London: India appealed to the divinity, but even gods were unwilling to intervene to ward off the inept team’s
embarrassing 1-3 Test series loss to England.
Desperately seeking some luck, the Indian team put up a big poster outside The Oval dressing rooms with a quartet from Hanuman Chalisa, a hymn for Lord Hanuman.
But it didn’t work and India on Sunday suffered a humiliating innings and 244 runs defeat inside three days at The Oval, losing the series 1-3. It was India’s second successive innings loss in England.
On the third day, TV cameras zoomed in on the four lines from Hanuman Chalisa outside the dressing rooms, showing a desperate Indian team seeking divine intervention.
But the Indian team’s fascination with Hanuman Chalisa is not new. During the 2011 World Cup, Hanuman Chalisa was recited every morning in the team’s dressing room.