Virat knock helped Curran

Sam Curran showcased his knack for picking big wickets on Day 2

Sam Curran showcased his knack for picking big wickets on Day 2

India suffered a heartbreaking 31-run loss to England as skipper Virat Kohli's heroics went in vain amid yet another abject batting capitulation in a riveting opening Test at the Edgbaston today.

"This morning we spoke about showing the belief and desire that we had done in in the previous three days".

"That's all you can ask as a captain ... the guys to do as you ask, and under pressure to stay as calm as we did". We could definitely have applied ourselves better with the bat but I'm proud of the fight we showed.

"It sets up the series nicely and gives us what we need to do going forward".

Not one batsman stood up in defiance of the English bowlers.

Sam's brothers Tom and Ben are also cricketers, with the former having played two Tests for England as well as part of the Kolkata Knight Riders' set-up in the Indian Premier League. Several slip chances went down to the despair of bowlers on both sides, who deserved better support from their fielders. "We stuck to our plans very well against him, and on another day they would carry".

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Batting did seem hard on an Edgbaston surface that had quite a lot for the bowlers.

"(But) I think it made us stronger as a family and me stronger as a person.

He lauded the players for showing determination in tough situations. Second-best to Adelaide. One that I'll remember.

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Despite playing in just his second Test match, Curran proved decisive in both innings, taking four wickets in the first and then scoring 63 runs in the second.

With the crowd up, Stokes sensed an opportunity and three balls later he nicked out Mohammed Shami to leave England two wickets from victory.

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"But I'm sure that they'll be going away working out how they can play it as we are going working on how to play the off spin". But ultimately, we've seen throughout this game that the ball has move around so if we put it in the right areas for long enough, we'd get our rewards.

The right-hander looked in fine touch at the crease against experienced pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, but came undone to be trapped lbw for 20 by rookie Sam Curran after a lapse of concentration. I think Joe Root has been outstanding in this game.

The 20-year-old, who took four wickets in India's first innings, made his half-century from 54 balls with eight fours and two sixes.

"The reason Sam's played is firstly for his performances that he's put in for Surrey".

The biggest point to ponder from this is can the Indian team make a note of this and the significance their captain brings to the table in this series and the rest to follow? "Cricket is such a game that you can chase down small totals easily with one big partnership".

Virat Kohli is now officially the No. 1 Test batsman in the world as per the latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen. Therefore, Ashwin flawless outing on the first day of the long five-match series has helped India to put their noses in front.

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