What former cricketers are saying about India’s performances in England

India pacer Mohammed Shami appeals for an LBW. Getty Images

India pacer Mohammed Shami appeals for an LBW. Getty Images

"First time in last five Test matches we've been outplayed", were skipper Virat Kohli's words, but this has been India's fourth defeat in as many Tests outside Asia and while Kohli, the batsman, can take a lot of pride with two hundreds and two fifties against his name during this period, Kohli, the captain, is let down by his batsmen during India's last five Tests outside Asia even as the team's bowlers have largely done a fine job.

In fact, with India being bowled out twice in just 82.2 overs and England batting for 88 this was a Lord's Test that in effect lasted for less than two day's play. There was some surprise around the ground in the morning when England skipper Joe Root made a decision to bat on rather than declare with a first innings lead of 250, especially given a weather forecast that predicted rain for much of the day.

The pacer, who took nine wickets in the second Test against India, gained 19 points to move to 903 rating points. Then Anderson and Woakes combined to sweep aside the tail, with Anderson adding four wickets to his first innings haul of five for 20.

While India's captain Virat Kohli offered no excuses for the capitulation, Indian commentators highlighted how the Indian top order has faltered in all four Test innings so far with opener Murali Vijay getting a pair at Lord's and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara failing to fire.

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"We're certainly not thinking of anything else, but to get to 2-1 in the series and from there on build on that strongly", Kohli said.

"The bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game", said Joe Root, the England captain. "You can play well in any condition if you are mentally ready for it". In the meantime, despite the heavy defeat, Waqar Younis, the former Pakistan cricketer, reckons that India have the capacity to make a comeback with three matches remaining in the five-match series.

Having shared a match-turning partnership of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93) on Saturday, Woakes added 17 to his overnight score before England declared with a lead of 289 when Sam Curran was out for 40.

Virender Sehwag lamented the poor showing from the visiting batsmen and hoped that they have the mental strength to overcome disastrous displays in the remainder of the England tour. Chris Woakes was named the "Man of The Match" for his "outstanding" performance with both the bat and ball.

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They will also take confidence from effectively winning the Test in two days of play, after the first day was washed out and two of the final three days were interrupted by rain.

"I was gutted when that rain arrived, " Broad said. It hailed Anderson as England's "crafty maestro".

He now has 553 Test wickets and is just 10 behind Australian Glenn McGrath's record for the most wickets taken by a seamer in Test cricket.

Kohli was clearly struggling with a stiff back on Sunday, the injury seeing him bat at number five rather than his usual number four position.

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Kohli appeared restricted in movement and was caught by Ollie Pope at short leg for 17.

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