Aakash Chopra feels Team India will need to bat exceedingly well in the first innings of the Trent Bridge Test since they have to bat last in the match. The former India batsman also claimed the strip in Nottingham is not a typical English wicket as there is some variable bounce.
Having lost the toss, Team India’s pacer bowlers combined to restrict England to just 183. The Indian openers then batted out 13 overs to complete a dominating day for the visitors. At the end of Day 1 of the first Test at Trent Bridge, India was 21/0 after bowling out England for 183. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 9 runs each as the visitors trailed by 162 runs in their first innings.
Aakash Chopra: India In A Good Position And Has To Gain A Significant Lead To Put Pressure On England
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra stated that Team India needs to ensure they do not fritter away the advantage.
He reckoned: “Team India are in a good position. As it is always said, the first hour will be very important (on Day 2). India will need to bat well in the first innings because they have to bat last in this Test match. They will thus need to gain a significant lead and only then they will be able to put pressure on England. A slender lead of 35-40 runs is not a lead at all.”
Aakash Chopra added: “Team India will have to bat fourth on a surface that is not like a typical English surface. There are some cracks and there is variable bounce as well. At times, the ball is even stopping at the batsman. Team India do not want to chase more than 100-125 in the last innings. That is why they need to bat really well in the first innings and put up a big score.”
Aakash Chopra also said that Team India opener Rohit Sharma has looked good so far and has a great opportunity to show his class early in the series. Many experts feel the England series is a make-or-break one as far as Rohit Sharma’s Test career is concerned.
Aakash Chopra said about the opener: “Rohit Sharma is looking fluent out in the middle. Even if he bats for two sessions, he can put India in a good position. He has the ability and he has a great chance to stamp his class at the start in a series where he will looking to prove him worth as a Test player.”
Rohit Sharma averaged 79.52 in-home Tests playing 27 innings and a meagre 27.51 away playing 40 innings. While he has 7 tons at home, he is yet to score a ton away. As a Test opener, he has enjoyed success managing 1103 runs averaging 61.28 in 20 innings. He has 4 tons as an opener which includes his career-best 212.
Aakash Chopra: Decision To Take The DRS During Mohammed Siraj’s Over Was The Moment Of The Day As Replays Showed There Was An Inside Edge Off Zak Crawley’s Bat
Aakash Chopra picked Team India’s move to use the DRS to overturn a decision and get the wicket of Zak Crawley as the moment of the day. After Rory Burns was sent back by Jasprit Bumrah in the first over, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley had a partnership going before Mohammed Siraj dismissed Zak Crawley to put India ahead again.
Elaborating on the same, Aakash Chopra said: “The decision to take the DRS during Mohammed Siraj’s over definitely was the moment of the day. There was an inside edge off Crawley’s bat but Virat Kohli wasn’t convinced.
“Rishabh Pant kept pleading with him to take the DRS and the Indian captain unwillingly gave in. Pant was proved right as the decision was reversed. Kohli standing at slip missed the edge. The wicket of Crawley was a big one.”
Zak Crawley was dismissed for 27 off 68 and England eventually folded up for 183 in 65.4 overs. England lost their last six wickets for just 45 runs in the day’s third and final session and was bundled out for 183 in their first innings. At one stage they were 138/3 but were thwarted by the brilliant seam bowling of Jasprit Bumrah (4/46), Mohammed Shami (3/28), and Shardul Thakur (2/41).
For the hosts, skipper Joe Root made 64 off 108 balls as the others failed miserably to stand up to the Indian pace bowling attack. England won the toss and opted to bat first against India in the first Test.
One notable change in the Indian playing XI is the omission of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was benched to shore up the batting. KL Rahul opened with Rohit Sharma while pacers Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma from the last Test match.