India, on Your England Tour, Please Remember the Humble Front Foot Defence

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India, on Your England Tour, Please Remember the Humble Front Foot Defence

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

“M

ove the back foot across, get the front foot in the line of the ball, and show the full face of the bat.”

Earlier this month, while watching the Indian team crumble to an innings defeat in a Test match against England at Lords, the voice of Sharma Sir, the pot-bellied coach from the cricket camps I attended during childhood, echoed in my ears. In overcast conditions, our batsmen were struggling to negotiate with both seam and swing. Phenomenal stroke players, all of them, finding it difficult to settle in. Some pushed at deliveries they shouldn’t have, some didn’t move their feet, some didn’t give themselves enough time before commiting and others just ended up playing extremely rash shots. Sharma Sir would have had a fit.

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