India’s largely unproven attack will decide if the tourists win their forthcoming Test series in England, according to former captain Rahul Dravid. England and India will begin the five match campaign on July 9 at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. In 2007, Under Dravid’s captaincy beat England by seven wickets on the way to a 1-0 win in a three-match contest. Dravid, who was captain then, recalled that it was mostly Zaheer khan and Anil kumble’s contribution that was instrumental in India winning the match. On asking about Zaheer Khan in that series his words were such that “When we won the series here in 2007, Zaheer was exceptional but he got good support from the other guys as well”. He also told about Anil Kumble that he was brilliant because he was able to control the game by keeping one end tight.”
But the story was different in 2011 when India were whitewashed 4-0.
“I think the key is going to be the ability to take 20 wickets,” Dravid told reporters at Lord’s, where he was due to play for MCC against the Rest of the World in a match marking the ground’s bicentenary on Saturday.
Dravid also said that swing and seam could be the key strategy for India for upcoming series. He has no issue with other players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuat Binny, but according to him whoever got selected have to move the ball in the air. Regarding the secret of winning test series in 2007 his words were such that “All three of those seamers swung the ball in that (2007) series and if the Indians can pitch the ball up and swing it, I think they give themselves a chance.”
He also said that India is one step ahead of England as they are having Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, along with MS Dhoni, the captain, would be up for the challenge. He commented on Indian batting line up that most of them played one-day cricket, including the Champions Trophy last year. He put his trust on the batting lineup saying, “I see the potential for this young group of players to become a formidable batting force.”
Dravid made his debut for India in 1996 against England at Lords where fellow emerging debutant Sourav Ganguly struck 131. The right-hander ‘Indian Wall’ made six hundreds — including one at Lord’s in 2011 — in 13 Tests, amassing nearly 1,400 runs at an average of more than 68. It was the start of Dravid’s cricketing love affair with England.
As for being back at Lord’s, Dravid said: “I love coming to this ground. I was walking over to the nets with Sachin, and we agreed there is something special about this place.”
Dravid is recruited as adviser of this Indian team. If this goes well then he could be the mentor of this Indian team.