The Second Test between England and India is scheduled today at Trent Bridge, England. After a successful victory over India by a margin of 196 runs, England is full of bubbling enthusiasm and confidence. India, on the other hand, is trying to pull itself back.
The English Team, after the First Test, has unraveled its best ever Team to the World. With Kevin Pietersen conjuring a majestic innings of 202 runs, and James Anderson’s fabulous show, the England Team has lots to boast about. The Mighty English bowlers, especially Stuart Broad’s deadly deliveries are truly a nightmare for the Indians. And Andrew Strauss’s captaincy and attitude has been a major contributor to their victory.
If so, does India not have its advantages? Yes, we do have them. Rahul Dravid, the Great Wall of India, has always risen magnificently to the occasion and batted with spirit, especially his innings of 103 runs. He is always ably supported by our very own VVS Laxman, who is considered to be one of the finest Test Batsmen of India. But the Indian batsmen, in the Second Test must not be deceived by the deliveries of the English Team, especially by Anderson and Broad. Swingers and seamers have greater chances of taking wickets at Trent Bridge, so that will immensely be favorable to the England Team. So this must mean that the Indian Batsmen must rise up to the occasion and play some brilliant strokes to set up a decent total.
Team India’s bowling, on the other hand, is less spirited, thanks to the absence of Seamer Zaheer Khan. Trent Bridge’s pitching conditions might have turned out the favors in India’s side with Zaheer. But his absence only means more burdens on the fragile shoulders of Ishant Sharma and Praveen Kumar. Both have shone brightly in the First Test .Praveen’s show in the First Test with five wickets against England on the Third Day has been really promising and we hope they rise once again, against the England Team.
To conclude, Team India needs to derive its inspiration from the 2007 Test victory in Trent Bridge and must look forward to repeat the same against the Lord’s conquerors. Good Luck Team India!