Senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has made his pre-series prediction for the upcoming 5-Test rubber between India and England. While the veteran cricketer didn’t distinctly put out a scoreline he expects or the winner, he is backing the visitors to “definitely win two or three Test matches” of the five.
The first Test starts on Wednesday at Trent Bridge. Both the teams are missing some of their first-choice players. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes are unavailable for the hosts, while India have lost Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal (for the first Test) to injuries.
Harbhajan Singh is confident that Team India have the players to come out with victories in a few games and that even a draw would be a good result for them after losses on their previous three tours.
“India definitely has the team to succeed there. Yes, they lost against New Zealand which was a one-off game, where India did not play well. If this Indian team wins on England shores, they will stand out from the rest,” Harbhajan Singh said in his YouTube video.
“I hope this team performs well and wins the series. My prediction is that India will definitely win two or three Test matches and one contest will be a draw. Even if the series is drawn, it will be a huge gain because of the challenging conditions in store,” he added.
England will be under pressure: Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh opined that the hosts will be under more pressure than the visitors, and that would bolster India’s chances in the series. Not only they are missing a key figure in Ben Stokes, the off-spinner pointed out, but also their batting has been fragile in the past year.
They recently lost to New Zealand at home – first series loss at home in seven years – and their batting line-up is heavily dependant on captain Joe Root – on their Asia tour when Root’s batting dipped the entire line-up collapsed.
“England will be under pressure because they will be playing without Ben Stokes. They fielded a team against New Zealand that, according to me, won’t win a Test for a couple of years at least. If they walk out with such a team, India will walk all over them,” the 41-year-old reckoned.