India vs England 2016: 5 causes of concern for Team India after the first test
Team India managed to hold on till stumps, after some nervy moments on the final day of the first test match against England at Rajkot, as the match ended in a draw. The Englishmen looked dominant throughout the game and looked the most likely to get a result out of the match but the Indians, after a mini-collapse in the final session, hung on.
It was a mixed performance from the World No.1 ranked test team, with the likes of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara impressing while Amit Mishra and Gautam Gambhir failed to have any sort of impact on the game.
Here we take a look at five aspects from the game, that should be causes of concern for the home side ahead of the next game:
#5 Gautam Gambhir’s struggles against the Poms continue
Since 2011, before this test match, India’s opener Gautam Gambhir had played 9 Test Matches against the England side and had scored just 378 runs at an underwhelming average of 23.62, with two fifties and no centuries and a high score of 65. Poor numbers when compared to his overall career stats.
He did not do much to set it right in the first test at Rajkot though, as his struggles continued against the English attack. He was dismissed for 29 runs in the first innings and was out without troubling the scoreboard in the second.
He looked very scratchy during his short stay at the crease and his much-discussed about new open stance did not save him as he was caught plumb in front in the first innings by Stuart Broad. He was out playing at a delivery outside off stump off Chris Woakes’ bowling, the second time around, leaving his team under pressure trying to save the game.
Gambhir has deserved his opportunity in the side after a string of impressive domestic performances, but with the likes of KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan set to return to full fitness soon, he needs to step up a notch and make full use of these chances he has got in the playing XI.