IND VS ENG: Team India’s 2 biggest match winners out, England is going to hit hard

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England vs India, 5th Test: The Test match between India and England will start at Edgbaston from Friday. Before this match, Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma has been out due to Kovid. On the other hand, KL Rahul is not included in the team due to injury.

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Rohit Sharma (Rohit Sharma) is unavailable for the crucial decider series against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham from 1 July, which is a big blow to India longing for an extraordinary series win in that country. The Indian captain has again been found corona positive in the investigation and thus has been out of the important game to be held from Friday. It is a big loss for India as Rohit is not only one of the best Test openers in the world to have played a key role in October 2019, but also a stellar top-order partnership with KL Rahul when India last summer in England. had visited.

With Rahul also ruled out due to injury, India will go into Tests with two reserve openers against James Anderson and Co. at a place where they have the worst record in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia). The visiting team will be led by an inexperienced captain, who won’t be able to do much against the flamboyant home team that has won 3 of the current World Test Cricket (WTC) winners while playing a new all-out-attack brand of cricket under his new management. defeated -0.

Rohit – Most effective Test opener in the world since October 2019

On the verge of being out of the playing-11, Rohit’s fortunes in Test cricket took a dramatic turn when he was pushed to the top order in the 2019 home series against South Africa. He scored two centuries in his first match as a Test opener in Vizag and recorded a double century in the third Test of the series at Ranchi. After that, he never looked back. For the second time in his international career, his fortunes changed as a batsman at the opening position.

Since 2 October 2019, no opener in the world has scored more runs than Rohit’s 1552 runs in 18 matches. Only David Warner’s batting average of 56.3 is slightly better than Rohit’s 55.42 and Dimuth Karunaratne has scored as many centuries (5) in this time frame. Rohit has also failed in only eight out of 30 consecutive innings in this period – that is, an extremely low failure rate of 26.67% – which is exceptional as he tackled the new ball in almost half of his innings in SENA.

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Rohit Sharma did an amazing performance on the tour of England last year

It is also significant that he has been India’s highest run-scorer and most effective Test batsman during this period – a period that coincided with the failure of the Big 3 (Kohli, Pujara and Rahane). There is a huge difference between Rohit’s batting average and No. 2 in the list – Mayank Agarwal (41.82). Rishabh Pant is at number three with an average of 38.86. During this, Kohli averaged 38.05, Rahane’s 30.05 and Pujara’s average of 28.53. The Big 3 have combined to score four centuries in this period – one less than Rohit’s figures of 5.

Very impressive performance against England

Four of Rohit’s seven most impressive performances since taking on the role of an opener have come against England. And that is why his absence from Birmingham will prove to be a big setback for Team India. India were trailing 0-1 in the four-match home series against England and were struggling to lose early wickets in the second Test in Chennai. This shortcoming will have disastrous consequences and will seriously reduce India’s chances of reaching the finals of the inaugural season of the World Test Championship. After this, Rohit scored one of the most magical centuries in Indian conditions i.e. 161 runs in just 231 balls. He dominated England’s attack even though others around him failed to lead India’s transformation. After this, he dominated England’s attack in the next Test in Ahmedabad, facing dangerous balls from day one in a low-scoring match, scoring 66 runs in 96 balls. It was his innings which was the difference between the two teams in the match. India took a 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

Rohit then silenced his critics who used to say that he could walk against a weak team by scoring his maiden Test century on foreign ground. His brilliant 127 in the second innings of the Fourth Test at the Oval helped India recover from a loss of 99 and beat England by 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Rohit has an excellent record in nine Tests against England with 747 runs at an average of 49.8 with two hundreds and three fifties.

India’s most effective batsman in England and opening partnership with Rahul

Rohit was India’s best batsman in the four-Test series in England in 2021. In the second Test at Lord’s, he scored 83 runs in an opening partnership of 126 runs with Rahul. It was India’s first century for the first wicket in England since Jaffer-Karthik scored 147 at Nottingham in July 2007. It was extremely difficult for the openers of the Indian subcontinent to face swing and seam in England.

The pair put on a vital 83-run partnership for the opening wicket after India faced a 99-run deficit in the first innings of the Fourth Test at the Oval. Rohit registered a scintillating century – his first overseas – as he scored a scintillating 127 off 256 balls as India beat England by 157 runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series. This was his eighth century in Test cricket and remarkably whenever he has scored in the three figures, India have been victorious! No other Indian batsman has the same record as Rohit. The basic thing is that when Rohit scores big it is beneficial for Team India!

Rohit showed restrained game

Rohit has been particularly impressive and made exceptional decisions in leaving the balls outside the off-stump – he would watch the balls until the last minute and leave them on line and length. It is very important not to rush and both he and Rahul had to rein in their natural shot-playing instincts while respecting the conditions in the first hour of the entire series. And that’s what he did with perfection.

The Rohit Sharma-KL Rahul partnership added 421 runs in 8 innings – the most by any pair in the series with an average partnership of 52.62 and 453 runs at an average of 64.71 in seven innings made by Chetan Chauhan-Sunil Gavaskar in 1979. Were on the verge of breaking the record. The starts he gave India at Nottingham, Lord’s and The Oval were one of the major reasons for the team’s success in the series. The pair faced the new ball and laid the foundation for very important Indian scores in three of the four Tests in the series. In the playing-11 on a seamer-friendly wicket in Birmingham, without these two reserve Indian openers will have to perform against Anderson, Broad and Co. Rohit was India’s leading run-scorer and scored 52.57 in four Tests. He scored a total of 368 runs at an average with one century and two fifties.

Rohit’s leadership will be missed

India will not only miss opener Rohit, but will also show inexperience in leadership for the big match at Edgbaston. Although Rohit has led India in only two Test matches, he has won all 14 matches as full-time captain after taking charge from the T20I series against New Zealand in November 2021. Rohit is also the most successful T20 player. In franchise cricket, the captain led Mumbai Indians to five titles between 2013 and 2020.

The stand-in captain will be Jasprit Bumrah, who has never led the country at the international level. Against the England team, it will be a big challenge for the fast bowler, who will be in a somewhat new environment due to his attitude and poor visibility in the night match, which thrashed New Zealand 3-0 in the recently concluded series. To add to India’s woes, they have the worst record in SENA at Edgbaston, having lost six times in seven matches at this venue.

England are in tremendous form again, while the venue is not conducive for the Indian team. The two middle-order big players are not in their best form, KL Rahul is injured and now their captain and the best Test batsman in last two and half years Rohit Sharma is also out. In this way, India will fight against all these challenges in Birmingham from Friday.