India lost the opening test match against England at Chennai. Two of the attributes of the pitch which captain Virat Kohli did not like were flat and slow. England won the toss and made a mammoth score to create pressure on the hosts. Indian spinners faced difficulty in taking early wickets in the first innings due to the slowness of the pitch.
The Ball was Stopping on the Batsmen from Day 3
Batting became difficult in the pitch for both India and England after the first innings. As per unknown sources, the pitch at Chennai lacked carry, and it had turn and bounce, which led to the fall of wickets. Captain Virat Kohli was also dismissed in the first innings due to the unexpected turns of the pitch. As soon as Day 3 started, the ball was stopping on the batsmen, which troubled the Indian batting lineup and turned out to be beneficial for England.
Indian Team Might Create Big Score in Second Test Match
If India gets the chance to bat first in the second test match against England, the winning favors might be heavy for hosts as they will get the advantage of pitch slowness. However, England pace bowlers Jofra Archer and James Anderson would be a threat for the team. It is also expected that India will retain its three-spinner theory in the second test match.
Shahbaz Nadeem Will be Dropped from Playing XI
Captain Virat Kohli was unhappy with the performance of Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar. Even though Nadeem bagged four wickets in the first innings, he was costly with the runs. Nadeem bowled 59 overs and conceded 233 runs in the entire test match. Washington Sundar, on the other hand, batted well in the first innings of the match but failed to deliver promising results with the bowl.
Axar Patel Might Comeback in Playing XI
Indian cricket fans can expect the comeback of Axar Patel in place of Shahbaz Nadeem in the second test match. It is also speculated that Rahul Chahar and Kuldeep Yadav might be included in the team if Washington Sundar is dropped from the playing XI. However, the decision will be based on the collective call of head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharath Arun and captain Virat Kohli.
Pace Lineup of India Might Remain Same
It is expected that Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the spinning attack for team India in the second test match. As of pace, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma might retain their spots in the playing XI. Both Ishant and Bumrah will have the opportunity to use the benefits of the pitch and take early wickets for the team to create pressure on the guests.
India Might Make Special Strategies Against Jofra Archer, James Anderson, and Dom Bess
The bowling attack by England thrashed the opening and middle batting order of India. Archer and Anderson will be the biggest threat for the opening order if India wins the toss and decides to bat first. Dom Bess, who crucial wickets for the team in the first test match, will be looking forward to delivering the same results with the ball. India might curate special strategies against the bowling attack of England to secure victory in the second test match.