Michael Atherton’s Bold Prediction for IND vs ENG Test Series
He thinks the absence of superior spinners on the side of the visitors will make all the difference in the world for the Rohit Sharma-led team’s victory.
In less than a week, the highly anticipated Test series between England and India will begin.
The series’ opening game is scheduled for January 25 at Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad, and the second game is scheduled for March 7 in Dharamsala.
Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum are leading England, and they have yet to lose the series, which illustrates their power.
Their success has mostly been attributed to their Bazball strategy, but they are about to face their greatest obstacle because defeating India in India won’t be simple.
India is a beast in its own land. It won’t be simple for England to launch an early offensive.
The most important matchup will come between Indian spinners and English hitters, who can quickly collect wickets and run through the opposition.
While acknowledging that spin will be crucial to the series, Michael Atherton also acknowledged that the hosts possessed elite fast bowlers.
The former captain of England emphasised the diversity of Indian spinners and how they differed from English spinners. In an interview with Sky Sports, he clarified:
“Spin will be important if you travel to India; it has always been important in the past and I think it will continue to be so. India does have a potent seam assault as well.
The four spinners from India are not like the ones from England. They have Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja, two finger spinners with the left arm. Kuldeep Yadav is a wrist spinner for them, and Ravichandran Ashwin is among the all-time greats.
Speaking about the England spinners, Michael Atherton stated that their main difficulty will be acclimating to the new conditions because the team consists of three inexperienced spinners.
He went on to say that because India has good spinners in their ranks, they will win the series. He continued, saying:
“After Jack Leach, who is a reliable left-arm spinner, England has three very inexperienced spinners in Tom Hartley, Shoaib Bashir, and Rehan Ahmed.
They will face a unique challenge, but the selectors believe they have a bright future ahead of them.
“I predict India to triumph. The difference between their spinners and England’s will ultimately determine the outcome.
England has been working hard to get ready for the India series since last month. They just concluded a program in Abu Dhabi, and they’re on their way to Hyderabad.
In the past ten years, they are the only team that have defeated India at home. Under Sir Alastair Cook’s guidance, the Three Lions accomplished the feat in the course of their 2012 tour.
Ben Stokes would be looking to win the series and accomplish the milestone.