The start of the series was all about how England will crumble under subcontinent conditions but all doubts are quashed in an emphatic display of batting by visitors to score over 500 runs. The pitch was good one for batting as visitors made the most of the conditions to put a big score on the board. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravendra Jadeja were deemed to be kryptonite for England batsmen before the series began but what played out in the first test was which such positivity and fluency the visitors scored against them.
Joe Root went onto another ton to stamp his authority as England’s premier batsman.Ben Stokes was not far off as he also notched a brisk hundred. Moeen Ali also chipped in with a century to see India in a lot of pressure for the rest of the game. Though bowlers struggled but India would be pleased that opener Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara made hundreds that helped the side to get to close to England’s first innings score.
Star players in the Indian batting lineup Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane had a quiet game with bat as hosts will need to produce big innings in games ahead due to five match series. There will be two changes for India as KL Rahul might come in place of Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma in place of Umesh Yadav.
England will be confident of going one better in the second game after dominating the first test at Rajkot. Alastair Cook has led his side in admirable fashion in the test as even English spinner’s bowled tight spells while Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes did bowl well on unresponsive surface.
The pitch conditions at Visakhapatnam will see more Indian conditions with plenty of turn and spin on offer for slow bowlers. England will not risk James Anderson as Steve Finn might come in place of Chris Woakes.