On Day 5 of the primary Take a look at in opposition to England at Trent Bridge, the Virat Kohli-led Indian staff discovered themselves in a pole place. Needing 157 to win with 9 wickets in hand, it appeared prefer it could possibly be a straightforward chase for India with 98 overs to be bowled on the ultimate day. However the rain interfered and spoilt the occasion.
The ultimate day of the Take a look at was washed out and the match resulted in a draw. India, on the ultimate day of the 2nd Take a look at at Lord’s weren’t within the pole place, with a lead of simply 154 runs and gone down six wickets. All England wanted to do was end off the tail rapidly and chase down the goal.
However India tailenders set a troublesome goal of 272 for the hosts after which Indian pacers bowled out the Joe Root-led facet for 120, serving to India to win the 2nd Take a look at by 151 runs and taking a 1-0 lead within the match. However former England captain Michael Atherton believes India needs to be 2-0 up with the sort of show they’ve proven within the collection.
“Though house sensibilities will focus, inevitably, on England’s closing day efficiency on Monday, which was by far unintelligent after which limp, it was India who left an indelible impression,” Atherton wrote in his column for the Telegraph.
“The ferocity of their play, their will to win, and their talent to hold them by way of tough moments, ought to have eliminated any doubts about how the Nottingham Take a look at would have completed however for rain. To all intent and functions, India needs to be 2-0 up,” he added.
“Over two matches, England have competed for lengthy durations, and this with out some critical cricketers – Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes absent for 2 Checks and Stuart Broad for one. They get pleasure from two of their best cricketers, in James Anderson and Joe Root, and in Take a look at cricket, nice gamers could make up a number of floor for limitations elsewhere. All will not be misplaced,” he mentioned.
“In brief time period, given the accidents and lack of home first-class cricket to supply options, there’s not an important deal to be finished. They are going to (and may) make an alteration on the high of the order, if solely to reiterate the precept that efficiency issues,” he signed off.