Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, according to Rahul Dravid, has a strong chance of beating England in their own backyard in the upcoming Test series.
Following the end of the World Test Championship, Team India will face Joe Root and his teammates in a five-match Test series in August and September 2021.
Former Indian captain Dravid, who was the last Indian captain to win a Test series in England in 2007, predicts that India will win the away Test series against England 3-2 this summer. He also said that this is their team’s “best chance” to win in England since 2007.
During a webinar, Dravid said, “I really do think India have a very good chance this time.”
He further added, “ “There’s no question about England’d bowling. Whatever bowling attack England put on the park, especially their seam-bowling attack, is going to be fantastic. They have a lot of players to pick and choose from and that’s 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.”
A battle between Ravichandran Ashwin and all-rounder Ben Stokes could be a “interesting subplot” in the upcoming season, according to Dravid.
Dravid said, “Obviously, Ben Stokes is another one, who is a good all-rounder, but for some reason, Ashwin seems to do well against him. And that should be an interesting contest. I know he’s done well against him (Stokes) in India, but it’ll still be an interesting subplot to the series.”
Talking about team India preparation he said, “ “But I just think India will be well-prepared, have the confidence from Australia, there’s a 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.”
The Indian team will stay for a month after the World Cup final against New Zealand until the series begins. Kohli and his teammates have plenty of time to plan, according to the director of the National Cricket Academy.