The first Test between England and India ended in a tame draw after rain played spoilsport on Day 5. However, there was plenty of positives to take from the match for both sides. The way Indian bowlers bowled, KL Rahul’s brilliant knock and a match-saving hundred by Joe Root, we saw it all in the contest.
Wicketkeeper-batsman and tv commentator Dinesh Karthik reckons that India will be happier of the two sides after the first Test. India had a great chance to gun down the runs with just 157 runs needed to win with nine wickets in hand.
“I think India definitely had the upper hand going into the final day. India will take a lot more from this game than England would – overall they played a very good brand of cricket,” Karthik told Sky Sports.
Karthik further lauded Jasprit Bumrah for setting the tone. Bumrah picked up 4 wickets in the first inning, helping India skittle England for 183. He then backed his performance with a five-wicket haul in the second inning. On the batting front, KL Rahul’s knock at the top somewhat has simplified India’s opening conundrum. Rahul played a majestic knock of 84 to help India get a valuable first inning lead.
“Bumrah set the tone in the first over, setting up Rory Burns the way he did, the bowling unit was good and I thought the batters came in with a lot of intent,” Karthik added.
The second Test between the two teams will be played at Lords from August 12-16.