Former England cricketer David Lloyd has talked about India’s batting in the first Test at Trent Bridge. He felt Indian tailenders had fun in the middle while batting and said it was an old-school batting by the trio of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj in Nottingham.
KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma gave India a good start by stitching a 97-run stand for the opening wicket. Later on, Ravindra Jadeja played a flamboyant fifty to match Rahul’s effort and gave India a lead with wickets still in hand.
However, it was Bumrah, Shami and Siraj who hung their bats in the middle to frustrate the England bowlers. All of them scored important runs and took India’s lead to 95 runs, what Virat Kohli called gold dust.
Describing the batting efforts of Indian tailenders, David Lloyd termed it an old-school approach.
“That was old-school tail-end batting from India. Most players can at least bat a bit these days but here we had three guys in Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj having a bit of fun and not really having a clue what they were doing. There was more swinging than a 60s suburban party! Unbelievably frustrating for England as the lead grew,” Lloyd wrote in the Daily Mail.
He further praised the opening partnership of KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma.
“The performance of India’s openers on the first evening and Wednesday morning was calmness personified. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul stood there properly, picked the bat up properly and addressed the ball properly. What a contrast to England’s. They were abysmal. Again,” Lloyd added.
Despite faring well in the opening Test, the rain didn’t allow India to go 1-0 up in the five-match Test series. England set a target of 209 for India to get and the visitors scored 52 out of those by the stumps of day four. But the persistent rain of day five washed out the whole day and the game ended in a draw.