5 flaws which still bother No.1 ranked Indian Test side

Though Virat Kohli's troops have been winning the Test championship mace from the last three years, the team is yet to become a world-beating side

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The Indian team received another jolt in their New Zealand sojourn after losing the first Test tie of the 2-match series. More than the loss, it is how the No.1 ranked Indian team capitulated against the Kiwis will psychologically affect the morale of the team. Besides it has also posed a question mark on the team’s credibility as the top contenders to win the next year’s ICC World Test championship.

That’s why it is necessary to analyze the recent success of the Indian Test team and by doing so some interesting things have come to light. Though Virat Kohli’s troops have been winning the Test championship mace from the last three years, the team is yet to become a world-beating side. The following are the flaws that have stopped the top-ranked Test side, India from earning the tag of a world-class Test team.

Here is the list of 5 flaws which still bother the No.1 ranked Indian Test team:

1. An unsettled opening pair

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

If opening the innings is a boon in white-ball cricket then it is the exact opposite in the red-ball cricket. From facing the ferocity of the fast-bowlers to tackling the demons of the pitch it is one of the toughest tasks in the cricketing world. That’s why players like Gordin Greenidge, Sunil Gavaskar and Alastair Cook are considered once in a generation talent.

Unfortunately, nowadays very few teams have the luxury of quality Test openers. Even the top-ranked team, India has been facing opening conundrums in the last year or so. The team has tried out as many as 8 opening combinations in the last 20 outings. Though some of them are forced ones owing to injuries to key players the team management cannot deny that they are yet to find a stable pair at the top.

In particular, the team has struggled with their opening combinations in away Tests which is where the real character of openers are put to test. Sadly in the last 3 overseas series, only a single half-century partnership is provided by the first-wicket pair. Besides the only opener to cross the 50-mark in this period is Mayank Agarwal. From these numbers, it is clear that the opening woes continue to haunt the Indian team.


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