A crushing defeat in the 2nd Test at Lords leaves Team India in a must win situation ahead of the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge if they have any ambitions to win this series.
Many Indian fans have been outraged with how easily Kohli’s men surrendered at the home of cricket and with so many high expectations before the start of the series many feel this team are now facing down the barrel of a 5-0 white wash!
However is this an overreaction? Can Team India bounce back and bring the series to life? The Bharat Army previews the all important 3rd Test.
It’s fair to say the strategy to play the limited overs format in an attempt to acclimatise to English conditions ahead of the Test series was a massive fail. With dry wickets baked in the sun, England witnessed weather more like Chennai and Mumbai rather than the traditional breezy conditions we are used to in England and with the white ball offering little movement the the Indian management team will be regretting this decision.
Was it then really a surprise that the Indian batsman looked so poor against the England attack at Lords? Fail to prepare, prepare to fail, this is a topic we can discuss once the series is over!
For now, let’s review the most talked about problem areas for Team India ahead of Trent Bridge;
The teams major area of concern is with the bat – In 4 innings played in the series so far only the skipper has gone past 50 with the team failing to get over 300 runs in any innings.
The opening slots have been a major problem area. Vijay looks in terrible form and his performances away from home in India have been really poor of late – you could quite easily see him being replaced by Dhawan, but is this the right strategy to keep chopping and changing?
India’s vice captain Rahane who is perceived to be our specialist ‘away’ series batsman has once again failed to apply himself to a match situation and lost his wicket to another uncharacteristic shot when the team needed him the most – is it time to give Karun Nair a go?
Finally we have the position of the Wicket Keeper. DK came into this tour full of confidence having had a decent run in the Indian side in the shorter format of the game and with his previous experience on England tours many thought he would be play a key role in these conditions however once again he has failed to impress so is it a chance to blood a youngster in Pant, who again is full of confidence and eager to repay the selectors for showing faith in him?
Kohli has been very transparent and honest in his last post match interview admitting perhaps the selection of 2 spinners at Lords was an error. With Trent Bridge offering the same favourable conditions foe swing bowlers as Lords, you would expect they would revert back to a 3 / 1 combination with Jasprit likely to come in for Kuldeep and Umesh to miss out again.
Team India showed tremendous fight and character in the recent Tour of South Africa and have the grit and determination to come back in this series, however you feel the squad will need to get past the mental challenge with the damage the last tests may have had if they are to succeed at Trent Bridge.
The Bharat Army as always will be at Trent Bridge in full voice supporting the Team #WinLoseOrDraw !
We urge all Indian Fans to get behind the team, this is when they need us the most.
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