Kohli-led Side Eyes Lead against England in Opening Test

November 08 13:26 2016

indiaNew Delhi, Tuesday, November 8 – 1st Test match is just a day away. All preparations to host the match have been done. As a matter of fact it is probable to begin amid huge excitement as India have already won the Test and ODI series against Kane Williamson-led New Zealand recently.

Spinners and fast bowlers will play integral role in introducing the difference in the game. Given that England defeated Bangladesh in the ODI series on their tour to Bangladesh 2-1 and ended Test series 1-1, it is possible to see England players determined to perform well in India that is going to ask for great efforts.

On a wicket that could be dry or have some grass is supposed to hide a number of surprises for both bowlers and batsmen. If grassless pitches are seen in the coming days then it may be expected that it is going to astonish batting lineup of both squads and support bowlers. The weather conditions of Rajkot are probable to lend a hand to Indian cricketers. Despite the fact that people are to witness sunny mornings in the coming days, climate might not be a problem for England as well. Higher temperature on Wednesday is said to be 35 degree Celsius and lower temperature to be 20 degree Celsius.

Toss is certainly crucial, allowing one of the skippers to make a decision of batting or bowling first. Bowlers would indubitably try their level best to put a ceiling on the opponents’ speed of scoring runs and get as much as wickets possible on this pitch. Virat Kohli led side won Tests in Green Park in Kanpur, Eden Gardens in Kolkata and Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore by 197 runs, 178 runs and 321 runs. The remarkable victories in three Test matches will be called huge for the reason that Indian team performed as a unit and group efforts made them stand out completely. The joy was bigger too for the hosts as they managed to bat well and restrict opponents much before the target, snatching wins remarkably.

At Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, arrangements are almost all done to organize the 1st Test match between India and England that is important to win for both teams in several regards. On one hand, Virat Kohli-led India hope for taking lead as this will be important to keep rivals under stress, reducing opportunity for them to bounce back ahead in the ongoing tournament, which is to end early next year. While on the other hand, Alastair’s men wouldn’t like to give a miss at all and leave chance to stay robust in the tournament. He and his teammates would be eager to utilize the opportunity to shine.

The enthusiasm level is going to be up in the 1st match of the 5-match Test series. This is expected to stay as it is in second, third, fourth and fifth Tests too that are to be hosted at various places of the country, sporting different pitch and weather conditions. It is unquestionably best time for both India and England to hone their skills and work hard to fix blunders they made them face defeats at different time intervals in the recent past. In order to put humongous score while batting first or chasing the target confidently, it is undeniably tremendously important for the Indian captain Virat Kohli to carry on showing his faith in teammates for the reason that this helps them put best foot forward and perform to the best of their abilities.

When a lot of runs are put on the scoreboard, it boosts confidence and lessens the probability of losing the match since the opponents automatically come under the pump. Bowling and fielding zones of the Indian cricket team have been the key strengths of the team. Indian squad have some amazing fielders who are always prepared to save as many as runs possible they can whenever a shot is smartly hit by the batsmen, who eye weak deliveries bowled by both experienced and inexperienced  bowlers. Here is to mention that the only thing what Indian camp needs is trust on their talents. The more they use it, the higher is the possibility of pocketing victories at different time intervals.

It hardly matters for the members who are the rivals in different tournaments. Indian players are robust enough to display superb play and do their part in the best way possible. Problem is when challengers are familiar with the weak zones. It becomes simple for them to grip footing by doubling the pace of attack.  Eyes can’t be shut to the fact that the Indian bowlers have worked a lot in their line and length. Same momentum is to be kept if they actually wish to build pressure on England, who will also hope for inflicting humiliating defeat on India being on track right from the beginning. Not to forget that a wonderful delivery can change the entire scenario if crucial wickets are taken to give rivals timely jolt. It is the finest chance for India to overcome their weaknesses and failures and get prepared for next game which is to kick off tomorrow.

Expectations are up from Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha. Kohli is rising as a captain and increasing number of wins is improving his record both as skipper and player. Role of Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Karun Nair in India’s success will also be watched. Since just a day is left for the match to begin, it would be interesting to see whether the hosts make use of psychological advantage of playing in home conditions or not. One thing is for sure that England would try to give India a taste of their own medicine in the 1st Test. Most of its players are familiar with the pitches here being part of IPL and T20 series.

Their acquaintance may be of imperative use. The viewers are getting enthusiastic to catch the live as attack from both side with bat and ball is going to be full of surprises. With what tactics Alastair Cook come to put pressure on India will be crucial to note. Whoever among Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, Gary Ballance, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Jake Ball, Adil Rashid, Gareth Batty, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Zafar Ansari and Joe Root is selected in the squad, it will be a good combination of batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders. Cook and Kohli’s way of leading their parties will certainly grab the eyeballs. More to the point, poor bowling and batting collapse can’t be any options for both sides. A few errors while the play is on can cost them the match what no skipper would wish to observe.

Some lessons must have been learned by India’s playing XI after New Zealand leveled ODI series, making the final match be the decider but how they take full advantage of it in the upcoming matches will a key thing to notice.  Victories are indispensable for boosting morale and gaining confidence. If India do better than the English team through best fielding, bowling and batting, the task to start with a lead will be easy for the hosts. India have some of the outstanding fielders who can dive, jump high and run several meters just to come under the ball and take astounding catches. They have the ability to stop the ball before it touches the fences, pouring water on the dreams of the rivals who want to score runs in speed. It is definite that upcoming cricket matches will take the entertainment quotient up.