Even after an incredible batting by skipper Virat Kohli, Indian had to take let go the win against the hosts at Birmingham. England won the first Test of the five-game series by 31 runs and guests will be looking for an opportunity to level the series when they take on the opponents at Lords on August 9.
India and England have a history of 118 Test matches together with England winning 44, including their Edgbaston win while India has 25 wins against England and 49 draws. The second Test is important for team India and they also have an edge in absence of Ben Stokes.
Men in blue have played three Tests this year winning two and losing one. Their first win was against South Africa during the three-match series in January. Against the debutant Afghanistan, the team had an easy win Test match that warmed them up good. Even though the team is missing the star bowlers ahead of the England series as both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah are missing from the team.
India is relying heavily on Virat Kohli in the batting segment as he is in formidable form with his 149 and 51 runs innings in the first test. He will be the key batsman, England will try to get rid of as soon as possible. However, no other batsman is offering any potential game which is a worry for India.
In bowling segment, Ravichandran Ashwin is undoubtedly the star performer for India. He was able to pick seven wickets in the first game and his damage is furthered by the middle-order tackle of Ishant Sharma who took 5 wickets during second innings. Mohammed Shami can seem taking on the English batsmen in the second game.
England is a team that is struggling with poor form in the longest format of the game for a while but their last two wins against Pakistan and a 31-run thriller victory against India will give them a boost they need for the second Test at Lords.
Batmen in the team are failing miserably against Indian bowlers and this must be a concern for the team going on in Lords. Joe Root was the top scorer for the team in the first game with 80 runs while Jonny Bairstow and Keaton Jennings followed him with 70 and 42 runs respectively.
In bowling, Ben Stokes picked six wickets in the game but his absence from the second Test due to his court hearing can leave England vulnerable. In his absence team is expected to bring in two spinners to support James Anderson and Stuart Broad with the cause of holding Indian batting order.
Man of interest in the first Test was Sam Curran who impressed with both bat and ball. He clinched four wickets in the first innings, then knocked a crucial 50 in the second innings leading England for a win.
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan or Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.
Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Ollie Pope, Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Jos Buttler and Sam Curran.