The Test series starts on August 1.
Discarded India opener Gautam Gambhir feels Indian skipper Virat Kohli is a world-class batsman and has nothing to prove in the upcoming five-match Test series against England.
Meanwhile, all spotlight will be on Kohli when he leads his team in the first Test from August 1. Kohli, who had an unforgettable tour in 2014 is desperate to put up a good show and prove his credentials in challenging conditions.
However, veteran cricketer, Gambhir feels Kohli has nothing to prove in England. He also added Virat Kohli is already a world-class player, no matter what others say.
“Someone like Ricky Ponting! He has only had one international hundred in India and people still call him a legend. You can’t define someone if he has had just one bad tour. He (Kohli) has already proved himself in different conditions, so he should not be thinking on the lines that he has to prove something on the English tour,” Gambhir said to Cricbuzz.
Gautam Gambhir further added India needs to tackle James Anderson and Stuart Broad more carefully. He went on to add they are the best bowling pair in the overcast conditions. Moreover, the southpaw added Virat Kohli has to be himself, as India will expect a lot of runs from him.
Apart from Gautam Gambhir, a few of the stalwarts of the game like Sourav Ganguly, Graeme Swann and Allan Lamb have expressed their thoughts on the forthcoming series. Both Ganguly and Lam feel India has a better chance to win the Tests in England post-2007.
“He has to be himself, not because he is the captain but because he is a world class batter and at the same time he is someone India expect a lot of runs from,” Gambhir concluded.