Monty Panesar, former England spinner, who was part of that triumphant English team in 2012-13 and claimed 17 wickets in 3 Tests against India, spoke about India’s chances against England this time besides key players roles.
Monty Panesar: India Achieved Greatest Away Victory In Australia And Ravi Shastri Should Be Credited
The opening Test will be played at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram stadium from February 5. Chennai will also host the second Test, which will start on February 13. The last time Chennai hosted a Test match was way back in 2016 when India trounced the Alastair Cook-led England team by an innings and 75 runs.
“Coach Ravi Shastri should be given credit for this. How did Shastri manage to keep the boys in a positive mind frame when they got out for 36 (in Adelaide Test)? It’s his attitude, his approach to how to keep the team together, that worked well for the team. I honestly think it starts off with Sourav Ganguly. I think the appointment of Ganguly, coach Shastri, who has been part of the team for so long.
“They really know how to bring talent into the team and make sure that they are up for the challenge, ” says Monty Panesar on injury hit India’s come from behind win against Australia being one of greatest series win.
“I don’t think there will be a whitewash, but I think India are favourites to win the series because they’re playing in their own home conditions. The batting is going to be their weakest point because you look at the openers who keep getting out to spinners. India are going to exploit that. So, I think India are going to be favourites to win the series. India will win the series. But I will be surprised if India beat England 4-0. For me, it will be 2-1 or 2-0,” says Monty Panesar.
In 60 Tests between India and England in India. India have won 19 times while England emerged winners on 13 occasions, while 28 Tests have been drawn. India and England have faced each other in 9 Test matches in Chennai. India have registered five wins and England three at this venue. The last time England won a Test series in India was in 2012-13 when the Alistair Cook-led side clinched the series 2-1.
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