There's more for the Indian cricket team to worry about than the fitness of the players. History and stats are all stacked against MS Dhoni & Co. at Edgbaston, where they play the third Test against England from August 10.
India have played five Test matches here but have never managed to score a win. India have lost four Tests out of five while the remaining one could not produce a result. India had lost three successive Tests at this venue - in 1967, 1974 & 1979. After a drawn game in 1986, India lost the 1996 Test at this venue.
England, on the other hand, have a terrific record in Birmingham. They have won 23, lost eight and drawn 14 out of 45 Tests played at Edgbaston, taking their winning % to 51.11.
England's Peter May (285 not out against West Indies in 1957) holds the record for the highest individual innings at this venue. Among the bowlers, England's Wilfred Rhodes holds the record of the best bowling figures in an innings at this venue. He had bagged seven wickets for 17 runs off eleven overs in Australia's 36.
Among the Indians, Chetan Sharma is the only bowler to capture ten wickets in a Test match at Edgbaston - 10 for 188 (4 for 130 & 6 for 58 in July 1986). He is also the only Indian bowler to take ten wickets in a Test match in England. His figures of 6 for 58 in 1986 are the best by an Indian bowler at Edgbaston.
Among the Indian batsmen, Sachin Tendulkar is the only centurion at Edgbaston - 122 in 1996. Is this the only silver lining at the pacer-friendly Edgbaston track. Can Sachin get his long awaited 100th 100 there? (See Pics: Sachin's 99 tons, one more to go)