Former West Indies pacer Michael Holding on Saturday (August 18) took a dig at the Indian players, who were sporting black armband as a tribute for the legendary India cricketer Ajit Wadekar, who passed away on Wednesday (August 15).
While commentating for Sky Sports in the third Test at Trent Bridge, Holding sarcastically clarified to the viewers that Indian team wearing the band for not being 2-0 down in the ongoing five-Test series.
Team India are yet to prove their mettle as a No.1 Test team on English soil. While Virat Kohli and company lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs, they suffered a humiliating innings and 159-run defeat in the second Test at Lord’s.
After being bundled out for 274 and 162 in the opening Test, it was expected that the Indian batsmen would lift their game at the Home of Cricket. Unfortunately, the inept technique of visiting batters once again exposed when they were bowled out for a mere 107 and 130 in the second Test.
"Indian players are wearing the black band not because they are 0-2 down," Holding quoted while talking about the main reason behind the black armband.
Talking about Wadekar, he was the first man to lead India to a Test series win in England and West Indies. He passed away at the age of 77 after a prolonged illness in Mumbai.
Wadekar played 37 Tests and 2 ODIs for India from 1966-1974. He amassed 2,113 runs in 37 Tests with the best score of 143. In his two ODIs, Wadekar also managed to register a fifty. He was named the manager/coach of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s.