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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Isn’t In His Prime Fitness In IPL 2021: Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Indian cricketer, turned commentator, feels Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not in his prime fitness at the moment in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who won the Purple Cap for two consecutive IPL seasons (2016 & 2017), has looked a shadow of himself this year. After missing a few matches in the 1st phase in India due to some niggles, the 31-year old has managed to pick up only two wickets in four encounters for SRH since the resumption of IPL 2021 in the UAE.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sanjay Manjrekar: In The Ongoing IPL, It Can Be Clearly Seen That Bhuvneshwar Kumar Isn’t At Fitness Peak

Once known for his wicket-taking ability with the new ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has only picked up three wickets in nine innings in the powerplay this season. Sanjay Manjrekar mentioned that Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness, along with slow tracks in the UAE, maybe the reason for his underwhelming season this year in the IPL for SRH.

The 56-year old Sanjay Manjrekar opined: “When Bhuvi made his comeback during the home series against England, he was giving assurances that he’s back in his prime form again. But, then in Sri Lanka, it seemed like he’s not a hundred percent fit.”

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

“Again, in the ongoing IPL, we can clearly see that he’s not at the peak of his fitness. This is the only for his underwhelming form currently because you can’t criticize him for his bowling. He’s speed has dipped a bit now. Trent Boult is in a similar situation, where his pace has also taken a hit,” said Sanjay Manjrekar.

Sanjay Manjrekar stated that Bhuvneshwar looked in prime form in England series at home. However, in the next Sri Lanka limited-overs series, it looked like he is not a hundred per cent fit.

Frequent niggles and injuries were the reasons pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been in and out of the national setup for the past few years. However, he will look to revamp his performances during the remainder of IPL 2021 and try to justify his selection in the squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, which will be held in UAE and Oman.

The Indian selectors will be watching Bhuvneshwar Kumar closely and could even consider replacing the 31-year-old pacer with either Shardul Thakur or Deepak Chahar. They are currently in the reserves named for the T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a massive haul of 141 wickets in 131 IPL games averaging 25.26, which is much better than his IPL 2021 bowling average- an extremely poor 62.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Made His 100th Appearance For SRH Against KKR In IPL

Bhuvneshwar Kumar made his 100th appearance for SRH in the IPL match against the eventual winners Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday (October 3). KKR won the game with 6 wickets in hand, with pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling an economical spell of four overs for just 20 runs. He could not pick up any wickets, however.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
It was a must-win game for KKR, and they took two points from the encounter to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were already out of contention to make it into the top four, fell to their 10th loss of the season.

Playing his first game of the second leg, and only his fourth overall this season, Shakib Al Hasan made a mark in his very first over by running out Kane Williamson with a direct athletic hit at stumps.  The spin trio of Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, and Varun Chakravarthy ended with combined figures of 12-0-58-3.

Tim Southee and Shivam Mavi also took 2 wickets each to restrict SRH to only 115/8. Shubman Gill returned to form by scoring 57 as KKR won by 6 wickets to stay in the playoff race.

Kolkata Knight Riders 119 for 4 (Gill 57, Rana 25, Holder 2-32) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 115 for 8 (Williamson 26, Samad 25, Southee 2-26, Chakravarthy 2-26, Mavi 2-29) by six wickets

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England vs India Dream11 Prediction.
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ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update- India Tour of England 2021

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of the 5th Test match.    

ENG vs IND 5th Test Match Preview:

England and India are set to face each other in the 5th Test at Old Trafford, Manchester, starting Friday (Sept 10).

India bounced back strongly after the drubbing ( defeats ) they were handed at Leeds, Headingley. They beat England by 157 runs in the fourth Test to take a 2-1 lead in this Pataudi Trophy. England’s batting crumbled under pressure. In what seemed the flattest batting conditions of the series, they couldn’t take advantage of it and fell apart.

India’s top-order couldn’t get going in the first inning but they made up for it in the second inning. The bowling from either side has been top-notch and will be key once again in this final Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. There are showers predicted on four out of the five days of the game.

Shardul Thakur and Rohit Sharma performed brilliantly for Team India, Due to which the team was able to win the match. Rohit Sharma, performing brilliant batting in the second innings, scored a century of 127 runs. Shardul Thakur played half-century in both innings and also took 3 wickets. In this match too, the team expects him to perform well.

For the England team, the team’s all-rounder Chris Woakes scored 68 runs and took 7 wickets, which has been a positive aspect for the team. In this final match, the England team will enter the field with the intention of drawing the series, while Team India would like to win this match and win the series.

ENG vs IND 5th Test Match Details:

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date & Time : Sep 10 Sep 14, at 03:30 PM IST  

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

ENG vs IND 5th Test Match Pitch Report:

Scattered showers have been forecast for the opening two days of the Test. The pitch, like always, will be the subject of much intrigue. For the Hundred competition, Old Trafford threw up slow, spinning surfaces. Last week’s County Championship game between Lancashire and Warwickshire saw a return to the norm with big first-innings scores.
Since 2015, The average first-innings total here is 435 – the highest for a UK venue to have hosted more than one Test. However, the average second innings total of 238 is the lowest in this period with spinners coming in to play. Expect captains to brave the early weather and opt to bat first.

Average scores as per innings :

Average 1st Inns scores 335
Average 2nd Inns scores 268
Average 3rd Inns scores 227
Average 4th Inns scores 168

ENG vs IND 5th Test Match Probable Playing XIs:

England: Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ollie Pope, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood, James Anderson

India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Top Picks for ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Joe Root is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from England. He has smashed 8714 runs and also picked 38 wickets in his 105 matches Test career so far. England’s batting will rely heavily on him. Joe Root came up with crucial knocks of 64 runs in the first Test, including a match-defining century(109) in the second innings.

He missed out on scoring a century for the first time in the series in the fourth Test. He is still the leading run-scorer in this Test series with 564 runs in 4 matches, averaging 94.

Jonny Bairstow is the second top scorer for England. Scored 147 runs in five innings so far.

Chris Woakes made a huge impact in the 4th Test with both bat and ball. He scalped 7 wickets and scored 68 runs in both innings combined.

James Anderson picked up just two wickets across both innings in the fourth Test. However, the 39 – year – old fast bowler has been in excellent form. He has picked up 15 wickets in the series. Moreover, he has a good record at his home ground with 31 wickets at an average of 24.29.

Ollie Robinson has been the find of the series for England. He is the leading wicket-taker for his team in this series with 21 scalps in 4 matches, with the best figures of 5 for 65 in an innings.

Virat Kohli – The India skipper was the leading run-scorer on the 2018 tour. Kohli amassed 593 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.30, including 2 hundred. showed a tremendous amount of skill in the fourth Test as compared to the first 3 Test matches. He scored 50 and 44 in the first and second innings respectively. He is due for big scores, and we can expect him to do well in this match.

Ajinkya Rahane has 4647 runs under his belt in 125 innings. Scored 620 runs in 22 innings against England. Played an important knock of 61 runs in the second innings of the 2nd test to get back India into the match.

KL Rahul completed 2000 runs in 60 innings. Can be a good option for a fantasy team. Mustered 110 runs in 1st test including a magnificent knock of 84 runs. He is the second-leading scorer of the series and top scorer for India. Mustered 252 runs in six innings.

Rohit Sharma can be backed as vice-captain. The Indian opener has been batting beautifully in this series. He has aggregated 368 runs at an average of 52.57 in this series and also scored his first overseas ton in the fourth Test.

Ravindra Jadeja is a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner from India. He has stacked 1985 runs and grabbed 221 wickets in his 52 matches Test career so far and can come in handy once again. Scored a crucial half-century in 1st inning. Managed to score 160 runs and took 6 wickets in this series so far.

Shardul Thakur made a match-winning impact in the fourth Test. He smashed a couple of half-centuries and also picked up three crucial wickets with the ball. Thus, he is going to be a popular budget option as he can contribute big time with both bat and ball.

Jasprit Bumrah: His magical spell in the fourth innings of the Oval Test won the game for visitors. He has 18 wickets to his name in this series at an average of 20.83. Not to forget, he has also scored 87 runs with the bat.

Mohammed Siraj has been impressive and aggressive throughout the series. He is the second leading wicket-taker in this series with 13 wickets.

ENG vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream11 Points
 

Joe Root

   

564 runs + 1 wicket

 

29, 222, 272, 163, 92

Chris Woakes 212 runs + 19 wickets 236
James Anderson 15 Wickets  4, 73, 116, 68, 39
Ollie Robinson 45 runs + 21 wickets 215, 113, 92, 148, 109
Rohit Sharma 368 runs 27, 58, 137, 96, 183
Jasprit Bumrah 87 runs + 17 wickets 21, 225, 97, 53, 126
   

ENG vs IND Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain Joe Root, James Anderson

Vice-Captain –  Chris Woakes, Shardul Thakur

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicket-keeper – Rishabh Pant

Batsmen –  Joe Root (c), Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma

All-rounders –  Chris Woakes (vc), Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers – James Anderson, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ollie Robinson, Shardul Thakur

ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, India Tour of England 2021
ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicket-keepers – Jos Buttler

Batsmen –  Joe Root, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli

All-rounders – Chris Woakes, Ravindra Jadeja

Bowlers James Anderson (c), Ollie Robinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur (vc)

ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, India Tour of England 2021
ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction

ENG vs IND 5th Test Match Probable Winner:

England is expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer
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IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer Set To Get Back On The Field After NCA Gave Him Clearance To Play The UAE Leg

Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out of cricket for a brief period due to an injury, is all set to get back on the field after being given clearance by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to play for the remaining matches of IPL.

Despite his return, however, it is being speculated that Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who replaced Shreyas Iyer as the skipper of Delhi Capitals, will continue to be the team’s captain for the remainder of IPL 2021.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer  Getty Images

Shreyas Iyer Is Fit Again And Ready To Get Back To Action But Rishabh Pant Will Continue Aa Skipper To Give Shreyas Iyer More Recovery Time

Rishabh Pant was made Delhi Capitals captain after usual leader Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the ODI series against England. But IPL 2021 was postponed due to a bio bubble breach which will see Shreyas Iyer back in action.

A source was quoted as saying by a sports portal, “While it is great news that Shreyas Iyer is fit again and ready to get back to action, it is understood that the DC management wants to give him more time to recover. As a result, Pant will continue as captain, but only for the second half of IPL 2021.”

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI

Rishabh Pant, the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman, was one of the three players retained by Delhi ahead of the 2018 auction, and paid it back with a season, scoring close to 700 runs. While he missed out on the IPL Orange Cap but his batting was a bright spot for the Delhi Capitals, who went on to retain the youngster for the next two seasons, including for the IPL 2020.

Named skipper for the IPL 2021 following an injury to Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, who has 1 hundred and 12 IPL fifties to his name, is coming into this edition of the tournament on the back of a brilliant run of form in international cricket and will be looking to replicate the same for Delhi Capitals.

Shreyas Iyer Dislocated Shoulder While Fielding Against England In The 1st ODI In March 2021

Shreyas Iyer dislocated his shoulder while fielding against England in the first ODI in Pune on March 24. He had to leave the field right away and later underwent surgery that kept him away from the first session of the 14th edition of IPL before the tournament was suspended midway due to the breakout of Covid-19 inside the bio-bubble.

Speaking about his present condition, Shreyas Iyer had said, “Currently, I am feeling amazing, the journey was awesome, to be honest. I never hesitated for a while but right after the injury, I was sulking a bit and I didn’t know exactly what to do. I went into the dressing room and cried and it took me a while to digest it but yeah, at the end of the day, you need to go through all of it.”

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during a match ©BCCI

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was given the captaincy duties and he did well leading Delhi Capitals to the top of the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches before the tournament was suspended mid-season owing to the covid-19 outbreak amongst multiple franchises.

The Delhi Capitals qualified for the finals first time in IPL 2020 after twelve years of the start of this tournament and qualified for the IPL playoffs in 2019 for the first time in seven years. In IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals lost only to Rajasthan Royals-3 wickets and Royal Challengers Bangalore-1 run.

In the first leg, DC outplayed Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Kolkata Knight Riders. They won both the encounters against Punjab Kings. For Delhi Capitals, Shikhar Dhawan played a leading role while batting. His powerful batting helped the team to win few games easily while chasing.

With 380 runs in 8 innings, the left-handed batsman is the highest run-getter in the tournament so far. In bowling, DC’s Avesh Khan showed a magnificent performance. The right-arm pacer picked 14 wickets in 8 games, emerging as the 2nd wicket-taker in the 1st leg of IPL 2021.

Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
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Ravi Shastri Suggests Not To Count India Out With 2 More Tests Left

Ravi Shastri reiterated that India has shown tenacity in the recent past to bounce back from morale-crushing losses to stage-famous wins, suggesting people not to count India out with two matches to go. The recent Test series in Australia was a big example of India staging a comeback series victory with their backs to the wall.

India will be heading into the Oval Test on the back of a crushing innings defeat at Headingly, but Ravi Shastri has a clear-cut message to his boys – Remember the good, forget the bad – and that is what the India head coach will be expecting from the team when they face England in the fourth Test starting Thursday.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravi Shastri Urges India To Think Of Victory At Lords And Forget The Loss At Headingley

Ravi Shastri said that with the series level at 1-1, the onus is on England to perform and win the series the way India beat them in the latter’s home Test series earlier this year.

“It’s very easy, you just go back to Lord’s. Just think Lord, forget the last one. As simple as that. I know it’s easier said than done but we should remember your good moments as well. Such things happen in the game,” Shastri told ‘Times Now Navbharat’ while promoting his new book ‘Stargazing’.

Indian Test Team
Indian Test Team[photo: Twitter]
Weighing on the defeat at Headingly, Ravi Shastri admitted that getting bowled out for 78 in the first innings forced India to play catch up for the rest of the game and even though the team showed fight in the second innings, the damage inflicted in the first proved too much for the side to overcome.

“England was in the driver’s seat and we snatched victory. In the last Test match, they bowled brilliantly. They caught us on the hop on the very first day of the Test match, they put us on the back foot,” Shastri stated.

“Even though we showed glimpses of a fight in the second innings, I think that first, you know, early dismissal of our players and getting all out for 78 played its part. But this series is wide open.”

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

In the next Test series against England in India, England won the first Test by 227 runs only to lose the next 3 Tests by 317 runs, 10 wickets, and an innings and 25 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin picked 32 scalps and debutant Axar Patel picked 27 scalps. Joe Root amassed 368 runs while Rohit Sharma managed 345 runs.

Ravi Shastri: Pressure Is On England As India Won’t Back Off

India has shown tenacity in the recent past to bounce back from morale-crushing losses to stage-famous wins – the series in Australia was a big example of the comeback. Ravi Shastri reiterated the same, suggesting people not to count India out with two matches to go.

In the Australian tour, after losing the first Test in Adelaide by eight wickets, India roared back to take the series 2-1, winning the second and fourth Tests in Melbourne and Brisbane respectively, while the third Test match in Sydney ended in a magnificent draw.

“If anyone thinks that this Indian team is going to back off, they have another thing coming because, at 1-1, we are playing overseas, the pressure is on England. They have to win in their own country. We have done what we had to do with them in India. So, the ball is in their court and we will fight, there’s no question about it,” Shastri added.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source: AP IMAGE

The India coach reckons that with the series level at 1-1, the pressure is not on India, but on hosts England.

 

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England vs India Dream11 Prediction.
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ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update- India Tour of England 2021

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of the 4th Test match.    

ENG vs IND 4th Test Match Preview:

England and India are set to face each other in the fourth Test at Kennington Oval, London, starting Thursday (Sept 2).

Following the innings and 76 runs defeat against England in the third Test, Team India will be under the pump to bounce back hard in the series. The visiting side lost 8 wickets in the opening session on day 4 as England leveled the 5 match-series 1-1 with 2 matches to go. Kennington Oval stadium in London will host the fourth Test, starting from September 02, Thursday. India has played 13 matches here and has won just one game. It has lost five times while seven games have been draws. The last time India played here was in 2018 when it lost the match by 118 runs.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane’s form and senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s probable inclusion will be in focus as India looks to move on from their Leeds debacle when they take on a stronger England team in the fourth Test at the Oval starting Thursday. The high of an inspirational victory at the Lord’s was followed by back-to-back batting debacles at Headingley and the penultimate game at Oval would certainly have an impact on both sides as the series heads towards its business end.

Pujara might have redeemed himself with a knock of 91 which was high on “intent quotient” but the same can’t be said about Rahane, whose form is shaky despite a crucial 61 in the second innings at the Lord’s.

James Anderson was the star performer again for the home side with his 3/6 performance. Overton also picked three wickets. During the second inning, England made a very healthy lead of 354 runs. Joe Root scored his third hundred (121) and Hameed(68), Malan(77), Burns(61) also scored half-centuries. Player of the Match Ollie Robinson was the pick of the England bowlers, with two wickets in the first innings and a five-wicket haul in the second.

Mark Wood has reportedly returned to full fitness and will be in contention for a spot in the playing XI. India, meanwhile, have received an injury scare, with Jadeja taking a precautionary knee scan.

With the series level at 1-1, we’re likely to get a cracker of an encounter at the Kennington Oval.

ENG vs IND 4th Test Match Details:

Venue: Kennington Oval, London

Date & Time : Sep 2 Sep 6, at 03:30 PM IST  

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

ENG vs IND 4th Test Match Pitch Report:

A venue that has great historic value to English as the first-ever venue to host a Test match in the UK. The pitch is known for being batsmen friendly for the first two days and the conditions then tilt in favor of the pacers. Said that playing out the first session of Day 1 will be the tricky part and the team winning the toss should be looking to bat first but make sure the openers play out the first session without any damage.

Average scores as per innings :

Average 1st Inns scores 348
Average 2nd Inns scores 305
Average 3rd Inns scores 235
Average 4th Inns scores 156

ENG vs IND 4th Test Match Injury Update:

England fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test match against India due to a jarred right shoulder.

ENG vs IND 4th Test Match Probable Playing XIs:

England:  Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow(wk), Ollie Pope/ Daniel Lawrence, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson, Mark Wood/Craig Overton, James Anderson

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja/ Ravichandran Ashwin,  Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

Top Picks for ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Joe Root is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from England. He has smashed 8714 runs and also picked 38 wickets in his 105 matches Test career so far. England’s batting will rely heavily on him. Joe Root came up with crucial knocks of 64 runs in the first Test, including a match-defining century(109) in the second innings.

Played a magnificent innings of unbeaten 180 in the first innings of the second test. Root is the leading scorer of the series with 507 runs in 5 innings including three hundreds. Joe Root is an obvious pick from the batting section.

Jonny Bairstow is the second top scorer for England. Scored 147 runs in five innings so far.

Sam Curran is a left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-pacer from England. He has marked 744 runs and picked up 44 wickets in his 21 matches Test career so far. The all-rounder will have greater commitments in this series. He managed to score 74 runs and picked up three wickets. Not much impressive.

James Anderson – England’s specialist test-pacer James Anderson was the top wicket-taker in the 5-match Test series in 2018 with 24 wickets to his name. He picked up 626 wickets in his Test career. He is the only pacer performing regularly. Scalped 13 wickets in three test matches so far.

Ollie Robinson scalped 5 wickets in the opening Test match. Is the second leading wicket-taker for England with 9 wickets in 2 test matches. Scalped 7 wickets in 3rd test match including five wickets haul to makes his tally to 16 in this series.

Virat Kohli – The India skipper was the leading run-scorer on the 2018 tour. Kohli amassed 593 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.30, including 2 hundred. Scored his first fifty in this series in the previous game. Managed to score 124 runs in 6 innings so far.

Ajinkya Rahane has 4647 runs under his belt in 125 innings. Scored 620 runs in 22 innings against England. Played an important knock of 61 runs in the second innings of the 2nd test to get back India into the match.

KL Rahul completed 2000 runs in 60 innings. Can be a good option for a fantasy team. Mustered 110 runs in 1st test including a magnificent knock of 84 runs. He is the second-leading scorer of the series and top scorer for India. Mustered 252 runs in six innings.

Rohit Sharma is a right-handed batsman from India who opens the innings for them. He has smacked 2679 runs in his 29 matches Test career so far. He will be given the responsibility of helping his team with an excellent start here. He is the second-leading scorer in the Indian squad with 230 runs in three test matches.

Ravindra Jadeja is a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner from India. He has stacked 1985 runs and grabbed 221 wickets in his 52 matches Test career so far and can come in handy once again. Scored a crucial half-century in 1st innings. Managed to score 133 runs and took two wickets in this series so far.

Ishant Sharma is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler from India. He has scalped 311 wickets in his 103 matches Test career so far. Most experienced bowler in the Indian squad. He will be the player to watch out for in this match.

Jasprit Bumrah scalped 9 wickets in 1st test. Is the leading wicket-taker for India. Scalped 14 wickets in three matches so far.

Mohammed Siraj has been impressive and aggressive throughout the series. He is the second leading wicket-taker in this series with 13 wickets.

ENG vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream11 Points
 

Joe Root

   

604 runs + 1 wicket

 

118, 29, 222, 272, 163

Moeen Ali 110 runs + 16 wickets 251, 114, 37
James Anderson 16 Wickets  33, 4, 73, 116, 68
Ollie Robinson 80 runs + 23 wickets 112, 215, 113, 92, 148
KL Rahul 353 runs 138, 144, 168, 8
Jasprit Bumrah 64 runs + 14 wickets 12, 21, 225, 97, 53
   

ENG vs IND Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain Joe Root, James Anderson

Vice-Captain –  Chris Woakes, Ollie Robinson

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicket-keepers – Jonny Bairstow

Batsmen –  Joe Root (c), Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Dawid Malan

All-rounders –  Chris Woakes(vc), Moeen Ali

Bowlers – James Anderson, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ollie Robinson

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
England vs India Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicket-keepers – Jonny Bairstow

Batsmen –  Joe Root, Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Dawid Malan

All-rounders – Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali

Bowlers James Anderson (c), Ollie Robinson(vc), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
England vs India Dream11 Prediction

ENG vs IND 4th Test Match Probable Winner:

England is expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Is Finding Ways On How To Score Runs: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has pointed out that the Indian skipper figuring out ways to score runs is the fundamental difference between Virat Kohli and Joe Root at the moment.

Virat Kohli has scored just 124 runs at a below-par average of 24.80 in the three Tests against England so far. Joe Root, on the other hand, has amassed 507 runs at a Bradmanesque average of 126.75.

Joe Root, Virat Kohli (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Joe Root, Virat Kohli (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli Is Still Trying To Figure Out Ways On How To Score Runs

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was asked about the fundamental difference between Virat Kohli and Joe Root in the ongoing series.

He replied: “There is a difference in runs. Root has reached 725, don’t know where he has reached, he is not stopping at all and is in a purple patch. Kohli is trying to figure out ways on how to score runs. It is not easy.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Virat Kohli seems to be low on confidence because of the lack of runs from his willow in recent times.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “I feel confidence makes a huge difference, from where you are starting. India’s last Test series was against England in India, those were tough pitches, only Rohit Sharma could leave an impression as a batsman, a century each from Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin, but that’s about it.”

Virat Kohli managed just 172 runs at an underwhelming average of 28.67 in the four Tests against England on home soil in 2020/21. Across formats, the India skipper hasn’t scored a century since November 2019 and has also slipped to the 5th spot in the ICC Test rankings as a batsman.

In the 2014 England tour, the Indian skipper had a horrific series where he ended up scoring only 134 runs from four Tests. He averaged only 13, with scores of 1, 8, 25, 0, 39, 28, 0, 7, 6, and 20. Virat Kohli had contrasting tours of England in 2014 and 2018. In 2014, he managed only 134 runs in five Tests at a poor average of 13.40. Four years later, he hammered 593 runs in the five-Test series. Virat Kohli averaged 59.30 with two hundred in 2018.

Aakash Chopra: Virat Kohli Is Finding Out Ways To Score Runs In Challenging Conditions

Aakash Chopra pointed out that the seamer-friendly conditions in England are adding to Virat Kohli’s woes. Virat Kohli has been nicked out on every occasion.

He explained: “These are again challenging conditions. The opposition is bowling well and you are repeatedly getting out. The mindset and form Joe Root has, there is no false shot at all. The other batsmen are falling at the other end but there is no impact on the player.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former India opener signed off by stating that Virat Kohli is going through a lean patch, which happens with every cricketer.

Chopra observed: “He is in his own zone like Virat Kohli was in 2018. Every great player, who plays for a long time, will always go through such a phase sometime or the other where you will either get into a purple patch or you are just trying to figure out ways to score runs, sometimes ugly runs. That is what Virat Kohli is doing at the moment.”

The England bowlers have targeted Virat Kohli outside the off-stump and played with his patience. The Indian skipper had refrained from playing such deliveries for the majority of the time during his successful stint in 2018.

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Jofra Archer Frustrated At Missing Out On International Cricket In 2021

Jofra Archer, England fast bowler has admitted that missing out on international cricket due to a recurring elbow issue has been frustrating. At the same time, he asserted that he remains positive about his future as a Test cricketer as he is still only 26.

Jofra Archer was ruled out of the entire 2021 season following a recurrence of the stress fracture in his elbow. Apart from the ongoing Test series against India, Jofra Archer will also miss The Ashes and the T20 World Cup.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

Jofra Archer Feels Frustrated To Miss Series Against India, Ashes, And T20I World Cup

Jofra Archer wrote while pouring his heart out in a column for The Daily Mail. England fast bowler Jofra Archer still believes he has a Test future as he targeted a return to the five-day format during next year’s tour of the West Indies.

The 26-year-old was ruled out of the current Test series against India and the Ashes tour of Australia, as well as the T20 World Cup that falls between those campaigns – after suffering a stress fracture in his right elbow.

“When I got the news that I’d be out for the rest of 2021 because I had suffered another stress fracture in my elbow, it was pretty tough to take. But I’ve always been of the view that everything happens for a reason, and the injury doesn’t change the way I look at my career.”

Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)

“I’ve said many times before that Test cricket is the most important format to me and nothing has changed in that respect. It’s frustrating to be sitting out an important series against India, as well as not being to make the trip to Australia this winter — not to mention the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE.

“If I do end up with another stress fracture, I may have a different view on things as regards to my future. But for the moment, I’m still only 26 and I think my best years as a Test cricketer are ahead of me,” he added.

The 26-year-old Barbados-born pacer explained that he got operated on in May because he wanted to sort out the problem once and for all and start helping win games for England.

Jofra Archer: There’s A Chance To Be Ready In Time For England’s 3 Test Series Against West Indies

While he did not commit to it, Jofra Archer hinted that he is targeting a comeback for the three-Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean.

“I’m trying to be cautious about when I make my comeback, but I guess there’s a chance I’ll be ready in time for England’s three-Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean in March. But I can’t make any promises, and I’ll be seeing a specialist soon about the elbow.”

Jofra Archer. (Image Source: Twitter)
Jofra Archer. (Image Source: Twitter)

“Tim Bresnan had a similar problem, and we spoke about the issue which made me a bit nervous, I must admit. But I’m sure it will be fine in the long run, and I’m grateful that the injury doesn’t stop me going about my daily business. It’s not as if I’m limping around, or anything like that,” he further wrote.

Jofra Archer last played international cricket during the tour of India in March this year. He featured in all five T20Is before being ruled out of the one-day series.

Jofra Archer, the England fast bowler, was forced home from the tour of India at the start of the year and subsequently forced to pull out of the IPL 2021 due to pain in the elbow. He underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from the elbow in May.
After returning to bowling with his county side, Sussex, in recent weeks he felt increasing discomfort and was sent for further scans. These revealed he had suffered a recurrence of the stress fracture that first became apparent in South Africa at the start of 2020.
As a result, the ECB has announced he will play no part in the Test series against India, the T20 World Cup, or the Ashes. Given that he has only played six Tests, three ODIs, and 11 T20Is since he was first troubled by the problem, the news is bound to raise question marks about Jofra Archer’s future career.
England vs India Dream11 Prediction Fantasy Cricket Tips Dream11 Team
England vs India Dream11 Prediction.
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ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update- India Tour of England 2021

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, and Injury Update of the 3rd Test match.    

ENG vs IND 3rd Test Match Preview:

England and India are set to face each other in the third Test at Headingley in Leeds, starting Wednesday (August 25).

The visitors are 1-0 ahead in the ongoing five-match series after registering a memorable victory in the second Test by a massive margin of 151 runs. The Virat Kohli-led side will enter Headingley with supreme confidence and shall look to record another triumph in order to gain an unassailable lead.

The second Test at Lords was one of the most memorable ones for the Indian team, not just because it was a conquest at the Home of Cricket against the inventors of the game but because it was something the Indians didn’t anticipate, considering their start to the fifth day’s play.

The performance of opener Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul has been the biggest plus for India in the batting department. Both have sold remarkable temperament and technique in testing condition to be the team is a solid start.

The form of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had also been a cause of concern for India but that has been put to rest after the experience duo battle for almost 50 hours on day four of the Lord’s test and was instrumental in taking the game into The Final day before the Indian Paisa scripted a famous win.

On the other hand, the hosts, who have been hit by several injury concerns, will be focusing to bounce back to level the series.

England will be hoping their batting woes will subside with the inclusion of white-ball specialist Dawid Malan. Malan last played a test 3 years ago but is expected to deliver considering his first-class experience.

That being said, England would be eager to bounce back on their soil as the third Test commences on August 25, eight days after the second test concluded. Will India double their lead? Or will Joe Root and co. make a comeback?

ENG vs IND 3rd Test Match Details:

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date & Time : August 25 August 29, at 03:30 PM IST  

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

ENG vs IND 3rd Test Match Pitch Report:

The Leeds pitch is usually a pitch that assists the seamers. The pacers will try to damage as much as they can. However, batsmen who manage to pass through the opening spell can surely make up by scoring in the latter overs. The spinners may come into play for the fifth day. We Are expected to have another equal contest between the bat and bowl.

The average temperature should be around 20 degrees Celsius. There’s only a minimal chance of rain on any of the five days.

Average scores as per innings :

Average 1st Inns scores 307
Average 2nd Inns scores 290
Average 3rd Inns scores 240
Average 4th Inns scores 166

ENG vs IND  3rd Test Match Injury Update:

England fast bowler Mark Wood has been ruled out of the third Test match against India due to a jarred right shoulder.

ENG vs IND 3rd Test Match Probable Playing XIs:

England:  Rory Burns, Haseeb Hameed, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Ollie Robinson, Saqib Mahmood/Craig Overton, James Anderson

India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja,  Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

Top Picks for ENG vs IND Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

Joe Root is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from England. He has smashed 8714 runs and also picked 38 wickets in his 105 matches Test career so far. England’s batting will rely heavily on him. Joe Root came up with crucial knocks of 64 runs in the first Test, including a match-defining century(109) in the second innings. Played a magnificent innings of unbeaten 180 in the first innings of the second test. Root is the leading scorer of the series with 386 runs in 4 innings.

Jonny Bairstow is the second top scorer for England. Scored 118 runs in four innings so far.

Sam Curran is a left-handed batsman and left-arm medium-pacer from England. He has marked 744 runs and picked up 44 wickets in his 21 matches Test career so far. The all-rounder will have greater commitments in this series. He managed to score 59 runs and picked up a wicket. Not much impressive.

Jos Buttler is a right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman from England who handles the middle-order for them. He has scored 2728 runs in his 50 matches Test career so far. The attacking batter has the potential to add some quick runs in the middle order.

James Anderson – England’s specialist test-pacer James Anderson was the top wicket-taker in the 5-match Test series in 2018 with 24 wickets to his name. He picked up 626 wickets in his Test career. He is the only pacer performing regularly. Scalped 9 wickets in two test matches so far.

Ollie Robinson scalped 5 wickets in the opening Test match. Is the second leading wicket-taker for England with 9 wickets in 2 test matches.

Virat Kohli – The India skipper was the leading run-scorer on the 2018 tour. Kohli amassed 593 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.30, including 2 hundred.

Ajinkya Rahane has 4647 runs under his belt in 125 innings. Scored 620 runs in 22 innings against England. Played an important knock of 61 runs in the second innings of the previous test to get back India into the match.

KL Rahul completed 2000 runs in 60 innings. Can be a good option for a fantasy team. Mustered 110 runs in 1st test including a magnificent knock of 84 runs. He is the second-leading scorer of the series and top scorer for India. Mustered 244 runs in four innings at an average of 61.

Rohit Sharma is a right-handed batsman from India who opens the innings for them. He has smacked 2679 runs in his 29 matches Test career so far. He will be given the responsibility of helping his team with an excellent start here. He is the second-leading scorer in the Indian squad with 152 runs in two test matches.

Ravindra Jadeja is a left-handed batsman and left-arm orthodox spinner from India. He has stacked 1985 runs and grabbed 221 wickets in his 52 matches Test career so far and can come in handy once again. Scored a crucial half-century in 1st innings. Managed to score 99 runs in this series so far.

Ishant Sharma is a right-handed batsman and right-arm medium-fast bowler from India. He has scalped 311 wickets in his 103 matches Test career so far. Most experienced bowler in the Indian squad. He will be the player to watch out for in this match.

Jasprit Bumrah scalped 9 wickets in 1st test. Is the leading wicket-taker of the series and India as well. Scalped 12 wickets in two matches so far.

Mohammed Siraj has been impressive and aggressive throughout the series. He is the second leading wicket-taker in this series with 11 wickets.

ENG vs IND Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream11 Points
 

Joe Root

   

518 runs + 1 wicket

 

58, 118, 29, 222, 272

Moeen Ali 115 runs + 22 wickets 251, 114
James Anderson 15 Wickets  61, 33, 4, 73, 116
Virat Kohli 146 runs 97, 34, 8, 78, 105
KL Rahul 354 runs 138, 144, 168
Jasprit Bumrah 67 runs + 16 wickets 13, 12, 21, 225, 97
   

ENG vs IND Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain Joe Root, Lokesh Rahul

Vice-Captain –  James Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicket-keepers – Jonny Bairstow

Batsmen –  Virat Kohli, Joe Root (c), Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Dawid Malan

All-rounders –  Moeen Ali

Bowlers James Anderson (vc), Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
England vs India Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for ENG vs IND Dream11 Team:

Wicket-keepers – Jonny Bairstow

Batsmen –  Virat Kohli, Joe Root (c), Lokesh Rahul,  Dawid Malan

All-rounders –  Moeen Ali

Bowlers James Anderson (vc), Ollie Robinson, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Ishant Sharma

England vs India Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
England vs India Dream11 Prediction

ENG vs IND 3rd Test Match Probable Winner:

India is expected to win this match.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

Hardik Pandya Bowling
Hardik Pandya Bowling
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Hardik Pandya’s Body Too Weak To Take The Workload Of An All-rounder: Salman Butt

Salman Butt feels that Hardik Pandya’s body, in its present state, is too weak to shoulder the workload of an all-around player. According to the former Pakistan skipper, Salman Butt, the Indian cricketer is undoubtedly talented but will need to work extremely hard on building his physique.

Hardik Pandya has bowled sparingly since returning to international cricket following back surgery in 2019. He has even lost his place in the Test team due to his inability to bowl his medium pacers on a consistent basis.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Salman Butt: Hardik Pandya Needs Some Muscle In His Body But Skill Wise He Can Improve Himself But His Body Can’t Take Excess Workload

After missing out on a lot of action owing to a back injury, Hardik Pandya made a phenomenal comeback in the IPL 2020 season, playing the finisher role for the team and hammering the ball in the slog overs at a strike rate of 178. But in IPL 2021, he disappointed scoring only 52 runs in 7 games averaging a pathetic 8.66. He didn’t bowl in the last two IPL editions.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt shared his views on Hardik Pandya and stated: “India had high hopes from Hardik Pandya, but he has been on a long layoff period. He looks very skilful when he bats. And when he was bowling before injury, he looked very effective with decent pace. But again, Hardik Pandya’s problem is that he is so slim, if there is extra load on his body, he will keep getting unfit.”

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

“He needs some muscle on his body. Skill-wise, he has a lot of capacity to become better and better. The way he bats and bowls… he has a very good bowling action. But again, his body cannot take the excess workload. That is what needs to be managed.”

Hardik Pandya, India’s premier seam-bowling all-rounder, has been dealing with his back injury issues, which have forced him to bowl less. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2018 and he hasn’t been fit enough to bowl even short spells, let alone take the toll of a full day’s work.

He didn’t bowl a single ball in last season’s IPL, and in the first half of the IPL 2021 as well. But he is now gradually gaining fitness as the T20 World Cup nears. Being a pace-bowling all-rounder, it would be key for India that Hardik Pandya is able to provide his quota of 4 overs as that would give the desired balance to the eleven.

Salman Butt Doesn’t Know If There Is Any Issue With Hardik Pandya’s Physique

Salman Butt cited the examples of Kapil Dev and Imran Khan to explain why it is important to have a strong body structure to fulfill all-round duties.

The former Pakistan batter Salman Butt added: “If you compare Hardik Pandya with Kapil Dev or Imran Khan, they were far fitter than him. You can watch their YouTube videos. They were double in size, and had more muscle. I don’t know if there is any issue with Hardik Pandya’s physique. The physios and trainers must be definitely talking to him about it.”

Recently, National Cricket Academy (NCA) bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said that IPL 2021 would provide a decent idea of the extent to which Hardik Pandya can be utilized as a bowler, especially with the T20 World Cup coming up.

Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey

Speaking to IANS, Mhambrey said about the Mumbai Indians’ fast bowler: “Yes, the way I look at him, and the way I feel, I am sure he will bowl (in IPL). First step is the IPL. Maybe the franchise will decide how will they use him. That, kind of, will decide how it will be (a) preparatory ground for the World Cup.”

In the white-ball series in Sri Lanka last month, Hardik Pandya bowled 14 overs in three ODIs, picking up two wickets at an average of 48.5 and an economy rate of 6.92. He also sent down two overs in one T20I.

Against England in March, he had bowled 17 overs in the five T20 Internationals, picking three wickets and conceding runs at 6.94 an over which was the second-best on either side after Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He could complete his four-over quota in three of the five games. Hardik Pandya also bowled in the third and final ODI against England and was quite economical, conceding runs at 5.33 in nine overs.

Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
Wasim Jaffer (Credits: Twitter)
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Wasim Jaffer Praises Indian Test Team For Consistent Performances

Wasim Jaffer firstly tipped his hat to the Indian side as they have been putting in such performances “for a while now” pointing out to wins against Australia and England where they won the series despite losing the first Test by a huge margin.

If there is anything the second-Test defeat reinforced about England, it is that their batting line-up is heavily dependent on skipper Joe Root. The right-hander has already smashed five centuries this season and is the only England batsman who has looked comfortable in the first two Tests against India. Wasim Jaffer has opined that if this doesn’t change, England will likely “go down”.

Wasim Jaffer(Satish Bate / Hindustan Times)
Wasim Jaffer(Satish Bate / Hindustan Times)

Wasim Jaffer: Indian Test Team Should Be Credited As They Have Been Performing Well Recently Both Against Australia And England

While speaking in a video on his YouTube channel, Wasim Jaffer firstly credited the Indian side as they didn’t give up despite losing the first Test in Australia tour and against England at home. He added that even at home against England earlier this year, India bounced back from a tough position to win the series 3-1.

“Hats off to this Indian side because they have been doing this for a while now. It was the same during the Australian tour, they had their backs against the wall, not in one but many Test matches and they proved that they don’t give up. They played exactly like this even in India against England after being one-nil down to win the series 3-1. They have been outstanding,” explained Jaffer.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source: AP IMAGE

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

In the next Test series against England in India, England won the first Test by 227 runs only to lose the next 3 Tests by 317 runs, 10 wickets, and an innings and 25 runs. Ravichandran Ashwin picked 32 scalps and debutant Axar Patel picked 27 scalps. Joe Root amassed 368 runs while Rohit Sharma managed 345 runs.

Wasim Jaffer: England Are Heavily Dependent On Joe Root

Talking about England, Wasim Jaffer warned the hosts that if they don’t sort out their batting, they will “go down” and that India may go on to win their first Test series on English soil this decade.

“England will have to recover really quickly now and sort out their batting more than the bowling. They rely heavily on Joe Root and someone else needs to step up and do so quickly otherwise they look like they’ll go down. India haven’t won a Test series [in England] for a while but it looks very likely that this Indian team is going to dominate the next Test and probably even further in this series,” commented Jaffer.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Joe Root has amassed 1277 runs playing 10 Tests in 2021, averaging 57.21, and has hit 5 tons. He scored 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka and hit 218 in the 1st Test against and in India while scoring 109 and an unbeaten 180 in the first two successive Tests when India toured England. The third of the five Tests between India and England will begin on August 25 at Headingly, Leeds.

Former Indian opener Wasim Jaffer has asserted that England’s line-up is over-reliant on skipper Joe Root and needs to fix their batting woes in order to survive in the series and feels India is favourites to win the series. Day 5 of a dramatic Lord’s Test saw India bundle the hosts out for 120 to claim a 1-0 lead in the 5-match Test series. It was a brilliant bowling display on show, and the English batsmen couldn’t survive the onslaught.

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