The dismal performance by Team India in the Lord's Test has made former Indian cricketer Farokh Engineer recollect the memories of India's 1974 tour to England. India were bowled out for 42 in that tour in the Lord's Test which till date remains India's lowest Test score.
The former Indian cricketer said "This hurts more than the 42 all out" recollecting the 1974 Lord's Test match. Farokh Engineer top-scored for India in that 1974 Test match with an 86 in the first innings. India managed to score 302 in that innings, Sunil Gavaskar chipping in with a 49. "Yes, we were all out for 42, but this performance has been much worse. We at least put up a fight in the first innings of that Test and I was the top-scorer," Engineer said.
The former wicketkeeper-batsman, who played a lot of his cricket for Lancashire feels that the current lot, other than Kohli, lacks the basic technique to survive against a decent pace attack in English conditions. "There were some great bowlers in operation then and we didn't have so much protection as these guys have. Personally, I love these boys, but their technique leaves a lot to be desired".
Engineer was at Lord's on Saturday and he spoke about his discussion with Clive Lloyd, the legendary West Indian captain, about the Indian team's lack of application. "He told me that my team is doing the basics wrong and it pained me so much" he said. And going by the trend of Indian batting, the former star is "even scared" of what is in store for India in Nottingham. The Nottingham Test starts from August 18.