England were bamboozled by the Indians when the ‘Three Lions’ visited India for a Test series earlier this year. The two teams will once again cross swords in a five-match Test series, this time in England. In an era, where an away series win is rare, do Virat Kohli’s men stand a chance against the hosts? Australian veteran Ian Chappell reckons so. Ian Chappell feels India has an “even-money chance” of beating England in their own backyard. Chappell believes India have a potent bowling attack that will test England to the core.
“In recent years India have joined the ranks of pace-bowling proficient teams. As a consequence, they have enjoyed success in Australia, reached the final of the WTC, and now have an even-money chance of beating England on their home turf,” Chappell wrote in ESPNcricinfo. “Good pace bowling definitely has its advantages,” he added.
India haven’t won a Test series in England since 2007. However, despite the scoreline suggesting 4-1, India were very close to beating England on the previous tour. Apart from the second Test at Lords, every game went down to the wire but India failed to capitalize on crunch moments and lost the series. However, the team showed great skills on the tour to Australia and won the series against all odds.
The experience of coming from behind to clinch a series win against a full strength Australia unit will aid India against England. However, they will have to rectify their flaws in the middle order. The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma need to lend a helping hand to Virat Kohli.
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