Nottingham: Several aspects can be attributed to India's defeat in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Monday. But if skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ever gets to hear this, his feeling of despair could get worse: Monday's 319-run loss is their heaviest margin of defeat in 101 Tests against England.
So much for the World No 1 Test ranking. In fact, England's batting legend Geoffrey Boycott reckoned on Test Match Special that the visitors played like the No 8 or 9 side. That means New Zealand and Bangladesh.
Boycott is given to hyperbole, but that a World No. 1 succumbed in 47.4 overs, making 158 in pursuit of a 478-run target, is something that is near-unbelievable given Dhoni's men have shown that they have the bottle for a fight on their road to No. 1.