India has been a juggernaut on home soil in the past decade. Since losing the 2012 Test series to England, the Men in Blue have dropped just one Test out of 35, winning 28 of them while 5 have ended in a draw.
India’s modus-operandi in home Tests, especially under Virat Kohli, has been to bury the opposition under a mountain of runs. The home side has racked up 500+ runs on as many as 10 occasions since the start of 2016.
England themselves experienced it from close quarters during their last visit in 2016 when India kept scoring 500s, 600s, and even 700 in response to their total.
In a video published on his official FB page, Aakash Chopra reckoned that each and every batsman in India’s top-6 has the ability to score a daddy hundred and we might see quite a few of them doing that in the upcoming series.
“The Indian batting will be their biggest strength. The Indian team can crush England with their batting. If you start from Rohit Sharma till Rishabh Pant, all the batsmen in this lineup have the ability to score 150-200 runs,” observed Chopra.
“Gill has not scored a century in Test cricket to date, but I think he will do that in this series, and Rohit Sharma might hit one or two more double-centuries. And Kohli is hungry, so he will score the big runs, and Pujara will not get out. So I feel a lot of runs will be scored,” added Aakash Chopra.
Aakash Chopra further reckoned that the game will be defined by how England’s spin duo of Dom Bess and Jack Leach to the Indian batsmen.
He added that if the duo fails to bowl restrictive line and lengths, then the Indian batsmen will crush the visitors by posting mountains of runs.
Leach and Bess were among the wickets in Sri Lanka but Chopra believes stern tests await the English duo against the Indians.
“The game will be defined by how Dom Bess and Jack Leach bowl. Their three fast bowlers – Anderson, Broad and Jofra – will all be fine. But the problem will be how they bowl spin. They took wickets in Sri Lanka, but if you see those matches, they bowled full tosses as well as too short, and both the bowlers do that,” observed Chopra.
“In such a case, the Indian batsmen will not throw their wickets like the Sri Lankans. They will torment you a lot. England can only compete if Dom Bess and Jack Leach can keep the Indian batsmen quiet. Otherwise, India can steamroll the England team,” concluded Aakash Chopra.