After a resounding 203-run win in the 3rd Test match, Kohli and his men will be looking to level the series when they take on England in the 4th Test match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Many experts had predicted a 5-0 whitewash after India’s disastrous performance in the 2nd Test match but a Man of the Match performance by Virat Kohli and a 5-wicket haul each for Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah helped the visitors bring some respectability to the series scoreline, which now stands at 2-1.
In this article, we will look at the complete statistical preview of the 4th Test match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton and give you an insight into what you might need to keep an eye out for when the Test match gets underway on 30th August.
Only the 3rd Test match at the Rose Bowl in Southampton
4th Test between England and India will only be the 3rd Test match to be held at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The ground was opened back in 2001 and hosted its first Test match in 2011 which was between England and Sri Lanka. The 2nd Test match was between England and India during that horror tour of 2014. The Test match wasn’t much different to how the series went as India lost by a massive 266 runs.
Ajinkya Rahane – Only Indian hope in Southampton
In the only Test match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, Indian batsman struggled hugely. However, one batsman who looked somewhat comfortable on this ground was Ajinkya Rahane, as he scored a half-century in both the innings, was the highest run-scorer for India in the Test match. Among the Indian batsmen, MS Dhoni scored a half-century in the Test match apart from Rahane.
Victory at Trent Bridge could mean bad news for India
The result of a Test match after India winning a Test match in a series against England over the past decade. In all of cricketing history, India has never won two consecutive Test matches in England.
India in England (2007) – Draw
England in India (2008-2009) – Draw
England in India (2012 – 2013) – Lost
India in England (2014) – Lost
England in India (2016-2017) – Won
India in England (2018)-?
A pitch suited for seam bowling
In the 2 Test matches that have occurred at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, the share of wickets is heavily tilted in the favour of seam bowlers. A total of 53 wickets have fallen at this ground, out of which the seamers have picked up 36 wickets, while the spinners have picked up only 17 wickets, which include 8 by Moeen Ali and 5 by Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom are expected to sit out of the 4th Test match.
Game of partnerships
A total of 6 hundred-run partnerships have been created in Test matches at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, out of which only 1 has been by the visitors and other 5 by England. The shocking fact here is that in 7 innings, the highest opening partnership at this ground is only 55 runs, something India will need to better if they are going to have any chance of levelling the Test series scoreline. India’s highest partnership at this ground is 74 runs between Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.
India disastrous batting performance in England
Out of the last 10 Test innings that India have played in England, the visitors have managed to cross 200 only thrice, while at the same the hosts have been dismissed for less than 200 only twice. In the last 10 innings, India has only scored over 300 twice, which was in the 3rd Test match earlier this month.
King Kohli the only glimmering light for India
In the last 10 innings that India have played in England, Only Virat Kohli has scored a century (Twice) for India, with MS Dhoni’s 82 in 2014 being the second highest, following Ajinkya Rahane’s 81 from the 3rd Test match earlier in the month. In the current Indian squad, only Hardik Pandya and Ajinkya Rahane have scored over 50 runs in the last 5 Test matches that India have played in England.
Individual Records to look forward to
- Virat Kohli requires only 6 runs to reach 6000 Test runs and 87 runs to surpass Gundappa Viswanath in the list of highest run-scorers for India in Test matches.
- Ishant Sharma needs 1 more wicket to complete 250 scalps in Test Cricket. He will become the 7th Indian bowler to reach 250 Test wickets.
- James Anderson requires 7 more wickets to surpass Glenn Mcgrath in the all-time wicket-takers list in Test cricket.
- Stuart Broad, who has 427 Test wickets, requires 8 more to go past Kapil Dev and jump from 10th to 7th position in the highest wicket-takers list in Test cricket.
Fresh challenge for the majority of the Indian players
Out of 11 players that took the field the last time India played England at the Rose Bowl, only 5 of them feature in the Indian squad on this tour. Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Dhawan and Shami are the only survivors from that tour.
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