London, 16 August (IANS) The Indian team management’s work on the tails for a month and a half between the World Test Championship (WTC) final and the first test at Trent Bridge, which ended last week, seems to be paying off as the lower order rose at Lords and delivered for the second test in a row.
Mohammed Shami (56 not out of 70 balls) and Jasprit Bumrah (34 not out of 64 balls) added unbeaten 89 runs to the ninth wicket on Monday to help India reach 298/8 in the second innings before declaring. Their battle also helped give their team a shot at victory.
Also in the first innings of the first Test, the Indian team fought 205/7 before the last three batsmen added 73 runs. Bumrah had scored 28 while Shami made 13 in this innings.
On Monday, their 89-run partnership was the highest for the ninth wicket for India in England, beating the 66 between Madan Lal and Kapil Dev in 1982.
During the first test, KL Rahul had pointed out that the tail batteries had worked a lot with their strokes on nets.
“Bowlers have worked very hard. We have been in the UK for two months. They have worked very, very hard on their batting and also with our batting coach. They spend a lot of time on their batting as well as their bowling, which is their primary skill. It’s really good to see that level of use and commitment. They also feel they can contribute 30-40 runs in lower order. It is crucial in countries like England, ”Rahul had said.
Batting coach Vikram Rathour, who R Ashwin had recently credited for helping him improve his batting, had also said tailors had spent a lot of time on the nets during the month and a half between the WTC final and first Test.
Sunday night he said a total of around 200 would be tough for England.
“If we can take the goal near 200 races, then it will not be easy for England,” Rathour said.
The races after the lower order have been a blessing to the Indians as their middle order has struggled during the ongoing trip.
“What happened this morning was a huge bonus. Unexpected, “former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar said on Monday.
The former India -batman plumbing Laxman tweeted his appreciation.
“What a wonderful partnership between Shami and Bumrah. They may not have the best techniques, but from experience I can say that bowlers have a big heart, ”he wrote.
The Indian tail had been a concern especially after their poor performance during the WTC final, where India lost their last four wickets in 12 and 14 across two innings.
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