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Sachin Tendulkar urges Indian players to pull up their socks following Lord's defeat

Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate James Anderson, Stuart Broad and centurion Chris Woakes. Tendulkar also asked the Indian team to level up their game for the rest of the series.

Written by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 14, 2018 13:19 IST ]
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A file image of former Indian great cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

After a humiliating defeat at Lord's, the Indian cricket team is under a lot of scanner and almost everyone is criticizing the team's captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. 

India lost the match at Lord's by an innings and 159 runs, which is also India's first loss by an innings under Kohli's captaincy. Following Lord's debacle, India are now 0-2 down against England in the five-match series.

India are ranked No.1 in ICC Test team rankings but the way they played at Lord's disturbed every cricket fan.

After the match, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate James Anderson, Stuart Broad and centurion Chris Woakes. Tendulkar also asked the Indian team to level up their game for the rest of the series. "An all-round performance by England. Excellent spells of fast bowling by @jimmy9 and @StuartBroad8, with a fine performance by @chriswoakes. We’ve got to pull up our socks and produce better cricket India," he tweeted.

India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs but at least they had put up a strong fight against the hosts but at Lord's, it was a one-sided match from the first innings itself. 

The swing of Anderson and Broad proved unplayable for every Indian batsman in tough overcast conditions. The English pacers dominated the match so much that skipper Joe Root did not even call leg-spinner Adil Rashid to bowl even a single over.

Meanwhile, the Indian team has found support in opener Rohit Sharma, who failed to find a place in the Test team. Rohit urged fans to be a bit more supportive to the team in this situation. The Mumbai-based batsman tweeted, “Let’s not forget these are the players who got India to the number 1 ranking. How about being little supportive when the going gets tough. This is our team"

From here, it will be a tough road ahead for the Indian team in the rest of the Test series against England. India will look to bounce back in the third Test at Trent Bridge, starting August 18.

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