Team England is now on its wonderful journey to be no. 1 Test side in the World. Having defeated the top side India, they have gained confidence and enthusiasm, with which they can take on any team of the World right now. These huge margin victories have given them a psychological boost, something very similar to what India felt, when it defeated Pakistan in the semi finals of the World Cup’11. Well, this article isn’t about why the Indians lost, as we all know the reasons for their defeat quite well. For once, let us pause and look at the mighty England side that has evolved over the years.
With embarrassing defeats in the World Cup and their abrupt exit, Team England has bounced back admirably. Having realized their strengths and weakness, they put forth their strengths and displayed them to the World, while their weakness lay unhidden in their dressing room perhaps. England’s strength has always been its ability to play a fighting game. Having collected all South African born wilds Kevin Pietersen, skipper Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott, and Matt Prior, the England team has slowly, but steadily made its way to the top slot.
With a strong top order, a composed middle order, and an aggressive lower order, the balance in the team is just perfect. Be it the explosive batsmen Kevin Pietersen, or Ian Bell, or the tactful bowlers Anderson and Broad, the England Team is a mix of experience and enthusiasm. This balance has given the side the much needed competitive edge over the Indian team, as well as other teams.
Fifteen years ago, England Team lost its vibrancy and that fighting spirit, thus leading to many downhill performances, mostly in matches against Australia. County Cricket needed to be polished, before things could go out of the hands. And that’s when the English Board intervened. Taking major decisions and making match-winning changes in the team brought about a new spirit in the team. Also newbies like Stuart Broad were discovered. And the team went on to win the 2010-11 Ashes Series, and made history by winning the series in Australian soil for the first time in 24 years. This victory brought about a revolution in English Cricket, where new gems were discovered and the valuable old ones were retained. With players like Broad, and Tremlett who have cricketing dads, the team has made valuable and shrewd use of all the available advantages.
This victory against India isn’t an overnight victory, but a decade’s worth of efforts made by the players and the Cricketing Board. With team spirit lingering around them all the time, and players stepping up and shouldering responsibilities during times of need (KP’s 202 runs and Ian Bell’s 153 runs are classic examples), this side has all that makes it as one of the best, or if possible THE BEST side as of now. Playing their individual roles efficiently and effectively, the English skipper Andrew Strauss has led the team with aplomb. Calm and cool captaincy defines him. No surprise that the empire has fought back so well, for they are always the true sons of the soil!