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India played brilliantly, says Bishan

Bishan Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Impressed by India’s brilliant showing at Lord’s, Bishan Singh Bedi feels the only trick the team has missed so far in England is not playing Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Ideally, Ashwin should have played in both the games. Again, it’s not Stuart Binny’s fault that he’s been thrust there. He has no utility when he doesn’t even get an over in the second innings,” Bedi said.

“It’s not about a winning combination, it’s about getting your act together. You don’t pick Ashwin and get Murali (Vijay) to bowl off-spinners… It doesn’t make sense.

“Both teams missed out on this front. Of course, England missed out more and India capitalised on it,” said the spin legend.

According to Bedi, England are looking “helplessly hopeless” and playing below par cricket, but that cannot take anything away from India’s brilliant showing at Lord’s.

“Let’s not take anything away from India. They played brilliantly. And don’t forget, they lost the toss also.

“England played much below par. They look pretty direction-less. They look helplessly hopeless,” Bedi said.

If England seniors in Cook, Ian Bell and Stuart Broad were left struggling, then Indian youngsters rose to the occasion, he noted. Bedi said while Indian players are peaking at the right time, the English cricketers seem to have had their time.

“When you touch the peak, then there is nothing beyond that. You can stay at the top if you are willing but if not, then there is no other way than the way down.

“What goes up must come down. So, the England seniors like Cook, Broad, (James) Anderson, Bell, (Matt) Prior have all past their peak.” he said.

“But in case of the Indians — Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar — their prime is ahead of them.

They haven’t peaked yet, they are on their way up. It is a cycle and the Indians have stayed low for quite sometime. So, they can only go up from here.”