We can defeat England as we have players, skills, and an aggressive captain, claims Rohit Sharma

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We can defeat England as we have players, skills, and an aggressive captain, claims Rohit Sharma

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Indian opener Rohit Sharma is bullish over India’s chances ahead of the upcoming tour of England which is seen as preparation for the 2019 ICC World Cup which will be played in the same country. Sharma added that the Indian team will not lose momentum like it did on its previous tours of England.

Team India are gearing up for a strenuous test that awaits them on foreign shores in the next few months. Led by the ever-enigmatic Virat Kohli who is currently under rehabilitation after he suffering from a neck injury towards the end of a busy schedule with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, India will look to stamp their authority on the Britishers on their home turf.

Rohit Sharma who is on a break to spend time with family ahead of the tour recently spoke about India’s preparation for the tour in an interview on the show "Cricket Ki Baat".

"The IPL has just concluded so I want to take a small break to spend some quality time with my family. We have played a lot in England, so we don't really need to change our practice style much for the tour," Sharma said.

The England tour will be a litmus test for the current Indian cricket team who will play their second foreign tour of the year after they achieved some good results in the tour of South Africa earlier this year. Under the leadership of Virat Kohli, India are scheduled to play three T20Is, three ODIs and five Test matches in a two-month-long series. Rohit reckoned that the current crop of Indian players have it in them to defeat the English under an ‘aggressive’ leader in the form of Virat Kohli.

"This tour will be very challenging for us. Having said that, we can defeat them in England as we have players, skills and an aggressive captain," he added.

The last time India toured England was in 2014 in which they suffered a 3-1 defeat in the 5-match Test series. That was followed by a 3-1 win in five-match ODI series and a loss in the one-off T20I match. Sharma is adamant that India can get revenge in the Test format and beat the hosts comfortably.

"We led India's fightback last time we toured England. We managed to draw the first Test, won second and then lost the momentum. But we have a strong team now. Our team is performing well both in India and overseas and that too in all three formats.

"The World Cup is there in our perspective, but it is 10-11 months away. All we need right now is that we play good cricket, figure out best combinations in limited-over matches we play ahead of the World Cup," Sharma added.

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