Former India skipper Rahul Dravid on Sunday said that the Virat Kohli-led side has a very good chance of winning the Test series in England. India and England are slated to face off in a five-match Test series in UK this year. The series would commence in August, and India may be slated to square off against New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC) in June. “I in point of fact do think India have a very good chance this time. There is not any question approximately England’s bowling. Whatever bowling attack England put on the park, particularly their seam-bowling attack, is going to be implausible. They have got a large number of players to pick out and make a choice from and that is the reason going to be terrific,” Dravid said in a webinar organised by Live Aid India, a agree with to help those affected by Covid-19, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.
“But whether you look at their top six or top seven, you in point of fact think of one great batsman, a world-class batsman who is Joe Root. Obviously, Ben Stokes is another one, who is a great all-rounder, but for some reason Ravichandran Ashwin seems to do timed against him. And that are meant to be an interesting contest. I realize he is done timed against Stokes in India, but it’s going to still be an interesting subplot to the series,” he added.
Dravid also said that Kohli’s side would be timed prepared for the Tests against England and he also opined that a large number of players in the squad have the much-needed self-belief.
“But I just think India will be well-prepared, have the confidence from Australia, there’s lot of belief in the squad. A few players have been to England a couple of times, there’s a large number of experience in the batting order this time around, so this is probably our best chance, perhaps say 3-2 to India. I think India will play in point of fact timed in England this time. It is a great possibility we’ve got. After the WTC last, they’ll be in England for a complete month before the Test series starts. I don’t believe any team has had that more or less time to prepare for a Test series as India will have this time, in order that surely must be a great virtue,” said Dravid.
Talking approximately India’s squad for the WTC last and five-match Test series against England, Dravid said: “It does seem balanced. It is a 20-member squad. The only other one who could have merited selection would’ve been Kuldeep Yadav, but he is fallen absent during the last little bit. Also, with the type of recent performances from Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar, they are lucid approximately the type of balance they would like in the squad.”
“With both Ashwin and Jadeja adding value with the bat and having like-for-like replacements in Axar and Washy, they are lucid approximately the direction they wish to take. It lengthens their batting and all four finger spinners here allows them to try this. The make-up of the squad tells me they realize their best XI even before they leave from here.”
When asked if both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja could find a place in the playing XI, Dravid said: “Yeah, why not? I intent, India has had success with that more or less line-up and particularly with the way Ashwin and Jadeja have been batting at the present time, it gives them the most efficient all-round balance. Once Hardik Pandya couldn’t bowl, India didn’t have anyone for that seam-bowling allrounder’s slot. Whether it is a good summer and whether it gets dry and pitches turn in England as timed, India have the option of playing two in point of fact good spinners.”
“Whether India wins a few good tosses, India will have two in point of fact good spinners. It can turn in UK. They’re going to be wary of starting with pitches too damp and too green as a result of India’s pace-bowling attack. So they are going to have to prepare good wickets, and good wickets in England, from my experience of playing there, the sun comes out and whether you do not water the wicket for five days, days four and five, it can turn,” he added.
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