The Indian batsmen suffered heavily against the English pacers in their first innings of the second Test at Lord’s. India were rolled over for a paltry 107 as the swing of James Anderson and Chris Woakes wreaked havoc. India captain Virat Kohli, who was prolific in the first Test, too struggled against the moving ball and could not stop the Indian batting from suffering a shocking collapse. Kohli along with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane battled hard but Woakes and Anderson were just too good on the day. Ravichandran Ashwin was the other bright spot on a gloomy day for the Indians, top scoring with a gritty 29. However, the other batsmen fell like ninepins and showed little or no resistance to the English pace battery. Following the disastrous outing on Day 2, some Indian fans were left fuming and trained their guns on a few under-performing players. Rohit Sharma, however, hit back, asking for support from the fans “when the going gets tough”.
Defensive batting & slip catching are two skills that are hardly needed in T20 & 50 overs cricket. Those are the two skills that have really deteriorated today. We are all products of our environment as they say.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) August 10, 2018
Time to take a call among a few others on Hardik Pandya. He could prove us wrong but at the moment he does not seem to have it in him to play Test Cricket overseas esp. outside Asia. #ENGvIND
— Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) August 10, 2018
— Manoj Gupta (@PassionForNews) August 11, 2018
Hardik Pandya is a surprise package of Indian cricket team. He seems like a bowler when he is batting and batsman when he is bowling.
— Ojas. (@Ojasism) August 2, 2018
I’ve lost my faith in Humanity.
How does Hardik Pandya makes it to the playing XI always#ENGvIND
— Prajakta Bhawsar (@ViratsFangirl18) August 10, 2018
When Hardik Pandya is called your country’s best all rounder. pic.twitter.com/6HgDNnb4bH
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) August 4, 2018
India All Out For 107.
This Team Is Going To Lose 5-0.
— Adarsh Agarwal (@adi_1323) August 10, 2018
Rohit reminded the fans that these were the same players that got India the No.1 Test ranking.
Let’s not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our team
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 10, 2018
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan backed Rohit but the same could not be said for some of the other Twitter users who claimed that the Indian team reached the top in Tests by doing well only in home conditions.
I agree with you .. ! COME ONNN INDIA .. WE CAN DO IT ..
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 10, 2018
Lets not forget that these players (included you) have always Failed in the Away Test Series…
And, the credit of number one rank goes to our Home Pitches….
— Anupam ?? (@Anupam183) August 10, 2018
Lol… Becomes no 1 by playing 1 year at home…
A team gets no 1 status when it wins outside the home, away from its comfortable zone…
— adesh (@Adesh03Yadav) August 10, 2018
Yeah…..Lets give some time…untill AUSTRALIA series. ..when we lost all three overseas tours then we will criticise them and then they will won in home again. …happy ending! #ENGvIND
— Atamjeet sidhu (@Sidhu_Atam) August 10, 2018
Its not about support..we always supports team India..but its our desire as fans to see you people succeed in overseas condition..!
— Jijesh C Bhanu (@Jijesh530) August 10, 2018
But we have become number 1 by playing at home . Don’t these guys desire to win overseas ? Will we always win at home only …? Missing Ganguly era
— Rohit Singh (@rs_social15) August 10, 2018
In terms of the India’s performance outside of the subcontinent in the past two years, the team has not had too many opportunities. India have played a total of just 5 Tests outside of Asia in the past two years, which is not including the ongoing India vs England second Test at Lord’s.
The Indian team has won just one match out of the five with the sole victory coming in the 3rd Test and final Test against South Africa at Johannesburg. India had lost the first two Tests of the 3-match Test series.
In that span, India also played a Test against the West Indies (4th Test of the series) that ended in a draw at Port of Spain.
A look back at India’s performance outside of Asia in the past five years, makes for an even more dismal reading. From August 11 2013 to August 11 2018, India have played a total of 21 Tests outside of the subcontinent — again discounting the ongoing Lord’s Test. They have managed to win just four of those, drawn seven and lost 10.
India twice beat the West Indies in the four-match Test series in 2016, beat England once at Lord’s in the five-Test series in 2014 and defeated South Africa once at Johannesburg in the three-match Test series.
During the five-year period, India have lost two Tests in four outings in Australia, lost four times in six Tests in England, lost once in two Tests in New Zealand and lost thrice in five Tests in South Africa.
Overall, India have played a total of 25 Tests in the past two years (discounting ongoing Lord’s Test), winning an impressive 16 Tests, 5 drawn and losing just four. Out of the 25 Tests, India have played 17 Tests at home, winning 12 of those and losing just one with four ending in draws. In the two-year span, India also played 3 Tests in Sri Lanka, whitewashing the hosts 3-0 in the 2017 series.
So in total, India have played a total of 20 Tests in Asia out of the 25 overall in the last two years, winning 15 of them.