An overview of Indian Test Team on England tour
July 22 (CRICKETNMORE) - Indian cricketers have been in England for over a month, the senior team playing in the shorter formats and Rahul Dravid's 'A' squad helping out some seniors in getting a knock before the Test series. Yet there is no clarity on the ideal eleven for the first Test.
The problems for the Indian team management stem as much from uncertain form as the injuries to key bowlers. The form issues got magnified as the middle order batsmen failed to get going in the last two One-Day Internationals (ODI) after winning the first game to lose the series 1-2.
What must be worrying for captain Virat Kohli and team director Ravi Shastri is the ease with which English batsmen played the hitherto dreaded wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yajuvendra Chahal after looking all at sea in the Twenty20 series and even in the first ODI which the Indians won with ease, by eight wickets.
As the team management pondered over the reasons for the sudden reversal of form, Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the match ball from the umpires when the players were returning to the pavilion, triggering a speculation that the former India captain may have played the last international for the country!
It turned out, as revealed by Shastri to put the speculation to rest, Dhoni wanted the bowling coach to see the wear and tear of the ball to make a realistic assessment of the pitch and ground condition while formulating the strategy for Tests.