as India find themselves close to losing another series overseas, excluding the Test series against the West Indies.
The Indian batters have failed to adapt to the English conditions, where there is a lot of swing on offer for the pacers while the spinners are left without any help from the pitch. These conditions can be termed ‘alien’ for India, who are accustomed to play on dusty pitches back in India, where the spinners rule over the overseas batters.
Even during the tour of South Africa, the Men in Blue lost the Test series 2-1, winning the last Test after the Proteas sealed the series by claiming the first two matches.
A poor showing abroad was the reason why MS Dhoni bid farewell from the game’s longest format, as he could only lead India to one win from 2011 to 2014 in England, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli is yet to lead India on a tour of New Zealand and Australia as a full-time captain, and has already lost a series in South Africa, while being on the edge of losing one to England as well.
Such a poor showing overseas has forced the Indian pundits and fans to criticize Kohli, while demanding the comeback of fan-favourite MS Dhoni, as India’s Test match skipper.
Check out the fan tweets:
Lord’s is missing u
Team in trouble 😥😣😣
— Rajneesh Kumar Singh (@rajneesh0777) August 12, 2018
Comeback from retirement. 😢 #ENGvIND
— Prasanna (@prasanna1209) August 12, 2018
Will You get convinced to make a comeback in test cricket?
We are in desperate need of your mind behind the wickets in England! @msdhoni Faith in MSD!
— Prateek Verma (@pratv14891) August 11, 2018
@imVkohli Great Player h Bt Great Captain to @msdhoni hi h jisne sabhi Format India ko jitaye h @imVkohli se ye kabhi n ho payega @vikrantgupta73 @harbhajan_singh @hardikpandya7 @bhogleharsha @yuzi_chahal @ashwinravi99 @sauravganguli@BhuviOfficial
— Nitin Tripathi (@ntripathi2479) August 13, 2018
— Saurabh Pandey (@Saurabh33698271) August 12, 2018
— Kapil Bains 🇮🇳 (@BeingKapilBains) August 12, 2018
MS Dhoni bid farewell from Test matches back in 2014, in the middle of a Test series against Australia in Australia. Virat Kohli then led the Indian team in the final Test match of the series, where India drew the game with Australia.
India’s first Test loss under Virat Kohli came against Sri Lanka in 2015, with the first Test series loss for Kohli coming against South Africa earlier this year. However, that Test series loss count is ready to increase next week, when India play England in the 3rd Test match from 18th of August.