From last week, when the focus for everyone was India and how they need to perform overseas (me included); England just came around to prove that their journey to the #1 might just be as dubious as it was for India. England started off their first test ranked as #1. From what I remember England has always been in the shadows until now. They have never experienced what it means to be champions until they won T-20 World cup a few years ago and now as they are ranked as no#1. So, it meant a lot to them to keep that reputation going. And then came the overseas series. But, England batting was humbled by a young spinner from Pakistan – Saeed Ajmal.
It just goes to prove only one thing – England just like India and many other countries are not comfortable playing outside their own country. But, for now, I am reserving this topic when if England prove me wrong by winning something.
English batsmen were foxed by Saeed Ajmal so beautifully. While the entire world back in July 2011 started to talk about India’s bad performance, this time even before anyone can start a discussion, English (Bob Willis) launched an attack on an upcoming youngster who did heroics.
This is not the first time that these tactics have been employed to avoid what could have been an obvious attack to their performance. During the infamous series in 2011, England was involved in a series of events during the course of 2nd test match and yet again we saw England take the obvious approach of attacking, while the same team (India) showed what character is.
After the 2nd test match during the ongoing Australia-India series, Australian started the trash talk as if the sledging that they do is not enough. Yet, the sub-continent teams continue to let them be. We have seen how Murali was humiliated over the years because of his bowling actions when no one across the seas had an answer to his bowling. And how can someone forget what happened during the 2nd test between these two teams back in 2008.
When will it be enough? IMHO, we have tolerated their baseless attacks for ever. Time has come to say something to nations who think they are bigger than the game itself. We have played this game fair and square even better and if needed we should demand respect.