Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel has shared that Team India’s stunning performance in recent times is a reflection of them getting along really well with each other in the dressing room. According to him, there is no division in the team and everyone is working together as well.
While speaking on the Players Lounge podcast, Patel said: “If you look at the Indian dressing room as of now, you see Ishant Sharma roaming around with Virat Kohli. But, you also see Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, both different characters move around. Rishabh Pant goes out with Hardik Pandya, one is from west, the other is from north. There are a few guys from east I think.”
Parthiv Patel again shared: “If you look at Dinesh Karthik and Hardik/ Krunal Pandya, they are best of friends. One can’t speak English, one can’s speak Hindi and still they get along really well. I think why Indian team is doing really well in this era is because they gel really well together and IPL has to get credit for it as well.”
However, Team India recently registered a 151-run win over England at Lord’s, after a draw in the first Test. Writing in his column for The Telegraph, former England captain Michael Atherton said that Team India’s Lord’s win proved that they would have won in the first Test at Nottingham also. The third Test between India and England will begin from August 25 in Headingley, Leeds.
“The ferocity of their play, their will to win, and their skill to carry them through difficult moments, should have removed any doubts about how the Nottingham Test would have finished but for rain. To all intent and purposes, India should be 2-0 up.”
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar predicted that Team India should win the series 4-0 or 3-1 as well. He said on Sony Sports: “England is a two-man team. It’s just Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson. With the greatest of respect to all who are playing there, it doesn’t look like a proper Test team… That’s why I think India will win the remaining three matches of the series. I had said at the beginning of the series that India should win it 4-0 or 3-1 and I still believe that result is possible if rain doesn’t spoilsport.”