Majority of the fans are eagerly waiting to see team India playing well on this tour. This particular series may prove to be a turning point before the next tour of Australia. The performance of MSD and company will surely set a benchmark for team India. Hopefully, they will exhibit their real strength – especially, in the crucial arena of bowling.
However, despite all the permutations, the prospects of team India winning this contest remain dim. Following are the five possible reasons why Team India may not prove to be very successful in England:
1) Most of our star batsmen are not in the best of form. Right from MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan to Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja - their performance in the IPL has not been excellent. The batsmen will find it difficult to counter the deadly bowling attack of England especially on the fast tracks. English tam is having quality bowlers like Anderson, Broad, Jordan and Plunkett, an attack which may prove to be handy on their bouncy pitches
2) Our own bowling attack is not very intimidating. Our lead bowlers like Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have not done well overseas. Mohammed Shami Ahmed has lost his way and has proved very expensive recently. Ashwin and Jadeja will hardly get any help from the pitches and they have not been in great form either. Recently they have failed to impress with their bowling skills
3) England also has a good batting line up comprising of Cook, Bell, Morgan and Prior. They will not find it difficult to score big on their home turf. Youngsters like Root and Ali can also be very dangerous on their day. Their confidence may get increased many fold as they could be comfortable with Indian spin attack, especially when playing on their home ground
4) Another major setback for team India is that very few members of the current Indian team have played in English conditions before. Dhoni, Kohli and Ashwin are perhaps the only ones who have dealt with those alien conditions when it comes to test matches
5) When India won a test series in England in 2007, players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Zaheer were there to lead the team. Surely the team will them.
Thus, this might prove to be an acid test for team India as each one of them will have to outperform and give their best, if at all England is to be defeated on their very soil.