Former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly backed India to win the upcoming ODI series in England. The legendary batsman said if the Men in Blue play the way they did in South Africa early this year, they would be unstoppable in the series.

Virat Kohli & Co. had thrashed the Proteas 5-1 in their backyard this year to fire India to their first-ever bilateral series win in the rainbow nation.

India had thoroughly outplayed the hosts to clinch the series. However, they will have their task cut out against England who are currently the best-ranked ODI team in the world. Eoin Morgan & Co. have become a force to reckon with in the 50-over format.

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India a better side than Pakistan – Ganguly

Moreover, they would be brimming with confidence after already winning two impressive ODI series this year. They registered series wins in Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2).

In their last ten series, they have lost only once which came last year against India. However, Ganguly is confident the Kohli-led side can get the better of England in the upcoming series.

“I’m very hopeful that India will win in England. The way they have played the ODI series in South Africa, if they are able to hold back the momentum, they will absolutely win,” he said.

The Men in Blue will play three T20Is, three ODIs and five Tests in the tour of England beginning July 3.

Ganguly further said India have a good chance of winning the Test series too. India endured disastrous outings on the last two tours of England.

In 2011, England blanked them 4-0 before winning the series 3-1 three years later. However, given England’s shaky performance against Pakistan in the recent series, Ganguly believes India can do well.

“India are a far better side than Pakistan. India will have better chances of winning the series,” Ganguly said.

The former India skipper also had a word of advice for Kohli, who recently bagged the BCCI’s best cricketer award.

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“He’s nearing 30 and has another six-seven year… He just has to keep playing and don’t worry about anything,” he said.