England beat India in the first test on Saturday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. They take a 1-0 lead in the five-match test series. The contest was close but it was the hosts who came out victorious.
Here are three major reasons why India lost the test:
Over-dependent on Kohli
It is not just fair to say that team India is over-dependent on Virat Kohli rather it seems it is only dependent on the skipper. India scored 125 and 111 runs in their first and second innings respectively (apart from Kohli’s contribution of 149 and 51).
Note: Pujara was also dropped and KL Rahul failed at No.3
Unable to get rid of tail-enders
India faces a problem of getting the tail-enders out even if they get the top 7 out early on. The bowlers find it difficult to get rid of the no.8, 9, 10 and 11 batsmen. England added 93 runs for the last three wickets that shifted the momentum of the game in their favor.
Note: The situation is not new and has continued to occur since 2010.
Slip Catching has been a problem for team India. They dropped four catches in course of the game. Since 2015 India has dropped 38% slip catches against pace.
— The Cricket Prof. (@CricProf) August 3, 2018
Note: The win also meant that England is yet to lose a test against any Asia side at Edgbaston cricket ground.
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