Indian cricket players are in for some real trouble in the upcoming 5 match tests against England. Following a 2-1 loss against the English unit, the visiting team had plans for striking hard in the longer format of the game.
Unfortunately, all such plannings and plottings have now been ruled out as they’ve suffered some humongous losses prior to the commencement of the tests. There’s no experienced bowling attack, the middle order’s sulking at the moment and even openers are struggling hard to crawl up to some decent figures with their individual performances.
Still, the Indian unit would surely be eyeing to deploy some tactics to get the better of the English team. But, here’s the twist, will it be even possible on this tour?
Here are 3 reasons which prove why the Indian cricket players might suffer a horrific defeat in the 5 match games this summer.
Team India’s performance in swinging conditions
Indian cricket players have always struggled with their Test side more than their ODI unit. India’s 3-match test series against South Africa witnessed the Indian batting order collapsing against the South African bowling attack that comprised of Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
It was evident, that Indian unit fails to perform even a little under the swinging conditions. Be it England, Australia or South Africa, the outcome remains the same. Apart from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, no other player seems to adjust in the changing pitch conditions.
Even Cheteshwar Pujara, who is considered as a replacement of Indian legend Rahul Dravid struggles to perform when put under the testing conditions. His recent county games showed a testament to it when he contributed mere 172 runs in his 12 innings play with a pitiable average of 14.33, with 41 being his highest score in the games.
Murali Vijay too was found struggling in the game against England Lions, as he could amass scores of 8 and 0 in the in the 1st and 2nd innings. Even Dhawan, Kohli had a pathetic tour of England back in 2014, and there are strong chances for history to repeat itself in 2018.
Root and Cook’s resurgence
England skipper Joe Root wasn’t enjoying the best of his form lately. His poor performance in the T20i series and the 1st ODI made him a subject of criticism for the English media. He couldn’t adjust to the spin prowess of the Indian chinaman, and as a result, their team had to face a humiliating defeat at the hands of Indian unit.
Fortunately, his form struck the chord at the right instant, and he notched up a flurry of back to back centuries against the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav, to ensure a 2-1 victory over the visiting unit.
Also, there’s the England batting legend Alastair Cook, who has flown back into the scene, with his knock of 180 coming against India A unit, while playing or England Lions. Being the most experienced player on board, his ability to play against a team like India would surely be put to test in the games.
Both Root and Cook’s form will be of utmost importance against the Indian cricket players, as this English duo holds the key for England’s success in the 5-match contests.
Fast Bowlers’ injury adds to India’s woes
Experienced pacers Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah would not be part of the playing XI for the first three games against England. Though Bhuvaneshwar was showing signs of recovery following his rests in the initial ODI games versus the home team, his presence in the 3rd ODI further aggravated his back injury and has led to his omission from a couple of contests.
Back in South Africa, the pacers were on a roll, as they had managed to pick 20 wickets in each of the 3-match contests. While Bumrah took 14 scalps, with a five-wicket haul under his belt, Bhuvaneshwar too deployed some deadly tactics, with swinging deliveries on a constant basis.
Not to forget, that India’s tour of England in 2014 witnessed Bhuvaneshwar turning an all-rounder, as he picked up 19 wickets, and notched up 3 fifties, only to become the 3rd leading Indian run-getter in the games that followed.
Indian cricket players are in for a serious trouble in the 5 match games, with these two nowhere in the picture.
Source: TIMES OF INDIA