Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has reckoned that visiting England side will find it difficult to win even a single Test against India in the upcoming 4-match series.

The first Test between India and England will start from February 5 (Reuters Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gautam Gambhir has said that winning even a single Test will be difficult for England
  • Gambhir reckoned that out of 4 Tests, England have 50 per cent chances of winning the pink-ball match only
  • Playing against India bowlers will be a completely different challenge for Joe Root: Gambhir

Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has made some bold predictions ahead of the 4-match Test series between India and England which kick starts from February 5 in Chennai.

Gambhir has reckoned that England spin attack doesn’t have that spark to trouble the India batters in their home conditions. Further, he added that if at all, England have “50 per cent chances” of winning the pink-ball Test.

“I don’t see England winning any of the Test matches with the kind of spin attack they’ve got,” 39-year-old Gambhir was quoted as saying in Star Sports show ‘Game Plan’.

“It has to be 3-0 India or probably 3-1. I’m only going to give a Pink Ball Test match, probably 50-50 to England just from the conditions point of view,” Gambhir added.

England spin attacking consists of Moeen Ali, Jack Leach and Dom Bess. While Moeen Ali failed to play any of the 2 matches against Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Tests series, Leach and Bess were impressive in their outings.

23-year-old Dom Bess took 12 wickets in 2 matches, whereas, succeeded in taking 10 wickets in as many matches. Both the spinners took a five-wicket-haul each against Dines Chandimal’s men.

Challenge for Joe Root will be completely different

Gautam Gambhir also talked about in-form Joe Root and his possible impact on the upcoming series. The 39-year-old opined that challenges for Root in India will be completely different and scoring runs against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin will be altogether a different ball game.

“This is going to be a completely different challenge for someone like Joe Root,” Gambhir said.

“Yes, he has played really well in Sri Lanka, but when you face people like Jasprit Bumrah on any wicket, or for that matter, R Ashwin, when his confidence is sky-high after what he has done in Australia, I am sure it is going to be a completely different beast and a completely different ball game,” Gautam Gambhir said.



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