Virat Kohli said that it is their job and duty to play for the country. He felt that they should do a better job in the rest of the test series after their defeat at Lord’s. Experts say that the team should focus on performances but not on the result of the game at Trent Bridge.
Before the commencement of the series, India was at the top of the test rankings though they lost the test series to South Africa earlier this year. There were huge expectations about the performance of the team before the five test match series began. But, India lost the first test at Edgbaston with a minor margin and the second test with an innings and 159 runs. Especially the team selection was trolled by a lot of experts and fans after two consecutive defeats against the hosts.
India registered their worst defeat by 337 runs against Australia in 2007. In 2008, India lost to Australia by 122 runs at Perth. They lost the series by 1-2 after an incredible victory in a test match under the captaincy of Anil Kumble with the likes of MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Lakshman, and Rahul Dravid. They tried to equal the series but in vain.
After a decade, Kohli’s men registered their massive defeat by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s a few days ago. Though the Indians are said to have a strong batting line up and bowling attack, they could not live up to their expectations. Some may question why the current situation is compared to the situation a decade ago. The team included pacers like Irfan Pathan and RP Singh and batsmen like Sachin, Dravid, and Lakshman. The duo of pacers picked a decent number of wickets and Sachin, Dravid, and Lakshman slammed the fifties. The other batsmen could not live up to the expectations in that series. In the current position, experts said that English may whitewash the series with 5-0.
The team is lacking the sporting spirit in the current situation and seemed submissive in the second test. After the monkeygate scandal, Kumble said that their victory was the best ever one in Perth in 2008.
There is a good news for the Indian camp for Trent Bridge test. Jasprit Bumrah is fit again to play for the test team and Rishabh Pant is expected to replace Dinesh Karthik. However, except Kohli, no Indian batsmen could score a fifty in both of the tests. The Indians should overcome overdependence on the skipper and frail middle order to register a victory at Trent Bridge. India won the test against England at the Lord’s in 2014 by contributions of Murali Vijay and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Murali Vijay slammed 146 and the debutant Stuart Binny slammed 78 runs in that game to guide India towards a win in addition to five-wicket-haul of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, the presence of Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah are the points to enhance the confidence levels among the visitors.