Three positives for India from England Test series
India have finished their long tour of England with only one series win the three series they played in England over last two and a half months. ODI series has proved that there are many aspects have to be engineered in the Indian side in their preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Even though India missed the services of their two lead bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah due to injuries, their bowling department looked pretty convincing. Main problem was seen in their batting department specially the middle order. The series results have shown how the Indian batting line up relies heavily on their top order.
The biggest headache for India in ODIs for last two years, finding a proper no.4 batsman for the team.Still that issue remains unsolved. Coming to the Test series things are a bit opposite to that of in ODI format. India’s middle order has given a good performance compared to that of in 50 overs format.
In the Test series biggest issue for India is their top order batsmen. Even though KL Rahul scored a pleasing knock of 149 runs in last Test, he failed to make enough contributions in the remaining innings like his partners Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay. Like this there are some problems in the Indian team related to the term consistency.
Apart from these issues there are some positives seen in the Indian Test team in this series. Lets see three positives for India in the Test series.
1. Super man “Virat Kohli”
One of the biggest positives for India in the series is the batting display of their skipper Virat Kohli. Before the start of the Test series there were many talks around the Indian skipper as he failed to do enough in India’s previous tour of England. In 2014 he had scored only 134 runs in the 10 innings he played with an average of 13.4.
But in this series he is seen completely opposite to what happened in 2014. He has scored a whooping 593 runs in the 10 innings he played including two tons and three half centuries. More importantly he didn’t give his wicket to James Anderson in this tour who troubled him a lot in the previous one.
Obviously he is the highest run scorer of the series with a huge lead between first and second position. Specially he had his own dominance in the series which was mostly dominated by bowlers. His batting display will give some glimpses to Indian team in future overseas tours.
2. Promising new comers Pant and Vihari
Another big output for India in this series is their debutants Rishab Pant and Hanuma Vihari. Hanuma Vihari who came in place of Hardik Pandya in Oval looks a promising talent for India. He announced his arrival to Test cricket with a half century. And it was seen clearly that he is technically strong. In England’s second innings he had shown that he can give decent contribution with ball too by picking three wickets.
Another one is Rishab Pant. He scored a much needed century in final Test regarding his career. It’s not a right thing to blame a 20 year old youngster as it will take some time for him to establish in International stage. He has proved his capabilities with that century.
His arrival will be a key factor for India as they are searching for a proper replacement for Mahendra SIngh Dhoni. Pant’s keeping skills also looks good as he is new to swinging English conditions. So these two new caps will be a positive take for India from this series.
3. Impressive bowling department
Bowling display of Indian bowlers through out the series is been phenomenal. Even though their best swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was not available due to injury, they managed to give a tough fight to English batsmen in their own backyard.
In the previous tours bowling was a big issue for India specially under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. But the current bowling attack looks more powerful with more talents and some experiences. In the South African tour also Indian bowlers shown an amazing display of bowling by bowling out the hosts in all the innings they played. Surely India can take this as a biggest positive.