India Taste Success in Vizag Test against England

November 22 14:26 2016

indwinNew Delhi, Tuesday, November 22 – Likelihood of a great show by the Men in Blue at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam was up post taking into account good bowling by Indian players against England when the matter was to save the match.

However, good batting from England captain Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed who gave their team a strong start. But wicket of Cook at the end of the day changed story for the visitors to a certain extent. When a few thought that outstanding way of the England openers to play safe may finish the contest in a draw, all eyes got stuck on Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami. Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha also made sure to not let the ball go to the boundary line often.

After dismissals of Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed on Day 4, expectations got up from Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Zafar Ansari, Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Having a deep batting line, it was likely that England will make all efforts to save the match. Given that it has been more than a few days when English players landed on the Indian soil to contest in five Test matches, they were steadily adopting the unfamiliar conditions that could help them when performance really matters. When Joe Root and Ben Duckett were present on the crease, it was expected that the two will present the same sort of show as the previous batsmen did. But that dream was broken early by Ashwin who sent Duckett back to the dressing room on a naught. This was the time when problem started for the visiting squad. Moeen Ali lost his wicket to Jadeja at a score of 2 post facing 31 balls. Ben Stokes lost his wicket to Jayant Yadav at a score of 6.

England began to hope that Root will save England from falling into trough but Shami dismissed him at a score of 25 in 107 balls, together with three boundaries. Adil Rashid struck a boundary but was dismissed by Shami at 4 runs. Zafar Ansari lost his wicket to Ashwin on a zero. Stuart Broad was lbw by Jayant Yadav at 5 runs (4 x 1). James Anderson was lbw by Jayant Yadav. Despite the fact that original decision was not out, Indian team went for review. TV umpire gave Anderson out, spreading victorious smile on the faces of Indian team and fans. Jonny Bairstow – the England wicketkeeper – was not out at a score of 34 what he attained post facing 40 deliveries. His innings was played with a strike rate of 85.00 and included seven boundaries. Now, the games that are to be held at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali from November 26 to November 30, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai from December 8 to December 12, MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai from December 16 to December 20 will catch attention of the cricket fans.

Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India are looking forward to another Test series win, which will not be easy against England who have the potential to bounce back any time. On the Indian turf, the home squad that has Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Jayant Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Gautam Gambhir, Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Karun Nair, Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Murali Vijay hopes to continue doing great. Expectations are soaring from Pujara and Kohli thanks to the way calm is kept and job is done by the two players. Contributions from Ashwin, Jadeja, Shami and Jayant Yadav were of terrific use as well, proving their significance in the team right. To cut a long story short then upcoming series against Cook’s men is an opportunity for the young cricketers to shine and experienced players to continue honing skills. The talented captain Kohli will undeniably try out new combinations on the crease that may or may not be surprising. However, objective of this will be to make players put best foot forward and help the Playing XI stay strong. Impressive play is important when cricketers eye a fixed spot in the group.

Jayant Yadav, the young man from Delhi, has a perfect chance to be noticeable. In fact, he was successful in marking an impression when India came to bowl for a second time, taking three wickets. A total of four wickets went into his pocket during the lately concluded second Test. Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can be seen as the backbone of the Indian team. Bowling in correct line and length will keep the home squad on track. Eyes will indubitably be on them in view of the fact that bowling has steadily turned India’s strength. Alastair Cook will look forward to good show from Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Haseeb Hameed, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Zafar Ansari, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Gareth Batty, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Gary Ballance. The mistakes while facing the opposition cost them the match despite the fact that opening players did what was expected from them to do on Day 4.

A team has to get ready for the surprising consequence while getting off track. In spite of the truth that things are not same in the longest and shortest formats of the cricket, a match is won when a squad plays as a unit and each member is able to deliver what is likely from him. A clear idea about his role is of higher usage. The tournament is going to be extremely entertaining. The line-up that stays strong from the beginning till the end will find it easy to make a difference. The momentum is important from the start and should be maintained until the match isn’t won. More to the point, lack of confidence, batting collapse, average fielding etc. can only take them in troublesome situations. India tasted victory in the 2nd Test, winning it by 246 runs. Such humiliating defeat would certainly have made England to sit for a while and rectify the problems that troubled them vastly. Here is to mention a small room was given to them in the second innings that let Indian team think for measures to stand out and pocket a victory that was no near to them and they rose in tough circumstances when game was to end, beating all odds and taking an important wicket of Cook.

They later on managed to crush England at a time when a little space would have taken the match towards a draw. The action between India and England will be interesting enough given that next Test match is to take place soon. Only four days are left for the third contest to start. There have been several occasions when fresh faces in the team played mesmerizing knocks, taking the masses by surprise. Experience of experienced cricketers had the weightage too. Similar expectations will remain when India and England play against each other. The tactics and performances of the host against visiting squad during Test format will be something to notice. Gaining expertise will work and improve way of attack as well. As of now, India will look forward to have some rest in the gap. Both teams will make sure to fix mistakes they did during previous two matches. Players will wish to hone skills in the remaining time before the Test match begins. The team members of the both sides would hope for achieving something remarkable. The earlier they know, they better be the results. Indian fans are elated to see India taking lead 1-0.