Ebene Magazine – India vs England: Talking points from Team India’s 13th consecutive Test series win on home soil en


India continued their dominant home run and registered the 13th consecutive Test series win at home, tenth under Virat Kohli’s captaincy. With a win in the 4th Test, India clinched the series 2-1 and also qualified for the final of the World Test Championship. They will square off against New Zealand in the summit clash in June.

India didn’t have a memorable start to the series as they were stunned by Joe Root and Co. in the first Test. But it was all about India’s spinners after the first game and the slow bowlers made the English batsmen dance to their tunes. Now that the series is over, we revisit the fixtures and have a look at talking points from the series –

The first batsman to lead the way for India’s fightback was Rohit Sharma, who scored 161 right on day 1 of the second Test in Chennai. Aiming for a comeback after a shocking defeat in the opening Test, India rode on Rohit’s 161 to pile up a huge total of 329 on a track which was totally different from the pitch used for the 1st game.

The scoreboard pressure pushed England on the backfoot and the team which batted for 190.1 overs in the first innings of the 1st Test only managed 134. They did avoid the follow-on but endured another batting failure to lose the match by a big margin of 317 runs. Rohit’s domination on the opening day played a big role and turned things in India’s favour.

Virat Kohli’s 62 in the second innings of the 2nd game may not go down as one of his best innings but that knock will hold much importance. Like England, India also suffered a batting collapse and were five down for 86. Although they had a big lead, batsmen were eyeing more runs to push England out of the contest.

On a pitch where even the Indian batsmen were falling short, Kohli batted for 149 balls and scored a gritty 62. R Ashwin’s century hogged much limelight but Kohli’s 62 holds its own importance. He held one end at a time the big names were walking back and when India needed one solid batsman to step up.

The 3rd Test of the series, played in Ahmedabad, lasted less than 2 days as spinners ruled the roost. The script was written on the opening day when England failed to bat for 50 overs and were bowled out for 112 in 48.4 overs. Playing his second Test, Axar Patel led from the front on his home ground and took a six-for. 

England too dismissed India for 145 but their batsmen only managed 81 on the board in the 3rd innings of the game. India chased down 49 with ease to register a comprehensive 10-wicket win. Only 140.2 overs were bowled in the game.

More than 6 years after his maiden Test call-up, Axar finally donned the Test cap and he made it a memorable one. The left-arm spinner finished with 27 scalps in 3 Tests. By doing so, he equalled Dilip Doshi’s record of scalping most wickets for India in a debut series. But will he keep his place upon Ravindra Jadeja’s return?

A couple of spinners could also be dropped from the squad when India tour England for the World Test Championship final and the five-match Test series.

Landing in India after a dream run in Sri Lanka, England captain Joe Root continued his form in India and scored 218 off 377 in the 1st innings of the opening Test. Although his form dipped in the coming matches, Root’s double-ton set up the series well with England shocking India in first Test. It was the only second home defeat for India under Kohli.

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