Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar has joined the list of cricketers, seeing this as India’s best chance to win a Test series in England. India kicks off their second leg of the England tour with a five-match Test series against the hosts, trying to redeem their World Test Championship final loss against New Zealand. Dilip Vengsarkar agreed with Rahul Dravid’s comments of the tourists not finding a better opportunity than this to win on the English shores.
Despite their humbling eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand, several experts have backed India to beat England in the Test series due to the latter’s poor results. The Three Lions suffered a series loss for the first time at home in seven years in June against New Zealand, who exposed their batting line-up. Furthermore, Ben Stokes’ absence for the entire leg hands them more of an upper hand.
Dilip Vengsarkar backed up Rahul Dravid’s comments of being India’s golden chance to record a series victory in England. The former chief selector said bowlers like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah are world-class; hence, they should get the job done.
“I agree with [Rahul] Dravid. India has a very good chance because this is the first-time, we are travelling to England with such world-class bowlers. Guys like Shami, Bumrah, Siraj and Ishant are top class. I think this indeed is India’s best chance,” Vengsarkar told Hindustan Times.
I’m sure he will be able to break his century drought: Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar also remains unfazed by Virat Kohli’s lack of international centuries since late 2019, stating he would do it sooner than later. The 65-year old believes he and Rohit Sharma are the best India have. But Vengsarkar called for other batsmen to chip in with useful contributions as the tourists cannot rely on one or two batters.
“I’m sure he will be able to break his century drought, because at the end of the day, he is a fabulous player. He and Rohit are probably the best India has got and I hope they come into their own and score a lot of runs. But at the same time, I would like others also to chip in, that’s important, because we can’t only depend on just two batsmen. Others need to contribute as well,” he added.