After 100+ leads and 35 drawn matches Team India first saw a defeat in a test match at home. Currently, the England cricket team is in India to play a five-match test series against India and part 1 or the first test match held in Hyderabad which Team India defeated by 28 runs. Chasing 231 for victory in the second innings, India were all out for 202 with skipper Rohit Sharma (39) top-scoring for them. Tom Hartley was the pick of the English bowlers, claiming 7-62 in his debut test. Do you want to know the reasons? Let’s get into the blog. Stay connected with sprintersgames.in and sprinters.news to get all the sports updates on time.

India’s inability to capitalize on favourable batting conditions during their first innings is one of the leading causes of this defeat, according to head coach Rahul Dravid. According to the head coach, “It was always going to be challenging to chase 230 on a fourth-day wicket, which was turning. I thought we probably had 70 runs less on the board in the first innings when conditions were pretty good to bat in on day two.” The lack of centuries from Yashasvi Jaiswal, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja also became costly for Team India. Dravid quoted, “I thought in those kinds of situations we got ourselves into some good starts but we did not truly capitalize. So in some ways, we left those 70-80 runs back in the first innings… I’m a little bit more disappointed with our first innings.”

Indian batters faced a hard time to face spins. According to the head coach, it is due to a lack of playing first-class cricket. Dravid said, “A lot of these guys play a lot of white-ball cricket and don’t get a lot of time to play first-class cricket. But they are learning; they are getting there.” He further explained, “A lot of players are quite young, in the sense that a lot of these guys do play a lot of white-ball cricket and also maybe don’t get a lot of time to get to play a lot of first-class cricket as well. So they’re learning and I think they’re getting there.” Regarding the second innings challenge of chasing a target on the turning wicket, Dravid defended, “It’s not easy to chase 230 or it’s not done very often.

Our head coach never fails to praise the talents. He praised Ollie Pope’s great innings. Dravid stated, “It’s one of those games where you… come out and give your best and if somebody does something exceptional, you shake his hand and congratulate him. And for me, that is important.”

Despite many defending statements by the head coach, we cannot ignore the failure of the top batting order and the poor fielding of Team India. Rohit Sharma only attributed 28 runs. Despite securing a substantial 190-run lead in the first innings, India allowed England to recover from a precarious position of 163/5, courtesy of Ollie Pope’s remarkable innings of 196. Pope’s efforts propelled England to a total of 420 in their second innings, setting a target of 231 for India.

As the captain of Team India Rohit Sharma expressed the difficulty in pinpointing the exact moment where things went wrong. He also acknowledged the collective responsibility for the defeat and he praised Ollie Pope’s performance. Well, just like Rohit Sharma we also feel that it is one of the best performances in Indian conditions or pitch.

However, the lower order fought well and the whole team needed to work more to make a presence in the forest class cricket.

Final words:

First-class cricket has seen a huge setback due to the T20 format. However, we can’t ignore the contribution of the white ball game in raising & shaping talents. So, Team India needs to be more accustomed to the test format to bring great talents.