Blogs & Opinion


Hosts lack grit

Nasser Hussain - Nasser Hussain Posted 5th December 2012 view comments

Nasser Hussain was critical of the approach taken by India's batsmen on day one of the third Test, after the hosts struggled to 273-7 at stumps.

Only Sachin Tendulkar (76) and Gautam Gambhir (60) made half-centuries as India, despite winning the toss, struggled to deal with an impressive display of bowling from England's attack.

However, despite crediting the tourists' bowlers, former England captain Hussain told Sky Sports the India batsmen should have shown more resolve to protect their wickets.

"Apart from Cheteshwar Pujara in this series and Tendulkar, who got his head down today, the India batsmen show a diet of one-day cricket," he said.

"They've played a lot of IPL and one-day cricket and now not many people are getting their heads down and saying: 'Over my dead body'.

They've played a lot of IPL and one day cricket and now not many people are getting their heads down and saying 'over my dead body'.

Nasser Hussain
Quotes of the week

"You look at the sides of the past with players such as Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman and they got big runs.

Whether it's the pitch or the mentality, I don't know, but a lot of their batsmen have got in and got out and that's what will annoy MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher.

"They've not all got beauties, they've just got in and got out."

Determination

The standout innings of the day was from Tendulkar, who had gone cheaply in the first two Tests, but Sky Sports' David Lloyd said the knock was more down to the veteran's determination than a return to form.

"The character of the man has got him through to 76 but he's really had to dig in," said Lloyd, after watching Tendulkar eventually fall to Jimmy Anderson after 155 balls at the crease.

"A number of times against the left-arm spin of Monty Panesar he takes his eye off the ball. He got stuck in nevertheless and he'll be happy that he's got back on the board.

"At the end there were signs of some fluency, but it's not the Sachin we've seen previously and that's understandable; he's 39 years of age now.

"I assume he's a very proud man and he'll be thrilled he's got a good innings. He got out immediately after a drinks break so you could talk about concentration but it was a wonderful delivery."

Despite his loss of form, Tendulkar is still a prize wicket for England, added Hussain, who believes the Little Master is desperate to add to his 100 international centuries.

"The stats tell you he's way short of the standards he used to be at," said Hussain. "He's only scored one hundred since March 2011. He went a long period on 99 international hundreds, got it, and has got nothing since.

"Even today he didn't get one. He'll want to put that to bed and that's why that was another important wicket for England."

NullData

back to top

Other Cricket Experts:

Latest Posts in Cricket:

Nasser Hussain

Take the strain, Jos

Jos Buttler will be under huge mental and physical burdens as a Test keeper, says Nasser Hussain....

Latest News RSS feeds

Buttler pick excites Hales

Alex Hales has tipped Jos Buttler to become an “outstanding” Test cricketer ahead of his debut against India.

Sussex see off Warks

Chris Jordan and James Tredwell bowled Sussex to a 226-run win over Warwickshire at Horsham.

Flower in charge of Lions

Andy Flower will coach the second-string England Lions during their tri-series with New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A.

Jayawardene lifts Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene's 34th Test century led Sri Lanka to 305-5 on day one of the second Test against South Africa.

Afghans win, series shared

Afghanistan earned a 2-2 draw in their one-day series against Zimbabwe with a 100-run win in the final game.

Features

Matt Prior factfile

Matt Prior factfile

We look back at the highs and lows of Matt Prior's career following his decision to take a break from international cricket.

Cricket Podcast: T2 D5

Cricket Podcast: T2 D5

Nasser Hussain reflects on India's 'best' away Test win, the Ishant Sharma show and England's rashness.

Sky Bet expect Alastair Cook to still be charge of England for the Third Test against India

Sky Bet expect Alastair Cook to still be charge of England for the Third Test against India

Sky Bet expect under-fire captain Alastair Cook to still be charge of England for the Third Test against India, starting on Sunday.