India are walking on a slippery slope in Test matches as their recent test form has seen a decline. Despite playing in their backyard, India lost the 1st Test at Hyderabad by 28 runs on a spin-friendly pitch.
The Indian is known to be a dominant force at home which is why they haven’t lost a single test series at home in the last 12 years and have only lost twice at home in this century so far. But the tables have a little bit in the past few months as out of their last three matches at home, India has lost two of them and managed to draw the remaining one.
Injuries have also been a cause of concern for the home team as Rishabh Pant and Mohammed Shami were already out from injury and Virat Kohli opted out of the first two tests. In addition to that the fresh injuries of Jadeja and KL Rahul in the first test have added to India’s injury woes.
Geoffrey Boycott’s scathing attack on Rohit Sharma
England is flying high after the victory in 1st test from a precarious position which has skyrocketed the confidence of former Indian players and analysts too. First Monty Panesar made a bold claim that England will swipe up the series by 5-0 as the Indian team is down and marred with injuries.
Now, former England Captain Geoffrey Boycott has criticized Indian captain Rohit Sharma’s batting and has even said that he has passed his prime in Test Cricket. In his column in The Telegraph, Boycott wrote, “Their captain Rohit Sharma is nearly 37 and past his best. He makes pretty cameos but has only scored two Test hundreds at home in four years.
“They are also weak in the field. This India team is ripe for the taking, and England has a golden chance to be the first side to topple them on their patch for 12 years. India badly misses Virat Kohli, and Ravindra Jadeja has a hamstring injury and will not play the second Test."
Boycott also added that it is England’s best chance to topple India at home and they are dealing with injury issues to their prominent names in Test Cricket. He writes, “India is due a defeat at home. The signs are good, as they have lost Kohli, Jadeja, Mohammad Shami, and Rishabh Pant and are playing opponents full of confidence after a remarkable win. England must take this rare opportunity."