Team India lost the first Test match against the English cricket team on the fifth day. India lost by a big margin of 227 runs which begs the question is it the same Indian team that trumped Australia is Australia just a couple of weeks ago? Let us see what made India vs England first Test such a disappointment for Team India and why the in form Indian cricket team lost the match.
Indian Team’s success against Australia (IND vs AUS)
Australia in Australia is by far the toughest opposition for any Asian team. Indian cricket team was up to the challenge but the virus restrictions coupled with several key players absence from the squad made it extremely tough for the ‘Men in Blue’. Indian batting crumbled like a house of cards in the first test when India was bowled out for the lowest total ever against Australia. After losing the match so badly Team India made a remarkable come back in the second test when nobody excepted them to win.
This was the time when Virat Kohli (Indian Captain) had to leave for a preplanned paternity leave. This meant that India had to play without Rohit and Virat now. However, the batting stepped up to the challenge and won the second Test match against the Aussies
As crazy as it may seems India drew the next test and then won the final test from a remarkable position which surprised the Australian and every cricket fan around the world. It was Rishabh Pant’s brilliance with the bat and a complete team performance which resulted in a series win for India and India retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
What worked for India in IND vs AUS?
One may ask that India didn’t have the key players and also playing in alien conditions with a horrible first Test loss, so what worked for team India from 2nd test onwards? This is a tricky question but here we will try to mention some of the most important points.
- Inclusion of potent young fast bowlers like Siraj and Natarajan and Shardul Thakur.
- Finding the right combination in batting and Shubman Gill shining uptop.
- Rishabh Pant’s consistently good bating with the Tail enders.
- Neutralizing Steve Smith and Mitchel Starc by Indian pacer by planning them.
- Disciplined and channel bowling.
Why did India Lose to England IND vs ENG?
India after all the success and praise they gathered from their previous tour of Australia were meant to be the favorites in IND vs ENG First Test match. however, things went south very early for India in the first test as English batsmen kept on batting till the third day of match mounted a mammoth total of 578 runs which had put the India team on backfoot right away.
Indian bowling looked flat and helpless in their own backyard and spinners were no good against the brilliance of Joe Root. Joe Root posted his 5th double century 2nd in year 2021. He single handedly dominated the Indian bowling for two complete days piling 218 runs.
Dom Sibley also batted well for his 87 runs along side Joe Root. Ben Stokes scored 82 runs. Ashwin and Bhumrah showed some progress on 3rd day and India was finally able to bowl out England team on 578 runs. This was always going to be a stiff target and the match was expected to be a draw considering India’s ability with the bat in home conditions. India however, crumbled and lost early wickets. Hero of previous innings Rishabh Pant came to the rescue along side Gill and scored a super quick 91 runs. Pujara and later Washington Sundar played wonderfully for 73 and 85 respectively.
Key Reasons of Indian’s Loss to England
England cricket team was brilliant with the bat and later with the bowl as well, we cannot take anything away from England however, India will also have to reassess certain their game plan and overcome their shortcomings quickly if they are to win this series.
Indian Cricket team changed the winning combination.
Team India played splendidly well in the previous Test series against Australia however, Now against England they had to accommodate their senior players and seasoned cricketers into the squad which made it extremely difficult for the selectors to choose between players such as Muhammad Siraj or Ishant Sharma.
Over Experimenting with more young players.
India already has a wide pool of young players who have been recently tried and tested in the absence of senior players. However, India choose to play another young uncapped player (Shahbaz Nadeem) in the first Test against England cricket team.
Playing with only Four Bowlers on flat pitches.
Another main reason for the shocking defeat was India conceding close to 600 runs in the first innings on a flat pitch that because of India opting to go with only four bowlers.
India played against Aussies with Five specialist bowlers with proved to be fruitful however, the change in selection strategy was made in this series and Team India paid the price.
What is next for Indian cricket Team in series against England?
India is a formidable team and they are certainly one of the best test teams specially when they are playing in their home conditions. We can expect a comeback from the Men in blue against England in the 2nd Test match. India might make a change to play an extra bowler however, most of the team is likely to be the same. India would have to win the second test to keep their hopes of winning the series alive.
Virat Kohli who looked in a good touch in the last innings where he scored 72 runs is hopeful for a solid performance from him and his team on DAY-1 of the second test match against England.
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