Dravid predicts 3-2 scoreline to India in England Tests
Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels India have the best opportunity to beat England in England.
India’s last Test series win in England came in 2007, under Dravid’s captaincy. Since then, India could only win one match, which was at Lord’s in 2014, in 14 Tests.
With India having defeated Australia in Australia twice (2018-19 and 2020-21), Dravid feels a 3-2 scoreline to India is possible in August-September this year.
“I really do think India have a very good chance this time. There’s no question about their [England’s] bowling. Whatever bowling attack England put on the park, especially their seam-bowling attack, is going to be fantastic. They have a lot of players to pick and choose from and that’s going to be terrific,” Dravid said in a webinar.
“But if you look at their top six or top seven, you really think of one great batsman, a world-class batsman who is Joe Root. Obviously, Ben Stokes is another one, who is a good allrounder, but for some reason [Ravichandran] Ashwin seems to do well against him. And that should be an interesting contest. I know he’s done well against him [Stokes] in India, but it’ll still be an interesting subplot to the series.
“But I just think India will be well-prepared, have the confidence from Australia, there’s lot of belief in the squad. A couple of players have been to England a few times, there’s a lot of experience in the batting order this time around, so this is probably our best chance, maybe say 3-2 to India.”
Prior to taking on England in the five-Test series, India will meet New Zealand in the World Test Championship final in Southampton on June 18-22. India are expected to stay back in England after the final which allows them a long preparation time within a large touring group. This allows Dravid to believe India will pull off a great series triumph.
“I think India will play really well in England this time. It’s a great opportunity we’ve got. After the WTC final, they’re going to be in England for a whole month before the Test series starts. I don’t think any team has had that kind of time to prepare for a Test series as India will have this time, so that surely should be a great advantage,” Dravid further added.