India vs England: Top 5 reasons why India will bounce back against England in 2nd Test in Chennai – A wounded lion is more dangerous, likewise Team India after losing a match, that too at their home, is minacious and have a knack of coming back stronger than ever. So it goes without saying that after suffering a 227-runs defeat in the opening Test against England, Team India will not only aim to bounce back in the four-match series, but they will be more than desperate to avenge their defeat just like they did in Australia after suffering a shameful loss in the first Test.
Moreover, Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is known for his aggression and demand for discipline within his side, has already vowed to come back fighting.
“We are a side that accepts our failures and faults and learns from them,” the Indian captain said after the loss.
“One thing is for sure that in the next three matches we are going to give a tough fight and not let things slip away like it did in this Test.”
Now, let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why India will bounce back stronger in the ongoing Test series against England.
Kohli raring to go: “We are going to give a tough fight in next three matches” – this is not just a statement, but a warning by Kohli for England. And he means it when he says it. Notably, Kohli is himself not in great touch since last year when it comes to Test cricket. He ended 2020 without a single century – which was shocking given the standards Kohli has set for himself.
Moreover, Kohli’s counterparts – Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Steve Smith have all smashed a ton in recent times and Virat will be eager to keep pace with them. The Indian skipper even showed his intent when he hit 72 in the last innings of the first Test. Hence, Virat will be dangerous with the bat in the remaining series.
Aware of pitch condition: Team India will have a better knowledge of pitch condition in Chennai in comparison to first Test, where they lost the toss and conceded 578 runs in the first innings. This time the hosts will be prpared well in advance and won’t be caught off-guard regardless of the toss result.
Better team selection: A fit-again Axar Patel is the closest to being a like-for-like replacement for an injured Ravindra Jadeja. Patel’s Test debut looks imminent as Ashwin will need someone to hold on at the other end, something which Shahbaz Nadeem failed to do in the first Test.
Moreover, Team India management can also bench out of form Rohit Sharma, who, since his return from injury, has just managed 147 runs in his last six Test innings with a top score of 52.
On the other hand, Agarwal boasts of a phenomenal average of 99.5 at home. He has played five Tests on home soil and scored 597 runs including three centuries. His highest score is 243 runs.
India’s knack of bouncing back: Team India has a knack of bouncing back and the recently concluded Australia series was the biggest example of that as after suffering a humiliating loss in the opening Test, where India were all out for mere 36 in Adelaide, the visitors bounced back superbly to clinch the four-match Test series 2-1.
A lot at stake: Other than their pride and series, Team India has ICC World Test Championship final berth at stake.
Following the shock loss in the first Test in Chennai, India dropped to the fourth spot in the ICC WTC Points Table. Before the start of the match, the Virat Kohli-led side was on top of the pile. With only three games left in their WTC campaign, India cannot afford another slip-up. They need to win at least two of the remaining three Tests of the ongoing series to set up a clash with New Zealand in the WTC final. A 2-1 or 3-1 series win will see India progress to the final.
Hence, India will have to win the second Test to avoid unnecessary pressure.