England vs India 1st Test Edgbaston: Ajinkya Rahane, one of India’s most trusted slip fielders dropped a sitter at third slip off England opener Keaton Jennings, who was on 9* at that time. Currently, he is unbeaten on 38 and along with room have safely taken the hosts to lunch without any casualties after the wicket of Alastair Cook for 13. Also Read - Bangladesh ODI Captain Tamim Iqbal Was 'Ashamed Of Himself' After Seeing Virat Kohli's Fitness Levels
England went into lunch at 83/1 in 28 overs. It could have been much better for India had they taken that catch. But what caught our attention was the look in the face of India captain Virat Kohli, he looked to suggest that it was his catch and not Rahane, but it was towards the latter’s natural side, hence it has to be Rahane’s catch. Also Read - Fielding Coach R Sridhar Reveals Training Module For Virat Kohli-Led Team India, Says Sharpest Minds Will Take Six Weeks to Get Ready For Test Cricket
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Currently, England goes into lunch with their noses in front. Before the start of the Birmingham Test, there was a lot of talk about who will accompany Alastair Cook at the top. For the England selectors, it was a toss-up between Stoneman and Jennings. Jennings got the nod, also because he had played against India in the past and had shown that he had it in him to be gritty. After Cook’s early dismissal for 13, the onus shifted on Jennings to absorb the pressure and he has done it well as of now.
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Meanwhile, for India, Ashwin has surprisingly been the only bowler who has looked like taking wickets. We are sure the pacers will have a huge role to play in the series. These are the early trends of what is fitted to be a riveting Test series.
India (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma
England (Playing XI): Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson