The highly anticipated clash between India and England is just around the corner. As two cricketing powerhouses prepare to lock horns in the 1st Test match of their five-match series, cricket fans around the world are eagerly waiting to witness this thrilling contest. The match will be held at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India. Both teams boast talented players and have their eyes set on victory, making this Test match an exciting prospect.
|India vs England 1st Test
| Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium,
|Date & Time
|Thurs, Jan 25-Jan 29, 09:30 AM IST
|ENG opt to bat
England's First Innings and India's Dominance
Batting first, England set a total of 246 runs before being bowled out. Ben Stokes played a crucial role in their innings, scoring a well-constructed 70 runs off 88 balls. However, India quickly took control of the match by compiling a massive total of 436 runs in their first innings. Yashasvi Jaiswal, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja all contributed with impressive fifties. Joe Root, England's captain and a formidable all-rounder, showcased his bowling skills by taking four wickets.
Hartley's Debut Heroics
The Test match witnessed the debut of Tom Hartley, a promising left-arm spinner for England. While he was expensive in the first innings, conceding 131 runs for two wickets, Hartley redeemed himself in the second innings with a stunning performance. He scalped six wickets, including the dismissals of Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, and Rohit Sharma in quick succession. Breaking a crucial 42-run opening stand, Hartley ended with impressive figures of 7/62, playing a pivotal role in England's defense.
Pope's Heroic Knock Falls Short
Ollie Pope's remarkable batting display in the second innings was instrumental in England's victory. He formed a solid partnership of 68 runs with Ben Duckett after England passed the 100-run mark. Despite losing four quick wickets and being reduced to 163/5, Pope remained resilient and completed his fifth Test century, taking England to 316/6 by stumps on Day 3. On Day 4, he continued to build partnerships, reaching a score of 196 before falling agonizingly short of a double century.
Pope's Historic Feat
Pope's innings of 196 runs off 278 balls, laced with 21 boundaries, etched his name in the record books. It became the highest score by an Englishman in the second innings of a Test match in India. Furthermore, Pope joined an elite group of players, becoming only the 10th batsman to record a score of 150 or more in the second innings against India in India. His knock was a testament to his skill and determination.
Bumrah's Impactful Bowling
Jasprit Bumrah, India's premier fast bowler, made significant contributions with the ball in both innings. In the first innings, he dismissed Rehan Ahmed, breaking a crucial partnership. Returning for the second innings, Bumrah once again showcased his skill by taking five wickets, including the important wicket of Pope that ended his double-century bid. Bumrah's consistent performances have solidified his position as one of India's key bowlers.
Bumrah's Impressive Record
With his performance in the Hyderabad Test, Bumrah's Test wicket tally reached 146, making him the third-highest wicket-taker for India in their first 33 matches. Only Ravichandran Ashwin (183) and Ravindra Jadeja (155) have more wickets in the same timeframe. Bumrah's average of 20.81 and his impressive bowling record at home, with 20 wickets at an average of 14.40, further highlights his impact as a bowler.
Ashwin and Jadeja's Milestone
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India's formidable spin duo, achieved a significant milestone in the first innings of the Test match. Together, they became only the second Indian pair to reach the 500-wicket mark in Test cricket. Ashwin and Jadeja surpassed the legendary duo of Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, who had taken 501 wickets together in 54 matches. This achievement further solidifies their status as two of India's greatest spin bowlers.
England's Review Woes
In the first innings, England faced a setback as they exhausted all their reviews within 14 overs. Their early review burnout was a rarity in Test cricket, highlighting the team's misjudgments and the effectiveness of India's batting. Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma, and Shubman Gill were the unfortunate victims of England's unsuccessful reviews.
Jaiswal's Explosive Start
Yashasvi Jaiswal, India's opening batsman, made a blazing start in the first innings. He wasted no time in attacking the bowlers, hitting a maximum off Hartley's very first ball in Test cricket. Jaiswal's aggressive approach paid off as he scored a rapid 80 runs off just 74 balls, including 10 boundaries and 3 sixes. His performance ranks second among Indian batsmen in terms of runs scored on the first day of a Test match, with Gautam Gambhir's unbeaten 95 against Zimbabwe in 2005 holding the top spot.
England's Historic Win
With their victory in the Hyderabad Test, England achieved a significant milestone. They became the last team to win a bilateral Test series in India, triumphing in the 2012/2013 series with a 2-1 scoreline. India had since won all 16 Test series played at home. Additionally, this victory marked England's third Test win against India away from home in over a decade, showcasing their ability to perform in challenging conditions.
Pitch Report at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is known for its spin-friendly pitches. The surface is expected to heavily assist the spinners, and it won't be surprising if the ball starts turning from Day 1. Batting first would be a wise decision, as chasing in the fourth innings might prove to be extremely difficult.
India and England have had a long-standing rivalry in Test cricket. In the 131 matches played between the two teams, England has emerged as the more successful side, winning 50 matches compared to India's 31. The remaining 50 matches have ended in draws. The first encounter between the two teams took place on June 25, 1932, and their most recent meeting was on July 1, 2022.
England's Revolution in Test Cricket
Over the years, England has revolutionized Test cricket with their aggressive approach and never-say-die attitude. Led by the dynamic Ben Stokes, the English team has a reputation for challenging themselves in difficult circumstances and emerging victorious. The Ashes 2023 is a perfect example of their resilience, where they made an emphatic comeback after losing the first two Tests. This mindset and attitude have brought a massive change to England's Test cricket.
The Challenge of Playing in India
However, despite their positive approach, England faces a daunting challenge as they take on India in their own backyard. The Indian team has been dominant in Test cricket, especially in home conditions, having not lost a single Test series in the subcontinent in over a decade. Playing in spin-friendly conditions will test England's batting lineup, but they are unlikely to change their mindset.
Key Players to Watch Out For
In order to put India in trouble, England will heavily rely on their star batsmen, Joe Root and Ben Stokes. These two players have the ability to turn the game on its head and will be crucial for England's success. Additionally, Jonny Bairstow, Ollie Pope, and Ben Duckett will be looking to prove their worth in challenging circumstances. However, England will miss the services of Harry Brook, who has been exceptional in Test cricket.
On the other hand, India can't afford to relax against the English side. While their batting lineup boasts impressive numbers in Indian conditions, the recent form of youngsters Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill is slightly concerning. Furthermore, the absence of Virat Kohli in the first couple of matches due to personal reasons opens up an opportunity for KL Rahul to seal his place in the playing XI.
The Probable Playing XI
For India, the opening pair is expected to consist of Rohit Sharma (c), who will lead the team, along with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shubman Gill. KL Rahul will bat at number four in place of Virat Kohli, while KS Bharat is expected to take up the wicketkeeping duties. India is likely to play three spinners, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja being automatic picks. Axar Patel is set to be the third choice spinner, with Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah as the pace options.
England, on the other hand, has named three spinners for the first Test. Jack Leach will be accompanied by Rehan Ahmed and Tom Hartley to form a formidable spin attack. Mark Wood will be the lone pacer in the playing XI, as James Anderson will have to wait for his opportunity in the series.
IND Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Bench: Rajat Patidar, Mukesh Kumar, Dhruv Jurel, Kuldeep Yadav
Support Staff: Rahul Dravid, Vikram Rathour, Paras Mhambrey
ENG Playing XI: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (c), Ben Foakes (wk), Rehan Ahmed, Tom Hartley, Mark Wood, Jack Leach
Bench: Ollie Robinson, James Anderson, Daniel Lawrence, Gus Atkinson
Support Staff: Brendon McCullum, Paul Collingwood, Marcus Trescothick, Jeetan Patel, Neil Killeen
The 1st Test match between India and England promises to be an enthralling encounter between two cricketing giants. While India holds the advantage of playing in home conditions and their impressive record in the subcontinent, England's aggressive approach and never-say-die attitude make them a formidable opponent. With key players on both sides ready to make an impact, cricket fans can expect an exhilarating contest. Stay tuned for all the action in this highly anticipated Test series.