London, July 25: Former England captain opines that Team India is too "ragged" a side to win against England in the ongoing Test series, owing to the fact that they have been overworked and worn-down by the participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
"India? Let's face it, they were very ragged. It's been noticeable that the guys who have done well for them in this Test - Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Rahul Dravid - were all out in the Caribbean recently," Hussain said.
"But too many of the others have come into this series just expecting to be attuned to the demands of Test cricket. Look at Zaheer Khan. We're told he's India's attack leader, but it's beyond belief that he was allowed to play in this Test with so little bowling behind him," he wrote in a column for a leading British newspaper.
Hussain said while the IPL has helped Indian cricket in many ways, it has also spawned a predicament where players are not looked after adequately enough.
"For him not to bowl at all in the second innings against Somerset was curious in the extreme."