Bold Statement by Sunil Gavaskar on The India Vs England Test Series: Golden Summer for India

The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team will begin their second cycle of the World Test Championship, India vs England 2021, which will begin on August 4 in Nottingham, after placing second best in a tightly contested World Test Championship final against New Zealand. While India’s WTC campaign begins on August 4 with a five-Test series against England, they will also travel South Africa from December 2021 to January 2022 and play Bangladesh in an away series in November 2022.

After losing the inaugural WTC final against Fresh Zealand, India captain Virat Kohli stated he expected his team to recover with “new energy” in the new cycle for India vs England Test Series 2021. India has a chance to win this test series after a month of preparation following the WTC finals. 

On the same line, legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar feels that the Indian cricket team’s forthcoming trip to England will be their “golden summer.”

“The summer in England promises to be a golden summer of Indian cricket. There is a gap of about six weeks after the WTC finals, before the Test series against England starts, and that should be enough for the team to play some practice games and tune-up for what England can hurl at them.” Sunil Gavaskar said in an interview to the popular daily ‘The Telegraph’.

“It is foolish to try and predict the score, but it looks like it will be an Indian summer in England,” added Sunil Gavaskar. Sunil Gavaskar doesn’t know how the India vs England test match will end, but he believes it will be an Indian summer in England.

It’s a big statement because England has always been a difficult opponent for any team playing in their backyard. The result of the WTC final will have no impact on India vs England Test Series 2021, according to the former Indian cricketer.

He went on to say that after the uproar in India over the pitches earlier this year, it won’t surprise him if the groundskeeper in England leaves a little grass on the pitch. “Having moaned about the Indian pitches earlier this year, it won’t be surprising if the groundsman in England were to leave a little grass on the surface. That is nothing to worry about as India have an attack that will cause problems for the England batsmen too,” Gavaskar continued.  

Sunil Gavaskar also mentioned that the circumstances in the United Kingdom would be favourable to the Indiana pacers. Indian pacers, according to the Little Master, will like the conditions in England, particularly with the Dukes balls. He believes that leaving grass on the wickets in India vs England test match would backfire since the current crop of Indian fast bowlers can exploit any situation.

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Reference Resource:

  1. https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/sunil-gavaskar-on-india-tour-of-england-golden-summer-green-track-1808675-2021-05-30
  2. https://indiashorts.com/former-indian-batsman-sunil-gavaskar-gives-his-verdict-on-india-tour-of-england/45456/
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