Former England pacer Steven Finn believes England must win over the Indian fans to emerge victorious in the upcoming Test series as well. The retired cricketer also added that the Indian public’s behaviour will fluctuate depending on India’s performance. The five-match Test series in India, starting on January 25th, will be a litmus test for England as well.
Speaking to ESPN Cricinfo, Finn said: “If they play well and give a good account of themselves, as the series goes on that tide can turn, because we know how polarising the Indian cricket team can be to their public depending on how they are playing. The three most memorable tours I went on, India 2012, Australia 2010-11 and South Africa 2016, all three of them, one of the motivations for us was to try and get the opposition public on side and turn them against their own team. That’s a huge benefit to you, and having Stokes and McCullum at the helm gives England an opportunity to do that.”
However, Steven Finn was part of England’s squad when they registered an amazing series win over India in 2012. Despite losing the first Test by nine wickets, England bounced back exceptionally well to emerge victorious as well.
“I think the IPL superstardom of some of the players will count to England’s benefit,” he said. “Kevin Pietersen aside, that 2012 team, people weren’t really superstars in India, whereas you have quite a few guys this time going over who have played in the IPL and are superstars in that. I think that will count,” Steven Finn concluded.