Everyone believed that India’s tour to England in 2018 was the best chance for Virat Kohli and his men to turn it around. While Virat Kohli did manage to get rid of the 2014 ghosts as far as his batting was concerned, almost all the other Indian batsmen let him down, as a result, the writing on the wall, in the end, said- “It’s 4-1 To England”.
While some may debate that the scoreline might not depict the correct result, especially Ravi Shastri, the truth is that it’s the final score-line which matters at the end of the day. India only has themselves to blame as there is no doubt that they did have the fire-power to give the Poms a tough fight in their own backyard.
Many of the Indian batsmen did fire in patches but often lost their way after getting off to good starts. There is no doubt that there were plenty of positives to take back home but that’s like saying Bangladesh won hearts yet again like they always have been. They crumbled in the Nidahas Trophy final for a reason- The fact that they could not handle the bigger moments better and India is sailing in the same boat as far as Test Cricket in overseas conditions is concerned.
They are good, brilliant at times, they have been pushing the opposition but not managing the knock-out punch which is of prime importance in sport. India next travel to Australia in November for another long way tour. The tour consists of 3 T20 Internationals, 4 Test matches and 3 One Day Internationals.
While there is no doubt that India will might fire with fire as far as their limited overs tour is concerned, the main focus once again would be if India could better their recent overseas test record. Having said that, to be fair to them, neither team in the modern age is a good traveler. While Cricket Pundits worldwide have already started speculating and predicting who will get the better of whom during India’s upcoming tour of Australia, one of them was Ricky Ponting.
While Punter expected the pitch curators to make lively pitches with swing and bounce, he truly believed that barring Virat Kohli, all the other Indian batsmen will certainly struggle if the ball moves around. He reminded everyone that whenever the ball moved around in England, the Indians struggled and he does not feel that they could find a solution before the Australian tour. As a result, the former Australian Captain tipped Australia to get the better of Virat Kohli and his men. What do you think? We would love to know if you agree with Punter on this one. Do let us know your opinion in the comments section below.