With India losing the grip in the fourth test match at Manchester after being bowled out for 152, all eyes will now be on Indian fast bowlers in the morning session of the second day. With the overcast conditions expected, the Indian seamers can definitely generate some swing off the deck and in the air, provided they pitch the ball up and hit right lengths. The first session of the 2nd day might well be the deciding factor of this match. However, all is not lost for India and teams have come back in the past from even more worst situations to either win or draw the test matches. India will however need to tighten their game in order to have any chance of making a comeback in this test. They would also look at some of the dubious records that they have created by their batting yesterday and would like to correct them in the second innings.
Let’s now have a look at the 9 records that Team India would like to improve on at Manchester:
• Zero – India has never won a test match at Manchester, England. If they happen to win this one from the precarious situation that they are in, then it would be their first victory on the shores of Manchester.
• One – India has just won one test match away from home after scoring 200 runs or less in the first innings; though they have won five tests at home scoring 200 or less. They would certainly want to better this record at Manchester. Also, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win a toss at Manchester after Independence.
• Two – India had six batsmen in their innings scoring zero. This was only the second time that 3 of their top 4 batters were part of this dubious list. Also, it is only the second time that India has been all out for 152 runs in the 1st Innings of a test match after electing to bat against England in England.
• Three – India were 8-4 after 5.1 overs. This was the third occasion when India has lost four wickets for 8 runs or less. The previous 2 occasions when India lost 4 wickets for less than 8 runs were 6 for 4 at The Oval and 0 for 4 at Leeds during their England tour in 1952.
• Four – It is the fourth time when six batsmen have got out for zero in an inning.
• Five – India has the disappointing record of having five zeroes in an inning on three occasions. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had the dubious distinction of becoming the fifth Indian batsman to get out on 0.
• Six – The strike rate of 95.00 by Ravichandran Ashwin is the sixth highest for a score of 40 plus runs by the Indian batsman batting at number 8 outside the Asian sub-continent. All six occasions have been in England with the legend Kapil Dev leading the way.
• Seven – Mahendra Singh Dhoni and R Ashwin had the highest seventh wicket partnership of 66 runs for India after the fall of Jadeja’s wicket at 63. However, the highest partnership for India in this ground is between Sachin Tendulkar and Manoj Prabhakar for 160 runs in 1990.
• Eight – If you are an Indian fan, you will certainly not like to see this! England has not lost their last eight test matches at Old Trafford, winning six and drawing two. The last time they lost a match here was way back in 2001 against a superior Pakistan side.
• Nine – This was the ninth test match between India and England at Manchester. They have previously played eight test matches starting from 1936, of which India have lost 3 and drawn 5.