Eng vs Ind 2018: Trent Bridge’s Win is Amongst the Best Comebacks – VVS Laxman
Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman said the Trent Win is amongst the best comebacks for the Indian Test team. The Virat Kohli-led team had their backs against the wall after going down in the first two Test matches.
Thus, there was a mountain of pressure for the visitors to make a comeback into the series. Indian team believed in themselves and made a fine comeback as they the won the third Test match at Trent Bridge by a mammoth margin of 203 runs.
Prior to that, England won the first Test by 31 runs whereas they won the second by an innings and 159 innings.
It was a fine performance from the visitors.
“The stirring victory at Trent Bridge must go down as one of the greatest comebacks in Indian Test history. The genesis of this result lay in the markedly improved batting performance. While Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul didn’t make big runs, they put on 50-plus in both innings, played a lot tighter and yet were always positive,” VVS Laxman wrote in his column for The Times Of India.
Rahane and Pujara got back into form.
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara were able to find form. Rahane scored a fine 81 in the first innings whereas Pujara found his touch with a fighting 72 in the second innings.
“Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara came up with big hands and spent a lot of time at the crease, which are excellent developments because when you are playing overseas, it is imperative to retain self-belief and trust your abilities,” he added.
The former flamboyant batsman heaped praises on the bowling department. Jasprit Bumrah was able to bowl a magical spell to break the partnership between Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.
“No praise can be too high for the bowling group. Jasprit Bumrah’s return has lent a new dimension, but no less noteworthy is the consistency with which Ishant is landing the ball. He has worked very hard on getting his wrist upright, which allows him to bowl fuller and get the ball to swing, or move on pitching when it lands on the seam. This is the best I have seen him bowl in a long time,” he wrote.
Kohli does it again.
VVS Laxman showered praise on Indian skipper Virat Kohli. The right-hander continued his dream form in England as he scored a fine 97 and 103 in the third Test match.
“There is no debating who the fulcrum of the batting is, and once again, the captain didn’t disappoint. Virat made 200 runs in a Test for the second time this series, and he will be particularly delighted with his second innings of 103. It was a disciplined effort under trying conditions; even in the sixth innings of a series where he has made massive runs, he stuck to his game plan without compromise, which is a tribute to his mental strength,” he wrote.
It was a fine performance from the tourists to bounce back in the five-match series. The fourth Test match will take place at Aegis Bowl, Southampton from 30th August.
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