India is touring the British Isles for the first time in 3 years and if we take any hint from their last tour, this does not promise to be an easy tour for the Men in Blue. Last time around the Indians faced major trouble in being able to get over of the English bowling attack and struggled to touch even the 300 run mark although the team had a great batting line up.
Although the batting line-up seems to do a lot batter in foreign condition since the change in the core of the batting line up, the matter of concern for the Indian team have not disappeared. Here we take a look at some of the major concern that the team will have to face at their current tour of England.
- Inexperienced Batting line up: Even though the team has had a couple of not so disappointing tours of South Africa and New Zealand in the recent past, England pitches and conditions are a different level of problem all together under particular conditions. Given that except Gautam Gambhir and Mahendra Singh Dhoni no other batsman has a previous batting experience in the English conditions, Batting is not going to be every easy for the Indian youngsters.
- Bowling attack lacks the edge: India has couple of very good and promising bowlers in the form of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Mohammad Shami and couple of other upcoming pacers, but the fact of the matter remains that India lacks the edge in the bowling department. Apart from the fact that the bowling line up except Ishant Sharma lacks any experience whatsoever of bowling with the red ball in English conditions, if you go by the performances of the practice game, they haven’t been able to find their mojo just yet. Its said that to win a test match you need to pick 20 wickets of the opposition team, that seems quite unlikely at this point of moment for the Indian team.
- Dhoni’s success rate in foreign land is terrible: Of the last 4 overseas series, Dhoni has not managed to win a single test match out of 13 tries, losing 10 of them. Dhoni is considered as one of the best captains that Indian cricket has seen in its glorious history and has taken the team to unexpected heights in the limited overs format. But his record in foreign land has been terrible and at times has given away matches to his opposition from positions where it looked that winning is the only possibility for the team. This tour will surely test the captaincy of our captain cool.
- An Inspired English team: The English team has been under the rug for quite some time now and so has been their captain Alastair Cook. They will see this as an apt opportunity to get back at their critics. Alastair Cook has always loved the Indian attack to show his best to the world and this is exactly the right time for him to hit form if there ever was one. The team they have is new, but not greatly inexperienced. They have almost the same attack that they had in the 2011 series and would have a major effect in this particular series.