Ian Chappell cautions India about the tough battle against England in remaining Tests | Cricket News

Feb 12, 2024

Former captain of Australia ian chappell believe that led by ben stokes, England Will give tough competition to India in the remaining matches test series, However, he expressed confidence in the home team's ability to emerge victorious.
The much-awaited five-match series is currently tied at 1-1, following thrilling wins by England and India in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam respectively.

“Being the home team, India should ultimately win a tough series, but they have a real battle on their hands,” Chappell wrote in his column for 'ESPN Cricinfo.'

“England, under Stokes' aggressive leadership, are a long way behind the poorly captained Joe Root side, who succumbed to spin on their last tour of the country,” he said.

During their last visit to India in 2021, England under Root lost the Test series after winning the opening matches.
Although star batsman Virat Kohli will be absent from the series, the Indian team will be boosted by the return of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja, both of whom have been named in the squad for the remaining three Test matches.

“India is a strong team and they also have a good leader Rohit Sharma, The recovery of Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul from injuries will give them a lot of strength, but Virat Kohli not returning for the remaining matches of the series is a shock.
Shreyas Iyer has been dropped from the team for the remaining matches of the series. The 29-year-old failed to capitalize on his start, scoring 35, 13, 27 and 29 in the first two Tests.
Hopefully the selectors will now stop giving more importance to Shreyas Iyer's batting ability and will learn to give more importance to Kuldeep Yadav's wicket-taking ability.
“This India vs England clash is shaping up to be exactly what it should be: a tough five-match contest between two talented teams,” Chappell said.
The third Test is scheduled to start from February 15 in Rajkot.
(With PTI inputs)

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