In their 18 visits to England, India have managed simply three Test series win – 1971 (1-0), 1986 (2-0) and 2007 (1-0) – and Rahul Dravid was the final Indian captain to guide the facet to a historic win. And the previous skipper feels that the upcoming tour of England, scheduled for August-September for a five-match series, will probably be a good chance for the Indian facet to seize a fourth series win, predicting a 3-2 scoreline in favour of Virat Kohli‘s males.
“I really do think India have a very good chance this time,” Dravid stated in a webinar organised by Live Aid India. “There’s no query about their [England’s] bowling. Whatever bowling assault England placed on the park, particularly their seam-bowling assault, goes to be incredible. They have a lot of gamers to select and select from and that is going to be terrific.
“But if you look at their top six or top seven, you really think of one great batsman, a world-class batsman who is Joe Root. Obviously, Ben Stokes is one other one, who’s a good allrounder, however for some cause [R] Ashwin appears to do nicely towards him. And that needs to be an fascinating contest. I do know he is accomplished nicely towards him [Stokes] in India, however it’ll nonetheless be an fascinating subplot to the series.
“But I just think India will be well-prepared, have the confidence from Australia, there’s lot of belief in the squad. A couple of players have been to England a few times, there’s a lot of experience in the batting order this time around, so this is probably our best chance, maybe say 3-2 to India.”
Dravid based mostly his opinion on the truth that the Indian crew will get a longer time to acclimatise to the English situations. The crew will go away for June 2 owing to the World Test Championship remaining which will probably be performed in Southampton towards New Zealand from June 18. This will probably be adopted by intra-squad video games and finally the primary Test in Nottingham on August 14.
“I think India will play really well in England this time,” Dravid stated. “It’s a nice alternative we have. After the WTC remaining, they will be in England for a complete month earlier than the Test series begins. I do not suppose any crew has had that sort of time to arrange for a Test series as India will have this time, in order that absolutely needs to be a nice benefit.
“In England, if there’s one factor you’ve got all the time obtained to respect, it is the situations. It’s barely totally different from say an Australia or India. To some extent you form of get the sensation [as batsmen] that you just’re by no means set. Even when you’re set and also you get a good begin, batting on 30, 40, 50, issues can change very rapidly, the climate can change, the ball can swing even after it is 40-50 overs previous.
“A lot of times in India or even in Australia, the Kookaburra can become soft, it’s a lot easier to bat after 40-50 overs. That’s not necessarily the case with the Dukes ball. So, it is a case of really being able to concentrate right through the innings and realising that even if you’re set, you’ve got to get a partnership going. Things can change very quickly, so the one piece of advice is when you’re set, value your wicket, play one ball at a time and look to take the game deep. If we put runs on the board, we’ll be competitive.”
India had misplaced to England in their final go to, in 2018, by a 1-4 margin, which stays their two abroad blips in the final three years, the opposite being in New Zealand final 12 months.