It was a clinical performance by India at Vizag hosting its first ever Test in this beautiful Port city.
After managing a draw at Rajkot India won a important toss and thereafter it was Virat and Pujara both of whom are the mainstays of this batting lineup ensuring India posts a big score in the first outing. Once you do that the opposition is always under pressure to save the game, Although this English side are no push overs I felt in both the innings the Indian bowling was spot on. Shami and Umesh did a wonderful job and the spinners led by Ashwin did the rest. Special word for debutant Jayant Yadav who had a brilliant debut shining with the bowl,with the bat and in the field as well. He certainly was a big positive for India and I feel he will play a big role in the rest of the series .
India cannot be complacent after the last game because England have a cohesive team and seeing their new ball attack they are always a threat led by the experienced James Anderson. The Mohali track could be more conducive for batting on first three days and the weather might play a crucial part with winters setting in meaning some help for the seamers. India the number one ranked team have to be on their toes.
Ajay Mehra is a well known commentator and former cricketer who made his mark as a double centurion on his debut for the Punjab team along with Navjyot Singh Sidhu & Yuvraj Singh. He is a distinguished guest on various news and sports channels and writes from time to time for cricketnext. com. he can be contacted [email protected]