India will miss Dravid, Laxman: Ex-coach Wright

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Published: Friday, November 2, 2012, 16:50 [IST]
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Dravid, Laxman will be missed: Wright

Ahmedabad, Nov 2: Former India coach John Wright feels Team India would miss Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman during the Test series against England as the team lacks experience.

Since India are playing at home, hosts will have an advantage, but England are coming after their 2-0 defeat to South Africa in the home series, which suggest that it could be an interesting series.

"The Test series will be interesting. England are coming off a home series defeat against South Africa (2-0), while India will miss the experience of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman," said Wright.

The team which banks on youngsters in the middle, seems to be a worry, as youngsters lack experience and moreover they lack consistency.

The team doesn't ahve many reliable players like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, which poses a worry to Team India ahead of the four-match Test series against England, starting November 15.

The former Indian coach, who led India to many victories felt first innings is the key as the team that plays well will have an edge over their opponents.

The middle-order is quite new. The series will be a closely-contested one and it won't be 4-0 to India," he added.

He further added saying that the team is facing opening woes, as Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir have been struggling to score runs.

Wright also felt that the Delhi openers need to bat for a while to make things easier for the middle-order.

"If they can bat for two hours, the job of the middle-order will be easy," he insisted.

The New Zealander also said that the team looks promising, but lacks consistency which is a cause of worry especially with a Test series against England starting on Nov 15.

"The team has promising talent both in batting and fast bowling departments, but their performance has been inconsistent," Wright pointed.

Moreover, since Team India has a problem with the opening pair, pressure builds on the No 3 and No 4 batsman. Though Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are doing their job at the top, others haven't been consistent as the Team would miss the services of Laxman and Dravid, who retired from international cricket recently.


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