All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja stated that Team India has a very good chance of winning the 5-match Test series against England. It’s an achievement that has eluded the Men in Blue since their win in 2007 against the hosts.
The first Test ended in a draw between the two sides, with India having dominated most of the game. Jadeja hit a stroke-filled fifty that propelled India into a first-innings lead.
Speaking about their chances prior to the start of the series, Jadeja said to Times of India: “Yes, definitely. We won twice in Australia back-to-back. Now we are in England and the conditions are totally different from those in Australia. Here, the ball swings a lot and you have to play accordingly. You have to be very smart in your game.“
“You have to play close to the body, not like in Australia, where you can play your shots from the first ball. That’s how we have to plan. If we prepare well and focus, then we have a very good chance this time.“
“We have a very good and balanced team” – Ravindra Jadeja
In the first Test, India went in with four seamers and a spinning all-rounder in Jadeja. The move paid dividends, with the seamers taking all the 20 English wickets that fell. This was the second time the Indian pacers had managed to do so. Going in with more batting depth helped them out as well.
“I think we have a big bright chance to win the series this time because we have a very good team. As far as batting, bowling, and fast bowling is concerned, we have a very good and balanced team. So, yes, we have a good chance to win the series in England,” Jadeja reckoned.
The second Test will be played at Lord’s from August 12-16. Virat Kohli had stated that the team is likely to be unchanged but seam all-rounder Shardul Thakur was reported to have been struggling with his hamstring. Whether or not he’s fit is yet to be seen.