Former India middle-order batter VVS Laxman picked a couple of players from either side who could make a difference in the upcoming Test series between England and India. The much-anticipated five-match Test series between England and India will get underway this week at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. VVS Laxman opined the four players who could tilt the scales towards their team in the rubber.
Despite India’s humbling eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the World Test Championship final, several experts have backed them to beat England in the Test series due to the latter’s poor results. The Three Lions suffered a series loss for the first time at home in June against New Zealand, who exposed their batting line-up. Furthermore, Ben Stokes’ absence for the entire leg hands them more of an upper hand.
According to VVS Laxman, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant would be vital for India, while James Anderson and Joe Root would be critical to the hosts’ chances.
“From India’s point of view, I will pick Rishabh Pant and from the bowling line-up, I will pick Jasprit Bumrah. From England, I will just back the old warhorse Jimmy Anderson and from the batting department I will go for their skipper Joe Root,” Laxman said on the discussion during Star Sports.
India is a much better and more experienced side than this English side: VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman predicted the series’ scoreline 3-1 in favour of India, with one of the Tests resulting in a washout due to weather inclinations. The 47-year old favoured India to emerge victorious in the series, opining that the tourists have a more experienced side than England.
“I will go for 3-1 in favor of India. I think one Test will be washed out, we have seen the weather during the Southampton Test match or the World Test Championship final. But I am favoring India to win this series. I just feel that India is a much better and more experienced side than this English side,” he added.