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England vs India 2018: Who is to blame for the English debacle? 

Sachin Arora
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
02 Sep 2018, 23:55 IST

#2 Rigid Selections

England v India: Specsavers 3rd Test - Day One

Hardik Pandya getting out to Anderson

Rigid selections are another reason that cost India dearly. Indian team seems to be obsessed with this idea of having an all-rounder in the team. Hardik Pandya has played close to 7 matches in overseas conditions just on the basis of his potential as an all-rounder. His potential is not turning into performance, barring few occasions like his 5-wicket haul at Trent Bridge. To be an all-rounder he needs to deliver with the bat but he has failed consistently. Moreover, whenever he comes to the crease his stint doesn't inspire any sort of confidence that he can handle good bowling on lively wickets. In the obsession to play an all-rounder, the Indian team failed to strengthen their struggling batting line-up. It would have been much wiser to play an extra batsman in place of a struggling all-rounder.

The selection of Kuldeep Yadav at Lord's was another mind-boggling decision, especially after the rain-delayed start. Playing an extra spinner under overcast conditions in England is never a good idea.

Another series lost, another opportunity gone. This is the time to introspect and to admit the mistakes. Once you admit your mistakes, you are halfway there on the path to recovery and with Australia beckoning, that recovery needs to be fast and quick.

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