Sachin Tendulkar, former Indian batting great is fully expecting Virat Kohli’s side to come out on top in the Test series against England. However, Sachin Tendulkar admits England also have weapons that could cause problems to the hosts.
India have not lost a bilateral Test series on home soil since England’s 2-1 win in 2012. They head into the series off the back of a stunning comeback win over Australia at the turn of the year. England are also on a run of five overseas Tests wins in a row following the triumphant series in Sri Lanka last month.
Sachin Tendulkar: One Is Expecting Strong And Balanced India To Beat England
Axar Patel was ruled out of the opening Test with a knee injury as India picked standby backup spinner Shahbaz Nadeem as Kuldeep Yadav didn’t again get a chance in XI despite being in the squad. Ishant Sharma is playing alongside Jasprit Bumrah who is playing his first Test at home while Ravichandran Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem and Washington Sundar are the spinners.
“Given the squad that we have, a number of players have come back and they are fit,” Sachin Tendulkar told Reuters.
“One is obviously expecting India to beat England because we have a very strong and balanced team. But England also did well in Sri Lanka, so it will be a good series but India should be able to come out victorious.”
Joe Root made his debut in Nagpur in 2012 and is playing his 100th Test for England at Chepauk. Joe Root led the team from the front, scoring 426 runs in 2 Tests, hitting a double hundred and a match-winning 186 at Galle.
Sachin Tendulkar: England Has A Good Bowling Attack As Experience Is Backed By Exuberance Of Youth
However, Sachin Tendulkar has pointed to the England bowling attack as an area where they can trouble India. England’s two leading wicket-takers in Test cricket, James Anderson and Stuart Broad are both in the squad along with Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, who return after being rested in Sri Lanka. It is unlikely that all of their 4 pacers will be named in the same XI in the series but Sachin Tendulkar believes the quartet are England’s biggest threat.
“England has a good bowling attack. Experienced bowlers and also backed by exuberance of youth,” the 47-year-old added.
“But our batsmen are competent and totally capable of putting big totals on the scoreboard which will allow the bowlers to put pressure on England batters. Right now the team is bubbling with confidence. If you look at someone like Anderson, he’s had success here. Broad has bowled well. Archer is someone who’s going to come and bowl short spells at a good pace and then the ball starts reversing … that is something that Archer can be handy at. Ben Stokes is another one.”
Sachin Tendulkar believes the Chennai pitch will be conducive for England’s seamers.
“I disagree a little bit about Indian pitches not being conducive to fast bowlers,” he continued.
“Because on Indian pitches even when the ball gets old reverse swing plays a big role. From my experience I would say critical overs are from 15th to 60th, that’s when reverse swing plays a big role.”
For England, as Zak Crawley was ruled out of first 2 Tests, Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley are openers while Ollie Pope makes a return in 1st Test. Both spinners Dominic Bess and Jack Leach are playing while Jofra Archer and James Anderson are pacers in 1st Test. England are batting first after winning the toss and are 77/2 at present with Rory Burns and Daniel Lawrence back in the pavilion.