Monty Panesar: India Achieved Greatest Away Victory In Australia And Ravi Shastri Should Be Credited
The opening Test will be played at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram stadium from February 5. Chennai will also host the second Test, which will start on February 13. The last time Chennai hosted a Test match was way back in 2016 when India trounced the Alastair Cook-led England team by an innings and 75 runs.
“Coach Ravi Shastri should be given credit for this. How did Shastri manage to keep the boys in a positive mind frame when they got out for 36 (in Adelaide Test)? It’s his attitude, his approach to how to keep the team together, that worked well for the team. I honestly think it starts off with Sourav Ganguly. I think the appointment of Ganguly, coach Shastri, who has been part of the team for so long.“They really know how to bring talent into the team and make sure that they are up for the challenge, ” says Monty Panesar on injury hit India’s come from behind win against Australia being one of greatest series win.
“I don’t think there will be a whitewash, but I think India are favourites to win the series because they’re playing in their own home conditions. The batting is going to be their weakest point because you look at the openers who keep getting out to spinners. India are going to exploit that. So, I think India are going to be favourites to win the series. India will win the series. But I will be surprised if India beat England 4-0. For me, it will be 2-1 or 2-0,” says Monty Panesar.
Monty Panesar: Ideal Scenario When Joe Root Bats All Day And Ben Stokes Score Runs Quickly
“Well, I think it’s a deficiency that we have in the England team. If you tell them to bat against fast bowling, they’re much more equipped for it. So that’s why England are preparing themselves for the Ashes. And that’s why they’ve got this rotation policy happening in the India series.
“I think the key players for England are going to be Joe Root, Stuart Broad, and Jimmy Anderson. Joe knows how to bat in these conditions and he’s in tremendous form. Also, under seaming conditions, Broad and Anderson can do wonders. If the Indian batsmen can actually conquer that line, Anderson and Broad are both going to struggle,” said Monty Panesar on England’s 3 key men.
“For India, it is going to be Ajinkya Rahane. His batting, captaincy, and leadership skills have impressed me a lot. Second, Pujara. He’s able to sustain the pressure. I think Ashwin is going to be a key player for India in the series. He can take wickets over the wicket and around the wicket,” on India’s 3 key men.
“I would also take the name of Japrit Bumrah. We can’t forget Virat Kohli. With the intensity, the emotion that he brings, he takes a game away. He probably wants to take India to the next level. He wants to be remembered as one of the great captains of the game, the great cricket brains of the game as well as one of the great batsmen.”
“Root will be the key wicket India will be aiming for, not Ben Stokes. Stokes can maybe in a session change the game but then he can get out very quickly. Root can combat all day. And that will be the ideal scenario where Ben Stokes could score quickly and Joe Root can bat all day. That will be England’s perfect scenario and India’s nightmare, ” on Joe Root and Ben Stokes.
Under the leadership of Joe Root, England will be looking to show a spirited performance to bolster their chances of making it to the finals of the World Test Championship in June. Rory Burns who missed Sri Lanka Tests on paternity leave while Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes who were rested makes a return for first 2 Tests.