Openers Set Up 2007 Win, Failed in Next Three Series

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Openers Set Up 2007 Win, Failed in Next Three Series


MUMBAI, Sept. 10 -- In head coach Ravi Shastri's opinion, the current India team, which conceded another away series in England with a match to be completed, has performed better than previous teams away from home in the last 15-20 years.

However, India's best performance in England after the turn of the century came 11 years ago in 2007 when under the leadership of Rahul Dravid, the team clinched a three-match Test series 1-0.

Since then, India's performance in England has been abysmal, losing three consecutive series with scorelines of 4-0 (2011), 3-1 (2014) and 3-1(2018, the final Test is underway). Though a number of reasons have contributed to India's failure on these three tours, one common factor has been the absence of solid opening stand.

During the 2011 tour, India's opening pair together could muster only 156 runs from four matches at a dismal average of 19.5. In 2014, the opening combinations accounted for 219 runs with an equally poor average of 21.9. In the ongoing series too, India's opening woes have continued as going into the final innings of the series, Indian openers have scored only 236 runs together in nine innings with an average of 26. …

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