England cricket team may have been stunningly defeated at Edgbaston if our batsmen would have played more confidently. While the cricket fans faced a bitter experience in the very first Test match, they expect a different result in the next contest between the two cricketing giants.
This is so because the English team’s winning tally has never been bad at this venue. With England winning the first Test, a number of their supporters understandably expected so. What they had strategically designed became truly correct at the end of Edgbaston Test.
We cannot avoid contributions of Indian captain Virat Kohli who played superbly in both the innings. But the captain’s team somewhere failed to perform in accordance with his anticipation. What a doomed day for the Indian team!
As many as three players could not cross their individual tally beyond the score of 13 runs. Was it not their utter failure at the crease? It was on the seventh time that three batsmen’s individual score stayed at only thirteen runs.
Interestingly, India has never registered a win at this venue. It has lost six and drew one out of seven Test matches played at this popular ground. Pakistan and Sri Lanka have also not shown any victory in their respective eight and two Tests at the venue.
How identical they are indeed. That was why Asian cricketers consider no second thoughts in saying that Edgbaston has been English team’s favourite playground as they have lost merely eight matches while victory touched them in a total of 28 Test matches.
Their winning tally was quite marvelous in comparison to the Asian teams. They were looking very positive since the winning of the toss. England won the match by a margin of just thirty one runs. Though this was not a big chase for Indian players, they remained wholly unlucky before the attack of swing ball about which experts talked over and over again. Previously, India lost chasing smaller targets of 120 in Bridgetown in 1996-97 and 176 in Galle in 2015, records show.