Incessant rain robbed India of a win in the first Test against England when the day’s play was called off without a ball being bowled on the fifth and final day on Sunday. This forced both the teams to share points. India needed 157 more runs to win on the final day with nine wickets remaining but a ball could not be bowled due to incessant rain. Under the points system of the new World Test Championship round, both the teams got four points each.
First reason – all 20 wickets taken
Coming close to winning the match, snatching away such an opportunity will obviously disappoint captain Virat Kohli, the entire team and coach Ravi Shastri. However, this match has also got him many positive signs, which will be pleasant for him. Actually, Team India left England behind in every department in the first Test. Jasprit Bumrah (9 wickets) performed brilliantly in both the innings and under his leadership, the team managed to take a full 20 wickets in England, which was rarely seen in England. Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami took 4 wickets each, while Siraj took 3 wickets in the match.
Second reason: Did not start with defeat
There was another positive side for India. India has always lost the first Test in England in recent times, except in the 2007 and 2014 series, and in that sense, this result can be called a good result.
Reason 3: KL Rahul’s batting
In England itself in 2018, Rahul lost his place in the Test team due to poor form. After that tour, he did not find a place in the Indian team for the series against West Indies at home. Even with a century at the Oval, he could not save his place in the team. However, in the first Test, Rahul looked quite confident despite James Anderson taking the edge of the bat and going towards slip. However, Rahul’s discipline while batting was commendable. He was ready to play close to the body and did not tamper with most of the deliveries outside the off-stump.
Reason 4: Bumrah’s form
Bumrah was in no mood at all in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Apart from this, his performance in Australia tour and series against England at home was also not impressive. In the first Test, Bumrah troubled almost all the batsmen with his full length deliveries. Bumrah’s yorker was not effective in the last few matches but his yorkers were accurate in England’s second innings.