India vs England 2nd Test Day 1 Highlights – 2 February 2024

India vs England Highlights today. 2nd Test, Friday 2-2-2024. England tour of India 2024, Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.

Pitch and weather

Ben Stokes stated on the eve of the game that the Visakhapatnam pitch would initially provide a bit less spin than the Hyderabad pitch did. But that “footholes and stuff like that […] come into play the further the Test goes.” However, the sun will bake down, so it could not be too long until the pitch starts to show signs of wear.

Most of the overs will be bowled by spinners, but don’t be shocked if the quicks have some effect. When England last played here, reverse swing was in play. Anderson, Stuart Broad, and Stokes claimed ten of the twenty Indian wickets that fell. Three years later, Shami was India’s fourth-inning destroyer against South Africa. Taking five wickets at a wearisome pitch where the ball kept staying low a lot.

With James Anderson and Shoaib Bashir replacing Mark Wood and the injured Jack Leach, England is winning 3-1 once more. With Rahul and Jadeja out of the picture, India must make decisions. Which is more useful, Kuldeep’s ability to take wickets or Washington Sundar’s versatility? Was it Sarfaraz Khan’s unconventional ways or Rajat Patidar’s position in the hierarchy? Could there possibly be a case for Sundar and Kuldeep, with Siraj, a fast bowler, or a batsman, missing out?

Though he is an Indian spinner in the era of R Ashwin and Jadeja, he averages 21.55, has taken three five-fors in just 14 innings. And was named Player of the Match in his most recent Test match. Since making his Test debut in 2017, Kuldeep Yadav has missed 56 of India’s 64 Test matches. He has patiently awaited chances like this one. He’s improved as a bowler along the road, becoming faster and more difficult to sit on the back foot against. While maintaining his deceptiveness both on and off the field. In many aspects, he may be the ideal bowler for India against an England lineup ready to sweep and reverse sweep everything in their path. He offers a little more bounce and dip, as well as the possibility of the ball traveling in unexpected places.

It has previously occurred.

India was behind 1-0 at home, but they fought back. India would be reminding itself, ‘We’ve been here before. We have faith in our ability to overcome this. We have faith in our processes. They ought to tell themselves that as well. India has long been successful in its own conditions because their methods work, and work exceptionally well most of the time. Change is a fact of life and a constant that they are aware of (see their efforts to embrace the sweep and all its variants in the lead-up to Visakhapatnam).

Hyderabad was one of those unusual and unusual outliers. India had gone through something quite similar with Dinesh Chandimal, who was practically an exact match for Ollie Pope in terms of stroke-for-stroke similarity, and they recovered to win that series as well. India has both been there and done it. They’ll have faith that they can succeed once more. And England will know going into Visakhapatam that, despite the shockwaves they caused in Hyderabad, they’ll probably need to keep pulling off strange feats in order to recreate that outcome. They entered the second Test with a combined experience of three Tests, having won the first with a frontline spin assault based on 36 Tests played together. Three. Joe Root will probably bowl more overs than at least one of their supposed key spinners once again.

Despite everything,

has England’s opportunity in India been greater than this one since their successful 2012–13 tour? If India isn’t already in a full-blown transition right now due to the amount of absences they’re dealing with, they’re in a scenario not too unlike from when they were a squad in transition during the late Tendulkar era.

The loss of seasoned hitters has already affected them. It is true that bowlers win Test matches, but hitters may also lose them in less obvious ways. After day two of the Test match, India’s batsmen appeared to have lost the match as they fell one after another while trying to smash a boundary. None of their top nine reached three figures, but eight of them reached over twenty and three reached the 80s. Yes, their aggressive play cost them their wickets, but you could just as easily picture Virat Kohli playing against the same team and in the same conditions, hitting nothing in the air and amassing what may have appeared to him to be a double-hundred runs.

India will be

without their two most experienced hitters from the first Test, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, in Visakhapatnam in addition to Kohli. Needless to say, they will lose half of one of the best spin-bowling teams in history with the loss of Jadeja. It’s a huge loss, especially considering India is already missing Mohammed Shami, whose absence in Hyderabad left them without the best wicket-taker in Indian conditions and also added extra overs to their spinners’ workload due to their apparent lack of trust in Mohammed Siraj.

The fact that Kuldeep Yadav, a bowler who would certainly be a member of England’s first-choice attack in every Test match, home or away, if they could somehow alter his nationality, is Jadeja’s likely successor speaks volumes about how good India is. India is still not as excellent as they might be, despite their current level of excellence, and this presents England’s biggest opportunity.

Toss: India chose to bat.

India team: YBK Jaiswal, RG Sharma*, Shubman Gill, RM Patidar, SS Iyer, KS Bharat†, R Ashwin, AR Patel, JJ Bumrah, Mukesh Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav.
England team: Z Crawley, BM Duckett, OJ Pope, JE Root, JM Bairstow, BA Stokes*, BT Foakes†, Rehan Ahmed, TW Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, JM Anderson.

Head to Head In Test’s: 131
India Won: 31
England Won: 50
India Test Rankings: 2nd
England Test Rankings: 3rd

Form guide
(last five matches, most recent first)
England WWDWL

Match Timings: 4:00 AM | 9:30 AM Local
Umpires – Chris Gaffaney, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Rohan Pandit
Match number – Test no. 2526

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