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India vs Sri Lanka 2017: 5 lessons India should learn from Eden Test

Manish Pathak
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From starting as overwhelming favourites to being pushed on to the backfoot, to once again signalling their intent, the first Test match at the Eden Gardens was nothing short of a roller-coaster ride for the Indian cricket team.

In many ways, the match was a great advert for Test cricket and offered the hosts a great opportunity to look at their fallacies and iron them out not only before the second Test, but also ahead of the upcoming South Africa series.

Here in this article, we take a look at five areas which the Indian team should work on before the Nagpur Test.

#5 Patience up front

KL Rahul
Rahul holds the key at the top of the order

Opening the batting in Test cricket is perhaps the toughest job in the game. And if the openers walk out to a green wicket under cloudy skies, their job becomes all the more difficult, and this where the virtue of patience kicks in.

KL Rahul got a real snorter in the first innings; these are the perils associated with the job, but Dhawan did play a very loose stroke, a drive on the up away from his body, just the type of stroke coaches would cringe at on a lively track.

Vijay will walk out in Nagpur and perhaps this will lend a more purposeful and patient approach right at the beginning if India bat first again.

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