VVS Laxman believes that England cannot afford a bad start to their India Test tour despite it being a five-match series, and predicted a lopsided affair if they did fail at the start. However, Kapil Dev expects England to bounce back from their Bangladesh defeat but pegged India as the favourites.
Laxman is quite forthright when he is asked to speak – be it from the commentary box or not. At a time when every series and
“India v England has its own charm. India v Australia too. But then nothing can match the aura of an India v Pakistan match. It’s the interest that people show that makes the game,” he was quoted as saying by The Hindu.
Laxman, who was tormentor-in-chief whenever India played Australia, is already looking forward to the Kangaroos' India visit, but for now believed that England would still
“An India-Australia Test series will be highly competitive. England will want to start
Kapil Dev, who accompanied Laxman, gave India the edge in the series. “I think on paper, Indian team looks far better in these conditions. And the way they played against New Zealand, they look much much better than England. Knowing England they are true professionals, they will bounce back,” the legendary all-rounder said.
Laxman agreed with Kapil and pointed to England's lack of depth in the spin department as a major factor.
England has good fast bowlers but unfortunately they are lacking in spin department. Too much of dependence on Moeen Ali. He is not a regular spinner but has done well within his limitations. A lot to expect from their fast bowlers. Stuart Broad is leader of the pack, capable fast bowlers. India have a settled line-up with three quality spinners in Amit Mishra, Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja to choose from.
Both players chose their favorite England moments: For Kapil, it was the Lord's Test of 1986, while Laxman picked the Headingley Test of 2002 which was a pivotal moment in Indian Test cricket's golden age under Sourav Ganguly.
Kapil said: “The Test match at Lord’s that we won in 1986. That was
Laxman said: “Headingley in 2002 was special. Sourav (Ganguly) won the toss in conditions