Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik said India will roar back in the upcoming Test at Kennington Oval in London against England.
After India won by 151 runs at Lord’s, India dropped by an innings in Leeds and 76 runs when England tied the series 1-1. The turning point of the match happened on the first day when English bowlers led by James Anderson took out India for 78.
England took a massive 354 lead in the first innings, and despite the setback the Indian batsmen showed on the third day, the match was over in the first session of Day4.
If they know the Indian team, they take the learned lessons and move on quickly: Dinesh Karthik
Karthik reminds everyone of India’s return match against Australia earlier this year, where they were all 36 out in Adelaide and then chasing 329 in Brisbane to win the series 2-1.
‘Leeds was without a doubt a humiliating experience, but there is too much experience and quality in the Indian ranks to be trapped by a Test match in which nothing is right. “If they know them, they take the learned lessons and move on quickly, which is the most sensible, given the short turnover between matches and the series yet to be won,” Karthik wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
‘The last time India were taken out for less than 100 in a road test, they roared brilliantly back to beat the Australian lion in its own pit in the winter. In that respect, they have a bit of history to fall back on, and the defeat of Leeds will encourage them to do better in the two remaining Tests, ‘he added.
For India’s batsmen in the middle order, what better ground to rediscover the goals than the Oval: Dinesh Karthik
The last time India won a Test series was in 2007 under Rahul Dravid, where they won the second Test in Nottingham to take a 1-0 lead. India had to force a draw against England in the third and final Test at Oval.
Dinesh Karthik (91) and Sachin Tendulkar (82) laid the foundation for India with MS Dhoni scoring 92 bubbles when India scored a huge total of 664 in the first innings. Dhoni struck four sixes around the park and the match was remembered for leg-spinner Anil Kumble’s only Test century (110).
Karthik believes India’s middle-order batsmen will adapt their technique and rediscover their form at the Oval.
‘When India last won a series in England in 2007, Anil Kumble scored our only century in the final Test at The Oval, but there were five more fifties – including the 90s of MS Dhoni and myself – in our first innings 664 reiterates the importance of the collective.
‘Virat, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, the three most experienced batsmen of India, each have only one fifty each in five overs each. But if they know how proud they are to make a difference, it will be yoke to correct the discrepancy as we approach the business end of the series. What better ground is there to rediscover ways for running rediscovery than The Oval? ”
The fourth Test starts on Thursday (September 2) at the Kennington Oval in London.