IND vs ENG: Team India is preparing for a five-match Test series against England, which begins on August 4 in Nottingham, after a long break following the World Test Championship (WTC) final.
Although Team India would have been disappointed with their loss to New Zealand in the World Cup final, that is now history, and Virat Kohli’s men will want to make a fresh start against the Englishmen.
Since 2007,India hasn’t won a Test series in England.
Kohli’s team, on the other hand, has a good opportunity of ending their losing trend on this tour.
Here are three reasons why Team India may be able to defeat England this time in England.
Ben Stokes unavailability
Ben Stokes is as excellent as two players in one, as former Team India opener Aakash Chopra correctly pointed out.
He is a match-winner with both the bat and the ball, as well as a great fielder.
Stokes’ inclusion in the starting XI offers England hope of doing remarkable feats.
Given the lack of experience among the batters in the camp, England would have looked to Stokes to help them improve their batting.
Stokes’ mental health has suffered as a result of his bio-bubble existence. He decided to take break from cricket indefinitely.
In his absence, England’s batting difficulties may worsen if the top and middle orders fail to deliver.
England’s uncertain batting order
This is one of the most important factors in Team India’s favour.
On paper, England’s batting line-up is exceedingly insecure, with the exception of skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow (in English conditions).
In the two-match Test series between New Zealand and England, the Kiwis severely exposed England’s batting weaknesses.
The issue for England is that for the previous few Test series, they have remained with the young guns.
Despite the fact that the outcomes were not up to par, the hosts had no choice but to stick with them, as making fundamental changes for a major series would be even more detrimental.