One down, four to go. The India versus England Test series got going in style with the primary match in Nottingham ending up being an interesting challenge. Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja arose as stars to place India in charge of the match. Pursuing 209 to go 1-0 up, India were 52/1 preceding precipitation cleaned out the last day prompting a draw.
As India pursue their first Test series win in England since 2007, many have sponsored Virat Kohli and Co. to break the curse of the last three visits and register a success in the UK, including West Indies incredible Michael Holding. The ‘Murmuring Death’ as he would be nicknamed for his speed, Holding called India top choices to beat England and accepts they can do it rather convincingly.
“India began the series as top picks, and that they remain top choices. They should win the series liberally,” Holding told Mid-Day.
“I discover no motivation behind why India can’t win the series. They have effectively accustomed with the conditions [the group have been in the UK since June for the WTC final]. They should focus on playing without agonizing over the outcome. They have an even side of youthful and experienced cricketers.”
One reason Holding feels so is India’s profundity in the quick bowling office. With Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Shardul Thakur. In the main Test, Bumrah rediscovered his magic with a match-take of nine wickets, incorporating a five-for in the subsequent innings, bowling England out for 303. With four more matches to go, Holding feels Indian pacers won’t take long to turn out to be much more compelling in English conditions.