After India went down to England by an innings and 159 runs inside four days, Virat Kohli wore a blank expression as he trudged out on the field. The hosts were irresistible and never allowed the Indians any breathing space.
Virat Kohli's men now trail the 5-match series 2-0 and the battle is going to be an uphill one going forward.
India's biggest concern at this stage has been the form of the batsmen who have failed for four innings at a stretch and are not looking entirely comfortable. They do not look confident at all and this is where the task of the management is cut out. With the third Test five days away, they have to drill home the point that they need to fight it out in the centre and hit the ground running before the series falls out of their reach.
Here's how the cricketing world reacted after the defeat:
Virat Kohli, Indian captain
"Not very proud of the way we played, to be honest. First time in last five Test matches we've been outplayed. Credit to England. They were clinical. When a team plays like that they deserve to be on the winning side. Can't really think about those things (conditions not in favour). You have to counter the conditions as and when they come to you. Can't crib about these things. Sometimes the rub of the green will go your way too. Won't sit around and say that we didn't have the best of conditions. Their bowlers were relentless with the ball".
Joe Root, England captain
"Less stressful, definitely. Fantastic from the very first ball. Bowling unit were exceptional throughout the whole game. We probably did have the conditions throughout, but you still have to perform, ask the right questions of the batsman. To get that far in front, a testament to the partnership between Jonny and Woakes. Really pleased for Woaksey. A number of occasions he's shown how talented he is with the bat. Chuffed to bits for Woakes. State of the game, everything about it, and him coming back into the side, someone who's always been a big part of the squad, great to see him have the rewards. When you've got senior guys like Jimmy and Broad, the others are going to improve. Really good position to be in at the moment".
Chris Woakes, Man of the Match
"Obviously delighted. To win the Test inside four days when we lost a day and a half to rain is special. Emotions have run high all game I suppose. Scoring a hundred and getting on the honours' board is something that will stay with me forever. Sunk in a little bit more now. Wish I had sunk it up more in the middle, kind of went by in a flash. I was a little bit nervous from 80 onwards, started wooshing outside off stump. Jonny calmed me down a bit, which is funny because usually, I calm him down. Been an amazing game. A complete performance from the team which is more special. We tried to tick it off in fives. At the time, we were in a tricky position even though we were ahead. Just tried to creep that lead up."
And then these are Twitter reactions:
82.2 overs ... 237 Runs ... 20 wkts ... That was a Test that lasted 170.2 overs ... !!!!!! #2-0— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 12, 2018
True India have had worst of batting conditions, but even truer, batting's been pathetic. No application or grit. After Kohli, best Ashwin— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) August 12, 2018
My word this is a good performance from the England seamers. Can’t imagine any team in the world faring any better than India have (including England if they had to play themselves!) @ECB_cricket @SPNSportsIndia #KyaHogaIssBaar @jimmy9 @StuartBroad8 @chriswoakes— Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) August 12, 2018
India lasted 82 overs across 2 innings. They not learning from mistakes has been very disappointing to watch. Thoroughly outplayed in all departments in this one.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 12, 2018