India are now on a full tour to England. The tour has came to the final stage as the test series started on August 1st in Edgbaston. The test match was remarkable for the host side as it was their 1000th one in the longest format of the game. The hosts team skipper Joe root won the toss and elected to at first. England scored 287 runs in the first Innings. In reply the visitors scored 274 runs with the help of the master knock from Virat Kohli.
England started their second innings with a lead of 13 runs. In their process of setting target to the visitors England were bowled out for 180 runs and a target of 194 runs was set to the visiting nation. Right from the start Indian batsmen struggled in the chase except the skipper Virat Kohli. England bowlers rattled the Indian batsmen and won the game by 31 runs. Sam Curran was awarded as the man of the match for his all-round performance.
This match and the previous tour of South Africa have proved that the Indian bowling has changed a lot which had been a worry for the team over the last ten years. In the South Africa tour the Indian bowlers took all the 10 wickets in every innings they played. In this match also Indian bowlers did an amazing job by taking control over English batsmen in both innings even though they are missing the service of their main pace bowler Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. And the off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s performance in the match was quite exceptional as he picked up seven wickets.
But the main worry is the Indian batting line up. In the last ten years India has a trade mark in international cricket for its strong batting line up. In this match the skipper Virat Kohli is the one who single handedly took the team to a respectable position in both innings. He started the rivalry between him and James Anderson on a high note by scoring a total of 200 runs in the test match with a century in the first innings and a half century in the second innings.
The opener Murali Vijay was the highest run scorer for India in their last tour of England. But his recent form is very disgusting. In the South Africa tour also he didn’t make any impact. His form is a big concern for team India. Another opener Shikhar Dhawan’s place is now questionable in the overseas as his bad form in overseas continues. And the next thing is the new no.3 batsman for India in this match KL Rahul. He also didn’t use that opportunity evenly. He is also struggling to put some runs in the scoreboard in the recent overseas tours.
The regular no.3 batsman Pujara is also in the same condition as he didn’t have a single acceptable performance in the all overseas tours he played. Even though he has played some marathon innings but he failed to make any impact in those innings. His recent worst form in county cricket and the one off test between Afghanistan is the main reason for his exclusion.
Next the big man Ajinkya Rahane who is well known for his performances in overseas also failed to perform in the both innings. India team depends a lot on him in these tours. But he even failed to have a partnership with his skipper Virat Kohli. Then the another headache for the team wicket keeper. The team is struggling get runs from the wicket keeper in all the test series in the last four years. Dinesh Karthik who got an opportunity in the team after eight long years failed to make an impressive comeback into the team when he had a well made chance for him to prove.
And so on the all-rounders Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardik Pandya also failed. Even though Pandya had a decent nick in the last innings but that’s not up to the expected one from them. So the weak batting from the Indian batsmen is the main reason for the close loss in the first test. Another area they need to develop is slip fielding. In the second innings they dropped some easy chances that costed them the match at the end. They have more time to settle these problems and make a comeback in the team. Let’s see what happens in the remaining four test matches.