Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has more belief in India’s overseas bowling unit rather than their batting. Generally, Indian team is reliant on the shoulders of their batsmen. However, bowling battery has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph of late.
India’s pace battery had given a good performance in the recent tour of South Africa. Virat Kohli-led team witnessed bowlers were successful in scalping all the 60 wickets in three Test matches. Meanwhile, Manjrekar believes that there is less support to Kohli in the batting line-up.
India’s bowling battery has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph.
Sanjay told India Today, “These days Indian batting tends to get exposed a little bit. Earlier it was the bowling. Now India’s pace and seam attack is good. In batting, India doesn’t have a batsman to help Virat Kohli, overseas. Earlier we had Vijay, Dhawan, Rahane, and Pujara but India currently tends to struggle overseas apart from Virat. Others have fallen away a bit. That’s a weakness”
Kohli had struggled to hit the ground running when the Indian team had toured England in 2014. The present Indian skipper had a mere average of 13.50 as he had no idea back then on how to tackle the arduous English conditions.
However, Manjrekar added that Virat Kohli’s failure of the previous England tour will not be repeated.
The commentator added, “The last series failure from Virat in England was shocking for me because I think there is some logic in cricket. That was illogical. He is one of our special players of this generation like Tendulkar was. If Virat fails again I will stop analyzing. I don’t think England is such a strong team. I think Virat will get runs easily and what happened last time won’t be repeated”.
Sanjay Manjrekar further added that Kohli was able to come up roses in South African conditions.
The former right-handed batsman Manjrekar added the Proteas pitches had the seam movement. He eventually believes that the chances of Kohli failing again in England are slim.
“If you look at South African wickets, the pitches were a bit similar to England. Last time India went to South Africa, it was only pace and bounce. This time there was movement and Virat was successful. There was a difference between him and other batsmen. So if the ball moves in England he will handle it well. Anderson and Broad are also three years older now so there is limited chance to fail again,” Sanjay Manjrekar further noted.
Manjrekar went on to add that India will be favourites to win in England conditions if their batting is able to come up good with their performances.
“If Indian batting clicks, India will win the series. Temperamentally India is a better team than England,” Sanjay concluded.