In Rajkot, the exhausted Indian top order faces a spin challenge

In Rajkot, the exhausted Indian top order faces a spin challenge

Rahul Dravid was standing on the ground staring at the Rajkot pitch as the morning chill persisted, unwilling to give way to the warmth of the day. He was so engross in his surface studies that he could have passed for a pedology student or even a soil scientist. He would prefer not to be sidetrack. Indian top order Squad have incredible career records.

The once-grassy rectangle had changed to a brown hue in the last two days. Dravid had certainly had a hand in the pitch’s transformation into a mixture of black soil and clay. Although these ingredients don’t have a reputation for encouraging high bounce, they do guarantee good turn. It was by no means a rank-turner, though.

Because this kind of surface tends to favour batters over bowlers, Dravid has been anticipating blowpack over pitch preparation. Quite unlike their haughty and tyrannical self in home series, the Indian batsmen had fallen victim to the English spinners with greater ease than R. Ashwin & Co. had managed to tame the bold aggression and aggression of Ben Stokes’s batsmen.

India Test Squad

India Test Squad: Shreyas Iyer, K L Rahul, Virat Kohli, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Jurel, Srikar Bharat, Avesh Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah.

Indian top order Squad

Ben Stokes (captain), Rehan Ahmed, James Anderson, Gus Atkinson, Jonny Bairstow, Shoaib Bashir, Harry Brook, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ben Foakes, Tom Hartley, Jack Leach, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood.

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