Despite India’s humiliating loss to New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, Sunil Gavaskar says Virat Kohli and co. should not be too concerned about the England series because the grounds will be drier at that time.
Gavaskar went on to say that if the batsmen could negate their first spell, James Anderson and Stuart Broad wouldn’t be as effective.
Starting August 4, India will play England in a five-match Test series. The last time Virat Kohli’s team played a Test series in England, they were defeated 4-1 by the hosts.
Gavaskar said in The Telegraph that the Indian batsmen shouldn’t be too concerned about the England series because the conditions will be considerably better more favorable for batting.
“Indian batsmen do not need to be concerned about the series against England in August-September because the sun will be out by then and the pitches will be drier, and with all due respect, if Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad do not get wickets in their first spell, they will struggle in their subsequent spells.”
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India will be eager to win its first Test series in England since 2007. Since then, India has come out as the second-best side over the last three Test series (2011,2014 & 2018).
Sunil Gavaskar still hopeful of an Indian summer
Sunil Gavaskar predicted a ‘Indian summer’ for Virat Kohli’s team before the commencement of the England tour, and tipped them to win the WTC final as well as the Test series against the hosts.
With India’s tour of England off to a shaky start with their loss to the Kiwis, Gavaskar told the players to use their sadness to fuel their desire for the Test series against England.
“The English summer has started off badly for India, but when disappointment feeds desire, fortunes can be altered, and that’s the attitude this brilliant team needs to make this a truly Indian summer.”
The Men in Blue will be eager to work out any kinks.