MANCHESTER: Former England captain Michael Vaughan blasted India for their “pathetic” display in losing the fourth Test at Old Trafford by an innings and 54 runs on Saturday.
India lost nine wickets after tea on the third day as they were bowled out for 161 and were in fact beaten in not much more than two days’ actual playing time after rain cut short Friday’s second day by several hours.
Vaughan said India’s resistance evaporated from the moment opener Gautam Gambhir (18) was dismissed shortly after tea to leave the tourists 53 for two.
“Brilliant from England,” Vaughan told BBC Radio’s Test Match Special.
“India, you can only describe their display today as pathetic,” he added after England beat India inside three days in a Test for the first time since a 132-run success at Edgbaston in 1967.
“There was no movement through the air, a hint of spin, but not a great deal and they just lost their fight.
“As soon as Gambhir got out it was almost as if they dangled a white flag from the dressing-room and that is unacceptable from an international side.”
Vaughan said India had paid a price for spending so much time trying to get England spearhead bowler James Anderson banned for allegedly abusing and pushing all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the drawn first Test in Nottingham.
“If you look back to Lord’s, I think India have been fighting too many battles off the pitch,” said Vaughan.