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Why Indian cricket team's chances of winning in England is not good?
When it comes to sports, cricket is a lifeline for millions of die hard fans in this country. In fact, the intensity with which this game is followed is as good as the craze for pursuing football in Europe. After a befitted grand conclusion to IPL season 7, a vacuum is seen for sports loving people of India.

One upcoming series is Indian cricket team’s tour of Bangladesh. But this proposed tour of 3 ODIs is not being treated as a thrilling one as the prime Indian players such as MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been rested.

Nowadays, as far as other sports are concerned, there is not much happening. Sadly the Indian hockey team could not make a mark in the ongoing World Cup. The FIFA world cup is about to begin, but it is hardly going to last a month. Therefore the thrust and the focus will be concentrated on team India’s much awaited tour of England.

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.

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