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Olympics Cricket & 2nd Test IND vs ENG

Updated: Sep 14

In the first test match in Nottingham last Friday, because of the rain, the match ended prematurely. At the same time, the Tokyo Olympics ended successfully on August 8, except for officially handing over the baton of the 2024 Summer Olympics to Paris.

"Our sport is united behind this bid," ICC chair Greg Barkley said in a press release on Tuesday, "And we see the Olympics as a part of cricket's long-term future. We have more than a billion fans globally and almost 90 percent of them want to see cricket at the Olympics.

"Clearly cricket has a strong and passionate fanbase, particularly in South Asia where 92% of our fans come from, whilst there are also 30 million cricket fans in the USA. The opportunity for those fans to see their heroes competing for an Olympic medal is tantalising."

“We believe cricket would be a great addition to the Olympic Games, but we know it won’t be easy to secure our inclusion as there are so many other great sports out there wanting to do the same. But we feel now is the time to put our best foot forward and show what a great partnership cricket and the Olympics are.”

Since 1900, cricket has not been part of the Olympic Games. In recent years, the call for cricket to participate in global sports events has increased. It already has a place in the upcoming Commonwealth Games in 2022.

The ICC has also confirmed that it will apply for cricket to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic Games, which means that the participation of this sport is about to end its 128-year absence. India can also have more opportunities to win medals at the Olympics.

Back in the test match that made fans regret and look forward to. Despite a draw in the 1st Test against Joe Root’s England at the Trent Bridge, there were a lot of positives to take for Virat Kohli & Co. India were in a winning position all thanks to their seam bowlers while batsmen put in a lot of effort to take a 95-run 1st innings lead.

In Ravichandran Ashwin’s place, Ravindra Jadeja shone, if not with the ball, with the bat and the Playing XI for the 2nd Test at Lord’s set to be unchanged, maintaining the combination that was deemed match-winning.

Virat Kohli confirmed in the IND vs ENG 1st Test, 4 seam bowlers could become the template. And definitely said, “I think they did a tremendous job with the bat. Most likely it will be a template going ahead [4-1 combination], but we’ve always been adaptable as well, to the conditions and pace of the wicket. It’s going to be an exciting series to be a part of, as India-England always is.”

The Indian team will stick to a 4+1 (four-seamers and one spinner formula) for the rest of the series if anything drastic doesn’t happen. That means, an extra seamer will continue to get a place in India’s Playing XI.

India captain Virat Kohli, who is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the world, is going through a rough patch in his international career. And now he is expected to play at Lord’s where he averages 16.25 which is one of his lowest averages on a cricket ground. In 2014 and in 2018 the India captain played one match each on this ground where he could only score 65 runs. Virat does not have his name on the Lord’s honours board but he would aim to change it this time around and also end his century drought.

They had a very great outing in the opening Test match of five-match Test series against England. Throughout the match, India looked a comparatively better side than England in all the departments. Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra believes India will be heading into the next Test encounter at Lord’s as a more confident side.

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