India on shaky ground in first England Test

With spotlight firmly on the pitch, BCCI curator Kasturi Sriram said that unlike Rajkot wicket, the 22-yard strip to be provided for the second Test against England "won't have much grass" and they have already "stopped watering the pitch".

England skipper Alastair Cook said scoring his ninth Test century in Asia during the drawn first Test against India made the struggle of being away from his newborn baby "worthwhile".

England, who made 537 in their first innings, picked up the wickets of India captain Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane in the first session, and appeared set to take a sizeable lead.

Kohli stood at the wicket in disbelief before trudging off with his team at 361 for six. Virat Kohli and Ravi Jadeja, however, salvaged the draw to ensure the series remains level ahead of the second Test in Vizag on Friday.

The result, however, could have swung in England's favour had they managed to hold on to their catches. A report from Times of India quotes the England captain as saying, "Four hundreds (from his side), spinners bowled well, seamers were outstanding on a slow wicket".

The right-hander is Cook's 10th different opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss in 2012 and on this form could be the long-term solution at the top of the order.

Both the teams next fly to Vishakapatnam for the second Test. What you mentioned is something that can happen to any bowler, being out of rhythm or not having a good game.

"In the meantime, Gautam got the chances that he got. It is important play against momentum sometimes, it helps you become a better team", said Kohli at the post match presentation. "We tried our best but credit to them for the way they batted", he explained. "Time will tell where he ends up but as a 19-year-old, he's very, very good".

Discussing a potential recall for Anderson, Cook added: "It's the question we have to ask ourselves".

"It was a challenging situation, but one I thought we countered really well", added Kohli.

"It's never easy, and you want to try to make it worthwhile and score a few runs to say it's worth it". It was a good wicket to bat on. We were relentless with the ball. We were relentless with the ball, we didn't let India score too quickly. "To keep them to 480, we did well", said Cook.

But the hard separation was softened slightly by Cook's score of 130 as he put on 180 runs with teenage-opener Haseeb Hameed (82) in second innings in Rajkot - a record opening stand for England in India. "He's a brilliant player". "We certainly found a batsman there".

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