Sachin Tendulkar feels India can hurt England if conditions favour spinners

first_imgSachin Tendulkar said India would be in a position to hurt England in the Test series in what has been a warm English summer so far. Tendulkar said Virat Kohli’s India would gain a substantial edge over the hosts if there was any help for spinners in the five-Test series starting August 1.India have won three Test series in England – 1971, 1986 and 2007. However, they suffered heavy defeats in the last two series in 2011 and 2014. While India lost 0-4 in 2011, they went down 1-3 three years later after taking the lead with a historic victory at Lord’s.But there is hope of a much improved performance this time. England is in the middle of its warmest summer in recent years and there is a chance the conditions will favour spinners. In fact, England are contemplating recalling leg-spinner Adil Rashid, who left Virat Kohli bamboozled in the final ODI at Leeds.Tendulkar, whose last tour of England ended with the dismal Test series of 2011, said the results could depend on whether the pitches are conducive to spin.Also read – Virat Kohli’s Test record in England will improve, says Alec Stewart”It will depend on the kind of surfaces that we get to play on,” Tendulkar told Reuters. “The English summer is pretty warm this time. If there’s a bit of help for our spinners then I am sure we will be in a position in the series to hurt them. That will be a critical factor.” Kuldeep Yadav has taken 14 wickets from five games against England (Reuters Photo)Tendulkar, the only man with 100 international hundreds and 200 Test caps, said Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm chinaman bowler, was ready for Test cricket. Kuldeep had spun a web around England’s batsmen in the T20I series and followed that up with a six-wicket haul in the first ODI which India won.Also read – Rishabh Pant named in India squad for first 3 Tests vs Englandadvertisement”I have always maintained that he’s ready for the longest version of the game and that will be the most challenging one. I think he’s ready.”Looking at his repertoire he has the capability to go there and compete, without any doubt,” he said.Despite a long list of injuries to a few key players, Sachin Tendulkar was confident India had the wherewithal to challenge England. Overall, Tendulkar was happy with the balance of India’s squad for the five-Test series.Also read – Tendulkar hopeful of a good show from Kohli, Team India in England Tests”We have bowlers who can bat and we have batters who can roll their arm over. The keeper’s contribution also becomes important in batting and we have that,” Tendulkar told Reuters during the interview.”Ashwin and Jadeja can also bat. We also have a seam-bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya who can bat. That was one element missing, though Hardik’s just started his career. But whatever I see on paper, we have good balance.”(Written by Rajarshi Gupta)last_img

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