Legendary West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding believes India can win the five-match Test series against England comfortably. Under fearless leader Virat Kohli, the team has performed stupendously well, especially on the overseas shores.
The first Test saw India dominate England for most part of the game. However, rain on Day 5 meant that the match ended in a tame draw. The second game is set to be played at Lord’s starting on August 12 and India has the momentum owing to their strong bowling performance in the first game. Holding feels India are firm favourites to win the Test series, as they have a good blend of young and experienced players in the squad.
“India started the series as favorites, and they remain favorites. India should win the series handsomely. I find no reason why India cannot win the series. They have already acclimatized with the conditions [the team have been in the UK since June for the WTC final]. They should concentrate on playing without worrying about the result. They have a well-balanced side of young and experienced cricketers,” Holding said while speaking to Mid-Day.
Holding concluded by saying that India’s pace attack is good and can take advantage of the favourable conditions on offer. Indian bowlers were right on the money and bamboozled England with their impeccable line and lengths in the first Test. They bowled out England for 183 and 303 in the first and second inning respectively. Bumrah picked nine wickets in the game while Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur made vital contributions with the ball.
“India are looking good with Jasprit Bumrah returning to form. Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj look promising. Mohammed Shami is an experienced campaigner. I am sure the Indian pacers will be able to utilize the English conditions well,” he added.