Vaughan slams India for pathetic display after England win fourth Test by an innings
Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has criticized India for their pathetic performance after the tourists lost the fourth Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 54 runs on Saturday.
India lost nine wickets after tea on the third day as they were bowled out for 161 and were in fact beaten in not much more than two days' actual playing time after rain cut short Friday's second day by several hours.
Their defeat was made all the worse by the fact Stuart Broad, named man-of-the-match for a return of 6-25 in India's meagre first innings 152, played no part at all in their second innings collapse, Sport24 reported.
Broad was off the field with a broken nose after being hit by a India's Varun Aaron's bouncer while batting earlier on Saturday.
Vaughan said that India's resistance evaporated from the moment opener Gautam Gambhir (18) was dismissed shortly after tea to leave the tourists 53/2. He said that it is brilliant from England.
The former skipper added that one can only describe India's display as pathetic. England has defeated India inside three days in a Test for the first time since a 132-run success at Edgbaston in 1967.
Vaughan said that there was no movement through the air, a hint of spin, but not a great deal and India just lost their fight, adding that as soon as Gambhir got out it was almost as if they dangled a white flag from the dressing-room and that is unacceptable from an international side.
Vaughan said that India, who won the second Test at Lord's by 95 runs to go 1-0 up in the series, had paid a price for spending so much time trying to get England spearhead bowler James Anderson banned for allegedly abusing and pushing all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test in Nottingham.
Vaughan said that if one looks back to Lord's, he feels India has been fighting too many battles off the pitch, adding that one has got to remember to fight battles on the pitch and he has not seen any of that over that in the last two weeks.
(Posted on 10-08-2014)
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