England haven’t lost a series under Ben Stokes’ captaincy.
There’s never been more anticipation for the India vs. England Test series, which will feature five Test matches starting in Hyderabad on February 25. The five-match contest is being referred to as England’s toughest test since, under the direction of captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon Mccullum, the team has only lost four Test matches.
As a result, India’s head coach Rahul Dravid is probably not in the mood to face the Three Lions, who appear eager to break India’s 11-year home winning streak. Before the first Test, Dravid said it’s been interesting to watch England play with their “Bazball” style of play, acknowledging the threat they bring.
“You can see they’ve had success playing that way because it’s exciting to watch them perform. In Pakistan, they’ve had success. In addition to their victory in New Zealand, they also experienced an incredible series in the Ashes against Australia. Thus, we must honor it,” Dravid was reported by the Times of India to have said.
Dravid continued by saying that he welcomed England’s attempts to put pressure on Indian bowling, even if it would be challenging for them to adapt to Indian conditions in the future.
Nonetheless, because we know them, we are aware that they will struggle in these conditions. With our extensive experience, our attack is well-versed. I’m curious to see how our boys respond, knowing that we’ll be under duress,” he said.
The former Indian captain talked about his team’s strategy for countering the Bazball and stated that they won’t play too defensive or aggressively.
None of my batsmen appear to be backing down or to be on the defensive: David
We’re not going to try to be extremely aggressive, in my opinion. I believe that we try to play the cards that are dealt to us and the circumstances warrant. However, if you look at our top six-seven batsmen, you’ll see that many of them are aggressive players who approach the game with a good attitude. However, I don’t see any of my batsmen looking defensive or going backward,” the Indian head coach continued.
Notably, Alastair Cook’s England were the last side to defeat India in their own country in 2012. Since then, India has won 36 of the 46 games played, lost only three, and notched up a series victory. In contrast, England has won 13 games and only lost four since Stokes took over as full-time captain. As a result, the series is anticipated to be a fantastic marketing opportunity for Test cricket, featuring the two current giants of the sport facing off against one another.