Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir predicted India would win the upcoming test series against England 3-0 or “probably 3-1”. Gambhir said England has little chance of winning tests on this tour, given “the kind of spin attack they have.” India and England will play the first of four tests starting February 5th in Chennai. Virat Kohli returns to captaincy with this series after paternity leave and Gambhir put his shoulders to the captain of India, who “has done very well in Test cricket.” Gambhir said he never had any questions about Kohli’s captain in ODIs and tests.
“It has to be 3-0 India or probably 3-1. I’m only going to give a Pink Ball Test match, probably 50-50 for England, just from the conditions point of view,” Gambhir said on Star Sports show ‘GamePlan.’
“I don’t see England winning any test match with the kind of spin attack they have,” he added.
Moeen Ali, Dom Bess and Jack Leach are the spinners in the English team with captain Joe Root who often competes as a part-timer.
Kohli’s captaincy style will be seen again, even as Ajinkya Rahane, who led India to a historic series victory in Australia last month, remains the vice captain.
“Yes, Virat Kohli is the leader, but I’m sure he should be just as happy as the rest of the squad, but at the same time, yes, he has done very well in Test cricket,” said Gambhir. .
“I’ve always questioned his T20 captain. Never questioned his 50-over or his Test captain.
A place in the World Test Championship final is also up for grabs in this series for India, which is currently at the top of the standings with 71.7 percentage points earned from the total available so far.
“Obviously it doesn’t matter if Virat didn’t hit in Australia, he would of course really like to, but the most important thing is that he has to look out for the English series and he knows how important the English series are if they want to qualify for the English series. final of the World Test Championship, ”said Gambhir.
England captain Joe Root is in good shape in this streak after taking the highest score for his team in the recently concluded tests in Sri Lanka. He scored 426 runs from two tests, including a double hundred.
However, including players like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin would be a completely different challenge for Root, Gambhir said.
“This will be a very different challenge for someone like Joe Root,” said Gambhir.
“Yes, he has played very well in Sri Lanka, but if you have to see people like Jasprit Bumrah on a wicket, or for that matter, Ravichandran Ashwin, if his confidence is sky high after what he has done in Australia, I am sure that it’s going to be a whole different beast and a whole different ball game, ”he added.
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