London: James Anderson and Stuart Broad shared eight wickets before Chris Woakes completed a brilliant return to international duty with the final blow as England thrashed India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord's on Sunday.
India, the world's top-ranked Test side, failed to cope with overcast and swing-friendly conditions in both their innings, with a rain-marred match effectively over in under two days' standard playing time.
India were dismissed for 130 on Sunday's fourth day, having been skittled out for just 107 first-time around. While Virat Kohli and co came under heavy criticism after the loss, Twitterati also slammed head coach Ravi Shastri. Before the UK tour, Shastri said his team would play fearless cricket but that had not been the case at Lord’s after they were completely outclassed by the hosts.
Would love to see Ravi Shastri in the post-match press conference accept the defeat, sound less arrogant and talk about how he plans to turn it around. But we all know that ain’t happening! 😊— Ajith Ramamurthy (@Ajith_tweets) August 12, 2018
What did Kohli and RAVI Shastri thought and pick two spinners. Shameful defeat of India. https://t.co/67mtn9WXMH— Ravi (@Ravi90731196) August 13, 2018
India lost this test faster than a tracer bullet. Must be Ravi Shastri’s influence.— IndiaExplained (@IndiaExplained) August 13, 2018
Whats the role of ravi shastri here..there is no planning..preparation..sad to say but one now understands why kohli wanted kumble out nd shastri in...these guys have taken back indian cricket to pre ganguly days@@BCCI @BcciReal @imVkohli @RaviShastriOfc @bhogleharsha— Manish Kumar (@ManishK44410389) August 13, 2018
What #RaviShastri is doing ?when #TeamIndia is not playing well,sitting & just enjoying the game #TeamIndia have batting,bowling,fielding coach,then what is the use of #RaviShastri can't understand,he has gone overthere to enjoy the trip & to eat, #IndiaVsEngland #LordsTest— 🇻ivek Dubey (@Vivekdubey_01) August 13, 2018
Ravi shastri - I told the boys go out there and relax, results don't matter😂😂— sanidhyA (@thatgunnerboy) August 13, 2018
I will blame Ravi shastri, Sanjay Bangar & Bharat arun more for the debacle. They were below average players and are no better as coach & support staff.— Arun marwah (@arunmarwaha90) August 13, 2018
@RaviShastriOfc @BCCI .. Ravi shastri has to be sacked and someone with a good tactical knowledge like dravid or kumble or moody must be appointed in his place. Shastri is only a good commentator and nothing else. Please let's make a change starting with him— Mr. Savage (@WhoBinit) August 13, 2018
when a team refuses Anil kumble, Rahul dravid & Zaheer khan and chooses Ravi shastri, Bharat Arun, Sanjay Bangar, this is bound to happen sooner rather than later. Be ready for 5-0 here & in Australia.— Arun marwah (@arunmarwaha90) August 13, 2018
@imVkohli , I saw Ravi Shastri in the Lord's balcony on the first two days of the test match.. with his shades on.. looking cool.. I did not see him on the last day— muzammil ahmed (@muzGreat) August 13, 2018
— passionate indian (@vinuamma67) August 13, 2018
Perhaps the reason for Indian team's debacle in England is that Ravi Shastri believes that being the team's think tank essentially means looking like a tank pic.twitter.com/MPgMWWaiRr— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) August 13, 2018
— Pratibha Mehra (@Irfanomania) August 13, 2018
Ravi Shastri as Coach is More Dangerous than Greg Chappel For Indian Cricket.@RaviShastriOfc— विиαу शुкℓα (@Vinayrv00) August 13, 2018
Dear Ravi Shastri and co., can you please work harder for what you get paid for ?— Ananthasubramanian (@_chinmusic) August 13, 2018
— Ashish Kumar Singh (@Ashishorbit) August 13, 2018
Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker, finished with innings figures of four for 23 as he became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets at Lord's.
Allied to a first-innings return of five for 20, that meant Anderson had a match haul of nine for 43.
"I am not very proud of the way we played," India captain Virat Kohli told Sky Sports. "England deserved to win; we deserved to lose."
Victory left England 2-0 up in this five-match series after their 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.
"The bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game," said Joe Root, the England captain.
"The conditions were in our favour but you still have to ask questions and we did."
Only once have a side come from 2-0 down to win a five-match Test series, when a Don Bradman inspired Australia recovered to beat England in 1936/37.
This match was a personal triumph for Woakes, who was recalled by England in place of Ben Stokes because of his fellow pace-bowling all-rounder's ongoing trial for affray.
Woakes's 137 not out, his maiden Test century, was the cornerstone of England's 396 for seven declared.
He also shared an England record sixth-wicket stand against India of 189 with Jonny Bairstow (93).
That partnership helped England recover from a top-order collapse that saw them slump to 89 for four at lunch on the third day.
Man-of-the-match Woakes also had overall figures of four for 43.
"To get to a position where we could declare after Jonny and Woakesy's magnificent partnership, I am chuffed to bits for Woakesy to get a hundred," said Root.
His century saw Woakes become just the fourth cricketer after England's Gubby Allen and Ian Botham and Australia's Keith Miller to have scored a century and taken 10 or more wickets in a Test at Lord's, with the Warwickshire star returning match figures of 11 for 102 at the 'home of cricket' against Pakistan two years ago....