MELBOURNE. Brisbane. London. Centurion.
In the last year and a week, India have won five overseas Tests in four cities. All those wins have been orchestrated by a fast-bowling attack that’s been relentless and in the face of the opposition. Think of India’s pace unit as an apex predator. It lays the trap, waits patiently before ambushing it.
Why they have been so successful — apart from the depth — is the way they pick wickets. Once they smell blood, to keep the predator-prey analogy going, the only thing they leave behind is the rotting carcass. It’s why they pick up wickets in clusters. Here’s an example, or four, to drive home the point. At Melbourne, the hosts went from 124/3 to 155/6 (3/31 in 20 overs).
While a club attack could engineer a collapse against the current England set-up, at Nottingham, the hosts went from 138/3 to 183 (7/45 in 16 overs) in the first innings. At Lord’s, 67/3 became 90/7 (4/23 in 16.3 overs) enroute a famous Test win.
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