India vs England 2021: David Gower Fears Rotation Could Hurt England In 'Immense' Series

India vs England 2021: David Gower Fears Rotation Could Hurt England In ‘Immense’ Series

David Gower, Virat Kohli
David Gower. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for ECB)

Former England captain David Gower is concerned about the player rotation policy by England could hurt them heavily in a high voltage test series against India. England has rotated their key players due to the busy schedule of 17 Tests in the year as well as the bio bubble taking a heavy toll on the mental part of the players now. Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer weren’t part of the squad that won the series 2-0 in Sri Lanka and now have returned to the squad for the India tests.

Johnny Bairstow, Sam Curran, and Mark Wood who were all part of the Sri Lanka series have been rested for the first two Tests while Jos Buttler will be in India for the first test alone which will be a concern going ahead in the series. England has to make sure that their best resources are available throughout the series to put up a competitive fight against the might Indian side in the subcontinent pitches.

David Gower
David Gower[image credits: Getty Images]

David Gower Annoyed By England’s Rotation Plans

Dawid Gower has reacted unhappily to the rotation policy of England despite a crucial series against India stating that he is annoyed by England’s plans to play Jos Buttler for the first Test alone. He wanted the best players available throughout the immense India series irrespective of the World Test championship chances that England have outside if they manage to beat India. He also revealed England’s best bowlers to be James Anderson and Stuart Broad who was split in Sri Lanka.

“Forget the World Test Championship for a moment, this is now as historic a series as any, India-England is one of the flagstaff series, it’s an immense series, a box-office series,” said David Gower who was answering questions from reporters as part of an ICICI Bank podcast to be aired Thursday.

“As a Test fan, I’m slightly annoyed England have already made plans for Jos Buttler to play the one Test match. Just as an Englishman, wanting England to do well in this series, you want the best players to be available for as much of it as possible.”

“As long as England pick their best XI, they will be competitive,”  added Gower.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler (Credits: Twitter)

Gower Praises Root For His Excellent Career

Joe Root will join David Gower in the list of England cricketers who played 100 Tests on Friday. Gower was in praise of Root stating that Root has the best numbers among the greats like Boycott, Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook who played for England. He also added about the two massive hundreds, 228 and 186 in Sri Lanka by Joe Root was crucial to England coming out as winners.

“If you look at Joe’s figures, he is the most successful of all of us who have reached that 100-Test mark.”

“Compared to (Geoffrey) Boycott, (Kevin) Pietersen, (Alastair) Cook, he is ahead of the game,” David Gower said on Root’s 100th Test.

Gautam Gambhir, Joe Root, Goeffrey Boycott, England
Joe Root [Image Credits: Twitter]
Joe Root was the man of the series in Sri Lanka for his heroics and he will be hoping to continue his good run of form.