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Interesting Reason Why India Lost First Test Vs England

Indian trouble in English conditions is something world of cricket is accustomed to. Every tour teams change, captains change but what remains constant is Indian batsmen missing their points. Same is the case in India’s tour of England 2018. India lost a low scoring match by 31 runs. We all know who was the best performer for team India. It was captain Virat Kohli – scoring 149 in first innings and 51 in the second. But what caused such a abysmal performance for the rest of Indian batsmen is a point to ponder upon. Here we take a look at what went wrong for Team India in the first test vs England.

Lack Of Application Of Top Order Batsmen

Lack Of Application Of Top Order Batsmen

Indian top order consisted of Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. Notably, there was no Cheteshwar Pujara. A lot of criticism was faced by captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for the exclusion of the test expert. His absence gave shape to a top order who was not capable of surviving the new ball and making the task easy for the rest of batsmen. In both the innings India was down to 3 wickets in first 15 overs. If it wasn’t for heroics of Virat Kohli India would have been bundled up quite quickly. This failure is due to lack of application and grit. English batsmen were criticised for hitting their way out of Indian spin trap in India. Same can be done for Indian batsmen. They just didn’t trust their defense enough. Maybe because they know there’s not enough credibility in their defense.

Captain Virat Kohli emphasised on the same as he said in the post match interview, “There’s a lot to learn from the lower order. In first innings, Ishant and Umesh stuck in there. Again, Ishant showed character here, Umesh stuck it out with Hardik so those kinds of things make you feel like as top order batsmen we need to apply ourselves better. Just look at ourselves in the mirror. There’s no hiding from this game. We have to step on the field.”

Too Many Bits And Pieces Players

Dinesh Karthik played the innings of his life when he won India Nidahas Trophy by scoring 29 runs of 8 balls. This triggered a discussion how Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s stature has held back Karthik. Following Dhoni’s few failures in ODIs people advised him to make way for Karthik. Fast Forward to India vs England first test day 4. Karthik is out there with Kohli for winning India the match. But he departs when man in form Virat Kohli needed him by his side. So where do players like Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul fit in? Isn’t Rishabh Pant a more logical selection over Dinesh Karthik considering the same style of play and the more explosive attitude he has got.

Mistake In Captaincy

While Virat Kohli carried the Indian batting on his shoulders all alone, there have been questions on his captaincy. Be it selection woes or changing is bowlers. Nasser Hussain pointed out a valid point stating, “England were 87-7 with Curran and Adil Rashid at the crease and for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin went out of the game for an hour. India lost control then – he needs to look back on his captaincy and say ‘when I’ve got a bloke who averages 19 against left-handers and a 20-year-old left-hander on strike, why did I take him off?,” In a match lost by 31 runs, 63 runs by Curran were decisive

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Dhawal Upadhyaya

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