Wednesday 9 July 2014 

Farokh Engineer: Today Was Murali Vijay's Day

Murali Vijay cuts
Murali Vijay showed plenty of patience to play the starring role for India
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It was absolutely India's day today, although the fortunes changed quite a bit during the day for and against them. They are in the driving seat.

Even when the second new ball was taken by England, it didn't have much effect, really. Murali Vijay took his guard again and looks like he's all set for another hundred!

MS Dhoni is giving him very good support and it's been a very good partnership indeed; if this partnership lasts a couple of hours tomorrow, then India will be very much in the driving seat.

Vijay's value is patience, he's been extremely patient, he's played some lovely shots. He's a star, a very good player, he's got very good technique which you need on English grounds.

His team-mates, particularly Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara must be disappointed to have missed out today, but it's a long tour ahead and today was certainly Murali Vijay's day.

Dhoni's come out and reached a half-century and played some good shots. He's there to support Vijay and at every moment he has gone over to him and told him 'don't throw your wicket away, don't give it away' - which is exactly what a good captain should do.

However, there's still a long way to go in this Test match, the odd ball is keeping low and hats off to England as they have fielded and bowled magnificently.

They have perhaps been a bit negative at times, blocking the off-side and bowling quite a way outside off stump but they reduced the flow of runs and had they not done that I daresay India would be past 300 already.

I think this pitch will get lower and slower as the match goes on. This pitch will never break up, it's a beautiful Trent Bridge wicket so I think if India bowl well and hold their catches, who knows, they could have a good chance of winning the Test match.

Still, it's too early to predict.

All in all it's been a very good day. It's been a beautiful day today here at Trent Bridge, and a day to showcase what Test cricket is all about.

It's like a game of chess, and India have made the stronger moves today.

Lycamobile ambassador Farokh Engineer was speaking to John Pennington. Win a holiday to India with Lycamobile by clicking here.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs