July 24, 2007

More on the first test.

S Rajesh at Cricinfo, as always, comes up with pertinent stats. One thing stands out. India played 96 overs in the fourth innings and only four times in their entire test history they managed to last for more overs. That is a pretty remarkable stat. Still, the middle order is a cause for concern, as Sambit Bal points out.

The crucial thing to remember now is that India managed to avoid defeat in the first test only twice (1971 and 1986) in all their tours to England. And on both occasions they went on to win the series.


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