India’s Overseas Challenge

An hour of poor play which completely ruined the things for India and swung the ball in New Zealand’ court, English conditions always tests a team like this. After a desperate defeat against New Zealand in WTC final, India’s next cycle of Test Championship will kick-off against hosts England in those same English conditions.

In next WTC cycle, like other teams, India will play a total of 6 series including 3 away series. Of the 3 away series, India’ ‘Ultimate test’ will happen in England and South Africa. Indian team will play 5-Test match series against England and 3-Test match series against South Africa.

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Indian cricket has change rapidly after Virat Kohli took over the reins of the Indian team. India has won 2 consecutive test series in Australia in 2019-20 and 2020-21 which is an unprecedented record against Australia in Australia. However, India is in ambush to win even a single series in England and South Africa. India is no more an anxious team in overseas conditions as they have shown in Australia. Though their record in other overseas countries is concerning. India last won a test match in England was in 2014 at Lord’s.

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Test cricket comprises of 3T which stands for Talent, Technique and Temperament. India does really well in subcontinental conditions. But their 3T disappears most of the times in exotic conditions. England and South Africa have almost identical conditions with having extra pace, juicy bounce and ball swings either side of the wicket. These conditions are perfectly meant of a wonderful contest between bat and ball. Generally, this atmosphere is referred as ideal atmosphere for test match cricket. A single hour of poor play and little laziness or overconfidence can ruin the things for any team like happened with India in WTC final.

With the investment in quality bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and young talent like Siraj, bowling has become real strength of the team. Even at Australia series, those were Indian bowlers who turned the games for the team on several occasions. Batting collapsing many times on crucial moments of the game is a cause of concern for the team. English conditions are unlikely to show any mercy on the team. Indian team needs to scrutinize the loop holes at the earliest if they really want to give a fight to England and South Africa. Otherwise, history and old records will repeat themselves which will bother Indian fans this time again.

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