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Despite being 0-1 down in the Test series against England the Indian team still has an upper hand
India lost the first Test at Edgbaston by 31 runs despite Kohli's heroic knock. Ben Stokes took four crucial wickets in the second innings to restrict the number one Test team to 162.

However, it was the man of the match Sam Curran, who took the match away from India by scoring 63 runs during the second innings. Chasing 194 on a wicket where the bowl was swinging, it was always going to be difficult. The moment Kohli got out, India lost the match.

Many have said that it was Virat Kohli versus the English side. However, the Indian bowlers bowled beautifully. Had some catches been caught in the slips, India would have been in a winning position.

It's a fact that the other Indian batsmen didn't play well or couldn't adjust to the English conditions.

However, I would blame the BCCI and the team management for the poor showing of Team India. When you go beyond the subcontinent you need a lot of practice to adjust with the playing conditions.

During the South Africa tour too, it was exposed that lack of match practice led to India losing the first two Tests. But when the Indian batsmen started adapting to the conditions, they won the third Test.

During the current England tour, India should have played two practice matches before the Test series. But the BCCI was focussing on IPL.

Furthermore, there was a seventeen days gap between the ODI series and the Test series. There was a four-day practice match scheduled which the Indian team management reduced to a three-day match.

Notably, a Test match is played with the red Duke ball, which interestingly, doesn't swing so much during the first ten or 15 overs, but then, starts to swing till it is replaced. The English team has top class swing bowlers in the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. While the former has taken 544 Test wickets, the latter has taken 419.

Now the question is what are India's further options? Well, many believe in this team that it can win the Test series in England if it applies itself.

Even if the team loses the second Test, then also, it might win the remaining three Tests because by that time the Indian batsmen would find their lost form and would cope up with the English conditions.

However, there are flaws in the Indian team selection. Sikhar Dhawan has been selected at the cost of Pujara. Dhawan always struggles when the ball swings. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay should have been selected as the opening pair.

The inclusion of Dinesh Kartik is also questionable. He is a good striker in limited overs cricket but not in Test matches. More importantly, his wicket keeping is below par which was exposed during the one off Test against Afghanistan.

Rishabh Panth would have been a much better choice in his place. In fact, Karun Nair and KL Rahul could have been much better wicket keeping choices. KL Rahul's wicket keeping is not lower than that of Karthik, then why not add another batsman who has scored a triple century?

In conclusion, we can say that India still has an upper hand in the ongoing Test series.

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