The five-match Test series between India and England will start on August 4. Looking at India’s record in English conditions, England are considered favorites in the series, but all expect close competition between the two teams. However, conditions in England do not suit Indian batsmen and team batsmen are always struggling. Former India player VVS Laxman believes that if Team India is to beat England on their ground, the team’s batsmen will have to work together in the Test series. “One of the weaknesses of the team is relying on one or two batsmen,” he said.
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Speaking to ‘Star Sports’, Laxman said:’ I think the overall mood of the team has changed. The manner in which Australia won in 2020 and the team conquered the series by defeating Australia in Brisbane in the absence of key players shows just how deep the team is. I mean, fast bowling is more powerful and they are quite confident after performing well around the world. One thing Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli should pay attention to is the match winning performance of batsmen. He relies entirely on one or two batsmen in foreign conditions, especially in England. If you want to beat England in a five-match Test series, your batsmen need to come together and play a good game. You can’t expect one or two batsmen to perform and you win the series. It has to be looked after by Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli.
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Laxman said which Test players will be important in their eyes. He said, ‘From India’s perspective, I would take Rishabh Pant and would love to have Jaspreet Bumrah in bowling. For England, I take James Anderson and Joe Root with the bat. India’s record is not exclusive to England and in 2018, the team suffered a 4-1 defeat in the Test series. At the same time, even in 2014, the team suffered a 3-1 defeat.