India beat England in the 2nd Test by 106 runs to level the five-match series. The Men in Blue showed dominant performances in Visakhapatnam. But there have been some loopholes in the team's batting performance is particularly concerning. While they performed well to score 396 in the first innings, India's batting performance in the second innings was disappointing.
They appeared to be on track to set England a target of at least 450 runs, but a batting collapse reduced it to 399. These implosions are getting much too often and repetitious for everyone's satisfaction, including the squad, and skipper Rohit Sharma has addressed the issue, saying he expects more from his batters. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged a significant shift in Indian cricket's attitude.
The former India captain wants the young stars to spend more time playing First-Class cricket, whether for India A or the Ranji Trophy. Some of the players went right into the Test series without playing any type of domestic cricket, and Gavaskar wants to change that strategy. Ranji Trophy, which for years, remained the benchmark for player performance and their ticket to the Indian team, has been replaced by the IPL.
What the batters' failure to get big runs: Sunil Gavaskar
The 74-year-old wrote in his column for The Mid-Day, "What the batters' failure to get big runs also shows how important it is before a Test match series for both batters and bowlers to play some first-class games and get themselves in the right frame of mind for the longer format of the game. The Ranji Trophy had started and it would have been perfect timing for the batters to get into the groove for the Test series by playing a couple of games.
"Some of the performances in the Ranji Trophy, especially after the Lodha panel reforms made it mandatory to give first-class status to some states who were not part of the Ranji Trophy circuit, have been mind-boggling. While the thinking behind it may have been to spread the game to all parts of the country, what it did not take into consideration was that all those states were simply not ready to play at that level."