Overwhelmed with the performance of India on the Trent Bridge Test’s opening day, Sanjay Bangar, the batting coach, eulogized the batsmen adapting well to the surface and bringing about technical variations in their strategy. India experienced their series’ finest day on August 18, where openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan offered the team a great start that was maintained by Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli. India finished the day at 307/6, their maximum total of the series.
Bangar said, “The most significant part was the opening duo that performed as per our anticipation. In the earlier 2 Tests, we were down 2 or 3 wickets within the initial 15 overs. Owing to that the middle order was coming in early in complex situations. It wasn’t just the beginning but also the manner in which they batted was good.”
Dhawan, marking his come back to the squad after being dropped from the 2nd Test at Lord’s, batted well prior to stripping to 3rd slip. Trouncing James Anderson’s testing spell, once Dhawan got his eye in, began making many boundaries. Most prominently, he appeared in sway during his 65-ball 35 that comprised 7 boundaries. KL Rahul, his partner, supported well as the 2 put on a maximum opening partnership of India in Tests outside the West Indies and Asia since December 2013.
And certainly, India, after the promising beginning by the openers, was directed further by the Rahane—Kohli performance. Their set of 159 was India’s maximum on English soil since Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly set back in 2002 on 249. A century was missed by Kohli by 3 runs and though his was an equally enchanting inning, come back of Rahane to form stood out as the greatest gain of India, scoring his foremost Test half-century in 14 innings.