Sam Curran rightly adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’, and England go ‘One Up’. What a game for a twenty year old. One can dream of such a performance but to have both the ‘cake and the cherry’ is a dream come true. He did mention during the presentation ceremony that he took a cue or two from the flamboyant Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Virat (meaning – complete totality of beings in their gross body) Kohli, what a game he had. 200 runs in the game and India still lost. Was the lone man standing, after the bowlers had done their job aptly under English bowling conditions. The ball was moving well and the batsman on either side were struggling to read the seam. Indian batsmen especially were unable to handle the ‘movement’ moment.
A see-saw test swinging both ways across the three days, was the best chance for India to go one-up in the series. As the English summer progresses, the conditions are going to suit England well and India has an uphill task in hand.
Without taking away any credit to England, from an Indian point of view a quick introspection is required before the second test at Lords. India need to settle the top order and need to make some hard decisions on the team formation as far as batting is concerned.
Signing off until Lords…….