Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England hope Curran can carry-on against India

England hope Curran can carry-on against India

While Kohli is known for doing the unexpected when it comes to team selection, the non-inclusion of the most successful bowler in the ODI and T20 series, the left-arm china-man wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, bewildered many, including former India skipper Sourav Ganguly. Unlike ODIs, Tests are played now and then and a batsman who plays only one format tends to feel the pressure if he is selected in the squad for an overseas tour but is given the impression that he can never be sure of his place in the Test playing eleven.

On the first day of the Birmingham test between India and England, Indian captain Virat Kohli enjoyed his mic drop moment after running Joe Root out with his amazeballs fielding. He said that Indian team played only eight days of competitive cricket ahead of Test series which included 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is against England, and 2 ODIs vs Ireland.

"See Virat Kohli is such an exceptional talent, he can take 15 days off and then score a hundred the next day", Gavaskar told India Today. He is an exceptional talent and if he takes time off, no issues.

"Whenever you play in close games like this, you desperately want to be on the right side of it for so many reasons - but one thing that really stands out for me is that inner drive and determination from this group of players". Hopefully, it is a start of a big series for him. You can taper off later, but not at the start.

Chasing 194 in the fourth innings, India had a great chance of winning, provided their skipper Virat Kohli stayed till the end.

Curran's father Kevin was an worldwide all-rounder who collapsed and died while out jogging five years before sons Tom and now Sam began their England careers. "'Don't give them anything!', and I try to take that on to the pitch". He's gone back and played a couple of T20 games and back into match mode.

In one sense England need Stokes more than he needs them, as he is among the first generation who can play Twenty20 tournaments rather than Tests to enjoy a lucrative career.

While England have had to make do without the talented all-rounder before, either through injury or their own policy decisions, both he and they are now beholden to the outcome of a looming trial.

England knew they needed early strikes and James Anderson, their all-time leading Test wicket-taker, duly obliged when he had Karthik (20) caught low down by Dawid Malan at second slip off just the sixth ball of the day. "They didn't learn anything from the South Africa experience".

Doorman Andrew Cunningham told the three men that the club was closed and they would not be allowed back in.

Would you believe the top-scorer in the second innings of the second Test against South Africa at Centurion was Rohit Sharma with 47, the next best was 28 by Mohammad Shami, and yet the Mumbaikar was shown the door, making it hard for him to play another Test!

While exiting their premises, the Indian team's bus was surrounded by some English fans who were in the mood to rub salt into the wounds of the players. You will get people watching it. "While taking throw-downs, you can get out or in nets you can bowl no balls", said the legendary opener.

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