The upcoming Test series between England and India, consisting of five matches, poses a significant challenge for the English side led by Ben Stokes. Facing the formidable spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in spin-friendly conditions in India adds a layer of complexity to England’s strategy.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain acknowledges the tough task ahead, labeling India as the favorites due to their dominance in home conditions. However, he highlights the resilience and success that Stokes and Brendon McCullum have brought to the English team, emphasizing that under their leadership, England has never been one to back down easily. Hussain remains optimistic about England’s chances, recognizing their formidable track record, especially in home conditions.
“India are the favourites, but every single challenge Bazball [Stokes-led team] has faced they’ve stuck to their guns, and Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum’s record is seriously good. I wouldn’t write them off. Bazball has been very successful, especially at home, and the two toughest places to tour are India or Australia. It’s going to be a massive challenge for England,” Nasser Hussain commented in a conversation with Sky Sports.
Expressing his anticipation for the series, Hussain emphasizes the intrigue surrounding India’s approach, especially with Bazball in their mindset. He believes the clash between the two cricketing powerhouses will provide fascinating cricket.
Adding to the sentiments, former England international Michael Atherton predicts that India, led by Rohit Sharma, will likely emerge victorious in the five-match series. He attributes this to India’s strong spin bowling unit, which historically plays a significant role on home turf. According to Atherton, the spinners in the Indian team outshine their English counterparts, making it a defining factor in the series outcome.
“If you go to India, spin will play a big part; it historically has done and I suspect it always will do. India does have a very strong seam attack as well. I think India will win. Their spinners are better than England’s, and that will be the defining thing in the end,” Michael Atherton concluded.