England fans likely to outnumber India supporters in Edgbaston Test

first_imgIndia have for long counted on their vocal supporters throughout the world to gain an edge over the hosts in high-profile overseas series but that could be hard to come by in England, at least for the first Test of a five-match series starting in Edgbaston from August 1.Overall, ticket sales for the first Test have been bleak.England, on Wednesday, will become the first team to play 1000 Test matches but it seems like the historic Test against India will be played in front of at least 10,000 empty seats. A report in ESPNcricinfo said only 15,000 fans are expected to attend the first day of the first Test while an estimated 13,000 will be in attendance on the second day.However, Day 3 (Friday) is a complete sell-out.READ – Kevin Pietersen still a hit among fans, voted in England’s greatest Test XIBut what makes it problematic for the Indian team is that most of the ticket-buyers are English fans. Besides, 1000 complimentary tickets have been given away to people involved in the All Stars and members of the armed forces.India have won only three out of 17 Test series in England over the years. Overall, they have won only six Tests. They were whitewashed in 2011 and lost 1-3 in 2014. This year, Virat Kohli’s men had their hopes up after the warmest English summer in decades.READ – England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphHowever, it has rained a bit in Birmigham and India even lost a practice session after their arrival. Conditions have changed somewhat in the last couple of days and it is understood that spin and turn could be minimised on the surface.advertisement India have a poor record in Birmingham: out of six Tests they have played here since 1967, India have lost five. The 1986 Test ended in a draw.READ – ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test matchBesides, James Anderson and Stuart Broad have spectacular record at the venue.Anderson happens to be the leading wicket-taker with 40 wickets in Birmingham while Broad is fourth in the list with 27 wickets.READ – Virat Kohli’s Team India make the most of sunny day in BirminghamMeanwhile, there has been plenty of hype around Kuldeep Yadav, who has enjoyed a sterling year in limited-overs cricket. He bamboozled South Africa in the six-match ODI series before foxing England in the T20I as well as ODI series. However, Ajinjkya Rahane said India will take a final call on their final XI after looking at the pitch.(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img

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