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2nd Test Match to Start Soon at Lord’s; What Lessons Should India Learn from Nottingham Test

July 15
11:31 2014

eng vs indEngland, Tuesday, July 15 – In the midst of some good plays and a few flop shows from both India and England, the first test played at Nottingham ended in a draw. Despite the fact that there was no clear winner at the end of the 5-day match, but still there were some amazing performances from a few cricketers who may affix their position in their respective squads in the near future.

Starting from Murali Vijay, the player showed a ray of hope from his brilliant performances in both first and second innings. A brilliant ton as an opener and a striking half-century during India’s second innings are sufficient to tell about his potency to get fitted into the foreign environment. The best efforts what he showed against England’s bowling attack is more than enough to spread the notion amongst the opponents that India are not going to put forward the same show what they did in the 2011 tour.

Apart from Vijay, Stuart Binny, who marked his first appearance in the Test cricket squad with the ongoing tournament, was also impressive. Though the 30-year-old player did not exhibit anything extraordinary when faced sharp bowling by England for the first time, however, he was simply splendid in the 2nd innings. His 78-run knock saved his team and made it to finish the match with their heads held high. The time when the youngster came for bat, India’s top and middle order had already collapsed. In such a scenario, it is never easy for any batsman to gain foothold and lend a hand to his squad to stay far away from the fear of defeat.

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni continued to demonstrate what kind of batting he can do when situations are not in favor. He played an awesome cricket and scored 82 runs after facing 157 balls. Even though failed to pocket a century after being a run out victim when James Anderson hit the stumps just at the right time, but the push he gave to the other players – who were yet to bat, imparted huge role in filling new energy in them.

At Trent Bridge, expectations from star performers like Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli were not fulfilled, perhaps it wasn’t their time to stand out. Mohammed Shami who remained unbeaten at 51 runs of 81 balls (4 x 6 and 6 x 1) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who hit 58 runs of 159 balls (4 x 5) showed the real spark and made England Captain Alastair Cook feel the heat and stay under pressure. The unexpected partnership for the 10th wicket made the host to mull over different tactics so that India could be restricted within 500 runs. It was the efforts of these two dynamic players that made the guest to put a total of 457 runs on the score board.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes, Liam Plunkett and Moeen Ali were impressive with their bowling actions. Beside bowling, the players who made their team to stand rock solid were James Anderson, who struck 81 runs of 130 balls; together with 17 boundaries, and Joseph Edward Root (154 runs of 295 balls; 4 x 15). Their partnership broke a number of records and gave Indian team a clear signal that there should be no room for mistake if they are actually eying a victory.

There is no doubt that test teams of India and England are in huge transformation phases, but the probability of improvement from players’ end can’t be kept aside. Overseas matches bring a lot of challenges along that have to be confronted with at any cost. The pitch of the Trent Bridge had something for both the teams, bowlers and batsmen. The only thing what one needed was to be confident and positive towards his goal.  It would be interesting to watch whether immaculate performances from same players will be visible in another Test, which is to start from Thursday, July 17, or some other will make use of the given opportunities.

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