England is the only foreign team to win a Test series in India in the last ten years. England had beaten Team India 2-1 in 2012-13.
Chennai, January 30: England is the only foreign team to win a Test series in India in the last ten years. England had beaten Team India 2-1 in 2012-13. England spinners Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar bowled well on that tour. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) who was the captain of India at that time had said that James Anderson was the main difference between the two teams. Anderson had taken 12 wickets in that series.
What will happen in this series?
England enter India after winning the series 2-0 against Sri Lanka. Veteran James Anderson was instrumental in this victory. Anderson will play at least one of the two Tests in Chennai. Stuart Broad is another experienced fast bowler for England. The England team is considered strong, with Joffra Archer and swing bowler Ben Stokes.
India have Ishant Sharma, Jaspreet Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj as fast bowlers. At the same time, Team India will be aware of the shortage of two fast bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav, who are considered to be reverse swing experts. Both the bowlers were injured in the Test series against Australia. Therefore, he was not included in the team for the first two Tests.
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Will the reverse swing be decisive?
The role of reverse swing will be important in the India-England series, said England batting coach Graham Thorpe. He is unlikely to help the pitch spinners in the first session, so he predicts the fast bowlers will be decisive.
Former India fast bowler Manoj Prabhakar was known as a reverse swing specialist. “The series will not be easy for India due to the presence of Anderson in the England squad and the absence of Shami and Yadav in the India squad,” said Prabhakar. I don’t know much about Siraj, but both Shami and Yadav are very experienced, said Prabhakar.
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The England team had earlier toured India in 2016. Both Shami and Yadav took 18 wickets each in that tour.