Former India opener turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has urged Team India not to prepare rank turners for the upcoming five-match Test series against England, claiming that it could backfire. However, both sides will play against each other in a five-match Test series, with the first game taking place in Hyderabad from Thursday, January 25 as well.
Previewing the series in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra said: “The match has a few big threads. The biggest thread is how the pitch should be. Should rank turners be made? I am saying and have been saying for a long time – you lost the World Cup final also due to your obsession with the pitch. Preparing a pitch favoring you cost you the finals. You might say this is a different format. It’s not about the format but the habit. You become complacent. Just give one instruction to the curator – make a pitch that yields a result. It shouldn’t be a road-like pitch.”
However, Aakash Chopra also said that irrespective of the pitch, Team India are in a better position as well. He also shared that any pitch prepared in India would eventually turn too and he also predicted a win for India in the five-match Test series as well.
“The scales are obviously tilted towards India and they will only win this series. The question is whether it would be 4-0, 5-0 or 4-1. However, which match will they (England) win and how will they take 20 wickets because the spin attack is extremely weak?,” Aakash Chopra concluded. “I don’t see any might in the spin bowling. So, if you don’t make turning pitches, you can score 500 runs against them at least thrice over the course of the series and maybe more. I feel you will win this series easily.”