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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.

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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.

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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.

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