Is Team India fully prepared to take on England?

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Updated: Friday, November 9, 2012, 16:13 [IST]
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After a humiliating 4-0 loss to England last year, the upcoming Test series has been termed as a revenge series as Indians were humiliated at England, while MS Dhoni and Co look to settle scores this time around in India.

Can Team India take revenge on England?

Though Team India has home advantage and a good team, how far are they prepared to take on the No 2 Test team is another question that leaves everyone pondering. Since England haven't won a series against India in the last 28 years, they would definitely look forward to take advantage this time around, as India's batting looks vulnerable without VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid.

Despite Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar scoring centuries in Ranji Trophy, it remains to be seen if they can come up with a similar performance when they take on England.

If the centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag eases India's top order woes, Gautam Gambhir's form has been a worry since a long time. He failed yet again in the Ranji Trophy match against Uttar Pradesh scoring just 32 and 47 in the match.

Though he got good starts, the Delhi batsman couldn't convert them into big ones which would cause a worry to Duncan Fletcher as Gambhir has not been performing well offlate.

Though Yuvraj Singh proved his worth in the practice match against England and in the Duleep Trophy, it would take some time for the left-hander to play Tests.

Given his current form, India would be happy as the team can rely on Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.

But further bowling seems to be a worry as India's speedster Zaheer Khan has not been in great form, following his poor form and fitness, as he pulled a groin injury during the Ranji Trophy match against Railways.

Though it wasn't a major one, it showed that he could be vulnerable to injuries. Moreover the team includes three spinners - Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha.

All the three have been good at home, but can Harbhajan Singh be as effective as he was in 2010 is another question that needs to be answered.

Following his poor form, he was axed and wasn't a part of a couple of home series and Australia tour last year, as he is all set to play his first Test match in two years at home, against England.

Dhoni's form is another concern, as he has not been very impressive either. With so many issues clouded over Team India, the home team believes in the theory of England's weakness over spin and relies only on that myth.

Players like Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Cook have been working hard on that and have the ability to play spin quite well which might prove the hosts costly in the four-match Test series if they are over confident about playing at home.


Story first published:  Friday, November 9, 2012, 16:08 [IST]
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