England’s magnificent cricket means they won all four Test matches against the team that was Number One in the world when they arrived. They won them by resounding margins.
I have heard much comment on how disappointing the Indian team was. I think there should be more recognition of just how good the England team has been. The Indian team contained some of the world’s greatest batsmen. The English bowlers contained them, pressured them, and usually bowled them out cheaply.
The Indian team contained some good bowlers, who were able to pressurise some of the English batsmen some of the time. Even Alastair Cook struggled at the beginning of the series. Yet time after time a few of the English batsmen showed huge skill, determination and ability. They got on top in the battle with the bowlers, and recorded large scores.
We are always willing to criticise when our team does badly. Let’s enjoy a smashing set of victories. It was not inevitable that they did that well. If they had played a little below the standard they achieved India would have looked an altogether stronger side. Getting Tendulkar or Dravid out for a low score is still one of the great achievements a test match bowler can put to his name.
This was truly a great performance by the team that is now the world’s best. Whatever happens next, that recent achievement cannot be taken away from them.