New Delhi: The battered and bruised Team India continues to struggle in England with bad news coming in almost every day. And if skipper MS Dhoni is looking over his shoulder in search of motivation, then a winless record at Edgbaston - venue for the third Test beginning August 10 – should offer enough incentives.
Of the five Tests India have played at the Birmingham ground, four ended in defeat for the visitors, while the only occasion when they were able to draw the game was in 1986.
On the other hand, the hosts have a win percentage of above 51, having won 23 of the 45 matches they played at the same venue.
India: 5 Tests, 0 won, 4 lost, 1 draw
England: 45 Tests, 23 won, 8 lost, 14 draw
Chetan Sharma was the hero of India’s only drawn game at Edgbaston when he took a match-haul of 10/188, which continues to be the best by an Indian bowler at this ground and in England.
As far as batting at Edgbaston is concerned, India have never managed to reach the 400-run mark, with the highest being 390 in 1986 when the Test ended in a draw. Individually, Sachin Tendulkar’s 122-run knock during the 1996 tour remains the best by an Indian batsman at this venue.
And the task in 2011 remains as arduous as ever for the visitors. Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have already been ruled out; Tendulkar hasn't been in his elements; and the batting line-up has failed to hit the 300-run mark in the two Tests so far. Moreover, the fatigue of back-to-back World Cup and IPL seems to be taking its toll on the players, with the injury list growing with every passing day.
Though the team has been reinforced with some fresh legs, it remains to be seen whether India will be able to break the Edgbaston jinx, or more importantly, claw their way back into the series.