India would still be reeling from the victory that was nearly theirs but couldn’t get due to the rain that never relented on the final day of the opening Test and kept them from scoring the 157 runs they needed to win with nine wickets in hand.
Their record in England is not stellar so having watched a gilt-edged opportunity pass by must have stung to the Asian side.
Good thing is that they had plenty of positives in the series opener. Their openers got runs and their fast bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah, were brilliant throughout. Bumrah was nigh on unplayable. Middle-order failed in the opening inning they got to bat in but that’s okay. They will have other chances.
On the other hand, England will be thanking the heavens for opening up and saving them from what would most likely have been a defeat.
The hosts were under pressure from the very first over of the match when Rory Burns was trapped lbw by Bumrah. From that point on, Joe Root’s men played catch up, and even though they were much better in the second innings, they’d have lost on the final day, had it not been for the rain.
Like India, England also had their bright points such as Joe Root’s half century and century as well as James Anderson and Ollie Robinson’s four-for and five respectively.
It’s too premature in the series to be talking incomings and outgoings. However, conditions at Lord’s are likely to be different and that could factor in the selections of both the sides.