Former England captain Michael Vaughan recently pointed towards the Indian batting line-up in the first Test, highlighting it as a major reason for the team’s unsuccessful attempt, adding that he believed India’s first innings score of 337 in response to England’s giant total of 578 was not good enough and it further increased confidence levels of the England squad, according to various media reports.
India was defeated by a margin of 227 runs in the final day, with England taking a 1-0 lead in the series which comprises of four Tests in total.
"Can't see too many positives when not one India batsman gets a 100 in home conditions throughout the Test match. I can't remember the last time that happened," Vaughan was quoted as saying on Cricbuzz.
The former batsman noted that Virat Kohli getting back his rhythm has improved the team’s overall performance, while also appreciating innings from younger members such as Rishab Pant and Shubman Gill, as well as veterans like Cheteshwar Pujara.
Pujara scored 73 runs in the first innings, while Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane – arguably dependable names in the squad – left for the pavilion with single-digit scores such as 6, 11 and 1.
“…It really comes down to getting disciplines right for longer period, that's what India didn't have this week. Whether it was with the ball in hand... were they consistent enough or long enough on a good wicket, and with the bat they weren't willing to do the hard yards in the first innings”, he said, noting that 450 rather than 337 would be an appropriate score for India and it would have been ‘game, set and match’ for the hosts, who he hoped would be able to extract a draw out of the first Test at that point.