Historically, batsmen whose game is built around a defence-first approach have done better in England. None more so than 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid
All of 26 balls. That’s what the five batsmen in the Indian top order not named Virat Kohli averaged at the crease in the first test against England, recalling the ghosts of travels past. As the ball at Edgbaston talked, they struggled to stay in the conversation. If the cricketing discourse at the beginning of this century was of Indians becoming better travellers, then this test batting lineup is still struggling to continue, leave alone cement, that turnaround in a meaningful way.