India can't stop Eng from being No. 1: Boycott

Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 13:03 [IST]
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London, Jul 27: Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott predicts that India will only wind up becoming the vanquished side in the ongoing Test series against England and will have to step aside as the hosts clinch the top spot in the ICC Rankings.

"The hosts are all fired up. Confidence is high, they believe they can beat India and they are hungry to be No.1 in the world. I can't see India stopping them and it would be an amazing turnaround if they beat England," Boycott said.

Boycott believes that England will strike while the iron is hot and press home their advantage by winning the second Test as well.

"The England team are in a very healthy situation. They should polish India off in the second Test and press home the advantage they gained at Lord's, which marked the beginning of the end for India as the world''s No.1 Test team," he wrote in a column of a leading English newspaper.

Boycott further opines the Indian bowling attack, which was destroyed by the English before the hosts won by 196 runs in the Lord's Test, is too innocuous and diffident to effect much concern for the formidable English line-up.

"There is not much to choose between both sides' batting. There is strength in depth in both teams and we expect India to improve, but their bowling is not good enough to worry England.

Boycott said he had suspected Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was too vulnerable to injury to remain fit through a grueling four-Test series in Old Blighty.

"Zaheer Khan is a quality bowler but even before the series started I never expected him to survive four Test matches in five weeks. His ability has never been in doubt but his fitness has always been a worry.

Boycott added that off-break Harbhajan Singh would have to vary his pace a lot more to augment his guile and have any impact.

"Harbhajan Singh may have 400 Test-match wickets but all the England batsmen played him with ease at Lord's. I think he is too slow through the air. He is going to have to change his trajectory to make any impression," he added.

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