India vs England series: Former Australian captain Ian Chappell has reckoned that Joe Root's England boasts a strong pace attack than India for the upcoming 4-match Test series (IND vs ENG) starting in Chennai from February 5. Chappell, however, lauded India as Virat Kohli-led Team India has a slight edge over the English side especially in the bowling dept. Moreover, India possesses a quality bowling attack led by Bumrah which has been seen during the recently-concluded 2-1 Test series against Australia Down Under.
Chappell believes that England may have recently taken a 2-0 clean sweep against Sri Lanka but India have the upper hand due to strong top-order. He said, ''The availability of key player Ben Stokes is important for the England team. Stokes and Pandya have the same all-around abilities but the England player is slightly better than the Indian. The strong fast bowling attack has become stronger than before the return of Jofra Archer.''
Chappell stated that India a strong contender for victory in the upcoming Test series against England due to his sensational bowling attack and much better batting unit. He believes that the recent series triumph in Australia has boosted the morale of the Indian cricket team and has been strengthened by the return of regular skipper Virat Kohli.
Meanwhile, India and England will square off in four Tests (two each in Chennai and Ahmedabad), five Twenty20 internationals (in Ahmedabad), and three One-day internationals (in Pune).
“The presence of Archer, along with the skill and experience of stalwarts Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, would normally provide England with an advantage in the pace department. However, India’s improvement in that category is amply illustrated by their performance in matching Australia’s much-vaunted pace attack in two successive away series,” Ian Chapell said.
Acknowledging the series mainstay, with both batting line-ups on level terms, Chappell believes that Jos Buttler’s departure after the opening Test and Ravindra Jadeja returning to the squad after the second Test will thrust India up the ante over the English side.
“Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant and the possible addition of Pandya have India well placed to take full advantage of any good start. England are similarly placed with Stokes and Jos Buttler as their lethal weapons. The possible return of Ollie Pope would add some dependability to the threatening nature of that section of the batting order.
"However, Buttler’s departure after just one Test and the possible return of Ravindra Jadeja to the Indian line-up would swing the scales further in favor of the home team,” Ian Chappell, who won 15 of the 30 Tests in charge, added.