“The kind of pitches that we’ll be playing on will also be another point of discussion for sure,” Khan stated.
In an exclusive JioCinema program called “Insiders Preview Ind vs. Eng,” Zaheer Khan, Parthiv Patel, and Pragyan Ojha gave viewers a general idea of what to anticipate from the tantalizing matchup. They talked about the pitches that were available, the significance of the toss, and England’s Bazball-focused strategy. Take-outs:
Regarding the teams’ strategy for the series
Zaheer Khan: These days, it’s rare to witness a five-test series. Bazball will continue to be the main focus, and we’ll see if England’s strategy changes. Without a doubt, another topic of conversation will be the types of pitches that we’ll be using. However, both sides will be motivated to establish their dominance.
Regarding the idea of Bazball, which has proven quite successful but has not yet been tried in India
Pragyan Ojha: England uses the tactic of playing courageous cricket in Bazball in an attempt to obtain a psychological advantage. In India, Bazball execution will be challenging due to the difficulty of playing Indian spinners, Jasprit Bumrah, and other fast bowlers.
Regarding India’s strategy in light of the World Test Championship standings
Parthiv Patel: I predict a 5-0 goal for the Indian squad. To top the WTC standings, in my opinion, they must win 4-0. India won numerous international Test matches in the previous cycle. India doesn’t need to alter their strategy, in my opinion. The visiting teams are the ones who need to devise new tactics. It remains to be seen if Bazball will fit in this place. I don’t think it will work here if the ball spins because India’s spin attack, which includes Ashwin, Jadeja, Axar, and Kuldeep, is too good.
Regarding the assurance that England would possess following their decisive series victory over Pakistan in 2022
Pragyan Ojha: Given their chosen approach, I think England will be really confident. However, they require a backup plan. thus the circumstances will differ from those in Pakistan. The batsmen were favored by the somewhat better wickets. The spinners will benefit from the current circumstances. It will therefore be crucial how they approach this. The first Test will set the tone for the series with their performance.
Concerning the anticipated pitches
Parthiv Patel: Each venue will likely have an own personality. Similar tunes might be heard in Vizag and Hyderabad. If the wicket is set up well in Rajkot, there could be a lot of runs scored. In Dharamsala, their quick bowlers might be able to gain some assistance. The number of runs scored in the opening innings will matter at every location. It will be vital for them to win the toss as well. It will be extremely tough for them to return if they lose the toss.