London, January 20
Former England captain Michael Vaughan today said he was left with egg on his face after his prediction of an Australian whitewash of India in the just-concluded Test series went horribly wrong. Vaughan had earlier predicted that India will be whitewashed 4-0 in the Test series after the visitors lost the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets following a dramatic collapse where they were bowled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36.
However, India recovered from that loss to win the series 2-1. “India looked shot after that match and with all the selection issues they had, even India’s most one-eyed fans would not have predicted a comeback. Well, they have left me with egg on my face,” Vaughan wrote in Daily Telegraph. “But honestly? I don’t care. When you have cricket that good, and remarkable performances from rookie players such as Shubman Gill, Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, I have no problem in being proved wrong.”
Vaughan was critical of Tim Paine’s captaincy. “I always feel that captains should be judged on how they marshal a tight match, rather than how they lead in an easy victory, and Paine is making some strange calls,” he wrote. — PTI