A statistical piece on how Indian batsmen respond to a defeat

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image source: Twitter)
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image source: Twitter)

Team India’s tour of England came to a surprising halt after they were thrashed in the third Test by an innings loss.

India, losing a game of the series and then making a comeback in the subsequent games has become a norm since Virat Kohli started captaining the side. Wanderers 2018, Trent Bridge 2018, MCG 2018, SCG 2020, Chennai 2021 and hopefully Oval 2021, all of these symbolise how this team loves challenges and unfavourable situations.

Here is a statistical analysis on how our Top 5 perform in the very next game, after losing the previous game in the same series (since Dhoni’s retirement).

Rohit Sharma (425 Runs, Avg 60.71, 2 Fifties, 1 Hundred)

Senior batting pro, Rohit Sharma has played only 8 innings in such games. In those 8 innings, he has scored 425 runs, most of which came while playing in the middle-order. The best he played in such games was his stellar 161-run knock, which came on the tough and turning deck of Chennai. Scoring almost half of the total runs by himself, Rohit’s knock was a near perfect combo of steadiness and aggressiveness. Team and fans would like to see a similar knock from Rohit against the same opponent.

KL Rahul  (543 Runs, Avg 38.78, 2 Fifties, 2 Hundreds)

Karnataka lad, KL Rahul has become the most important all-format batsman for India after Kohli and Rohit. Spread across the top-order and middle-order, he has played 14 innings under these circumstances, in which he has scored 543 runs. Averaging 38.78, his knock of 149 in the 5th test vs England, 2018 is still fresh in the minds of fans. It was his knock that raised the hopes of successfully completing an improbable chase. With him in the career best form as far as his Test batting is concerned, he will be required to play a match-winning innings like he did in the Lord’s Test.

Cheteshwar Pujara (474 Runs, Avg 26.33, 3 Fifties, 1 Hundred)

India’s no.3, Cheteshwar Pujara’s numbers while batting in such games aren’t much inspirational for both fans and team itself. But his ability to hold one end, which is quite needed in pressure games, makes him a must-have player in the eleven, despite struggling with his form lately.

Virat Kohli (765 Runs, Avg 40.26, 5 Fifties, 2 Hundreds)

Skipper, Virat Kohli will like to end his dry run in the 4th Test. Maintaining a healthy average of 40.26 across 19 innings, he, as everyone knows, is a big-match player who flourishes under pressure. He will also like to get his 71st international ton in the upcoming game.

Ajinkya Rahane (649 Runs, Avg 36.05, 3 Fifties, 2 Hundreds)

Ajinkya Rahane often finds himself on the radar of fans, the reason being his inconsistency. With an average of 36.05, he has always been a go-to man for India under pressure situations. Struggling with his form, just like the above 2, he will like to end all the debates questioning his place in the XI with a match-winning performance in the Oval Test, if he finds a place in India’s XI.

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