A lot has modified in Indian cricket because the nationwide group final misplaced a take a look at sequence on residence soil almost 10 years in the past. Former captain MS Dhoni retired from take a look at cricket, Virat Kohli took up the mantle to steer India to the highest of the rankings earlier than stepping down this yr and 4 completely different coaches have been answerable for the group. However India’s relentless residence domination continued. They’ve hosted 42 matches since England claimed a well-known 2-1 victory in 2012. The hosts have misplaced two checks however received each sequence — 15 in a row after the 2-0 sweep of Sri Lanka.
A number of groups have come to Indian shores with excessive hopes of conquering the “final frontier”. Australia, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand and England have toured twice since 2012 and misplaced each sequence.
Bangladesh and Afghanistan have been additionally thrashed whereas Sri Lanka have now gone 22 matches with out a win in India — probably the most by any group in a rustic.
A lot of India’s victories have been achieved in emphatic style, usually with out having to bat a second time.
Because of this, competitors for locations has develop into cut-throat and batting stalwarts reminiscent of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, with 177 take a look at caps between them, have been dropped.
In opposition to Sri Lanka, they weren’t missed.
A quickly maturing Shreyas Iyer cemented his place within the center order with two half-centuries on a Bengaluru pitch that aided the Lankan spinners and Hanuma Vihari confirmed promise at quantity three.
Dhoni’s footwear have been in all probability the most important to fill however the daring Rishabh Pant has made the wicketkeeper’s job his personal.
Pant had proved his mettle abroad and previously 14 months has contributed match-turning knocks decrease down the order.
Lightning-quick glove work, sound judgement on reviewing choices and fireworks with the bat contributed to a participant of the sequence award towards Sri Lanka.
Pant has had his critics, primarily for his propensity to throw his wicket away with rash decision-making.
However his skipper Rohit believes he has realized to play a fragile balancing act between trusting his instincts and curbing them.
“As a cricketer you want to evolve. In the past, I’ve made a few mistakes, but I want to keep improving. My mindset is not the same,” Pant stated. “I used to think too much about what I might miss. Now I’m focusing on my process.”
With India taking part in matches throughout all three codecs all year long, squad rotation has been key to protecting gamers contemporary — particularly quick bowlers.
Jasprit Bumrah has performed 29 checks for India however the Bengaluru sport — the place he picked up eight wickets — was solely his fourth at residence.
“Keeping the workload in mind we have to rotate these bowlers, so he’s missed a lot of games,” Rohit stated.
“He’s quite keen to make an impact in test cricket. Going forward, you will see Bumrah playing tests in India and abroad, but we need to look after these guys.”
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